As we adjust to life in our new environment, I would like to remind families about the importance of staying up to date with immunizations and well child visits. While there is not yet a vaccine for COVID19, we do have vaccines that protect children from 14 other serious diseases. Delaying immunizations can put children at risk for these illnesses, especially for those children ages 2 and younger. Well child visits are also important for making sure children are on track with their development and growth... Read More
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I often hear from families that the biggest adjustment to new parenthood is the sudden reduction in consecutive hours of sleep.
Babies feed every 2-3 hours around the clock for twenty-four hours a day. They don’t take nights off and rarely figure out the diurnal schedule (sleep at night, stay awake during the day) until about two months of life. There are ways to approach this frequent waking as a team approach with both partners participating, but in the early days of breastfeeding a mom also needs to empty her breasts frequently to establish and maintain her... Read More
Congratulations! You delivered your baby! You’re now holding that nearly 40-week surprise in your arms and the hospital is preparing to send you home, but your milk isn’t fully in yet, and you’re wondering what’s taking so long. You arrive home and the baby was latching fine in the hospital, but now each latch makes your eyes want to roll back in your head with a new kind of stinging pain you’ve never felt before. Your baby who was so calm and sleepy in the hospital is suddenly very loud and seems hungry. You’ve been mentally preparing for labor and delivery for months, but nobody warned... Read More
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