Birth control might not be the first thing on your mind in the whirlwind of new parenthood and breastfeeding, but it’s important! Preventing pregnancy for the first 12-18 months after delivery improves bonding with your baby, promotes your physical recovery, and reduces the risk of complications in your next pregnancy. You may be concerned that birth control could negatively impact breastfeeding, but fortunately there are some great options that won’t interfere with your nursing or pumping journey.
A question that has been increasingly coming up in the office is, “Should I be collecting colostrum before my baby is born?” Let’s take a closer look.
When people talk about breastfeeding, they usually focus on the benefits for babies. Your family, friends, pediatricians and OBGYNs will tell you that breastmilk provides excellent nutrition and has major health benefits for babies. But what we don’t talk about nearly enough, are the significant positive impacts that breastfeeding has on mom.
Previously written and published by Ivy Bagly in 2019 Hello everyone. One of our family medicine colleagues (and certified lactation consultant) Ivy Bagly, asked to be a guest blogger in honor of World Breastfeeding Week (held annually in August). Her blog addresses how friends, family and co-workers can help support a breastfeeding mom. When choosing to feed your […]
For those that have not read my first blog postings on the Covid Vaccine in pregnancy and breastfeeding, I suggest you start there and then return to this one for updates. Since the last blogs, over 30,000 pregnant women have self entered into the CDC’s v-safe program, which tracks outcomes including miscarriage, stillbirth, pregnancy complications, […]
Approximately 75% of healthcare workers are women, and the CDC estimates that over 300,000 healthcare workers are pregnant, will be pregnant, or will have recently given birth as the Covid-19 vaccine becomes more widely available to them. Thus, this first round of vaccinations will include many lactating or soon-to-be lactating women. Later, it will be other higher exposure-risk jobs like teachers and other essential workers. Questions are pouring in from our pregnant and recently delivered moms about the safety of these new vaccines while breastfeeding.