When a mother decides she wants to stop breastfeeding, a lot of questions will run through her head. As a lactation consultant, it’s my job to answer them. Here are some of the questions I get asked on a daily basis:
1. How do I go about stopping breastfeeding?
The American Academy of Pediatrics encourages mothers to breastfeed for a full year, or when mother and baby mutually desire it. When it is time to wean, the best approach is to do so gradually. This makes the transition away from breastfeeding easier for all. Gradually dropping one breastfeeding session at a time (drop one every few days) is the general idea behind gradual weaning. Replace the dropped breastfeeding sessions with bottles. After a few days, your body will gradually become used to making less milk and when it has adjusted, then it is time to drop another breastfeeding session. Continue Reading »
One of the most frequent questions I get asked by patients is: What kinds of natural remedies and medications can they use while pregnant. While it is a very frequent concern, it’s also a very complex topic to discuss. Overall, less is more. The best advice I can give is to avoid medication or supplements if you don’t need them.
Because there are very few studies done on pregnant women, we don’t know the effects of medications on your unborn baby. Health care providers decide which medications you can take by using ‘pregnancy risk’ categories and by experience to determine if a drug is safe for you to take while you are pregnant. There are always side effects to anything you put in your body, including food. Continue Reading »
Preeclampsia is a condition that can develop after 20 weeks of pregnancy. You may be diagnosed with preeclampsia if you have high blood pressure, generalized swelling and excess protein in your urine. Physicians use a cutoff blood pressure reading of 140/90 for mild preeclampsia and 160/110 for severe preeclampsia. Continue Reading »
So you made the big decision to proactively try to get pregnant. (Congrats!) Now what? Making healthy choices a month or two before you become pregnant is an important step to a healthy and happy pregnancy. This is a good time to focus on getting your body into its most healthy state. A few things you may want to consider are:
- Start taking a prenatal vitamin with .4mg of Folic Acid included – It’s recommended to take .4mg of folic acid a day for at least one month before you conceive and during your first trimester. This reduces your chances of having a baby with neural-tube defects such as spina bifida by 50 to 70 percent. Continue Reading »
Imagine how nice it would be for patients to have their annual Pap smear and mammogram appointments scheduled to take place on the same day. The service representatives and mammography technicians at the Phyllis Leach Breast Center at Mercy Medical Center and the Mercy-based OB/GYN team have worked together to make this possible for women ages 40 years and up.
So what are the benefits of having both appointments on the same day?
- This set up makes it easy for you to manage your annual preventative care
- Both appointments will take place under one roof (and you’ll only have to travel to the clinic once, instead of two separate days for your appointments)
- There is an on-site DEXA scanner for bone density testing, which can also be bundled into the same-day appointments
How do schedule your appointment:
Once you’ve scheduled your gynecology appointment, please call the Phyllis Leach Breast Center at Mercy Medical Center at 920-236-1880 to schedule your annual digital mammogram on the same day. We believe this will make it easy and convenient for you to manage your annual preventative care with back to back appointments.