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 »
Everyone has a bad day or a case of the blues once in a while, but when “the blues” result in experiencing little or no joy in your daily life, it may be an indication of something more serious. Chronic sadness or depression is something that lingers for quite some time and is difficult to shake off if untreated.
Here are some facts about depression that you may not know:
- Depression affects more than 350 million people worldwide
- Women suffer from depression twice as often as men
- Many people suffer with depression but do not seek help
- Depression is treatable Continue Reading »
As someone who serves on the front line of face-to-face care with families suffering from a miscarriage or stillbirth, I see how devastating losing a pregnancy can be for mothers. Miscarriage is not a topic women want to think about or discuss, especially if they are in their first trimester of pregnancy. In this blog post, I will help break down what a miscarriage is, the signs and symptoms of a miscarriage and some advice and tips.
What causes a miscarriage?
Many miscarriages are caused by a chromosomal abnormality that make it impossible for the baby to develop. Other possible causes include drug and alcohol abuse, exposure to environmental toxins, infection, problem with the body’s immune response and hormonal abnormalities. Continue Reading »
At Affinity Health System, October is lining up to be a great opportunity to support breast cancer awareness month. From events to fundraisers, we’ve got it all.
Our challenge for you is to tell the women in your life to be proactive about their health. Remind them to get their annual mammogram. If they are too young to get a mammogram, then encourage them to have an annual checkup. We can’t stress the importance of women’s health enough. So link a pinky and make a promise to all of the women in your life to keep up on their health. Here are some ways to do exactly that! Continue Reading »
On Saturday Oct. 12, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bridgewood Conference Center in Neenah, Affinity providers are offering an informative and fun-filled day focused on taking control of menopausal symptoms. Not sure if you should go?
Here are the top five reasons you should attend this event:
- Hear from Affinity providers which symptoms are normal, and which ones you should talk to your provider about
- Learn about traditional and alternative approaches to control your menopausal symptoms
- Be in a safe environment to speak freely about menopause with people who understand
- Learn about weight gain and how to control it
- Get a chair massage and enjoy a pampering session from Affinity Integrative Medicine and Agea Spa and Salon
This is a great opportunity for perimenopausal and menopausal women to talk openly about menopause and share their experiences with each other. It’s a perfect time to create a strong relationship with your health care provider and learn more about the changes going on in your body.
If you’re nervous to come alone, call up your girlfriends and register together! To register, call 1-800-362-9900 or visit affinityhealth.org/menopause. The registration fee is $25.