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When will my baby sleep through the night? #@%&@

April 4, 2017
When will my baby sleep through the night?

You have brought home your precious new baby and can't wait to enjoy the comforts of home and your own beds.
However, sleep is in short demand for a new parent, much of the time. THIS IS NORMAL!

But really folks...what did you expect?  Unfortunately, you expected the fictitious scenario that society, authors and so called experts have created, in which new parents have "good babies" that sleep.
Today I Google searched the words Newborn Sleep and saw 28,000,000 results pop up. 
Most of the results land you an "expert" trying to sell you their book about how to establish a routine and get your baby to sleep.

When your mother or next door neighbor asks: Just nod your head, smile and answer, "YES!". 

You see, the truth of the matter is that it is normal for babies to eat frequently, and cry or get your attention, in order to get their needs met!  What a smart and "good" baby she is!
Research supports this, and meeting their needs, will lend to a happy, healthier baby who trusts the world she is living in.

Enjoy this 5 minute video below-created by Amy Brown, PhD, College of Human and Health Sciences, UK 
This animation explores how normal it is for babies to wake up and feed at night and why they do this. It also looks at evidence showing what you feed a baby in terms of milk and solid foods does not affect their sleep.
website-Breastfeeding Uncovered 

Oh yes.....and enjoy meeting the needs of your amazing new baby! 
Before you know it, it is time to go Prom dress shopping and you will be going on college tours!

Uff da!

Heather Knott, RN-IBCLC
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Healthy Diet and Exercise in Pregnancy

January 26, 2017

January is a big month for starting fresh and making resolutions, especially ones involving diet and exercise. But pregnant women need to be careful about jumping on the bandwagon with everyone else!

While a healthy lifestyle is indeed vital during pregnancy, expectant mothers need to be armed with specific information about exercising and dieting while pregnant. Below are some tips to help ensure you have a  healthy pregnancy diet, that isn’t focused on weight loss. 

Tips for a Healthy Diet During Pregnancy
You shouldn’t go on a weight loss diet during pregnancy, since you — and your growing babies — require the proper nutrients, (ACOG) included as part of a healthy pregnancy diet. Pregnant women should:

  • Eat a variety of foods to get the nutrients they need, being sure to consume Quick read more or view full article more protein, folic acid, and iron.
  • Drink plenty of water daily.
  • Take a daily prenatal vitamin supplement to ensure consumption of the right amounts of vitamins and minerals; the vitamin should contain folic acid.
  • Limit fish consumption to about 12 ounces (approximately two servings) per week.
  • Pass on unsafe foods, such as soft cheese, raw seafood, and raw or undercooked meat and poultry.
  • Avoid eating too many processed foods, packaged snacks and sweets, instead focusing on eating whole foods.

Guidelines for Exercising During Pregnancy 

Maintaining a regular exercise regimen during pregnancy can help women stay healthy and feel their best, improving posture and relieving common pregnancy discomforts such as fatigue and back pain.

The guidelines below for exercising during pregnancy can be reviewed here (ACOG).

  • Pregnant women should always check with their healthcare provider before starting, continuing or changing an exercise routine.
  • Low-impact exercises, such as walking and swimming, are safe for most pregnant women but should be approved by their medical professional.
  • High risk for impact activities should be avoided.  
  • Drink water before, during, and after exercising to avoid becoming dehydrated, which can increase the risk of overheating or even trigger contractions.
  • A maternity bra that provides the proper support, athletic shoes that fit well, and loose, comfortable clothing, should be worn when exercising.
  • Using the "talk test" is an easy method to moderate exercise. If you can't talk- your intensity level may be too high.
  • Finally, listen to your body and stop exercise if you are concerned, and seek medical advice immediately.

As always, consult your healthcare provider about your needs, as every mom is different and some require specific diets, altered exercise routines or other unique restrictions. 

For further questions, please contact:
Aspen Birth Center-Childbirth Education
(970) 544-1274

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Posted by Heather Knott, RN-IBCLC and Childbirth Educator
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Work-Life Balance Helps Your Baby's Brain

January 6, 2017
Most of us understand that a baby’s earliest months and years are the most critical for brain development. But did you know that a baby’s relationships with parents and caregivers actually stimulate that process? The following article is written by a woman who has dedicated her career to researching ways to improve access to quality health care and programs.

Written by Risa Rizzoro-Mourey
That’s right: An infant’s connections to nurturing, trusted adults help build the foundation for emotions, language, behavior, memory, physical movement – you name it. Right from the start, as parents, we need to bond with these brand-new little people, teach them how the world works, and give them the confidence to explore it. But those earliest years are the most important. Sadly, Quick read more or view full article those years are also a time when Americans find the parental juggling act most challenging.

That’s why Robert Wood Johnson Foundation supports research and programs targeting some of America’s most pressing health issues—from substance abuse to improving access to quality health care. RWJF has joined with ZERO-TO-THREE to launch a new campaign called Think Babies, dedicated to promoting policies that give our children the best chance to grow up healthy and happy. Like that network of neurons – adding ever more connections as a baby grows – family circumstances are complicated. And parents’ ability to care for a child depends on a web of interconnected obligations, opportunities, and yes, policies.

I’m particularly excited that RWJF is getting behind Think Babies because it addresses a question I hear from overextended parents everywhere I go: How do you do the best for your children while balancing work and other responsibilities? How do you “put your kids first” when providing for them sometimes means making choices that take us away from them?

My answer: Just do the best you can – right from the start.

To be fair, our country has a long way to go in helping parents do that. Research shows that babies need time after birth or adoption to bond with their parents, forming the trusting relationships that will help them thrive throughout life. Then they need high-quality child care that doesn’t break the bank for their families. In America today, most working parents don’t have access to paid maternity and paternity leave. And in 33 states and the District of Columbia, the cost of infant care exceeds that of in-state public college tuition.

But as we and others continue to promote the benefits of paid family leave and affordable child care, you can make the choices within your reach: Take advantage of time off to bond with your newborn if you can. As your children grow, make time for them – and don’t feel guilty for choosing work environments that will allow you do that. And as the years go by – believe me, they will fly – don’t underestimate the value of blending a little work time with special kid time; let them see you making your mark.

It’s been a few decades, but I can still clearly picture my son making photocopy after photocopy of his hand when I brought him to work with me, or my daughter drawing cartoons to complement my presentations. And my own childhood experience seeing my parents at work in the hospital – well, you might say it changed the course of my life.
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Posted by Heather Knott, RN-IBCLC and Childbirth Educator
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Pregnancy Related Mood Disorders-No Laughing Matter

December 20, 2016
According to the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, postpartum depression (PPD) and sometimes referred to as pregnancy-related mood disorder, is one of the most common and serious postpartum conditions, affecting 10–20% of mothers within the first year of childbirth. Studies have found that up to 50% of women with PPD are undiagnosed. Risk factors include a prior history of depression (approximately 25–30% risk of recurrence), including PPD, and depression during pregnancy.

Other risk factors include recent stressful life events, lack of social support, unintended pregnancy, and women who are economically stressed, disadvantaged, or low income. Moreover, studies of economically disadvantaged families have shown that approximately 25% of women will have ongoing depressive symptoms that last well beyond the initial postpartum year.

‘‘Postpartum blues’’ is Quick read more or view full article a condition characterized by emotional changes, insomnia, appetite loss, and feelings of being overwhelmed that can affect 30–80% of women. It is a transient condition that usually peaks on postpartum Day 5 and resolves by Day 10. Unlike PPD, postpartum blues does not adversely affect infant care.

"Postpartum depression’’ is a major depressive episode that impairs social and occupational functioning. Symptoms cause significant distress and care of the mother and infant are disrupted. There are often strong feelings of disinterest and detachment. If untreated, symptoms may persist beyond 14 days and can last several months to a year.

‘‘Postpartum psychosis’’ is a psychiatric emergency and is characterized by paranoia, hallucinations, delusions, and suicidal ideation.

Treatment approaches include nonpharmacological therapies such as interpersonal psychotherapy or cognitive behavioral therapy, pharmacological therapies, or a combination of both. Antidepressant medications are one of the most commonly prescribed pharmacologic treatments of PPD. The mother and her provider should work together to make an individually tailored choice.
Breastfeeding mothers may be concerned about continuing and/or starting medication for PPD. Some providers are reluctant to prescribe for lactating mothers due to lack of information about antidepressants and breastfeeding. Studies have shown medication use is safe for the breastfeeding mother and infant. The risks of untreated depression, and the benefits of treatment must be fully considered when making treatment decisions.

Please talk to your healthcare provider, mental health professional, or lactation consultant, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.  Further resources available at Aspen Valley Hospital-Aspen Birth Center 970.544.1130

Heather Knott, RN-IBCLC
ABC Latctaion Services 970.544.1251

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