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National Police Week

May 17, 2018

Happy National Police Week 2018

Thank a local law enforcement officer for all they do to keep our families and communities safe!

May 13-19th, is National Police Week.  From bicycle rides and 5k runs to candlelight vigils, awards ceremonies and memorial services in honor of fallen heroes and survivors, community members and families have been celebrating law enforcement officers this week.


The Basalt Police Department wives would like to persoanlly invite you to stop Quick read more or view full article by their table at City Market El Jebel, Saturday, May 19, 8 -10 a.m. 


Sign your name on the giant community thank you card for our local heroes. If you have a special story to share or would like to extend a more personal thank you, there will be note cards available. 


Thank you for your show of support! 

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Diaper Drive- Aspen Valley Hospital

April 9, 2018

The OB nurses at Aspen Valley Hospital are dedicated to bring this cause to the attention of the generous families in our valley.
Unfortunately, there are families in our area and the state of Colorado that do not have the resources to provide disposable diapers for their infants and children.

As a matter of fact, did you know?
  • 1 in 3 families struggle to buy diapers
  • Diapers cannot be purchased with food stamps
  • Lack of diapers keeps babies out of daycare
  • ...and Moms out of work
  • In the U.S. 5 million babies do not have enough diapers to stay clean, dry and healthy


Quick read more or view full article /> “I have a job to do as a parent, and that’s make sure my children have what they need.”
Natasha Rivera-LaButhie, mom to Liana, Hailey & Angel

Natasha Rivera-LaButhie was overjoyed to learn she was expecting—then her doctor delivered the news that she was actually pregnant with triplets. “We were prepared for one child,” she says, “but finding out it was multiples? Say what? Needless to say, my husband and I knew there would be a lot more costs coming our way.” Additionally, Natasha did not qualify for her employer’s medical benefits as a new hire; she received state medical insurance instead.
Before entering her 3rd trimester, Natasha lost one of the babies and began having medical complications, becoming hospitalized for 75 days before giving birth. A hospital resource staff person encouraged Natasha to sign up for the diaper bank. Though she was initially hesitant about asking for help, bills were piling up. The twins’ daycare also required a full day’s supply of diapers, and she would have to leave work to bring more if they ran out. “I threw my pride out the window and signed up,” Natasha says. “It helps me to be a better parent. I have more time to tend to my kids’ needs, and I know they’re being taken care of.”

Aspen Birth Center:
Staff will be accepting and collecting diaper donations this Spring April 10-June 1st, to be delivered to local shelters and Diaper Donation Centers in Denver. Or feel free to donate dollars online to buy diapers, led by Healthy Mom and Baby-AWHONN.

Thank you for your support!
Heather Knott, RN-IBCLC

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Quick Antiviral Treatment of Influenza-is Critical

January 5, 2018

Influenza activity, predominantly from A(H3N2), has increased significantly in recent weeks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which issued a health advisory Wednesday. Given the characteristics of this season's flu, the CDC is recommending, in addition to the flu vaccine for prevention, increased use of neuraminidase inhibitor (NAI) antivirals for treatment.

Quick treatment is crucial and "should not be delayed even for a few hours to wait for the results of testing," according to the advisory. Treatment works best when started within 2 days of onset but has shown benefit for some patients even when initiated later.

Focus on treatment is important because in past seasons, Quick read more or view full article A(H3N2) has been linked with more deaths and hospitalizations in people aged 65 years and older and young children than in other groups. Also, this year's vaccine effectiveness may be as low as last year's, at 32% for A(H3N2), the CDC says.

The advisory reminds clinicians that all inpatients and all high-risk patients (whether inpatient or outpatient) who are suspected of having or confirmed to have influenza should be treated.

Those groups include the following:

  • Patients with severe, complicated, or progressive illness, including outpatients with severe or prolonged progressive symptoms or those who develop pneumonia;

  • Children under age 2 years or people 65 years and older, as well as people younger than 19 years who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy;

  • American Indians/Alaska natives;

  • Women who are pregnant or within 2 weeks postpartum;

  • People with suppressed immune systems;

  • Extremely obese people (body mass index of at least 40); and

  • Those living in long-term care facilities.


Treatment is also indicated when flu is suspected or confirmed for "persons with chronic pulmonary (including asthma), cardiovascular (except hypertension alone), renal, hepatic, hematological (including sickle cell disease), and metabolic disorders (including diabetes mellitus), or neurologic and neurodevelopment conditions (including disorders of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerve, and muscle such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy [seizure disorders], stroke, intellectual disability [mental retardation], moderate to severe developmental delay, muscular dystrophy, or spinal cord injury)," the CDC advises.

To more effectively treat patients quickly, the CDC says providers may consider setting up phone triage lines or write antiviral prescriptions without testing and before an office visit when treatment is deemed necessary over the phone.

Three NAIs are approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and recommended for the 2017-2018 season: oseltamivir; zanamivir; and peramivir.

Article: CDC Advisory: Flu Increasing, Be Ready With Antivirals - Medscape - Dec 28, 2017. Read Less
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Sharing is Caring- but is it safe?

December 12, 2017

Milk Sharing
The sharing of human milk has existed since the beginning of time. Mothers have either breastfed
children who were not biologically related to them or expressed and shared milk with a child other than their own. In early times if a baby did not receive human milk they died as there were no safe alternatives. In more modern times breastmilk substitutes have been developed for those times when a mother is unable or unwilling to breastfeed or provide enough of her breastmilk. So how can we safely give our babies human milk?

What are the risks associated with informal human milk sharing?
Human milk, when shared outside milk banks that follow accepted Quick read more or view full article guidelines, does not provide the same safety guarantees and the possibility of serious adverse consequences cannot be ruled out.
The main risks of sharing milk are that it is contaminated with pathogenic bacteria as a result of suboptimal collection, storage and transportation or that it contains viruses as a result of the mother having unknown infections which may be transmitted via the milk.

These include viral infections such as:

  • HIV,
  • Hepatitis
  • HTLV

(Human T Lymphotropic Virus).  Harmful bacteria ingested in large quantities through breastmilk may lead to Viruses such as HIV and HTLV in breastmilk can cause serious illnesses, some of them manifesting severe infections including septicemia, several years after contamination. Screening of donors, milk testing and appropriate pasteurization, as routinely done in human milk banks, greatly reduces the risks associated with sharing breastmilk. In addition, the shared milk may contain medications taken by the mother as well as alcohol, nicotine, drugs and other contaminants.

Milk banks: Mother's Milk Bank of Colorado-Website

Breastmilk is especially critical for the healthy survival of very low birth weight, premature  and sick infants. Mothers of these infants may be unable to provide sufficient human milk for their needs particularly in the early days following the baby’s birth. Milk banks affiliated  with EMBA and HMBANA follow rigorous protocols to screen donors, test, process and dispense the donated milk and to provide safe donor human milk to these infants.
Story about how to donate: click here to watch a video link about donating milk
To be eligible as a milk donor, one must:

  • Be confident in her milk supply and produce milk in excess of her own baby’s needs
  • Be willing to donate a minimum total of 150 ounces throughout her time as a donor with us
  • Not have any medical condition that prohibits her from giving blood
  • Be in excellent health without any chronic illnesses or history of major medical issues or cancer, including leukemia
  • Have no history of hepatitis after age 11 or positive tuberculosis tests
  • Be a non-smoker and refrain from using tobacco or marijuana products of any kind
  • Have not received blood or blood products or organ or tissue transplants in the past 12 months
  • Have no history of intimate contact with anyone at risk for HIV/AIDS
  • Not be taking vitamin supplements that exceed 2000% Daily Value (DV)
  • Take only approved medications and herbal supplements/teas. Mothers’ Milk Tea, fenugreek and any lactation support product containing fenugreek or other herbs is NOT compatible with donating.
  • Not have any medical condition that prohibits her from giving blood (there are exceptions to this rule – please contact us if this applies to you).
  • Consume less than 24 ounces of caffeinated beverages a day (2-3 cups of coffee)
  • Wait 12 hours after drinking any alcoholic beverage to collect milk to donate
  • Be motivated to practice exceptional hygiene and carry out careful milk collection and storage methods
  • Be willing to undergo blood testing
  • Be less than 18 months postpartum when collecting the milk

There are some exceptions to these guidelines. If you would like to discuss your eligibility,
please contact- 
Mother's Milk Bank at 303.869.1888 or toll-free at 877.458.5503.

Information shared by Human Milk Banking Association of North America-
and Mother's Milk Bank of Denver
Heather Knott, RN-IBCLC



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