Here’s an excerpt from my latest post for the giggle GAB blog… it’s about breastfeeding and taking medicine: (And click here for the full post).
Be thankful for modern medicine. It can get us through a common cold and is often critical when managing a chronic condition. But when you’re breastfeeding, every medication can get into your breast milk. While some medicines are compatible with breastfeeding, others are not. So what’s a mom to do?
For starters, do your homework. For over-the-counter medications, read the packaging. There should be information for breastfeeding mothers. And if you’re taking a prescription, be sure to tell your doctor that you’re breastfeeding…
… the “bible” on breastfeeding and medications is Dr. Thomas Hale’s Medications and Mothers’ Milk. You can look up a medication and check its safety for breastfeeding. You can also call the InfantRisk Center associated with Dr. Hale at 806-352-2519. They can answer questions about drugs, over-the-counter drugs, herbal products, chemicals, vaccines, and other substances. Of course, there’s now even an iTunes and Android app that has the book’s information. (Here’s a YouTube video showing how it works.)
Another resource is the LactMed database. Type in a medication and you’ll get a comprehensive look at its safety information. Finally, don’t forget that herbs require some research as well. I also recommend reading this La Leche League article about Maternal Medications and Breastfeeding.
Here’s the latest post I wrote for the giggle store’s blog, giggle Gab. It’s about what to do in those first few days after birth, and how to get breastfeeding off to a good start. Here’s an excerpt:
Forget about your images of postpartum hospital bliss. You won’t unpack that beautiful bathrobe. You won’t put on makeup for your first family photos. You won’t brush your hair. And that blue and white hospital gown, oh why bother changing? You are wiped out.
But here’s one thing you will be focused on — feeding your baby. If you plan on breastfeeding, it’s important to get things off to an early start. Right from the beginning, immediately after birth, a baby can learn how to latch on to breastfeed, and this is crucial for developing your milk supply. For those early days of feedings, your body will produce colostrum, a nutrient and antibody rich milk that is thick and slightly colored. A few days later, breast milk that is thinner, and more white, “will come in.”
So what can you do to get things going? Click here for the rest of the story.
Yes, you are the only one with the boobs, but your partner can help. Here’s my latest post on the giggle Gab blog called “Ten Breastfeeding Tips for Spouses.” And an excerpt:
Everyone tells you that having a baby can change the dynamic in your relationship. How can it not? You have a mess, noisy and demanding new roommate. She’ll start to cry just as you’re about to get intimate for the first time in months. She’ll need to eat at 6 am, dashing your visions of a Sunday morning snuggled in bed.
So here’s the deal– you have to adapt. And if you’re breastfeeding, there are ways, believe it or not, your partner can get in on the act. You may be the one with the equipment, but you don’t have to go it alone. So here are some tips for spouses. They apply whether you’re married or in a committed relationship, and whether your partner is a man or woman.
To read the rest click here.