Here’s an excerpt from my latest “Nursing Know How” post on the giggle Gab blog…
Welcome to newborn land. Your days and nights blend together. You can’t remember the last time you washed your hair. And you’re going a little stir crazy. We know. We’ve been there.
So, guess what. It’s time to put on some clean sweatpants and go for a walk. Take that baby and get out of the house. Sure, you may have to feed her while you’re out and about. But breastfeeding in public… in other words, anywhere other than your own sofa… isn’t as hard as you may think. Here are some tips for taking the show on the road.
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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.
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I remember, when I was pregnant, thinking that once I got to 37 weeks all was safe. And when one of our kids was born at 38 weeks, and the other at 36 weeks, I really didn’t think much of it at all. And fortunately, everything was fine.
But new research is showing the risks to babies born in the 37th or even 38th week of pregnancy. They have a higher risk of dying before their first birthday than babies who are carried full term. From the New York Times:
Pregnancies lasting at least 37 weeks are regarded as safely full-term, but new research finds that babies born in the 37th or 38th week of pregnancy have a higher risk of dying before their first birthdays than those born after 39 weeks of gestation…
The new analysis, published online on May 23 in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, is among the first to examine differences between so-called early term births and later births. In 2006, infants born at 37 weeks were twice as likely to die in the first year of life, with 3.9 deaths per 1,000 births, as those born at 40 weeks, with 1.9 deaths per 1,000 births.
The study was done by researchers at the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration and the March of Dimes. The group looked at data from 1995 to 2006. During that time, the number of infants born before 39 weeks of gestation increased to almost one in three births, up from more than one in five.