By Kate D. Shand, PA-C, CBS (Certified Breastfeeding Specialist)
Everyone knows “Breast is Best” for your baby. Any quick Google search will show a bevy of information (some good and some bad) for new moms to read when preparing to breastfeed their child. And let’s not forget the friends and family members who will chime in with their experiences and opinions as well (again, some good and some bad). Here at Legacy Pediatrics, we have seen and heard it all from new moms with what works and what doesn’t. I’ve compiled a list of what I think is the most important “rules” (a term I use lightly) when trying to breastfeed your newborn. I’d like to think this is a less strict/realistic approach than what you will read elsewhere while taking into account everything that is going on in those stressful first few weeks home with your new baby.
One of the biggest joys of being in pediatrics is having the opportunity to watch children grow up! One of our jobs as pediatric clinicians is to help children and parents navigate the wonderful world of Parenting. One of my favorite phrases is, “Parenting starts at 3. Up to then it is caretaking, which is time consuming but straightforward. After 3 it is parenting which is time consuming and Continue reading
I don’t want to go to school!
The dreaded exclamation from our pre-school and school-aged children. An age-old complaint, though one must question whether or not this school resistance and refusal is on the rise. With the implementation of the Common Core curriculum in many of our schools, the enactment of universal academic standards of performance, as well as the invasion of social media on the social development of our children, not all kids can handle this pressure. Many children develop somatic complaints associated with going to school. Common complaints include stomach ache, headache, generalized aches and pains, and/or trouble sleeping. But how do you know whether your child’s complaints are age appropriate or something to genuinely be concerned about?