Parents are encouraged to “do tummy time” with their infants. But what is it? How do you do it? Below you’ll find a link on one method for getting baby into, out of, and enjoying tummy time. If you have questions, feel free to contact our office Lactation Consultant, Amity. She has attended a TummyTime! method workshop and will happily walk you through the process.
When a baby nurses, it creates a vacuum in which the infant’s saliva sneaks into the mother’s nipple. There, it is believed that mammary gland receptors interpret the “baby spit backwash” for bacteria and viruses and, if they detect something amiss, her body will actually change the milk’s immunological composition, tailoring it to the baby’s particular pathogens by producing customized antibodies.
Paced bottle feeding is often described as the way to bottle feed a breastfed baby. Pacing the feeding is good for all babies! It allows your baby to: stop and breathe during the feeding, take milk at a comfortable pace, and allow baby to determine when he/she is full.
Jennifer Lopez, singer, actress and mother, and the March of Dimes launch a national whooping cough education campaign. This new initiative focuses on educating new parents and their families about pertussis, a highly contagious and potentially deadly disease for infants. The 60-sec PSAs featuring Ms. Lopez are available in both English and Spanish. The video encourages new and expectant parents to help protect their babies by making sure that anyone who is, or will be, in close contact with a young infant has been vaccinated against pertussis.
A parent called because she was concerned about her 18 month old infant not having the same vocabulary as some friend’s children. I found this great chart about language milestones for your perusal….Language and Speech Development In Children.
I often get asked how long a mother should breastfeed for. Here is evidence from our own back-yard suggesting that 6 months of breastfeeding is better than merely 4 months. This is in agreement with my general reccomendations. It is nice to see evidence to back up the practice.Â Â Click here for the article….Breastfeeding is good to 6 months or more.pdf