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It is fairly common in our society for women to delay pregnancy, especially when compared to our parents’ generation. For a variety of reasons including career goals and delayed marriage, many women are waiting until their 30’s to start families. Waiting may consider these moms “high-risk” by most obstetricians for being of advanced maternal [...]

It’s World Breatfeeding Week and what better way to celebrate than to talk about the impact breastfeeding has on a baby’s brain.  It’s not a new concept that breastfeeding helps with brain development.  Studies have shown before that cognitive function in adolescents and adults is better if they were breastfed, but now a new study [...]

Premature babies often have trouble digesting food due to their ill-prepared gut.  About 10% of preemie babies will develop necrotizing enterocolitis, an inflammation that can lead to death of the tissue in the intestine causing infection.  While breastmilk can reduce the risk of the condition, many babies will require surgery to remove the dead tissue.
Injections [...]

Evidence suggests that babies at 28 weeks gestation can distinguish certain syllables such as “ga” and “ba” and identify male and female voices.

“Experts already know that babies are able to hear noises in the womb - the ear and the auditory part of the brain that allow this are formed by around 23 [...]

Are you having trouble with milk supply?  Could stress be to blame?  Studies suggest relaxed mothers makes more milk than their stressed out, anxious counterparts.
A 1989 study by Stephen Feher, published in the Cochrane Review, followed over 70 mothers with infants in the NICU.  All the mothers in the study pumped breast milk for [...]

We’ve all heard stories, some of us have even lived them.  Your newborn has lost more than 10% of their birth weight, causing concern in hospital staff.  The concern is that your milk production is not adequate and you are told to supplement with formula.  As you can imagine, this can be a huge blow [...]

New research from Yale has identified that vaginal birth prompts the secretion of a special protein that promotes the development of the baby’s hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for learning, memory, and stress response.  This protein is also a key component of breastmilk, possibly explaining the link between early nurturing from the mother [...]

Have you ever had a crying baby, but could not, for the life of you, figure out what she needed?  I think we’ve all been there.  As parents, everyone experiences the heartbreak and frustration of not knowing what your baby is trying to tell you.
Priscilla Dunstan,  founder of Dunstan Baby Language, has made an amazing [...]

Kiss Your Baby!

July 24th, 2012

If you have ever had a little one, you can probably relate to the feeling of not being able to resist kissing your baby regularly.  Their chunky, soft, mushy cheeks are so irresistible, aren’t they?  Well, the urge to smother your baby in kisses isn’t just emotional, but biochemical too.  There is a real health [...]

Don’t Bathe That Baby!

April 15th, 2012

Babies are born covered in a thick, white, cheese-like substance called vernix caseosa.  In the hospital it is typical for babies to be bathed immediately to remove the vernix.  However, an immediate postnatal bath may not be the best option for a baby and should be reconsidered.
Vernix Caseosa has many benefits.  Produced during the third [...]

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