The Texas Department of State Health Services is reporting that cases of mumps have hit a 20-year high in Texas. This may come as a surprise to those of us who grew up thinking mumps were a thing of the past. For doctors like myself, it is of great concern.
There’s quite a learning curve for new moms. From learning how to get a diaper right to maneuvering your child’s arms into that first onesie, there is almost instant information overload – especially when it comes to breastfeeding. I get so many questions from new moms about breastfeeding – from milk supply to why babies always seem so hungry. Here’s some information that may help regarding the top three questions I get regularly from new mothers.
You may have seen a recent Facebook video of a baby with whooping cough (pertussis) struggling to catch his breath, and you may have read the plea from the mom that was posted with the video encouraging people to speak out in favor of vaccines. While that baby’s cough is very bad in the posted video, I want people to know that it gets worse – much worse.
Breastfeeding provides so many natural benefits for your baby, but for some moms, breastfeeding is not an option – even after consultations with lactation specialists. Faced with the realization that they cannot breastfeed their child, some new moms are now turning to the internet for help. You want what’s best for your baby – that’s why it is so important to know that buying breast milk, especially online, is almost never in the best interest of your child. The online purchase of breast milk is not regulated and therefore poses several potential threats to your newborn.
As a pediatrician, so many of the questions I get from new moms involve breastfeeding their newborns. I find, however, that the biggest questions regarding breastfeeding tend to arise within the first day or two after the baby is born. From worrying the baby isn’t getting enough nutrition to wondering how much milk new moms should be producing, I tend to find that new parents overestimate what the baby needs, and underestimate the value of colostrum.