Health Notes

Breastfeeding: It All Comes Down to Latch

by Katina Granger on August 3, 2017

It’s the most important part of breastfeeding, yet it can also be the most challenging. Nearly every breastfeeding mom will ask the same question as their baby learns to breastfeed: “Is this a good latch or not?”

“A good latch feels like a pull/tug, not a pinch,” said Kolene Moore, a certified lactation consultant at Methodist Women’s Hospital. “The baby’s mouth needs to be wide open like the letter K. You will see baby’s lips are flared out beautifully and chin dropped down.”

Latch is the moment where everything comes together. Baby takes in the breast and begins to suck, drawing out mom’s milk. But improper positioning of mom, baby and breast can make the feeding process more difficult. [click to continue…]

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What Do New Moms Need to Know About Nipple Shields?

by Katina Granger on July 27, 2017

It’s totally normal for new moms to have questions when it comes to breastfeeding. While it may be one of the most natural things a woman’s body is made to do, for some moms, there is sometimes nothing “natural” about it.

For some moms, a little help is needed in the form of a nipple shield. A nipple shield is a flexible silicone nipple worn over the mom’s nipple during a feeding. In general, nipple shields should be considered a short-term solution and used only under the guidance of a lactation consultant.

Nipple shields have some great advantages: [click to continue…]

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Your Personal Summer: Beat the Menopause Heat

July 13, 2017
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When the temperatures are rising and it has nothing to do with the thermometer outside, you might be having what some call “your own personal summer.” “You might want to take your clothes off and run naked through a winter storm,” laughed Annette Dillon, APRN, a Methodist Physicians Clinic Women’s Center menopause practitioner certified by the North American […]

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When More than One is On The Way

June 22, 2017
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Expecting multiples means double, triple or even quadruple the excitement. It also means an increase in the amount of face time they’ll receive with their health care provider to ensure that both mom and babies are safe. “When we’re talking about multiple pregnancies, each pregnancy is different,” Dr. Neil Hamill, a maternal fetal medicine specialist […]

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The Right Nutrition for a Healthy Baby

May 18, 2017
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Even if you eat healthy, prenatal vitamins are still an important addition to an expecting mom’s diet. The number one reason why prenatal vitamins are vital? Folic acid. “Without enough folic acid there can be issues with the baby and with the pregnancy that pertain to the brain and spine,” said Dr. Rachel Swim, OB/GYN […]

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What’s a “Normal” Period?

April 20, 2017
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“Aunt Flo.” “That Time of the Month.” “Code Red.” “The Curse.” “Leak Week.” A woman’s period can be as different as the more than 5,000 ways to describe it. And since every woman’s body is different, what should you really expect when it comes to your monthly visitor? What is a “normal” period, anyway?

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The Constipation Conversation

March 25, 2017
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Alright, ladies. We’re going to have the talk that most of us want to have, but simply doesn’t happen. (Much like the topic itself.) Yes, we’re talking constipation. Constipation affects an overwhelming number of people – more than 4 million Americans, with women being three times more likely to have stubborn bowels than men. Researchers […]

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What Expecting Moms Need to Know about Gestational Diabetes

February 16, 2017
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When Dr. Antara Pothuloori took the blood test during her pregnancy, she wasn’t too surprised by the results. With a family history of diabetes, she was almost prepared for the news she tested positive for gestational diabetes. “I remember thinking, ‘Well, this is not fun,’” said Dr. Pothuloori with a giggle. Now, Dr. Pothuloori, an […]

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What is a Hysterectomy?

January 26, 2017
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When other therapies have failed, a hysterectomy is often the best solution for a woman who is dealing with symptoms of fibroids or heavy bleeding and doesn’t plan to have any more children. A hysterectomy can solve problems for many women having issues with their reproductive system. “Hysterectomy is a surgical procedure removing the uterus […]

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Provides Fertility Challenges

January 5, 2017
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It’s a complicated disorder that can provide even greater complications for women wanting to start a family. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) can make it difficult – but not impossible – for women to get pregnant. PCOS is a very common among women of reproductive age.  In PCOS, a woman’s ovaries create several fluid-filled sacs called […]

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