Breast Feeding

July 29, 2020

The Breast Is Best: Baby-friendly Hospitals Support Breastfeeding for Its Lasting Benefits

By Cheri Hinshelwood World Breastfeeding Week in August is a great time to celebrate the long-term health benefits of breastfeeding — the most natural and nutritious way to sustain babies. “Many new moms haven’t had much exposure to breastfeeding and have to learn quickly to gain confidence and an understanding of how to be successful,” […]

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January 18, 2020

Handle with Care: Managing Cold and Flu Season for Mothers-to-be

By Trisha McBride Ferguson Winter weather means cooler temperatures and an increase in the occurrence of colds and influenza (the flu). For pregnant women and those breastfeeding, these common ailments bring special considerations. Knowing what to do if you catch a cold or the flu is important to keeping both mother and baby healthy. Safety […]

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August 2, 2018

Are Pain Medications Safe for Babies While Breastfeeding?

By Lorrie Harris-Sagaribay, MPH, MotherToBaby North Carolina Safe and effective pain management requires careful consideration for anyone, but breastfeeding moms have an additional factor to consider: the possible effects of pain medications on their breastfeeding babies. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends avoiding the use of codeine and tramadol while breastfeeding. Codeine and […]

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July 12, 2018

Nailing Down the Facts – Is it Safe to Get a Manicure or Pedicure during Pregnancy?

By Lorrie Harris-Sagaribay, MotherToBaby North Carolina For many women, getting their nails done is an easy way to feel pampered, pretty or professional. But if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you might wonder if it’s safe for you to go to a nail salon and sit among the fumes or have chemicals applied to your nails. […]

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June 1, 2018

Got Milk? Providing the Right Mix of Nutrients for Premature Babies

Moms do so many amazingly wonderful things for their kids. Breastfeeding is probably the most important thing they can do for their babies. Making sure infants have the nutrients they need to grow healthy and strong is the goal of Mission Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Infant/Nutrition (PIN) Room. “It is extremely important to have an area […]

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February 23, 2017

Embrace the Benefits of Breastfeeding for a Healthy Baby and Mother

As a new mom, breastfeeding is one of the best ways you can give your newborn a healthy start in life. But it also offers you many surprising benefits, from losing extra weight to saving time and money. A Healthy Start Breast milk is the most complete form of nutrition for a baby. “It has […]

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December 21, 2016

Holiday Advice for Moms-To-Be and New Moms

Lorrie Harris-Sagaribay, coordinator of MotherToBaby NC, answers questions for moms-to-be and new moms. I’m pregnant. Is an occasional glass of wine okay? There is no “safe” level of alcohol during pregnancy. Exposure to alcohol has a direct effect on your baby’s brain development throughout, and even after, pregnancy. Avoid risks by choosing nonalcoholic beverages. What […]

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August 1, 2016

Breastfeeding at Work – Your Baby Can Get the Health Benefits of Breast Milk

The tender moments you spend caring for your newborn are priceless. As your return to work approaches, you wonder if continuing to breastfeed is possible. “Start with a good plan,” said Julie Holcomb, RN, IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant), with Mission Health’s Breastfeeding Center and Boutique. Holcomb offers tips for successful breastfeeding at work: […]

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November 25, 2015

Mission Hospital Receives Baby-Friendly Redesignation

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 24, 2015) – Mission Hospital has been redesignated as a Baby-Friendly birth facility. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. Based on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, this prestigious international award, started by […]

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