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"Fed is Best" by Ame Odom, Lactation Consultant - Dallas, TX

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We have all heard it, “breast is best,” and from what we know about the benefits of choosing to breastfeed that argument is true! However, I feel there is a more important mantra. Fed is best! Sometimes for a few different reasons breastfeeding may not work out the way we expected. Fortunately for us, there are a couple different options that are available to help us feed and grow our precious infants!

Breastfeeding can be challenging and stressful, especially in the first week and even more so if it is your first baby. Along with the recommended 8-12 feedings a day, sometimes we do recommend supplemental feedings of either expressed breast milk or formula. This is usually because baby has lost too much weight, but can also be for other reasons.  Feedings can be tricky until breast milk comes in and once it has, things change all over again!

Constipation and Abdominal Pain

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My 5-year-old daughter loves to ask me to buy Activia, so she can “poop more” and because of her impression, thanks to crafty marketing, that Activia has more vitamins than her favorite yogurt. We see constipation constantly in the pediatric office and it is, no doubt, a struggle for many children in the first world. In contrast, diarrhea is the leading killer of children in the third world.

Back to School with ADD/ADHD

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As the end of summer vacation is approaching, some of our patients diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) will stop taking their medications. Other families decide to keep their child on their medication year round. There is not a right or wrong way. Each family decides what works best for their child. Each of our patients diagnosed with ADHD are unique, and therefore have different needs or reasons for taking stimulant medications.

National Breastfeeding Week

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We celebrate moms this week—breastfeeding moms, pumping moms, supplementing moms and formula feeding moms. This week is a great opportunity to talk about breastfeeding. But first, this week is also a great opportunity to talk about what happens when breastfeeding doesn’t go well. We see moms in our practice every day who struggle with breastfeeding for a variety of reasons—poor latch, insufficient supply, etc. Through all of the struggles, our primary priority is the health of you moms and your babies. We want your baby to be healthy and to grow! For those moms who struggle, we support you and encourage you to meet with our lactation consultants. Sometimes, however, breastfeeding is not best for mom or baby and we want you to know, that is OK too!

Parenting and Power Struggles

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Roughly 20% of all children will present with a psychiatric diagnosis before 18. Asking for a family tree of psychiatric problems at the first well baby visit might someday become part of pediatric screening and at some point, mapping out genetic susceptibility to psychiatric illness is probably a good idea for each child. But parents can prepare for psychiatric problems also by employing the best positive parenting practices—minimizing power struggles and simultaneously taking care to get to know their child’s motivations and feelings as well as possible.