Saturday, November 27, 2010

Cold Remedies and Breastfeeding

Quite often, nursing mothers will wonder if it is safe to take cold medicine while breastfeeding. Generally speaking, there is little risk to your baby from taking over-the-counter remedies for a brief period of time. However, some drugs are safer than others; and a few can have a negative impact on milk production. The InfantRisk Center of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at Amarillo has a helpful analysis of common cough and cold remedies.

On a personal note, although I try to avoid all drugs while pregnant or nursing, if I am really miserable with a cold I will take Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil). Not only does it relieve the pain of a headache, sore throat, etc., but its anti-inflammatory property will reduce swelling in mucous membranes such as your nose and sinuses, making it easier to breathe. And, according to InfantRisk, Ibuprofen is "the preferred analgesic in breastfeeding mothers as only small amounts get into milk".

Friday, June 04, 2010

Cesarian Sections

The Academic OB/Gyn has an interesting, if somewhat technical, discussion of single vs. double layer suturing to close up the uterus after a c-section. For what it's worth, my birth plan includes a request for double-layer suturing should surgery be necessary.

And speaking of surgical births, the Philadelphia Inquirer this week published Dangerous delivery shows peril of multiple C-sections:
The case points out a fundamental truth about surgical delivery: a first cesarean for most women leads to a cesarean with every pregnancy. And while a first section is quick, easy to perform, and rarely complicated, each repeat surgery carries greater risk.
A risk which, sadly, most women are not made aware of.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Homebirth Dads

Natural Papa Derek Markham has a series on his blog, 10 Questions for Homebirth Dads. One of the dads interviewed, Jorge Cuevas, is the producer of the video Homebirth Dads. Haven't seen it, but it looks neat.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Sling Recall

Babywearing advocates and organizations are rejoicing today at the news of Infantino's recall of its bag-style slings. Expert babywearers have been saying for years that these types of slings are unsafe. Check Babywearing International for more safety info.