Friday, March 22, 2013

Lansinoh CLC Gina Cicatelli Ciagne Featured in USA Today

Originally posted in the USA Today Expectant Parents Supplement on Friday, March 22, 2013


Breastfeeding 101 
by Gina Cicatelli Ciagne

Breastfeeding is natural but does not always come naturally
  • While breastfeeding is not supposed to hurt, it is common to experience some soreness while you adjust. If pain persists, gently unlatch baby and re-latch so you can be sure her mouth is wide open and able to take in more than just the nipple.
Breastfed newborns nurse a lot
  • On average, your baby will feed at least 10-12 times every 24 hours and sometimes more– including waking at night to feed every 1-3 hours too! Breast milk production is based on supply and demand. As your body releases milk, it begins to replenish it again.
Also featured in the USA Today Expectant Parents Supplement was Dr. Thomas Hale, author of "Medications and Mothers' Milk: A Manual of Lactational Pharmacology"

Breastfeeding and Pharmaceutical Drugs
By Dr. Thomas Hale

The common phrase “Do not take while pregnant or breastfeeding” examined by an expert

It is generally thought that women can ask their physicians about various medications they can take to relieve common ailments like nausea, vomiting and depression during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Unfortunately, even in the age of Google and other advances in technology and health care, many of today’s providers remain unsure about the risks specific medications pose to unborn children and infants. Rather than prescribing a substance that might put the baby in jeopardy, physicians often decide to forego treatment of the mother or advise mothers to stop breastfeeding, depriving babies of significant physical and mental health benefits of breast milk. In rare cases, some physicians may advise the mother to terminate her pregnancy.

Learn what’s real 

The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center established the InfantRisk Center in 2010 as a central source of information to help women and health care providers sort out their options and provide accurate evidence-based counsel on what medications are safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding. The international call center’s staff and website has developed two-way relationships with millions of pregnant and breastfeeding mothers to create healthy breastfeeding relationships, reduce the number of birth defects and unnecessary pregnancy terminations.The center expanded its services worldwide to provide 24/7 access to up-to-date, evidence-based information about the use of medications during pregnancy and breastfeeding through their website and a smartphone application for health care professionals. 

A better resource

In the future, the center hopes to launch a free app for consumers to provide them with the most current information available on medications and product safety to continue to protect mothers and infants throughout the world.

Dr. Thomas Hale is a clinical pharmacologist and considered one of the leading experts in the field of human lactation and the use of medication. This article was originally published in the USA Today Expectant Parents Supplement on Friday, March 22, 2013.

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