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Reviewing Mom's Health Benefits of Breastfeeding

Although many breastfeeding advocates focus on the positive effects for the baby, moms also reap physical benefits from breastfeeding. For starters, breastfeeding is the best way to get your body back [more…]

Figuring How Medications during Labor Affect Breastfeeding

Sometimes the medications you have during labor affect your first nursing attempt. Some medications make the baby sleepy; some make you sleepy. Here are how some of the common medications given in labor [more…]

Taking Baby in the Bath with You

Bathing with your baby is a convenient way for you to mix play, skin-on-skin contact, warmth, and massage all at once. In this article, we show you how to do so in ways that are safe and enjoyable for [more…]

Recognizing and Responding to Colic

Approximately 25 percent of babies experience colic— a condition that causes babies to cry inconsolably for at least three hours a day at least three days a week. Keep in mind that this is the [more…]

Debunking Breastfeeding Myths

Our friends and family have good intentions — really. But if they actually listened to some of their own suggestions, even they might question them. When it comes to breastfeeding, the people who have [more…]

New Father Complaint: Breastfeeding Baby Gets All the Attention

Most new parents make a joint decision to breastfeed their babies. But even the most supportive dads sometimes feel jealous when the breastfeeding baby gets so much of mom's attention. [more…]

What Pregnant Women and New Mothers Should Know about H1N1

Pregnant women and infants have a higher risk of complications from the H1N1 flu virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). So new mothers and mothers-to-be are naturally [more…]

Caring For Your Baby Post-IVF

When you’ve waited long and tried hard to have a baby, you feel ecstatic when IVF works for you. But even after IVF, you find that caring for a new baby is hard work. Here’s some advice to help you survive [more…]

Postpartum Depression: Dads Get It, Too

The mental and physical strain of having a baby can have deeper effects on more than just mom. Dads can suffer from their own version of postpartum depression: paternal postnatal depression, or PPND. [more…]

Dad's Guide to New Baby: Checking Diaper Contents

Knowing how much food a breast-fed baby is getting is very difficult, especially when your partner is just starting out. To make sure baby is getting enough milk, keep track of wet and poopy diapers for [more…]

Typical Infant Check-up Schedule

In the United Kingdom, various medical professionals will regularly check newborn children to assess how they grow and develop. Use this table as a guide to what you can expect in the first few months [more…]

11 Positive Thoughts to Help Healing from Postpartum Depression

Repeating truths to yourself is quite powerful and can advance your postpartum depression (PPD) recovery in a huge way (and likewise, repeating falsehoods can greatly slow it down). Here are 11 positive [more…]

How to Reverse Negative Thoughts during Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression constantly fills your head with negative thoughts that bring you down. One of the tricks to recovering as quickly as possible is to catch the negatives [more…]

Postpartum Depression: 9 Ways to Get through the Day

Pull yourself out of the deep pit of postpartum depression (PPD) and get back to normal with these essential tips, including some ideas to help you take care of yourself. Sometimes new moms think that [more…]

Postpartum Depression For Dummies Cheat Sheet

When suffering from postpartum depression, the only thing you want to do is feel better — and you want it to be quick. Recovery does take time, but you can still be proactive about making your way through [more…]

What Happens After You Deliver Your Baby?

Women may experience any and every kind of emotion after their babies are born. The spectrum of feelings is truly infinite. Most of the time, you’re completely overcome with joy when your long-awaited [more…]

The Shape of a Newborn's Head

Caput succedaneum — more commonly called caput — refers to a circular area of swelling on the baby's head, located at the spot that pushed against the cervix's opening during delivery. The exact location [more…]

Babies Born with Blotches, Patches, and More

Most people think of newborn skin as blemish-free — the very definition of perfection — but newborns have all kinds of spots and markings. Most disappear within a matter of days or weeks. Some of the most [more…]

How to Prepare Your Baby for Life Outside the Womb

A lot happens in the few hours immediately after your baby is born. He has made a pretty significant change and has a lot to adjust to. The medical staff takes immediate action to give him the best start [more…]

Circumcision and Your Newborn Infant

Circumcision is the surgical removal of a male infant’s penis foreskin. Parents of boy babies must decide whether they want their son to have this procedure performed. The decision to have a circumcision [more…]

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