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Breastfeeding is the best way to ensure your baby has the nutrition she needs to grow and thrive. Breast milk is the perfect food for babies. In fact, it’s called liquid gold because of all the nutrients and antibodies it contains. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of baby’s life.
Some benefits for baby include:
- Increased protection against respiratory infections, allergies and bacterial meningitis.
- Lower risk of getting ear and urinary tract infections.
- Easier digestion (breast milk is easier on baby’s intestines).
- Decreased likelihood of constipation, diarrhea or reflux.
- Enhanced brain development.
- Lower likelihood of obesity as teenagers and adults.
Some benefits for mom include:
- A quicker recovery after childbirth, reduced risk of postpartum bleeding and a higher likelihood of returning to your pre-pregnancy weight than mothers who formula feed.
- Increased self-confidence and feelings of closeness and bonding with your baby. Physical contact is important to newborns and can help them feel more secure, warm and comforted.
- A lower likelihood of developing ovarian and premenopausal breast cancers, reduced osteoporosis and risk for long-term obesity.
August was World Breastfeeding Month and we asked our Facebook and Google+ communities to share their breastfeeding advice. Here are some highlights of the real-world wisdom they shared with us.
It’s #WorldBreastfeedingMonth. What breastfeeding advice do you have for expecting moms?
- Don’t give up. It will get easier.
- Don’t freak out if you can’t get it at first, it will come and if you end up bottle feeding that’s ok too. As long as you feed the baby that is all that matters.
- Enjoy it if you are able to…some out there can’t for whatever reason breast-feed, but if you can, enjoy that bonding and learn their faces and tickle their cheeks and smile a lot
- It is OK to cry over spilled milk when pumping.
- Ditto on the relax and dont quit. It is worth it!
- Two born at PVH. One breastfed for 15 mos and second adopted at one day old so we chose formula. No matter what you decide as a mom, feel supported and hug those awesome babies!!
- Every baby is different. I had one that went five months. One that we started supplementing formula right away and one that went eight months.
- Don’t give up! It may seem hard at first and you may feel like giving up but don’t! It does get easier I promise! I am on my third kid and all have been a year of nursing and its so good for them and such a great bonding experience:-)
- Know that you can do it and be patient!
- Don’t don’t don’t quit! Once milk comes in you really turn a corner around 6 weeks and it becomes so much easier and enjoyable. Eat clean and as much as you did if not more than when you were pregnant. Infancy is such a small period of time in the grand scale if your (and their) life so really soak it in.. hold & love on your baby endlessly!! Oh and ‘more milk plus’ from Motherlove is an easy way to boost milk production.
- Relax as best you can.
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Do you have more advice for expecting moms? If so, share it with us. We love to hear from you.
This blog was written by Jill Clark, marketing strategist for University of Colorado Health.
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This year is almost over, but it went out with a bang. Thanks to all the human resources staff who worked so hard to put on PVHS holiday parties from the morning at the theater to the Holiday Dinner Dance. So now it’s your turn to help let everyone know. I saw a lot of cameras at all of those events, so I would like to show off our culture to the world! To that end, I would invite everyone who took a picture to post your photo on the PVHS Facebook page so that we can all see extraordinary people have a ton of fun!
Thanks for a great 2010!
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So, I have to tell you what happened the other day. I was attending the meeting of the Board of Governors of The American College of Healthcare Executives (there are wonderful things happening with ACHE…by the way! I hope if you are a healthcare executive that you are actively involved in ACHE…but I digress). So, on the way home I was using my iPad on the airplane, and because I’m generally a dope, I left it in the seat pocket in front of me. I had been sending my daughter Catherine a note on Facebook, and quickly turned it off like a good airplane passenger…then left it in the seat pocket.
Later that night I started getting phone calls and e-mails from a million friends. Apparently someone had found my iPad and couldn’t find any identification and so they turned on the iPad and it opened to my Facebook account. So, he posted on my wall that he had found my iPad and gave everyone his phone number for me to call. Hence…a million people called me! The next morning I was able to track down the good Samaritan and he sent me my iPad the next day via FedEx. Can you even believe this? He found it and sent it back to me. I was so impressed. When I was talking to him he told me that he would have given it to the airlines, but knew that would create more problems than not, so he just took it home and sent it to me himself.
So…who is the hero of this story? It is Hector Morales, a program manager with Electricore, Inc. in Valencia, Calif. I don’t know Hector…but I need to be more like him for sure. Thanks to Hector for making what could have been a miserable experience instead be just a little embarrassing. I also don’t know much about Electricore, Inc., but I know that they have really, really honest people working for them. So, I highly recommend the company and would use them instantly if the opportunity presents itself.
Thank you again Hector!
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Greetings, and welcome to what I hope will be a visionary discussion about healthcare.
I’m writing this blog as a way to share what is happening at Poudre Valley Health System, a multi-facility system headquartered in Fort Collins, Colo.
As president and CEO of PVHS, I think it’s important to offer thoughts and opinions on healthcare, healthcare reform, and what it means to our country in general and northern Colorado specifically.
I also want to increase your knowledge of what we are doing as an organization to meet the needs of our patients in this changing environment. As one of the nation’s top healthcare organizations, PVHS has many beneficial insights and practices that can help move the U.S. healthcare industry ahead in a positive manner that benefits all Americans.
I hope you’ll join the conversation on the blog; dialogue will make our system better. You can also fan us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/poudrevalleyhealthsystem or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pvhsnews.
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