Head-to-Toe Health

What to Expect After a C-Section

By Teresa Stackhouse, MSW, RN, BSN, IBCLC

As an RN who worked postpartum, I often heard the same refrain from mothers who had C-sections, “I didn’t expect it to hurt this much.” This was true for those mothers who had unexpected C-sections as well as planned and repeat sections. The sense that I got from these mothers is that because C-sections are such common procedures (nearly 1/3 of deliveries are sections) they should be like getting a cavity filled or mole removed. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Healthcare workers are guilty of minimizing the procedure. C-sections may be common place for an OB nurse, but not for the new mama.

How to Become a Breast Milk Donor

By Teresa Stackhouse, MSW, RN, BSN, IBCLC

Have you ever been in the position where you’ve had to throw out breast milk because you knew that your infant or toddler would never be able to finish it before it expires? Are you an overproducer with more breast milk in your freezer than your little one will ever consume? Would you like to do something wonderful and selfless? Would you like to help the sickest, most frail creatures on the planet? If so, you might be a good candidate to donate your breast milk.

Mom's remedies to being sick

A recent bout with common childhood illnesses (colds, ear infections, etc.) among my three grandchildren got me to thinking about “mom remedies.”

Five ways to reduce accidents

Bicycling is a great way for children and their parents to get exercise, but it's important to follow a few safety rules. Both children and adults should wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet and ride a bike that is the right size, has functioning brakes, and fully inflated tires, according to National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration. The
NHTSA also recommends that children younger than 10 years old ride on
the side walk.
Parents riding with their children in the street should follow the rules of the road and use bright colored clothing or gear to make yourself more visible to drivers.

Baby’s First Toothbrush?

You’ve suffered through sleepless nights, crying, and a constant stream of drool as those first tiny, white teeth poked through. But now how do you take care of them?

10 Ways to Keep Your Kids Active

Kids naturally want to move. They are born wanting to explore, to test themselves, to climb higher and reach farther and run faster.

Common Breastfeeding Challenges

Just when you thought you and your baby had gotten the hang of breastfeeding, it starts hurt. When this happens, something is wrong. Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed your baby, but it does include its fair share of challenges, even after nursing is established. And new moms are often so busy taking care of baby that they neglect themselves. If you experience pain when nursing, consider the following fixes to common breastfeeding challenges.

Labor & Delivery: The Second Time Around

My first pregnancy, I was prepared weeks in advance for labor and delivery. My bags were packed and I'd read all the books. Five years later, and thirty-nine weeks pregnant with my second son, my doctor told me after an ultrasound appointment that I needed to be induced the following day.

Breastfeeding 101 and Resources

Breastfeeding is the most convenient way to provide your baby with a meal—lunch is always ready, it’s cheap, and there are no bottles to sterilize or formula to mix. But aside from convenience, breastfeeding is healthy and beneficial for baby and mom in a number of ways.

What you need to know about baby's first year

Baby’s first year is both magical and mysterious. The magic happens with each smile and coo, and with every milestone reached.

The mystery happens with each fever and sniffle, and with every miserable night of inconsolable wailing and fussiness.

Figuring out what’s wrong with your little one is difficult, and deciding how best to treat it is sometimes even more confusing. We’ve put together a little cheat sheet of remedies and ideas for the most common causes of discomfort during a baby’s first year.