Why Human Milk Matters, Especially to Preemies

Nutrition is one of the most critical factors in healthy child development, but this is especially true for babies born prematurely. For many preemie parents, the early arrival of their baby quickly turns what was expected to be a blissful time into a period fraught with a host of unexpected decisions – including those involving their fragile baby’s nutrition.

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Understanding a Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Breast cancer is one of the most recognized cancers in the world. Thanks to massive public awareness campaigns, nearly everyone understands the significance behind a pink ribbon, but how many can say they have breast cancer knowledge beyond pink? The truth is, breast cancer is extremely complex and not a one-size-fits-all disease. It’s classified into different types based on the unique biology of each tumor, including the size, whether and where it’s spread, how it looks under the microscope, and what’s causing it to grow at the cellular level, according to the American Cancer Society. Understanding the various biological features is critical, as they help determine treatment decisions and directly affect patient outcomes.

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This is More Than I Signed Up For: How One Mom is Dealing with Crisis

The course of my life was constantly changing and I ended meeting the love of my life, who has now been my husband for 19 years. So when did the real crisis begin? When I gave birth to our first-born son who was a mere 1 lb. 15oz. Fast-forward nine weeks to when he was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. This disability, throughout the milestones (or lack of), proved to be quite severe. Any mom of a special needs child understands the heartbreak, mourning, and readjustments that we go through when faced with having to raise these precious angels. Not to mention, the strain on marriage, finances, and our view of God.

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Taking Care of Your Child’s Eyes in Today’s Digitally Dependent World

It’s clear children’s use of digital technology continues to be an integral part of their lives in both the classroom and at home, and it’s predicted that by 2028 — the year in which kids entering kindergarten this fall will graduate high school — many schools will rely heavily on computer simulations for instruction and will even incorporate virtual worlds into curricula. While these advances in the classroom may enhance learning, many digital devices are still relatively new, and the long-term effects on young eyes are not yet fully known.

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Zika is Preventable! Protect Your Family with 3 Simple Steps

Over the last few weeks, I have had the opportunity to present about the Zika virus – “Zika” – at multiple community events across Maryland. Many women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant have heard about the link between Zika and birth defects and are appropriately concerned. Here are answers to five of their most frequent questions:

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Finding the Perfect Car Seat for Your Family

A car seat can ultimately save your child’s life, so it is very important to understand all the options available to you before you begin shopping. The best car seat is one that fits the child, that fits the vehicle, and that the parent can use correctly every ride. There are numerous categories of car seats available to parents and knowing about each type will help the decision making process easier when choosing the perfect seat for your precious cargo.

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Sleep Better at Night, Feel Better During the Day

Sleeping should be simple, but insomnia and other sleeping disorders prevent many people from getting the rest they need for good health. Internet data suggests that approximately 246,000 searches are done on “insomnia” per month, and 60 percent of American adults report having sleep-related problems several nights a week, according to the American Psychological Association.

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How My Post-Partum Depression (PPD) Affected Breastfeeding My Son

“Why won’t you just latch on?” I whined. It wasn’t like me to act like this, but I knew at that time I wasn’t myself. I had just had my son one week before by C-section. I was sore, tired, and cranky. After I had my son, I received help from a woman who gave me information on all the benefits that came along with breastfeeding. She also taught me how to correctly position my son and get him to latch on. The problem was that I just couldn’t handle it anymore. After one week, all I wanted to do was give up.

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Here’s Why You Really Get Tech Neck: Infographic

Imagine four 15-pound bowling balls atop your head, and you’ll understand why so many people now suffer from “tech neck.” Yep, the equivalent of about 60 pounds is added to the stress on your neck every time you look down at some wireless device — think texting, for example — potentially resulting in everything from headaches to back, shoulder, neck and arm pain.

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