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Why was crawling eliminated from CDC developmental milestones?

Why was crawling eliminated from CDC  developmental milestones?
by Juliana Plank, Doctor of Physical Therapy

I was surprised to hear that the CDC updated developmental milestones for the first time in 20 years and I was shocked that crawling was omitted as a milestone altogether.

According to the CDC, the guidelines were revised to prompt parents and pediatricians to screen for and refer infants to early intervention as soon as the delay is identified. Continue reading

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1) Full Time Sales Associate  2) Part Time Sales Associate

Both Sales Positions perform all aspects of selling retail products, support services and classes offered at The Pump Station & Nurtury. This includes, but is not limited to greeting and welcoming customers, suggestive selling, closing the sale, and accurately completing sales on the point-of-sale register. Position also includes daily maintenance of sales floor & overall store appearance, to always ensure a clean and professional environment for customers and employees.
Ideal candidates have retail sales experience, an aptitude for various retail software systems and must be able to lift 50 pounds or more.
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Is a Plant-Based or Vegan Diet Safe While Breastfeeding?

Is a Plant-Based or Vegan Diet Safe While Breastfeeding?

Wander the isles at any supermarket and you’ll find an increasing number of plant-based (or vegan) options.  Plant-based eating is on the rise, and while a plant-based diet is considered by many experts to be safe and healthy, breastfeeding parents might ask, “Is it safe to eat a completely plant-based diet while breastfeeding?”  The answer may surprise you!

Why do people make the switch to a plant-based diet? The number of people in the US who identify as vegan has increased 19% since 2002, and supermarkets have reported a 65% increase in demand for plant-based products.  People who identify as female are far more likely than males to be vegetarian or vegan, and people who make the switch to a plant-based diet cite that they are doing so because of ethical, environmental and health reasons.  Factory farming and concern for animal welfare, the environmental toll meat production causes, and perceived health outcomes for making the shift are among the most common reasons cited.  

 Vegan VS. plant-based. A vegan does not consume or use any animal products at all to avoid cruelty to animals.  Vegans don’t eat honey or gelatin, don’t use beeswax, avoid wearing wool, down and leather, and they carefully read labels to avoid animal-based ingredients in personal care products.  Plant-based eating includes mostly foods derived from plants in the pursuit of better health outcomes or for environmental reasons.  If someone is plant-based, they may still wear leather and wool and won’t necessarily avoid animal products in toiletries or supplements.

 Is a plant-based diet safe while breastfeeding?  

Not surprisingly the answer is more nuanced than a simple yes or no.  What matters most, according to nutritional research comparing the human milk (breastmilk) of plant based vs. omnivore people, is the long-term nutritional status of the breastfeeding person.  Have they been carefully planning their diet to include all of the necessary nutrients to support both themself and their growing baby?  Are they currently taking the recommended supplements for people eating a plant-based diet, and if so, for how long?  In short, what is their long-term nutritional status?

 Breastfeeding Vegans Must Take Supplemental B12 and DHA.

 B12 is essential for the neurological development of babies both in utero and as newborns.  It is also important for the formation of DNA.  Deficiency can lead to neurological damage and irreversible cognitive impairment.  Omnivores rely on animal products for B12, and plant-based foods contain no B12 unless they are fortified (like fortified nut mylks and cereals).  Amazingly, B12 is not produced by the animal being consumed, but by anaerobic microorganisms found in the soil upon which animals graze.  Because of factory farming, many animals are no longer able to graze, so their food is fortified with supplemental B12. B12 is stored in the animal’s tissues, which is then consumed by humans. Vegans can just cut out the “middle-cow” and take a B12 supplement or regularly include fortified foods like plant mylks, cereals and plant-based meat substitutes.   The National Institute of Health recommends breastfeeding people take 2.8 micrograms per day.  Most supplemental B12 has several times that dose, so taking it a few times per week is all that’s needed.

DHA is essential for a developing immune system and formation of eyes and nerves found in the brain. Needs increase while pregnant and breastfeeding, and while foods like Chia seeds, ground flax seeds, soy beans, and walnuts are high in omega 3 fatty acids, the conversion of these foods to DHA in the body is inadequate. Because of the increased need for DHA during pregnancy and breastfeeding, vegans are at an increased risk for deficiency.  Taking a plant- based DHA supplement (made from Algal Oil) is recommended.  Although 100-200 mg of DHA per day is usually recommended, emerging research suggests that a significantly higher dose of 1000mg is better.

 Other nutrients to consider as a plant-based breastfeeder.

Iodine:  Important for thyroid development and function, Iodine is usually found in eggs, dairy and animal based seafood..  Most experts recommend against relying on seaweed as the main source of plant-based iodine as the dose is difficult to control and too much or too little iodine can have a negative effect on thyroid function.  If you are plant-based, the easiest way to obtain iodine is by regularly consuming iodized salt.  Many people have moved away from using iodized salt in their homes in favor of sea salt, which contains no iodine.  The CDC recommends 290 mg per day for bf mothers-a teaspoon of salt contains 250 mg.

 

Iron: Iron needs during pregnancy and breastfeeding increase significantly! Regardless of diet, all pregnant and breastfeeding people are at risk for iron deficiency. During pregnancy, iron levels are extremely important because this is when a developing baby stores all the iron they’ll need for the first 6 months of life!  Plant-based foods are very high in non-heme iron and while there is some controversy surrounding the need for heme vs non heme iron (non heme is less bioavailable), it is thought that vegans can obtain what they need through diet.  Adding a food high in vitamin c to an iron rich food can increase absorption (ex. spinach with a squeeze of lemon).  

Other nutrients of concern

Calcium, zinc, folic acid, protein: Plants are rich in these nutrients.  Be sure to eat a well- balanced diet high in healthy fats, whole carbohydrates and plant-based protein and ensure increased intake of calories by 350-500 per day.

(*While the term “breastfeeding” is used here, we honor and acknowledge that not all people who birth babies and choose human milk feeding use the gendered term “mother” or have “breasts”. 

The information contained in this post is not a substitute for sound medical advice.  Please talk to your doctor or a registered dietician with any specific questions about the safety of a plant-based diet while breastfeeding)

By Allison Mahurin RN, IBCLC

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Pictures In the Park or By the Sea!

Pictures In the Park or By the Sea!
We're excited to announce that due to popular demand we'll be bringing back Pictures in The Park and adding a few photo sessions By the Sea! So, if you're looking for a special gift for Mom or Dad this Mother's or Father's Day, there's nothing better than the gift of a beautiful memory! Continue reading

Good Moms Get Postpartum Depression Too!

Good Moms Get Postpartum Depression Too!
Did you know that new mothers’ brains are wired to respond to any sign of infant distress or discomfort? In many ways, new moms are living in a constant state of high alert. In fact, pediatrician and psychoanalyst, D.W. Winnicott, coined the term “primary maternal preoccupation” back in the 1950’s to describe the special mental state of the mother in the perinatal period. This state involves a greatly increased sensitivity to and focus upon the needs of her baby. Winnicott said that this preoccupation, while obsessive in nature, enables the mother to read her baby’s signals and meet her baby’s needs. Continue reading

Comedian Chelsea Skidmore is having a baby!

Comedian Chelsea Skidmore is having a baby!
And, she has lots of questions before welcoming Baby Gia at the end of March. So, she invited us to come in and join us on her podcast "The Chelsea Skidmore Show" and talk all things baby care 101, lactation, sleep, partner support, newborn tips & tricks, and more! We invite you to check out of this very informational and very fun interview. Continue reading

15 Tips for Breastfeeding Moms Who Travel

15 Tips for Breastfeeding Moms Who Travel

15 Secret Travel Tips We Don't Want New Moms to Miss! 

Since the Holidays and travel often go hand in hand, we thought this would be the perfect time to share a few invaluable ideas we've collected from both mothers and our Breastfeeding Specialists to help make any trip a little easier! 

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Understanding the Surrogacy Process

Understanding the Surrogacy Process

Understanding the Surrogacy Process: What It Is and How It Works

Surrogacy is life changing. Whether you are a hopeful intended parent or a prospective surrogate considering this journey, you probably have many questions about how this process works. Let’s look at the surrogacy process in chronological order...

 

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Vivaio Days Multi-Purpose Products: Made for Babies, Stolen by adults.

Vivaio Days Multi-Purpose Products: Made for Babies, Stolen by adults.

VIVAIO (vee-vi-oh)
or ‘nursery’ in Italian has two meanings; it’s a place where young plants grow and a place where little kids learn as they grow.

OLD WISDOM MEETS ORGANIC SCIENCE

VIVAIODAYS is inspired by the natural remedies used over centuries by different groups, tribes and cultures in different parts of the world. In our European labs, organic science complements and enhances these traditional remedies.

 

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