Laid back breastfeeding

Your newborn is rooting around showing you she's hungry. You get yourself set up with pillows or a boppy to prop her up, and then you bring her into a traditional position (like football, cradle, cross cradle), but she refuses to latch. She arches her back and pushes away from the breast. You know she's hungry but you aren't sure why she's pushing away from the breast. She's literally doing the opposite of what you need her to do to eat.

Electronic fetal monitoring?

Too much or too little? That question summarizes the dilemma across the board in obstetrics. Are we doing too much or too little to protect and support mom and baby? Electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) is one more topic in which we thought we were doing too little by only listening to a baby’s heartbeat intermittently and then we overshot by implementing continuous electronic monitoring (cEFM) for majority of U.S women delivering in hospitals. Learn more about cEFM and what it means for you in labor!

The induction talk

To induce or not to induce? There are times when it’s medically necessary to induce because it is safest for mother or baby (or both!). However, if you’ve heard about the ARRIVE study you might have some questions about the benefits and risks associated with an elective induction.

Breastfeeding probs! Or, factors associated with slow infant weight gain

Did your pediatrician tell you to start supplementing because your baby isn’t gaining enough weight? Hearing those words can be frustrating, disappointing, and unhelpful! Slow weight gain may not in itself be the actual problem, but a manifestation of some other factor that should be checked first. What I mean by this is, if your baby isn’t gaining weight the solution isn’t ONLY to supplement. We need to figure out what else may be causing slow weight gain in your infant- the slow weight gain is a symptom of some other condition. Slow weight gain can be caused by a factor in the mother, infant, or both!