Celebrating World Breast Pumping Day Year Round!

We Celebrate World Breast Pumping Day Year Round!

January 27th was World Breast Pumping Day. However, at ABC Pediatrics, we celebrate this all year long! That's because we are a certified "Family Friendly Breastfeeding Business" as designated by the NC Breastfeeding Coalition. Furthermore, we employ a certified lactation consultant on staff here at ABC.  So, here's more about this special celebration of World Breast Pumping Day. This day was created to acknowledge the time, effort, and dedication that pumping breastmilk requires. According to research from the FDA and CDC, published as the Infant Feeding Practice Study II, up to 85 percent of infants have received pumped breastmilk from a bottle and approximately 18.7% of infants are receiving this pumped breastmilk in the first month of life in the US.

Pumping, or expressing breastmilk is a labor of love. A mother’s choice to pump arises from many different factors, either from choice or need, such as returning to work/school, for medical reasons, or latching difficulties. Regardless of choice or need, mothers providing pumped breastmilk to their infant are still providing the best nutritional start in life. 

For those considering pumping or if you have already incorporated pumping, here are some considerations:

  • Choose your pump wisely - Pumps are designed for different uses. Knowing your reason for pumping (everyday vs once in a while) should be one of the first factors you consider when deciding what type of pump to get.
    •  “Plug in the wall” pumps are reliable and designed for day in and day out pumping. If you plan to only pump - this would be the pump for you. 
    • Battery operated pumps are ideal for moms who are returning to work or moms who need a portable option while traveling.
    • “Wearable” pumps are for pumping on the go. This one is for the mom who has little time to reserve for pumping or wants a portable option for backup. The wearable pump motors are not designed to be your primary pump and are not recommended in the early postpartum days to establish lactation. 
  • Always check with your insurance provider first. Under federal law, most insurances are required to include breast pumps in their plans. Checking your benefits is the place to start to save some money. Also, check for replacement part coverage.
  • Now that you know what type of pump you need and what your options are - do your research on brands! Know the company behind the brand you select. Warranties and customer services reviews are important. 
  • Get fitted!! Having the right size flange to fit the breast is so critical to maximizing production and for avoiding nipple trauma and pain associated with incorrect flange sizing. 
  • Once you have your pump, take the time to learn all its functions and how it operates. Incorrect pump use is a major contributor to production issues. 
  • Replace all your parts frequently. How frequent depends on how often you are using your pump. Usually every 3-4 months is sufficient. 
  • Working with an experienced lactation consultant on your options and getting you correctly sized is the best way to ensure success in your breastfeeding journey. 
  • And yes, pumping is breastfeeding!

Hats off to all the mom who have pumped once, twice, or pump everyday - multiple times a day. Your dedication to providing the best start in life for your baby is commendable and does not go unnoticed. 

Sincerely, Your ABC Family.

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Stephanie Glover, LPN, IBCLC (Board Certified Lactation Consultant)

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Obtaining your New Year’s goals while Breastfeeding

It’s that time again - looking back/reflecting on the past year and setting new goals and expectations for the New Year. While you may or may not put any weight behind resolutions, many people do. Quite often, those New Year’s goals have something to do with diet, exercise, and health. So how can you incorporate those healthy goals while breastfeeding?

First, breastfeeding in and of itself is one of the healthiest decisions you can make, not only for your infant, but yourself as well. Breastfeeding decreases a mother’s risk of breast and ovarian cancer, heart disease, and osteoporosis.  So you are already off to crushing those health goals!

Second, kudos to making a decision to invest in yourself and your health. In Western medicine, diet and exercise are often overlooked as a simple, yet effective way to decrease risks of diseases and in some cases, even stop a disease process altogether. Taking the first step and creating a goal for your health is commendable. You always want to make sure you are ready to begin any diet and exercise program, especially after a recent birth so checking in with your primary care provider beforehand is recommended.  

Breastmilk production is an intricate process that uses the nutrients from a mother’s body and creates a “living” fluid designed with everything a growing babe needs. As such, the way a mother nourishes her body can potentially impact the quality of her breastmilk as well as her production levels. 

According to the CDC, “Breastfeeding mothers generally need more calories to meet their nutritional needs while breastfeeding. An additional 330 to 400 kilocalories (kcal) per day is recommended for well-nourished breastfeeding mothers.” This number can be affected by a mom’s age, activity level, and level of breastfeeding. A healthy, balanced diet with adequate amounts of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates from all food groups is essential for a breastfeeding mom. Restrictive diets that create large calorie deficits and eliminate food groups may have an impact on breastmilk production. Strenuous, heavy exercise may also impact production. So what does all this mean?

Start slow. Increase your water intake and eliminate any sugary drinks and sodas. Swap that dessert for a fruit bowl instead. Aim to eat proteins and veggies at every meal. Don’t skip meals. Occasional fasting has benefits but if not done correctly, it can lead to binging and overeating later. 

Start by taking a brisk, 30 minute walk everyday. Use a stationary bike. Park your car in the spot farthest away from the entrance. Take the stairs. Increase your movement daily. 

These small changes add up. Increased energy levels, better sleep quality, and overall a general sense of wellbeing are often noticed once we are consistent with our diet and exercise choices. 

Good luck! You’ve got this. 

Share some of your 2024 health goals below with a comment or leave some on our social media! 

 

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Alcohol and Breastfeeding

Alcohol and Breastfeeding during the Holidays

A common question I get asked during the holidays is “Can I have an alcoholic drink and still breastfeed” or “ I can just ‘pump and dump’ if I drink, right?” During the festivities of the holidays, from Christmas to New Year, the opportunities to indulge with an alcoholic beverage seem to abound. So, what are the current recommendations regarding alcohol consumption while breastfeeding? Let’s take a look.

The CDC’s website states:

Not drinking alcohol is the safest option for breastfeeding mothers. Generally, moderate alcohol consumption by a breastfeeding mother (up to 1 standard drink per day) is not known to be harmful to the infant, especially if the mother waits at least 2 hours after a single drink before nursing. However, exposure to alcohol above moderate levels through breast milk could be damaging to an infant’s development, growth, and sleep patterns. Alcohol consumption above moderate levels may also impair a mother’s judgment and ability to safely care for her child.”

The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) policy statement:

Breast milk alcohol concentrations closely parallel blood alcohol concentrations, with highest levels in milk occurring 30 to 60 minutes after consuming alcohol. Moderate alcohol consumption by a breastfeeding mother (up to 1 standard drink per day) is not known to be harmful to the infant, especially if the mother waits at least 2 hours after a single drink before nursing or expressing milk to be fed to the infant. Moderate alcohol intake does not appear to affect breastfeeding duration. Consuming more than 2 standard alcoholic drinks daily is discouraged.”

Basically, no alcohol consumption while breastfeeding is preferred but one website states “up to 1 drink daily” is not a problem for the infant and the other specifically mentions no more than 2 drinks per day. But how much alcohol is actually passing into breastmilk? There has been so much research on breastmilk and infant feeding over the past decade or so. We’ve known alcohol passes into breastmilk and therefore is available to the infant so a lot of older advice or information centered around not breastfeeding at all during alcohol consumption or “pumping and dumping”, the act of expressing our breastmilk and discarding it or using it for some other purpose. What we now know is alcohol passes into breast milk and out of breast milk at the same rate and ratios as it passes into our bloodstream and out of our bloodstream.  We also know the more drinks we have, the higher levels of alcohol are in our blood and therefore, the higher levels of alcohol that are available in breastmilk. According to the CDC, “Alcohol levels are usually highest in breast milk 30-60 minutes after an alcoholic beverage is consumed, and can be generally detected in breast milk for about 2-3 hours per drink after it is consumed.” The idea that you can have a drink or two, then wait 2 hours before feeding comes from this knowledge. Some other outdated advice has been for moms to “pump and dump” but again the CDC states, “The alcohol level in breast milk is essentially the same as the alcohol level in a mother’s bloodstream. Expressing or pumping milk after drinking alcohol, and then discarding it (“pumping and dumping”), does NOT reduce the amount of alcohol present in the mother’s milk more quickly. As the mother’s alcohol blood level falls over time, the level of alcohol in her breast milk will also decrease.”

So, how much is too much? Generally speaking, indulging in 1-2 drinks at a holiday party is not considered to be harmful while breastfeeding. There is no need to wait 2 hours before latching your infant and no need to “pump and dump” and no cause for concern. *However, all sources agree that caring for an infant while intoxicated is never recommended and bedsharing/co-sleeping while or after drinking is strongly discouraged as well. 

 

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Stephanie Glover, LPN, IBCLC (Board Certified Lactation Consultant)

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Phone: 910-892-1333

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Tips For Infant Feeding During Holiday Meals

All the Holiday Goodies!!

Everyone loves holiday gatherings and if you have a little one this holiday season, it can be tough to know what is ok to feed at these special mealtimes. Here are some tips for infant feeding during holiday meals:

Is your baby under 6 months old? If yes, breastmilk or formula are the only recommended and acceptable food. These recommendations are straight from the World Health Organization, the CDC, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Breastmilk and/or formula provides a complete nutritional profile for your growing infant, so foods at this time are unnecessary and may even contribute to tummy issues after feeding.

If your baby is over 6 months old AND is ready for and interested in foods, let the party begin!

  • Food comes AFTER milk feeds. Breastmilk and/or formula is the primary source of nutrition until age 1. Your baby can not physically eat enough foods to get all the nutrition they need for the physical growth that occurs during the first year. 
  • Always stay with your baby while feeding
  • Avoid excess spices and salts
  • Limit sugars and desserts
  • Water only with meals – no juices or teas
  • Small, bite-sized, well cooked and easily mashed foods like potatoes,sweet potatoes, and green beans provide nutrients like vitamins A, C, B complex, and minerals like potassium, zinc, and magnesium.
  • Shredded dark meats and leafy greens are rich in iron
  • Small bites of deviled egg filling are good source of healthy fats
  • Fresh bite sized fruit is always a compliment to any meal

If this is your baby’s first time with foods, remember to introduce new foods slowly, one every 3 to 4 days to monitor for any intolerances. Always discuss your baby’s development and readiness to start foods with your pediatrician.

 

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Stephanie Glover, LPN, IBCLC (Board Certified Lactation Consultant)

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Phone: 910-892-1333

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Breastfeeding and Illness During Cold and Flu Season

Breastfeeding and Illness During Cold and Flu Season

Cold and flu season is upon us. Getting sick while being a mom is never easy and breastfeeding while you or the baby is sick can have challenges. Here are some ways to get you through this year’s cold and flu season while breastfeeding:

Consider the flu vaccine and wash your hands!

Children under 6 months of age aren’t eligible to get the flu vaccine but pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, siblings, and other family members are. Getting your flu vaccine while pregnant or breastfeeding and encouraging other family members to do the same is the best way to help prevent the flu in younger babies. Hand washing and general hygiene measures are other effective ways to prevent germ sharing.

If you do get a cold or the flu

Symptoms of the flu include sore throat, nasal congestion, dry cough, fatigue, muscle aches, weakness, headache, and fever greater than 100.4. You may be contagious up to 24 hours before symptoms appear and up to 7 days after symptoms develop. 

If you develop cold/flu symptoms, you should continue to breastfeed using extra precautions like handwashing, sanitizing surfaces, and using tissues when coughing/sneezing. You can not pass a cold or flu through your breastmilk to your baby. In fact, breast milk contains millions of immune cells, even more when you are sick and your baby is getting those extra germ fighting cells with every feed! This is nature’s way of protecting the baby while breastfeeding continues.

Taking care of yourself

In most healthy adults, treatments for the cold and flu are comfort measures. Making sure you take in plenty of fluids and eat nourishing foods. Use saline sprays and humidifiers for nasal congestion and throat lozenges for sore throat and cough. If you are sick enough to need antiviral medications, Tamiflu is preferred for breastfeeding mothers over other antiviral medications. 

If you need to take over the counter (OTC) medications to help treat symptoms, most OTC medications are compatible with breastfeeding but some medications are preferred over others. Choose shorter acting medications (medications you need to take every 4-6 hours) over medications that last longer. Medications containing Sudafed (pseudoephedrine) may cause a decrease in production and should be avoided if possible. Always nurse your baby or pump immediately prior to taking medications to limit passage into breast milk. Contact an IBCLC or use LactMed’s online database to look up medications and their compatibility with breastfeeding.

If your baby gets sick 

Even when your baby is sick, breast milk provides all the hydration and nutrition your baby needs. Breast milk is easy to digest and provides protection (remember those immune cells?). Saline drops with gentle nasal suctioning, using a humidifier, with smaller, more frequent feeds may help with congestion during feeds. Contact your pediatrician if fever develops, feeding difficulties last longer than 24 hours, or if you notice a decrease in the number of wet diapers your baby is having in 24 hours. 

The picture above shows the protective effects of breast milk against germs. The “cloudy” parts of the plate are where germs are reproducing and growing. The white dots in the center are drops of breastmilk. The clear area surrounding the breast milk is the “protected” area surrounding breastmilk. Science experiment shows the amazing powers of breastmilk

Check out these other resources:

Influenza (Flu) | Breastfeeding | CDC

Influenza Season Recommendations for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Mothers | InfantRisk Center

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Stephanie Glover, LPN, IBCLC (Board Certified Lactation Consultant)

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Phone: 910-892-1333

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Breast Cancer Awareness and Breastfeeding

Are Mammograms safe while breastfeeding?

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among women of reproductive age. Although breastfeeding reduces the risk of breast cancer, routine screenings are important in early detection and treatment. Recently, the recommendations for breast cancer screenings have changed and routine screenings (mammograms) are now recommended once yearly beginning at age 40 for all women. Insurances are required to cover these annual screening mammograms. With these changes to begin screenings at an earlier age, more women find themselves breastfeeding at the time when annual screenings begin. 

Can you get a mammogram while breastfeeding? Yes, you can! Mammograms are safe to get while breastfeeding. You will need to nurse or pump immediately before the mammogram and you want to make sure the radiologist reading the mammogram is aware you are breastfeeding and as the lactating breast is more complex in structure.

Self breast exams are no longer recommended as a screening tool as they have not been shown to reduce breast cancer deaths, however, they are useful for you to learn what your breasts feel like and with regular use, you may notice changes. Self breast exams should never replace breast exams by your provider or annual screenings. 

Links for breast cancer data:

 

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Stephanie Glover, LPN, IBCLC (Board Certified Lactation Consultant)

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Phone: 910-892-1333

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Breastfeeding is never “All or Nothing”

Breastfeeding is never "All or Nothing"

“This isn’t how I thought this would be”. Have you ever found yourself thinking as much? Breastfeeding doesn't always go according to how you planned. Maybe you planned to latch only and didn’t want to pump but found latch was difficult and you had to pump. Perhaps there was a birth trauma and the baby wasn’t able to latch and you had to pump to establish production. What if medical complications required supplementation? You may have returned to work earlier than you planned. Whatever the reason, it's important to understand that breastfeeding doesn't have to be "all or nothing." Every drop of breastmilk counts, and you are a breastfeeding parent by providing breast milk no matter how long you are able to do it, no matter if you latch or pump, and no matter whether you supplement or not. How you feed your baby does not define your success as a parent. 

Those early days and weeks are important to establishing breast milk production so early education and intervention is key. Take prenatal breastfeeding classes, in person or online. Learn techniques for latch and positioning. Locate your resources ahead of time. Find pediatricians that support breastfeeding and have breastfeeding resources available in their office for moms. And last, find your support team. Navigating the world with a new baby can be tough. Having support is crucial to success. 

Whatever your breastfeeding journey looks like, we are here for it all - latching, pumping, supplementing, and weaning. 

 

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Stephanie Glover, LPN, IBCLC (Board Certified Lactation Consultant)

Contact Stephanie:  Send a Portal Message

Phone: 910-892-1333

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Miranda McGee, PA-C

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Miranda McGee, PA-C

Miranda McGee, PA-C was born and raised in Knightdale, North Carolina. She graduated from Campbell University with a Bachelors in Biology and then a Masters in Physician Assistant Practice making her a “double hump” camel. With experience in family medicine and pediatrics, she feels called to continue working in pediatrics. Miranda is honored to work with families providing care for their children as if they were her own. She enjoys spending time with her wonderful husband, serving at church, and traveling.

Kayla R. Darkow, PA-C

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Kayla R. Darkow, PA-C

Kayla R. Darkow, PA-C was born and raised in Norwood, NC.  She attended Campbell University for her undergraduate degree in Biology as well as her Masters of Physician Assistant Practice. She joined ABC Pediatrics in August, 2023 with previous experience in outpatient psychiatry. She looks forward to serving the pediatric community. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and being with friends.

This is our Why! Celebrating National Breastfeeding Month 2023

This is our Why! Celebrating National Breastfeeding Month 2023

Breastfeeding is a personal feeding choice, and yet it is often a topic of public discussion. Although natural, breastfeeding may come with challenges, some we prepare for and some we can’t. From the first time mom to the mom who has breastfed before, every pregnancy and every baby is different and therefore every feeding journey is different. Everyone, from our family, our neighbor, and even a stranger in the supermarket, loves to give advice on how, when, and what to feed those cute new babies but often that’s where the support ends. Over the past 70 years, the support women receive after childbirth has changed.  At one time, a new mom, regardless if it was her first child or her 10th, had a village of support with other mothers, grandmothers, aunt, sisters, and neighbors who supported her in those early days to rest and establish that coveted breastfeeding bond. Over time and with changes in society and culture, that level of support is no longer guaranteed and is often considered a luxury. And with those changes, support for new moms is more valuable than ever, regardless of feeding choice. 

 

August is National Breastfeeding Month,  with August 1st-7th designated as World Breastfeeding Week. The theme for this year is “This is Our Why”. This month we celebrate our successes, no matter how small, we share our driving force, our motivation to push through those early challenges to continue breastfeeding in any form. We share our resources and empower families to make informed feeding choices. Join us in celebrating our successes and challenges by visiting our Facebook page and sharing your why! You can also comment directly on this blog post.

 

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Stephanie Glover, LPN, IBCLC (Board Certified Lactation Consultant)

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Stephanie Glover, LPN, IBCLC

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Stephanie Glover, LPN, IBCLC (Board Certified Lactation Consultant)

Stephanie is a Harnett County native and a previous patient at ABC Pediatrics. She attended nursing school at Central Carolina Community College and began work at ABC Pediatrics in 2008. She has worked beside many providers during her 14 years as a nurse at ABC Pediatrics. Always a breastfeeding advocate, she attended Wichita State University in 2011 and NC State University in 2022 to earn her board certification as a Lactation Consultant. As a board certified lactation consultant, her special interests are with first time moms, extended or natural term breastfeeding, infant oral rehabilitation, infant movement and bodywork, infant feeding and development, bottle refusal, and pump selection. Her other areas of interests are in holistic and natural/alternative therapies in breastfeeding.  She works with all breastfeeding mothers and babies throughout their time breastfeeding. She is a certified yoga instructor and loves to spend her time with family on road trips and adventures when not at work. She has been a member of the North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition since 2019.

All About The ABC Patient Portal

THANK YOU ABC FAMILY!

We are so excited to announce nearly 3,500 patient portal accounts have been activated! Thank you for the confidence you've placed in us and for allowing us to communicate with you in a new way!

As you might know, calls have drastically increased for our office due to an increase in sickness in the community. And, while our multi-line phone system is very nice and allows many more calls to come in, busy signals have been replaced by longer hold times and voicemail pickups. To assist in alternative, efficient and secure communication, the patient portal was implemented to maximize our ability to respond efficiently to our  families.

Users of our PATIENT PORTAL are able to do the following:

  • View LAB RESULTS
  • Request an APPOINTMENT
  • Review Upcoming APPOINTMENT DETAILS
  • Send MESSAGES/QUESTIONS to our staff
  • SEND/RECEIVE FORMS
  • Make PAYMENTS to your account
  • And MUCH MORE!

View our Patient Portal FAQ's below

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View on Desktop

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View on Mobile

If you have a current patient portal account or plan to activate one, the following Questions and Answers might help.

Q~ How do I request an INVITATION to the patient portal?
A~ > Complete a PORTAL INVITE FORM.  Click here: https://abcpediatrics.org/forms/

> Submitting your invite form from the link securely submits your request to us. We'll respond quickly.

> Wait for your portal invitation from us via email. Once received, parents/guardians or patients over age 18 should verify their details as prompted. Example: If Mom is requesting an invite for her child(ren), the platform will require Mom's first and last name, date of birth and zip code.  DO  NOT use the PATIENT's Name.

> Once proper verification is made, a username and password is set up by the user.

> That's it! The new portal account is ready to use!


Q~ How do I access my secure PATIENT PORTAL ACCOUNT?
A~ Log in with your username & password at: www.myhealthrecord.com

Q~ How do I COMMUNICATE with the ABC Pediatrics' staff?
A~ Click the "My Messages" Icon.
> Click "NEW" to create a message to us.
> Select "NO PREFERENCE" in the provider field.
(This ensures the message always goes to a member of the healthcare team logged in to our EHR software at the time that the message is sent. Selecting specific healthcare team members might delay messages because if that provider or healthcare team member is not in the office at the time that the message is sent, the message would not be reviewed until that provider or team member is back in the office.)
> Choose from the pull down menu for  "I would like to...."
> ask a medical question
> request a medical record
> ask an insurance question
> ask a general question
> Provide a few words about your request in the "How can we help you? field.
> Provide any additional information in the "Anything else you would like us to know?" field.
> Attach a file? Ex. picture of a rash, school form
        (Blue button directly below the two fields above.)
> Click SEND to submit the message to our staff.
> Monitor your email for our notice that we have responded to your request and there is a message waiting for your attention in the portal.

Q~ How do I request a PRESCRIPTION REFILL?
A~ > Under "My Health", click Medications then "Request Medication Refill"
     > Select the appropriate medication from the history.
     > Confirm Pharmacy
     > Provide any additional information in the "Anything else you would like us to know?" field.
     > Click Submit to send your refill request to our staff.
     > Monitor your email for our notice that we have responded to your request and there is a message waiting for your attention in the portal.

Q~ How do I request an APPOINTMENT?
A ~ > Click My Appointments, then "Request", then "New"
      > Complete prompts: Provider?,  How soon?,  Day of the week?,  Time Preference?
      > Select from the "What is most important to you?" field.
        > Physician
          > Day
          > Time
      > Complete the Reason for visit field.
      > SUBMIT your request.
      > Monitor your email for our notice that we have responded to your request and there is a message waiting for your attention in the portal.

Q~ How do I pay a bill?
A~ > Click "PAY MY BILL"
     > Click the blue "pay my bill" button to transition to our payment partner, Instamed.
     > Complete the "Make A Payment" window:
        > email
        > patient ID
        > last name
        > zip
      > Click PAY NOW.
      > Monitor your email for our notice that we have received your payment.

Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mom and Baby

Happy World Breastfeeding Month!

Every year in August we celebrate World Breastfeeding Month! In addition to the full month, there's also a Breastfeeding week that runs the first week in August traditionally. This year it ran August 1th through August 7th. In order to raise some awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding, ABC Pediatrics' own Dr. Mary Ann Chiodo provided some benefits of breastfeeding for both Mom and Baby!

Breastfeeding Benefits for BABY:

- access to nutrients that strengthen baby's immune system
- breast milk contains perfect nutrition- exactly the right proteins, fat, vitamins, minerals and other elements for baby's growth and development
- better response to immunizations against Polio, Tetanus, Dipththeria and Haemophilus influendza
- better oral development due to jaw movements, nutrients in breast milk decrease risk of tooth decay
- lowers risk of allergies
- lowers risk of obesity and diabetes
- lowers risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
- lowers risk of ear infections and gastroenteritis
- enhances baby's brain development
- better protection against respiratory infections including those cause by rotaviruses
- reduced risk of hospitalizations with pneumonia and bronchiolitis
- enhance performance on cognitive development tests

Breastfeeding Benefits for MOM:

- reduces mom's risk of ovarian, uterine and breast cancer, as well as osteoporosis
- helps mom burn up to and extra 500 calories a day
- reduces post-delivery bleeding and the chances of mom developing anemia
- breast milk is free, convenient, sterile, the correct temperature and environmentally friendly

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Breastfeeding is a commitment and investment in health for both mom and baby. ABC Pediatrics offers support through specialized education, encouragement and expert staff. Please reach out to us for all your breastfeeding questions!

Call: 910-892-1333


ABC voted Best Pediatric Clinic in Best of Harnett 2022 Competition!

Thanks for your Votes!

We are super proud to announce this year’s 2022 Best of Harnett results. Due to all your support and votes, ABC Pediatrics has once again been voted Best Pediatric Clinic in Harnett County!

We also won several other accolades this year including some wonderful individual awards as well.

🥇🥈🥉They are as follows:

Practice Awards

  • 1st Place- Best Pediatric Clinic
  • 1st Place- Best Medical Facility
  • 3rd Place- Best Customer Service

Individual Awards

  • 2nd place Best Pediatrician-Dr. Mary Ann Chiodo, MD
  • 2nd Place Best Dr/PA-Rhonda Torchio, PA-C
  • 3rd Place Best Pediatrician-Rhonda Torchio, PA-C

Help us congratulate our team and individuals in comments!👏

🙏We would like to sincerely thank all of you that voted in this year’s competition. We obviously could not celebrate this without you! Your ABC Family looks forward to servicing your healthcare needs in the 22/23 year ahead!

Sincerely, The ABC Staff and Team 🩺

🔗Full online magazine link from The Daily Record website:Special Edition Best of Harnett Magazine Link

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ABC’s “Star of the Week” Program on Social Media!

Hey Abc Fam! We are starting a new program where we will highlight members of our ABC Family’s achievements on social media. 💫📸 They will be recognized as our “ABC Social Star of the Week!” 🤩
✳️ Here’s how it works:
1. Submit your child’s achievement using our form located here:
https://form.jotform.com/221984778487983

2. We will post one kid a week on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. If they happen to have their own social media, provide those links using the form and we can try to tag them and/or you the parent(s) as well.

3. Achievements can include really anything you are proud of, so long as it took place RECENTLY and outside of your home activities. Additionally, your child should have been awarded or selected by someone other than yourselves. (Unless you’re a Coach or Teacher, for example, that was responsible!)

4. Please understand that we will work on posting each child, but the posts will be organized by the time they were received and also, at times, the accolade they received.

That’s it for now! We will see where the program goes from here. We are looking forward to seeing some submissions!
Sincerely,
The Abc Staff and Team 🩺😊