Breastfeeding and World Health Month

Breastfeeding and World Health Month

Breastfeeding and World Health Month The World Health Organization has designated April 7th as World Health Day and the full month of April as World Health Awareness Month.  This year’s theme is “My Health, My Right” and was “chosen to champion the right of everyone, everywhere to have access to quality health services, education, and information, as well as safe drinking water, clean air, good nutrition, quality housing, decent working and environmental conditions, and freedom

Celebrating World Breast Pumping Day Year Round!

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,

Obtaining your New Year’s goals while Breastfeeding

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,

Alcohol and Breastfeeding

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

Tips For Infant Feeding During Holiday Meals

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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

Breastfeeding and Illness During Cold and Flu Season

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

Breast Cancer Awareness and Breastfeeding

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

Breastfeeding is never “All or Nothing”

Breastfeeding is never  “All or Nothing”

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.”

This is our Why! Celebrating National Breastfeeding Month 2023

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

Stephanie Glover, LPN, IBCLC

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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

All About The ABC Patient Portal

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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

Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mom and Baby

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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!