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Breastfeeding Benefits for Mom and Baby
The American Academy of Pediatrics has made it a key policy to support and encourage exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of an infant’s life. And to further emphasize the importance of breastfeeding, the academy suggests that mothers breastfeed for the child’s first year of life and beyond, if “mutually desired” by mother and infant.
Untangling Breastfeeding Problems Caused by Tongue and Lip Ties
When many pregnant women picture their future babies, they imagine being able to breastfeed their infants to provide them nourishment and to keep them healthy and growing. Unfortunately, breastfeeding issues can arise for many reasons, such as food allergies in the baby, milk supply issues in the mother, and health issues in the baby or mother. One roadblock to breastfeeding that is increasingly being recognized is that of tongue tie and lip tie.
7 Tips for Achieving Desirable Blood Pressure Level
Keeping your blood pressure in a healthy range (less than 120/80) is important for keeping your heart and kidneys healthy. But what is one key thing to do in order to achieve this? You can reach that healthy range by keeping an eye on your sodium or salt intake. When you eat foods with too much salt or sodium, you retain fluid, which makes your heart work harder.
What to Ask During Your Annual Exam
Every year, there are annual reminders we must acknowledge -- gentle nudges to change the batteries in your smoke detectors when the time changes or get your finances and tax forms in order before April 15. Here's one from me: Don't forget your annual physical. As a family medicine practitioner, I treat patients at LVMC: Physician Services from infancy to the elder years.
Healing in a time of Tragedy
The wildfires, mudslides, and flooding that Santa Barbara County residents have experienced recently have been traumatic and stressful for many. Although Lompoc is removed from the scene by some distance, we all have friends, co-workers and/or family members who have been directly affected.
Advance Directives and the POLST
Most of us spend a lot of time planning. From vacations to our financial future, careful versus haphazard planning can make the difference between a botched vacation and insufficient funds for a timely retirement. In the healthcare world, poor end-of-life care planning may result in pain and suffering for you and your loved ones.
Healthy Recipe: Vegetable Soup
Through the years, people have routinely asked me for this recipe. Until now, that’s been a problem – like many of the things I prepare, I have to respond “The recipe is in my head.” When I make this tasty and filling soup, I use whatever I have in my fridge, freezer or cupboards at the time. Then I keep adjusting it until it tastes good.
Taking on Healthy New Goals this New Year
Happy New Year! It’s that time of year when many of us make resolutions. There’s no denying that making – and keeping – resolutions is difficult.
It takes courage to let go of the safe and familiar in order to try something new, but I encourage you to take that first step in the direction of something new and different. If you take that chance, there is the potential for amazing possibilities, excitement, and immense pride when you accomplish something you didn’t believe was possible.
Taking Precautions for Flu during travel season
The risk for exposure to influenza during travel depends somewhat on the time of year and destination, so the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges people to take precautions. In the Northern Hemisphere, the flu season can begin as early as October and can last as long as into April or May. In the Southern Hemisphere, flu activity usually lasts from April to September.