apple coleslaw

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This sweet and crunchy coleslaw is a healthy take on the summer stand-by. Use cabbage, carrots, apples and green pepper for a colorful side dish to bring to those summer picnics and potlucks. Depending on your personal taste, you can make it with or without mayonnaise.

breast pump

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Pumping breast milk can be a great tool for mothers that need to be separated from their babies or wish to express their breast milk by an alternate method than nursing at the breast.

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Living with a healthy lifestyle involves making many personal choices — including whether to follow a balanced diet or a healthy eating plan. But do you know how to choose a healthy eating plan? According to the Centers for Disease Control, the “Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015–2020” determine that a healthy eating plan:

mother breastfeeding baby

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As a lactation consultant, one of the most common worries I hear mothers express is a concern about their milk supply being too low or too high. When I was a new mother, I had these worries too. If you are experiencing concerns about milk production or infant growth, it’s very important to seek out skilled help from an experienced lactation consultant as well as working hand-in-hand with your baby’s pediatrician. This blog includes some general tips as a starting point for managing your milk production.

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Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in different parts of the body. An autoimmune disease occurs when the body’s immune system attacks itself.

breastfeeding mother with child

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A Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Self Care

The birth of a new baby brings tremendous joy as a family grows and welcomes new life into the world. Just as a baby is born, so too is a mother, and the postpartum period marked by so much happiness can also be a time of intense transition.

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Diabetes is a chronic (long-lasting) disease that affects how a body turns food into energy. The three main types of diabetes are: Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes (or developing diabetes while pregnant).

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Almost 5 million people are treated annually for skin cancer in the U.S. On “Melanoma Monday,” the American Academy of Dermatology is making a special effort to increase awareness about skin cancer.

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Are you feeling worried or angry? Irritable or depressed? Are you unable to focus? You may find that you are suffering from stress.

rendering on Meningitis infection

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The bacterial or viral infection known as meningitis can kill within 24 hours, so recognizing the

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Excessive drinking can greatly increase a person’s risks of injuries, drowning, liver disease, some types of cancer and violence.

Crispy Cheddar Fish Sticks

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If you’re looking for ways to eat healthier, consider leaving behind the tried-and-true frozen fish sticks for this fresh and flavorful dinner.

Patient with Urgent Care Doctor

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When you’re not feeling well, or have a sudden illness or injury, you may be confused about your best options for medical care. In those times, you might be wondering whether you should go to the Emergency Department, or Urgent Care, or wait to see your primary care physician.

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When I first moved to Lompoc, I had a new experience at Lompoc Valley Medical Center. I had already spent years working as a Certified Child Life Specialist in a children’s hospital, but moving here with my family and then 2-year-old son, I had my first experience in the hospital as the mom of a child having minor surgery.

man vaping

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Earlier in my medical career, I was a retained expert to testify against RJ Reynolds, Philip Morris and the American Tobacco Corporation in a federal lawsuit on the subject of the effects of cigarette smoking. In other words, this is a topic for which I have more than a passing familiarity.