I know that I’ve covered this subject briefly before ( see my post Baby on the Way or New Mom ), but August 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week so I thought lets celebrate breastfeeding but also celebrate the pregnant mom.
Becoming a mother is one of the most exciting times in a woman’s life. Womenshealth.gov and information from MedlinePlus will help you learn what you can do before, during, and after pregnancy to give your baby a healthy start to life.
The CDC offers information for those thinking of becoming pregnant and those who already are, and for those having trouble getting pregnant.
When you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you have special nutritional needs. The USDA Choose MyPlate.gov has put together information to help you and your baby stay healthy.
FoodSafety.gov has a checklist of foods that should be avoided during pregnancy.
The government of New South Wales has produced a site dedicated to food safety and nutrition for the pregnant mom with information on what to eat and what to avoid.
Healthcare.gov offers information regarding health insurance, how to get insurance, how to stay insured, and your rights regarding pregnancy coverage.
For women in New York State who meet certain financial guidelines the New York State Department of Health has information regarding assistance.
Don’t know if you need a vaccination? Vaccines.gov provides useful information.
Pregnant women and breast-feeding moms need to be careful when taking prescription and over the counter medications. The CDC has information about talking to your doctor about your concerns.
According to Healthcare.gov “Breastfeeding has been shown to convey many health benefits, both to nursing mothers and to their children. Scientific studies have demonstrated that mothers’ milk helps reduce risk for significant acute and chronic diseases in their children, including sudden infant death syndrome, childhood leukemia, ear infections, asthma and type 2 diabetes. Babies who have been breastfed also have a reduced rate of childhood obesity.”
The US Surgeon General has made a Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding. Visit the site for information for mothers and employers.
For great information regarding breastfeeding visit MedlinePlus.
Womenshealth.gov offers advise for learning to breastfeed, finding support, breastfeeding, milk storage, challenges and more.
The National Library of Medicine has produced Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed) a database of information that indicates whether a medication will likely pass from a nursing mother to her baby.
The New York State Department of health has produced a pamphlet Breastfeeding – Simply the Best. It contains information such as Why Breastfeed?, Myths – and the Truth, Nursing Your Baby, and Overcoming Problems.
For more information visit the Syosset Public Library Health Reference page, browse the BABY BOOM display in the Health Reference Center, or stop in and speak to the Health Reference Librarian.