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  • Starting Solids and Allergies

    Posted 10/2/2014 by csweeney
    For any new parent about to add solid foods to baby’s diet, it can feel pretty overwhelming. Pediatric general guidelines are that babies typically start on solid foods somewhere between the ages of 4-6 months, and that often the first foods are iron fortified cereals. Pediatric practices then vary in their guidelines, and you just need to poll a moms group to see how wide the variation can run. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Sex After Baby

    Posted 9/25/2014 by csweeney
    What?!! Well, yes, let’s talk about it. It’s likely something that you and your partner (if you’re partnered) are thinking about. And for all of the thinking and angsting that we do about it, we spend very little time actually talking about it. S-E-X! There, the elephant in the room is no longer invisible. Let’s get to it. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Fall is Flu Season

    Posted 9/18/2014 by csweeney
    It’s that time of year again, and you may already have gotten information from your pediatrician’s office about the flu vaccine. The discussion around vaccinations is an important one to have with your pediatrician, and this blog is not a commentary on vaccinations, it’s more a discussion about trying to avoid exposure to germs when your baby seems to be a magnet that everyone wants to touch. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Have You Done Your Kegels Today

    Posted 9/11/2014 by csweeney
    Ask any woman who’s been pregnant and had a baby, and almost guaranteed, she’s heard of Kegel exercises. Ask her if she actually does these exercises and that’s a different story… "Well, maybe once or twice, if I remember in between breastfeeding marathons, and diaper changes." The reality is that for most moms, the postpartum period is a blur of sleepless days and nights with the primary focus on just getting through the day. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Infant Temperament

    Posted 9/4/2014 by csweeney
    It’s a common description I often hear, parent’s report feeling lucky, that they have a “good” baby. The translation of “good” meaning that their baby is easy to care for. S/he only cries when she is hungry, tired, needs a diaper change, and is easy to soothe, and overall, pretty easy to understand his/her cues. These parents, having heard from friends and family about other babies who are not so easy, know how good they’ve got it. Read more... Comments (0)
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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
East Campus
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Boston, MA 02215
617-667-0475

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Christine Sweeney is a licensed clincal socal worker with over twenty years experience working with new moms and babies at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She is the founder and manager of the Parent Connection, a free support service offered to first time parents to support the adjustment to parenting after leaving the medical center. She is a proud mom of two sons.