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  • Breast Pumps

    Posted 3/26/2015 by csweeney

    During the last weeks of pregnancy, most moms have given some thought as to how they intend to feed their baby….., be it breastfeed/ formula feed/or some combination of both. Most moms and certainly working moms may also have considered that at some point along their breastfeeding journey, they will need something the likes of which they have never experienced before...a breast-pump. At first glance, it can be a pretty intimidating product, what with the hoses, and cups and sound of the motor....but for many it’s a necessary product that in a short while becomes very familiar. It is what it is, and hopefully it does its job quickly and efficiently....

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  • When Baby Refuses A Bottle

    Posted 3/19/2015 by csweeney
    Breastfeeding moms are typically well aware of the risk of “nipple confusion”, which sometimes occurs when breastfed babies are introduced to a bottle or pacifier and then reject the breast. What is not so widely known is that sometimes the reverse can happen, when babies refuse to eat from anything other than the breast. For some families, this is no big deal and poses no problems whatsoever. For moms going back to work, or those who simply would like the peace of mind knowing they can spend a few hours away from baby, it can feel like a really big problem. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Temperature Check

    Posted 3/12/2015 by csweeney
    It’s a really good idea to know how to take your baby’s temperature before you think your baby might be sick. For one thing, just thinking your newborn might have a fever is stressful. You don’t need the added stress of then trying to find the thermometer at 2am and then figuring out how to take a rectal temperature for the first time. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Lip and Tongue Tie Resources

    Posted 3/4/2015 by csweeney
    For many new moms, one of the most difficult and often unexpected stressors after delivery happens when there are challenges to breastfeeding. Often breastfeeding is something a mom has looked forward to especially during the last months of pregnancy, visualizing warm loving moments with baby nursing comfortably at her breast. When this fantasy does not mesh with reality, parents often experience significant distress and sometimes overwhelming anxiety. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Partnering With Your Pediatrician

    Posted 2/26/2015 by csweeney
    One of the most important new relationships you will develop when you become a parent is the one you will form with your pediatrician. The partnership I have with my children's pediatrician now, looks very different than when I first started out as a new mom. Read more... Comments (0)
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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
East Campus
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215




About the Blogger

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.