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  • No Spoiling

    Posted 4/29/2015 by csweeney
    At some point in our pre-parenting lives, most of us have heard that you can’t spoil a baby. So why is it then, that as soon as we become parents, any progress in our slowly developing parental self -confidence is completely shaken when anyone makes the accusation, “You’re going to spoil that baby.”

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  • No Googleing

    Posted 4/15/2015 by csweeney
    That’s what I tell moms that come to the new moms groups I lead, but I realize how hard it is to follow that advice. It seems so quick and easy when you have a question, or you’re just not sure about something, to turn to Google and see what comes up, but when you are a new mom, it’s really not a good idea to start with Google. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Rooming In At Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

    Posted 4/2/2015 by csweeney
    We’re expecting you, and we’d like you to know what you can expect when you arrive at BIDMC! We’re thrilled that you’ve chosen us as the place to deliver your newest family member. Our goal is to help you make a smooth transition from birth to home, and to support you in this most amazing experience we encourage “Rooming-In”. Read more... Comments (0)
  • 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)
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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
East Campus
330 Brookline Avenue
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.