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  • Breastfeeding and Marijuana Use

    Posted 4/20/2017 by csweeney
    In 2012, Massachusetts legalized the use of medical marijuana and in 2016, legalized its recreational use. While marijuana is known to successfully treat symptoms for a range of medical issues, what exactly are the implications for breastfeeding? Read more... Comments (0)
  • This Is Not Easy

    Posted 4/12/2017 by csweeney
    I’ve been leading moms groups for close to 20 years now and in that capacity have met a lot of babies and their moms. Many moms start coming to group when baby is just a few weeks old, eager to get out of the house and meet some new mommy friends. They show up to group obviously showered, maybe even with a bit of makeup applied. They report that things are going pretty well, not nearly as hard as they expected. Then there are the other moms, those who come to group obviously not showered, hair thrown back in a ponytail, looking exhausted and sometimes as if they are just keeping it together. Read more... Comments (0)
  • I Failed The Food Pyramid

    Posted 4/5/2017 by csweeney

    Our last posting addressed the question of starting solids. This posting, I’m fast forwarding to the older baby who’s no longer interested in the purees, and is moving towards “regular food.” If you are one of those lucky parents whose baby happily eats everything you prepare from steamed kale to smoked salmon, good for you, you can stop reading. If however, your child is not eating what he’s “supposed” to be eating, according to the food pyramid (not even close), and your heart starts to race and you break out in a sweat every time you read a parenting article or blog about fabulous healthy kid friendly recipes, read on.

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  • Baby Food Basics

    Posted 3/22/2017 by csweeney

    Starting solids with your baby can be both an exciting and daunting experience. When to start? What foods? How much and how often? This new-parent thing can be exhausting with so much to learn! (Just think about how it is for those little babes for whom every-blasted-thing is brand new!)

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  • Baby Play

    Posted 3/15/2017 by csweeney
    Let’s face it, most first-time parents (myself included), feel somewhat at a loss about how to “play” with their babies. In those first couple of months, babies just don’t do a whole lot besides eat, sleep, pee, poop and cry. There are no meaningful conversations about her/his favorite snuggly, when to start solids, or what they want to be when they grow up! We are bombarded with catalogues and internet ads extolling the many virtues of a gazillion toys that promise a “smarter” baby somewhere down the road. There is no shortage of books and articles advocating this strategy or that practice as the means to achieve an “above-average child.” So, what’s a first-time parent to do?

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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 clinical social 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.