A Good Mentor is Easy to Find.

What is a good mentor? Is there someone in your workplace with good leadership and communication skills, someone you see as a potential advisor, who is older than you by five, ten, or even fifteen years? Is there someone who you admire with experience to share? Finding a mentor connects you with a person more…

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Seven ways to avoid being a helicopter parent

If you want to be a solidly practical, good parent, and not an overly protective helicopter parent, you might consider following these rules: 1. Do not do their homework for them. I never did homework for my kids, but I did help my child with dyslexia & ADHD learn to spell words. Once I helped…

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Stress & alcohol use

Most of us drink alcohol to be sociable or/& to relieve stress. Stress gives us muscle tension & headaches, jaw clenching & teeth grinding, irritability, impatience & negative thinking. It makes us feel tired, like we have low energy. We may feel unable to relax. Stress may cause indigestion, acid reflux, or nausea. When we…

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The stages of a woman’s life.

What stage of life are you in? The photo below was me at 59, on vacation, thinking about turning sixty. My son snapped the shot & told me later he thought I “seemed pensive, but was aging well.” As women, we go through so many life stages: Adolescence brings those hormones & body changes. We…

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Tips for air travel with a breastfed baby

Here are some helpful tips for smooth air travel from experienced nursing moms (extracted from “Dr. MILK” group on Facebook): • Organize everything so you know exactly where everything is & you’re not frazzled trying to find your ID or wallet or pacifier with a fussy baby! • Forget about that “get on plane first.”…

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I was addicted to OxyContin

I was addicted to OxyContin. It took about six weeks to feel it: the day was not alright without that drug, even a tiny dose of that drug. My pain from the previous Month’s neurosurgery had subsided and I was progressing along with my physical therapy routines. But I recognized the addiction. I needed that…

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Alcohol use while breastfeeding

Older mothers with higher educational levels, social class, & income are drinking alcohol while breastfeeding. Alcohol freely gets into breastmilk. When you drink alcohol, it passes into your breastmilk in similar concentrations as your blood. Whatever time you breastfeed or pump, you will have the same amount of alcohol in your blood as in your…

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Caffeine & breastfeeding

Caffeine boosts energy & mood & makes you more alert. That’s helpful in the morning & when you need to work. More is not always better: too much can push you over the line from alert to jittery and anxious. Caffeine passes from the mother to infant in small amounts through breast milk, but usually…

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Burnout in Healthcare Professionals

BURNOUT feels like hell! You care about neither your work nor your patients. You no longer think you are making a difference. You dread going in for your shift & you feel disconnected from your peers. I know how burnout feels because I’ve been there. After 30 years of practicing neonatology I found myself completely…

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45% of moms on Instagram practice co-sleeping.⠀

In national polls, 25% of US mothers admit to bed sharing (or co-sleeping) with their baby. Do you know how to do this safely? What defines a safe sleep environment for bedsharing/co-sleeping: Always place babies in the supine position for sleep. Use a firm, flat surface, preferably a mattress on the floor. Avoid waterbeds, couches,…

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