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Adoptive Moms Can Breastfeed – Inducing Lactation
10.25.2013 [New Moms & Dads]

adoptive_momsMany adoptive moms want to provide their babies with the benefits of breast milk, and they can by inducing lactation.

MEDICATIONS – There are no currently FDA approved medications to induce lactation. However there are some medications, such as Metocloprimide, an ulcer medication, that has been shown to stimulate or enhance milk production.

HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS – many women have used herbal supplements in capsules or teas, to stimulate or increase milk production. None of these medications are FDA regulated or tested for purity or contaminants.

STIMULATION – Regular breast stimulation is necessary for milk production. Pumping every 2-3 hours until baby arrives, then put baby to breast to further stimulate lactation.

SUPPLEMENTATION –  There is no way to predict if you will be able to produce enough breast milk to fully support baby’s needs. If formula supplementation is necessary, a supplemental nurser system (SNS) can be used to provide adequate feedings at the breast.

GETTING STARTED –  If lactation induction is something you’re interested in, talk to your doctor as soon as possible, before the arrival of your baby. Milk production takes about 4 weeks after the initiation of pumping.

Flu Season is here again…
10.18.2013 | New Moms & Dads

This year flu season came early. Many documented cases of influenza A were reported in Sarasota weeks before the official start of Flu season, typically October-May. The flu is a highly contagious, respiratory illness that spreads easily when children are together in a group such as in day care or school. It is more dangerous […]

Symposium focuses on a different aspect of Parkinson’s disease
10.11.2013 | SMH Extra

Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder that affects one in 100 people over the age of 60. If you or someone you love is living with Parkinson’s, you won’t want to miss the Neuro Challenge Foundation/SMHCS Fall Speaker Symposium taking place Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Institute for Advanced Medicine’s Education & Resource Center, 5880 Rand Blvd., […]

Car Seat Checklist – How to Properly Check a Car Seat in 5 Easy Steps
10.11.2013 | New Moms & Dads

The Right Seat – Make sure the car seat is appropriate for your child. Check the label to make sure you have the right seat for your child’s age, weight, and height. Remember, car seats have an expiration date. Double check to make sure your seat is still safe. The Right Place – Children must […]

Deliveries Made Here!
10.08.2013 | Campus Improvements

It won’t be long before some very special “deliveries” will begin in Sarasota Memorial’s Courtyard Tower.  Scheduled to move to the nine-story patient care tower in early November, the hospital’s new Labor & Delivery unit will feature 14 spacious L&D suites, 3 surgical birthing suites and a 4-bed recovery area along with whirlpool tubs to […]

Burn Prevention – Being aware of the danger, is a great first step to avoiding it.
10.07.2013 | New Moms & Dads

I never realized how badly a child could get burned from hot coffee. I love coffee! I look forward to waking up in the morning to have that first fresh cup of coffee. When my children were babies, I was very aware of how clumsy I can be and kept my hot coffee out of […]

New Urgent Care Center Opens in Venice
10.02.2013 | SMH Extra

This week, Sarasota Memorial opened its fourth Urgent Care Center at 997 N. US 41 Bypass in Venice. Staffed by board-certified emergency and family physicians, the Urgent Care Center provides immediate care for conditions such as colds, flu, sprains, eye injuries, earaches, urinary problems, etc., and can help people avoid an unnecessary trip to the Emergency Room. […]