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8 Superfoods for Breastfeeding Moms

Did you know that, regardless of what you eat, your baby will get all of the nutrients he needs to grow from your breastmilk? 

Still, experts recommend you eat healthy while breastfeeding because it will help your milk supply, replenish your energy, and help you lose the baby weight.  There is also evidence that the variety of flavors your baby is exposed to can help make her a healthy eater too. 

The most healthy item that you can ingest during pregnancy is actually water.  Hydration is critical for your milk supply and, without enough, you’ll be dehydrated and low on energy. 

The second healthiest item you can ingest is salmon.  Why?  Vitamins!  Salmon is an excellent source of protein, and it's rich in B12 and omega-3 fatty acids.  Researchers believe these nutrients may prevent postpartum depression. 

For the full list of items you should eat while breastfeeding, check out the article from Fox News.

Are Your Cravings All Mental?

Is your body really craving chocolate, or is it all in your head?  A University of Albany Psychology Department researcher has found evidence that those pregnancy cravings and subsequent weight gain may be all mental.

Researchers developed their hypothesis based on their earlier work involving women's cravings around menstruation.  Researchers say that in the United States, both PMS and pregnancy are simply acceptable excuses to overindulge and that there is no true nutritional need for the cravings.

According to research, 76% of women crave at least one food item by the second trimester of pregnancy.  Top cravings include ice cream, chips, chocolate, pizza and various fast foods.

To learn more about this research, read the full story from the Albany Times Union.

Drinking While Pregnant - It's Worse Than We Thought

We all know pregnancy and drinking don't mix, but a lot of moms-to-be still do have a drink now and then.  Many doctors even tell women that it's OK to have a glass of wine here and there.  But, new evidence shows that's really not true, and even just a drink or two can harm your baby.

As many as 1 in 5 American children, many of whom seem happy and healthy, could have one of the fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), according to a new study in the November issue of Pediatrics.

Not all affected children have the classic symptoms, which is why previous studies may have underestimated this growing problem.  Behavioral conditions, like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), can be connected to FASD.  Even low levels of alcohol can play a role in miscarriage, premature birth, stillbirth and sudden infant death syndrome.

So, even if you had a healthy baby after drinking during a previous pregnancy, researchers reiterate that the baby you’re carrying now could still be harmed.  What's more, the risk of harming your baby from drinking alcohol also increases as you get older. Experts say the best thing to do is to completely give up alcohol during pregnancy, and enjoy a mocktail or sparkling cider. 

For more details, read the full article from Fit Pregnancy.

Scared of Ebola? This Is a Bigger Risk!

The news is filled with Ebola stories, but medical experts agree that we’re blowing our risk way out of proportion, and, ignoring very real illnesses that pose much greater threats right now.

Experts say we're better off taking all of that energy and focusing it on protecting ourselves and our families from the flu instead (pregnant women, especially).

Pregnant women should get the flu shot as soon as possible, as it protects both mom and new baby. In addition, they recommend babies over 6 months old get their own flu shot.

To learn more health tips from experts, read the full story from Fit Pregnancy.

10 Pregnancy Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

During the nine months of pregnancy, there are plenty of discomforts and odd feelings that arise. Most of the symptoms are perfectly normal, but there are some pains and sensations your should never ignore. Julie Revelant from Fox News compiled a list of 10 symptoms that warrant a phone call to the doctor.

The top warning sign is spotting or bleeding. “Whenever there is any bleeding in pregnancy, you have to know where the source is,” said Dr. Francis Chang, OB/GYN at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, California. Bleeding could be a sign of an ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage, so it's critical to seek medical attention. 

For all 10 pregnancy red flags, read the full story from Fox news.

Does Breastfeeding Really Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer?

There are a lot of benefits to breast feeding, but can it really prevent breast cancer? While plenty of research has established a link, it’s surprisingly hard to get straight answers.

The bottom line - if you can and want to breastfeed, you definitely should. And, if someone in your family has had breast cancer, it’s even more important. Experts say if your family member had a particularly fast-moving or difficult-to-treat form of breast cancer, or she was diagnosed under 40-years-old, there's an even greater reason to breastfeed.

To check out all the research, read the full story from Fit Pregnancy.

The App Every Breastfeeding Mom Should Have

Research has shown that needing to go on medication is one of the main reasons women stop breastfeeding early. However, breastfeeding experts and doctors say that the research increasingly shows that most medications used by mothers are compatible with breastfeeding.

The problem is, many mothers get conflicting information from their doctor. Or, they are just too scared to take the risk.

Fortunately, there are a couple of great apps out there with a searchable database of the latest peer-reviewed research on medications and breastfeeding. Experts suggest new moms should download LactMed and MommyMeds ahead of cold and flu season.

For more information on breastfeeding while taking medication, read the full story from Parade.

Breastfeeding Rooms Now Required at California Airports

Starting in 2016, all of California’s major airports will be required to provide a private room for mothers to breastfeed or pump.

What's more, the room is required to include a chair, an electrical outlet for the pump and sinks. Legislators felt that it was unfair for breastfeeding moms to be confined to restrooms.

San Francisco International is already offering accommodations!

To learn more about the new law, read the full story from Breitbart.

Breastfeeding May Boost a Mom's Health as Much as Her Baby's

What's good for baby is good for mom! Did you know breastfeeding can also reduce a woman's risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol?

Experts say it's critical to begin breastfeeding immediately because the window of opportunity is small. Once you’ve missed it, there’s nothing you can do.

Researchers also found that women who breastfed their babies for less than one month had a higher risk of diabetes.

To learn more about the study and how hospitals can help support breastfeeding, read the full story from Yahoo Health. 

Momnesia: It's Not a Myth

The often laughed about "Pregnancy Brain” is real, and it doesn't end after you give birth. According to a recent study, half of new moms still felt exhaused 18 weeks after giving birth.

Why? Experts blame the upheaval of hormones that occurs after childbirth, combined with the sleep deprivation that new moms face. Plus, there's a huge learning curve of taking care of a newborn- it consumes your brain!

So, how long does it last and what can you do in the meantime?  Read the full story from Fit Pregnancy to find out!