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Understanding the COVID-19 Vaccine in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

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Understanding the COVID-19 Vaccine in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
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With the ever-evolving state of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have put together this current and timely episode for you to help navigate the often overwhelming world of the COVID-19 vaccine, Omicron variant, boosters, and how those might affect you in pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Our guest, Dr. Elisabeth Marnik has a PhD. in genetics and immunology, is a scientist, professor, and a passionate science communicator. Please join her and Dr. Sarah as they break-down how the immune system works and changes during pregnancy, and how the vaccine and booster work in conjunction to give you and your baby the protection you need.

The Immune System During Pregnancy

The main job of the immune system is to identify when there is something foreign present, such as a virus, attack it, and get rid of it because it thinks that it's something that's going to make you sick. In most cases - this is a good thing! But that also means that your immune system is primed to identify your fetus and placenta...

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Having a Baby in the NICU

 

 What happens when your baby ends up in the NICU after delivery, and you don't expect it?  So many questions come to mind!  Will my baby be okay?  How often should I visit my baby in the NICU? Will I be able to breastfeed my baby in the NICU?  How do I know my baby is okay? 

 

Dr. Jasmina and I both had babies that ended up being in the NICU after our labour and delivery experience, and neither of us expected it! In this podcast we discuss our birth story, and why our babies ended up spending time in the NICU. 

 

We review our top tips about how to improve communication with your child's care team including nurses, physicians and social workers, and how to ensure you can be involved in your baby's care as much as you are comfortable with. 

 

We discuss our top tips on how to make sure your milk supply is adequate and so you can supply your baby with their nutritional needs, even if you can't breastfeed your...

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Breastfeeding Tips For Beginners

Breastfeeding can be tough, and even worse if we don't know how to get off to the right start!  This blog post gives some great tips on how to do that!  Check out our free cheat sheet on the top 5 mistakes we make when breastfeeding and how to fix them!

BREASTFEEDING TIPS for Beginners: 

 

 The first hour after birth is called the GOLDEN HOUR. Skin to skin with mom and latching in that first hour has been associated with longer breastfeeding duration and less challenges later. 

 

 Colostrum is the milk you have in the first 3-5 days and is jam packed with immunity and is all the baby needs initially. 

 

Milk volume increases on day 3-5. Your breasts will feel engorged/hard. They will continue making milk if they are drained on a regular basis; usually every 2-3 hours. 

 

Babies feed OFTEN sometimes as much as 14 x a day! This gets less frequent and more efficient with time. This helps your milk supply establish. It is...

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Coronavirus...what do we know? What about Pregnancy and Breastfeeding?

breastfeeding pregnancy Mar 01, 2020

We thought we would post a little update on Coronavirus and include what we know about it and how it might affect pregnant and breastfeeding women as well as our kiddos!


What is it? 


Coronavirus is actually a family of viruses that can affect humans, animals and birds. What we are calling coronavirus is actually known as COVID-19.  COVID-19 was first described in the Wuhan province of China and was thought to have spread from live animals sold at this market.  It is a respiratory virus (like influenza or the common cold) which we think is spread by droplets, like from a cough, which is then transmitted to the mucosal surfaces (eyes, nose, mouth) of close contacts.  This is important information to know for when we discuss how to help prevent transmission.  

As of March 1, 2020 when we are writing this post there are a total of 87,701 cases if COVID-19, with 2995 deaths worldwide.  This gives us a mortality rate of between 2-4%.  This needs to be put...

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