COVID-19 and pregnancy: What expecting moms need to know

Last update: 3/17/2020 Cases of coronavirus, COVID-19, have been confirmed in Minnesota so this new virus is all over the news. But what you may not have heard a lot about is how this illness may affect pregnant women and their unborn babies. We are answering some questions that expecting parents may have about COVID-19: … Continued

Breastfeeding success creates lifetime of benefits

By the International Lactation Consultant Association World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated Aug. 1-7. This year’s theme is “Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal for Life!,” which acknowledges that when mothers and babies succeed in their breastfeeding plans, they can enjoy a lifetime of benefits. Infant feeding is one of the most important decisions a family can make, … Continued

Advice for first-time parents from a neonatal nurse

By Laura Dryjanski Years of planning and anticipation lead to months of waiting and meticulous preparation, and, finally, the arrival of your newest family member. All this time culminates in the day that you finally get to bring your baby home. If you’re like most expectant families, you have elicited the help and advice from … Continued

Breastfeeding: A Q&A with a lactation consultant

According to a report released last month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the proportion of mothers who breastfed their infants rose from 70.3 percent to 74.6 percent between 2000 and 2008. Why the uptick? We reached out to Cathy Skrypek, an RN certified in Maternal Child Health and a certified lactation … Continued