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Medela Pump in Style

June 20, 2014 by admin  
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“The one product I found most indispensable during my babies’ first years was my Medela breast pump,” says Bola Oyeyipo, MD, a mom of two sons, a family physician in private practice, and the owner of SlimyBookWorm.com, in Highland, CA. “I used the Medela Pump in Style. It was worth every dime. The suction and motor of the breast pump have endured two babies, 2 1⁄2 years apart.”

Product MedelaYou can buy Medela Pump in Style breast pumps in stores and online for around $275.

Maintaining Weight

December 27, 2012 by admin  
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How do you maintain your weight?

Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: To maintain my weight, it helps a lot that I’m on my feet all day, seeing patients. I burn a lot of calories standing up and walking around the office all day!

I try not to undo all of that by eating healthy too. When I cook, I bake or grill, rather than frying. I also bring healthy snacks to work, such as Greek yogurt and granola bars.

Jennifer Bacani McKenney, MD, a mom a two-year-old daughter who’s expecting another baby and a family physician, in Fredonia, KS


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Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: Babies and children need to double, triple, and quadruple their weight.  Of course, moms absolutely cannot do this—most of us need to lose weight.

I gained 70 pounds during my pregnancy.  Breastfeeding was a terrific way to lose weight, while loving and bonding with my baby.   I was back to my usual weight in six months.  That’s when the real challenge began.

It’s a shortcut to eat the same foods we prepare for our kids.  But it’s essential that we eat differently from them, simply because they need to gain weight, and we need to lose it.

But our meals can easily overlap.  A steak, pork chop, or chicken breast can be served with potatoes or pasta for kids.  It can be cut up and put on a salad for adults.

In restaurants, it’s typical for everyone to get one meal on one plate.  It’s essential not to do that at home.  If you put the entrée, starches and vegetables all on a table for everyone to serve themselves, then different dietary needs can be accommodated.

—Dora Calott Wang, MD, a mom of a ten-year-old daughter, Historian of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, a Unit Director at Las Encinas Hospital in Pasadena, CA, and the author of The Kitchen Shrink: A Psychiatrist’s Reflection on Healing in a Changing World

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Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: To maintain my weight, I aim to be active every day. I wear a pedometer, and my goal is to take 10,000 steps six days a week. My pedometer is really indispensable for my weight maintenance. I notice that when I stop wearing it my activity goes down. It keeps me motivated by visually displaying how active I have been.

I use a simple, accurate and inexpensive pedometer called the Yamax Digi SW200.

I also try to eat out—and that includes “take out”—less than three times a week, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I also usually cook dinner at home five or six days each week.

I struggle eating breakfast because I’m not often hungry in the morning. But I make eating breakfast a priority because I know that breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, and it stabilizes my blood sugar and leaves me less hungry later in the day.

I allow myself a small daily indulgence—usually dessert—because I believe that self-restriction inevitably leads to failure.

Jennifer A. Gardner, MD, a mom of a three-year-old son, a pediatrician, and the founder of an online child wellness and weight management company, HealthyKidsCompany.com, in Washington, DC

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Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: A tool I use to keep my weight on track is a log. In the good old days, I wrote down what I ate in a notebook. Now I use a free app called Fitday. It lets me log my calories, daily activity, and even mood. The app has a search feature, where I can look up foods, such as a blueberry muffin. It might not be 100 percent accurate, but it’s close enough.

I think logging is beneficial for two reasons: It encourages me to think about what I’m eating and set goals, and then it makes me write down what I actually ate.

I also monitor my weight pretty closely. I am a compulsive weigher, I weigh myself daily and adjust my calorie intake (a little) based on my daily weight. Like most everyone, my weight goes up and down a few pounds. Right now, I’m not actively dieting. Everyone needs a break now and then. But I do have a calorie range I know I need to stick within to maintain my weight. And then if I see my weight creeping up, I’ll get more serious about logging what I eat until my weight settles back down again.

Susan Besser, MD, a mom of six grown children, ages 28, 26, 24, 22, 21, and 19, a grandmom of two, a family physician, and the medical director of Doctors Express-Memphis, in Tennessee

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Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: I try to make protein, fruit and vegetables part of every meal and to be careful to eat enough at each meal that I don’t end up snacking on junk between meals or at night. I avoid anything that says, “lite.” That just means the oil and fat has been replaced with carbohydrates. Oil is good! It keeps you full until the next meal. I use a huge amount of olive oil every day when I cook. I still wear clothes that I made myself in the 1970’s. I owe it to olive oil and vegetables!

Elizabeth Berger, MD, a mom of a 30-year-old son and a 29-year-old daughter, a child psychiatrist, and the author of Raising Kids with Character, in New York City

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Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: To maintain my weight, I try to eat whole grain carbohydrates, such as whole grain pasta and bread. I also limit myself to one carb serving per meal, such as one slice of bread or one cup of pasta.

—Bola Oyeyipo-Ajumobi, MD, a mom of five- and two-year-old sons, a family physician at the Veteran’s Administration, and the owner of SlimyBookWorm.com, in San Antonio, TX

Identifying Mood Boosters

December 19, 2012 by admin  
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How do you keep your mood high?

Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: To boost my mood, I like to reach out to someone that I haven’t seen in years or an old friend from a work situation or neighborhood with whom I have lost contact. When you have lived in many places, there are often lots of wonderful people like this. It gives me a lot of joy to reconnect with them through email or phone or sometimes an old fashioned letter!

Also the Salvation Army boost my mood! I am a thrift store nut. This is a hilarious group project or wonderful solitary activity for me. Even if I don’t purchase anything, the thrill of the chase and the nostalgia of those styles-of-yesterday give me a thrill.

Elizabeth Berger, MD, a mom of a 30-year-old son and a 29-year-old daughter, a child psychiatrist, and the author of Raising Kids with Character, in New York City

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Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: Before having kids, I used to take a walk if I was down. That’s not as easy with two kids. Yet of course I still get irritated. I need to find some new coping strategies. For now I admit I do yell and scream a few times!

When I feel tired and grumpy, I tell myself that it’s going to get better. My kids are going to grow up. It’s not going to be like this forever! Then I remind myself that I’ll miss these days when they are gone. That gives me perspective.

Bola Oyeyipo-Ajumobi, MD, a mom of five- and two-year-old sons, a family physician at the Veteran’s Administration, and the owner of SlimyBookWorm.com, in San Antonio, TX

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Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: I find that helping other people outside my family really boosts my mood and spirit. The more I do for other people in need, the more I appreciate all that I have and my family.

Before my son was born, I worked for a week in a tent in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, with an organization called Partners in Development. It was a life-changing experience—like Oprah says, “An a-ha moment.” I realized how much people can do with so little. It really put my life into perspective, and it caused me to realize I can do so much more with what I have.

Now that my son is a baby, I don’t feel that I can pick up and leave for an entire week. So instead we “adopted” a family in need, via Partners in Development. We donate money and the program gives it to the family for their needs. It’s an AWESOME organization. They have no overhead operating costs like others where only about five cents of your dollar goes to the cause you were donating for.  I saw with my own eyes the money that was sent from the sponsors for a particular child or family being distributed to that family-in full. I also donate as much as I can. Anything I’m not using, I give to someone who needs it more.

Michelle Davis-Dash, MD, a mom of a 19-month-old son and a pediatrician in Baltimore, MD


July 23, 2012 by admin  
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How do you cope with a whiny toddler?

Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: My son became incredibly whinny and clingy as a toddler. He would cry and whimper for hour on end sometimes. I initially made an effort to cater to his whims but that was giving reinforcement to this behavior. Ignoring him did not particularly help. He eventually outgrew this stage, so I would say patience was what helped.

Bola Oyeyipo-Ajumobi, MD, a mom of four- and one-year-old sons, a family physician in private practice, and the owner of SlimyBookWorm.com, in Highland, CA

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Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: My daughter started to whine when she was around three, after she began pre-K. When my daughter talked to me in that whiny tone of voice, I simply would say, “What? I can’t understand you when you speak like that. When you were a baby, I was your Mommy, and I could understand your baby talk. But now that you are a big girl, I need your to speak ‘big girl.”

My daughter pretty quickly realized that whining wasn’t having the desired result, and so it stopped.  Every now and again, she’ll whine, but if I consistently remind her that I can’t understand her whining, she’ll stop.

Christy Valentine, MD, a mom of a six-year-old daughter, a specialist in pediatrics and internal medicine, and the founder of the Valentine Medical Center, in Gretna, LA


December 9, 2010 by admin  
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My baby was just diagnosed with eczema. Did your baby have it, and how did you treat it?

Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply:  My older daughter had eczema as a baby. I had to be very careful about what kind of laundry detergent I used to wash her clothing. Her skin didn’t get along with Dreft. Through trial and error, I discovered that Tide Free, which is fragrance and dye free, worked. Woolite also worked well.

I also had to be careful what soaps and lotions I used on her. I found California Baby Super Sensitive has worked quite well. It’s natural and fragrance free. We still use it, and my daughter is seven years old.

I had to work my way through diaper rash creams too. I found Weleda Calendula Diaper Care. That seemed to be better than anything else on her bottom.

Robyn Liu, MD, a mom of seven- and four-year-old daughters and a family doctor with Greeley County Health Services in Tribune, KS




Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: My second child, who is currently six months old, suffers from severe eczema. It was hard to watch; he would scratch himself until he bled. I didn’t want to have to use topical steroids on his skin long term, so I only gave him baths about twice a week instead of daily. I also found Aveeno products to be very helpful.

Bola Oyeyipo, MD, a mother of three-year-old and six-month-old sons, a family physician in private practice, and the owner of SlimyBookWorm.com, in Highland, CA




Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: Like many babies with allergies, my son suffered with eczema. I found that it was extremely important for me to keep his skin moist at all times. I used a rich emollient hypoallergenic lotion twice a day to his whole body and especially after any baths. My favorite is Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Moisture Cream.  I would reapply during the day on his face as this was the area most prone to irritation.

Despite all of our moisturizing, in the winter I had to begin using a mild prescription steroid cream on his cheeks for a week to control increasing redness and swelling of the skin in this area. I found that using a humidifier during the winter helped to prevent future drying of his delicate skin.

Saundra Dalton-Smith, MD, a mother of two sons ages 6 and 4, an internal medicine specialist, and the author Set Free to Live Free: Breaking Through the 7 Lies Women Tell Themselves, in Anniston, AL


October 5, 2010 by admin  
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My son is four months old. When and how did you begin giving your children solid food?

Our Mommy MD Guides’ reply: With my older son, I followed the standard way of introducing foods. I made all of my own food, even cereal, from scratch!

But with my younger son, I’ve tried something different: Baby-led weaning. This eliminates all of the work of baby food. One key to this is understanding that when babies are learning to eat solid food, they are still getting most of their nutrition from breast milk or formula. Rather than starting solids on the clock at four months, you wait until the baby reaches the development milestones of being able to sit unassisted which is usually about six months. Then instead of starting with pureed food, you start with soft finger foods. It’s awesome!

My son’s first week, he got almost no food into his mouth, but then he started to learn how to feed himself. I gave him cut up avocado and bananas. Because the baby is sitting up well, he’s not likely to choke, and if he picks up a piece that’s too big, he’s likely to spit it out.

My baby was cheerfully eating quesadillas when he was 6 ½ months old, and plenty of fruits and vegetables, anything he could pick up off of his high chair tray. This past Thanksgiving was a joy; we put turkey and stuffing on his tray, and he ate it.

Baby-led weaning requires no extra prep work. I simply give my son small pieces of what we eat. We can go anywhere and give him anything. It was funny, we recently went to lunch with my aunt, and she said, “That’s what we used to do!” Somehow we’ve created this whole baby food industry, which dictates you have to introduce foods in these regimented steps. Baby-led weaning is much easier. And it’s fun.

Rebecca Reamy, MD, a mother of six- and one-year-old sons and a pediatrician in emergency medicine at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: With both of my kids, I practiced exclusive breastfeeding for the first four months, and then I introduced them to rice cereal and fruits like peaches, mashed banana. I know conventional wisdom says start with vegetables. But let’s say I chickened out. I watched a lot of green peas go to waste. Fruits are sweet, and I found my babies developed their sweet teeth early and responded well to the fruits.

Bola Oyeyipo, MD, a mother of three-year-old and six-month-old sons, a family physician in private practice, and the owner of SlimyBookWorm.com, in Highland, CA




Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: I started to feed my daughter vegetables and meat when she was five months old. I always used a food grinder, out of concern for the MSG and preservatives they add to prepared baby foods. So my daughter always had the same thing the adults ate for dinner. I had to grind her vegetables up with soft cheese or she wouldn’t touch them.

Stuart Jeanne Bramhall, MD, a mom of one 30-year-old daughter and a child and adolescent psychiatrist in New Plymouth, New Zealand




Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: When my sons were four months, we started them on rice cereal mixed with breast milk or formula. It was all over the place at first; they were smeared with it.

Then when they were six months, I introduced baby foods. I started with orange and yellow vegetables first, and then I went through green vegetable, then fruits. I gave them one new food every five days to watch for allergic reactions. It went very well. My sons might not have been good sleepers, but they were good eaters!

Jill Wireman, MD, is a mom of 14- and 11-year-old sons and a pediatrician in private practice at Johnson City Pediatrics in Johnson City, TN 

Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: I think that many parents transition to solid foods before their babies are physically ready. We get a lot of pressure from other parents, including our parents, to do so.

I waited to introduce solid foods until my daughter could sit up without  support in her high chair, open her mouth in anticipation of the food, close her lips around the spoon, and not thrust her tongue out at the food (a reflex that most babies lose around 4-6 months.) My husband and I started pulling our daughter in her high chair up to our table when she was around four months old. We often fed her while we ate. When our daughter was around five months old, we gave her some rice cereal. She was ready for it, and it was a very positive experience.

I had thought that I’d be one of those moms grinding up organic food, but I couldn’t get my act together. So I bought organic baby food instead.

Sometimes I did blend up our own food for my daughter, such as squash or sweet potato.  By nine months she was eating most of our table food. I just mashed or cut it up so that it was safe for her to chew and swallow.

When my daughter was starting to eat table food, I introduced new foods by putting a blob on her lip to taste. I gave her a minute to taste the food before popping a spoonful into her mouth. Most important, I remained calm, pleasant, and reassuring throughout the meal.

I’ve found sneaking and tricks aren’t the way to go. That can backfire with kids. If you’re being sneaky about it, I think you need to step back and look at the big picture. We enjoy a variety of wonderful foods, including vegetables. I think that eating meals together and modeling the enjoyment—without pressure—is the key.

Katja Rowell, MD, a mom of a four-year-old daughter, a family practice physician, and a childhood feeding specialist with familyfeedingdynamics.com, in St. Paul, MN

The information on MommyMDGuides.com is not intended to replace the diagnosis, treatment, and services of a physician. Always consult your physician or child care expert if you have any questions concerning your family's health. For severe or life-threatening conditions, seek immediate medical attention.