breast feeding

Question: My daughter recently had a baby and the nursing staff were quite helpful with encouraging the baby to breast feed soon after birth. I don’t recall this happening when I had babies years ago. Is this a new approach?

Answer: It might be new to some people, depending on their experience. “Skin-to-skin” time is encouraged at WCCH for at least an hour after birth, when the baby is placed on the mother, skin touching, and given time to bond.

The baby can peacefully adjust to life outside the womb, and soon after, will naturally begin to initiate breastfeeding. By encouraging breast feeding soon after birth, it complements the natural order of the birthing process. Our nurses received special training to encourage this bonding time within the first hours after delivery.

Christa O’Neal, RN, Maternal Child Educator and Certified Lactation Counselor at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital

Question: Do nasal irrigation techniques, such as the neti pot, help clear sinuses? Are they safe?

Answer: A neti pot is a container designed to rinse your nasal cavity and can be effective in relieving sinus congestion when used properly.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend using bottled water that has been distilled or sterilized. Tap water is acceptable if it’s been boiled for several minutes, then cooled. Follow the directions and check with your doctor if you have any questions.

Jody George, MD, family medicine physician with The Family Care Center SWLA and medical staff member of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital

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