Breastfeeding can be complicated and difficult enough during “normal” times. However, new mothers’ concerns become magnified during a pandemic when in-person resources, like local breastfeeding classes, are not as available. As a certified lactation consultant, I’m here to help by sharing answers to the most common breastfeeding questions and concerns I receive from clients and…
It’s natural for a father who already has three girls to want a boy next time. But should he be able to make that choice? Reproductive technologies exist to make sex selection a reality. However, many people believe that sex selection is ethically wrong. The UN reports, for example, that every day in India, 2,000 women abort a baby girl. Called feticide, this is a form of sex selection. When sex selection occurs for medical reasons, many people support the phenomenon.
Birth control is a significant consideration for sexually active teens and their parents. Teens need accurate, factual information to make decisions about sexuality and contraception. Many of the contraceptives on the market today are safe, effective and appropriate for sexually active teens. Understanding the options available for your teen can help you to inform and guide her as she makes these adult choices.
Many families wish to postpone the birth of another child for a few years after having one. If you’re breastfeeding, though, your options become more limited because certain types of birth controls contain hormones that can go into your breast milk. Fortunately, there are both natural and hormonal methods that you can use to avoid another pregnancy before you’re ready.
Another pregnancy is far from the minds of most breastfeeding women, especially those with newborns. While exclusive breastfeeding can prevent pregnancy, it is not 100 percent effective and becomes less effective as your baby gets older. Exploring postpartum birth control options helps you choose the safest option for you while nursing your baby.