Callie Miers did not know much about premature birth until it happened to her. Baylor Knox Miers was born at 27 weeks December 27, 2013. Callie shares his story and why she is passionate about supporting the March of Dimes' March for Babies walk April 5, 2014 in Tulsa, OK.


Now that you are no longer pregnant, how should your diet change when you are breastfeeding? Depending on mom and baby, changes in diet for nursing mothers can vary a little or quite a bit from pregnancy. You will need to watch and see how your baby responds to certain foods you eat, which they may find more difficult to digest. However, a balanced diet is a good place to start to make sure you and your baby are getting the right nutrition to help nursing be as beneficial as possible.

Nutrition Needs Increase as Metabolism Changes

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Are you pregnant? Are you thinking of becoming pregnant soon? Folic acid should already be a part of your daily prenatal care to help prevent birth defects of the spine and brain (neural tube defects). The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says as many as 50 to 70 percent of neural tube defects could be prevented if women took 400 mcg of folic acid before and up to 800 mcg during their pregnancy each day. However, with half of all pregnancies unplanned, health care providers hope National Folic Acid Awareness Week sheds light on the need for women of childbearing age to take folic... Read More »

When you are pregnant, your immune system is naturally decreased to accommodate the growing baby. However, when the cold and flu season arrives, this can be a potentially bad combination. Help keep you and your unborn baby safe this winter by naturally boosting your immune system and taking these steps to stay healthy.


As long as your health care provider says it is safe for you to exercise during your pregnancy, you should try to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity most days. Researchers believe exercise helps boost immunity through a few different ways.... Read More »

Hillcrest lactation consultant Cheryl Coleman, RN joins us on the blog today to talk about recent national reports of contaiminated breast milk sold online. 

Human milk is the best milk for infants to receive and of course the primary source should be the baby’s own mother.  Milk sharing and wet-nursing are as old as breastfeeding itself, but the Internet has brought this practice to a whole new and often unsafe level.   As recent reports are showing buying breast milk from a total stranger is indeed possible and happening. 

Breast milk, while never sterile, always contains... Read More »

Hillcrest lactation consultant Cheryl Coleman is talking about the link between breastfeeding and childhood obesity today on our blog.

September is Childhood Obesity Awareness month.  Decreasing obesity begins with breastfeeding.  Studies have shown a 15 percent to 30 percent reduction in obesity in adolescents and adults who were breastfed.  This is one area where it is not just the product but the process that may make the difference.  While breast milk is the nutrition intended for human babies, it has been noted in some studies that breastfeeding makes the difference.  When a... Read More »

Lactation consultant Cheryl Coleman join us on the blog today to remind us of the importance of breastfeeding when it comes to disasters.

September is Emergency Preparedness Month and breastfeeding is certainly a part of being prepared for any emergency, be it due to natural disaster or conflict.   Infants and children are most vulnerable to the problems of diarrhea, pneumonia and under nutrition which are frequently seen during and following a disaster.  During disasters there is often no safe water source or way to clean feeding bottles and utensils making formula feeding much... Read More »

Early Monday morning, July 22nd, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton checked into St. Mary’s hospital in Paddington, London. After a hospital stay of over 14 hours, the Palace confirmed at 4:24 pm local time that Kate had given birth to a healthy 8 pound, 6 ounce boy.

Duchess Kate gave birth in the luxurious Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital, a wing steeped in tradition. It is the same facility where Princess Diana gave birth to Prince William in 1982 as well as Prince Harry in 1984. The lavish facility has been described as “leading private obstetric and neonatal care for 60 years... Read More »