Monday, December 21, 2009

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

All KidCo Gates 30% OFF!

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Fighting the Cold & Flu Season with Nutrition Hot Topic Dec. 11th at 1pm

The cold and flu season is upon us! And if you are like most people, you will likely come down with at least one cold or the flu this season. But before you reach for the traditional remedies, like cough syrup or cold medicine, join us for an honest discussion on preventing and treating these viruses naturally. This lecture will focus on building your immune system through nutrition! We will discuss how your immune system functions; the importance of building a good "nutrition-base" everyday; how certain foods, vitamins, and minerals treat cold and flu symptoms; and immunity-building foods/supplements.

INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY:
Brianne Kellogg, MS, RD is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist and mother. The combination of her work in maternal nutrition, particularly lactation education, and her experience in being a mother led her to form Nutrition Works for Women. She provides nutrition counseling and education to women at varying stages of the lifecycle.

Anne Hendler, MS, RD is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist and mother who focuses on the nutrition needs of women and families. She is a partner of Nutrition Works for Women and provides nutrition counseling during pregnancy and lactation as well as nutrition consulting for weight management and eating disorders.

HOW TO ENROLL:
To enroll in a Hot Topics Class please call today 310-998-1981

LOCATION:
Santa Monica Pump Station Dec 11th 1pm

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Planning a Flight with Your Baby

Every week in our New Mother Support groups someone asks for tips on air travel with their breastfed baby. So here is a list of ideas that should make your trip easier. I hope this will also help my daughter Colleen when she travels home from Germany during the Christmas holidays with my soon-to-be-born grandbaby.

1. Make reservations early and book a window seat for yourself. It is easier to breastfeed when you can turn your back to the crowd and get the baby latched on, then sit back and relax.

2. If traveling with another person, request an aisle and window seat. If the flight is not full, you may get the whole row and if not, the person assigned the middle seat will happily take the aisle. You might try flying at lower volume times of the day/week. However, in the current travel climate there may be no such thing.

3. Take your Car Seat and your "Snap and Go" stroller right up to the plane and then gate check the stroller. It's waiting for you as you disembark. If there is an available seat you can take your car seat on the place with you. If not they will gate-check it too. If you don't have a gate-check bag, take large, heavy-duty bags and some masking tape. Covering the car seat and the stroller will protect them while in the cargo area.

4. Take your sling/baby carrier. This is great for walking through the airport, keeping your baby secure while flying, and calming a fussy baby on the plane – walking and bouncing. I just read the TSA website which states that babies need to be removed from carriers and strollers while going through the security checkpoint.

5. A backpack diaper bag will keep your hands available for the baby.

6. In your carry-on pack an extra shirt for yourself and enough diapers/clothes for the baby to make it through a “blowout” or two. Be prepared for a delay or even and unexpected overnight stay.

7. Pack one diaper and several wipes in a Ziploc bag (do a bunch). When you need to change the baby just grab a baggy, make the change and use the Ziploc for the dirty diaper.
Buy disposable changing pads and throw them away after each use. This helps to protect the baby from the environment.

8. Check the TSA website and take a copy of the rules with you – you may need it at security. Currently you may take breastmilk through security (when traveling with or without the baby) in larger quantities than three ounces and in a separate bag from other gels and liquids. You must declare that you have the milk and are encouraged to carry on only what is needed until you reach your destination. Any other milk that you want to take, can be packed in large Ziplocs, surrounded by ice cubes or blue ice and placed in the bags you plan to check.

9. Take your Bebe au Lait. This terrific cover-up allows mom and baby to see each other and nurse discreetly. Also try a Nursing tank top and layers; the tank makes nursing so easy while keeping your midsection covered. The tank is beloved by most of our clients.

10. Planes are flying "germ bags" so take a few antibacterial wipes in a baggy and wipe down the arms of your seat and the tray table and don't forget your hand sanitizer – use it frequently.

11. Try to nurse your baby or offer a few sips of breast milk by bottle when you are taking off and landing. Getting the baby to swallow helps reduce pressure in the ears. If the baby is sleeping, don’t wake him.

12. Put drops of breast milk in eyes and nose repeatedly before and during the trip. This may help reduce the risk of the baby getting sick. It works like an antibiotic/antiviral –Good Stuff.

** Ask for help: Getting your luggage through security, into the overheads, etc. can be a hassle. People feel good about themselves when they help others, so let 'um help.
Enjoy Your Trip!

by Corky Harvey MS, RN, IBCLC, Co-Founder of The Pump Station & Nurtury™

Transportation Security Administration's (TSA): What to Know Before You Go

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Monday, November 30, 2009

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Recycle Your Old Crayons!

Recycle Your Old Crayons: Everyday more than 12 million crayons are made in the United States- A large amount of those crayons (made from a petroleum based wax) ends up in our landfills. Crazy Crayons is attempting to change that. Ship your unwanted crayons which they sort, and recycle into new crayons. So far, more than 47,000 pounds of crayons have been recycled and kept out of landfills. Visit their Crazy Crayons website to learn more about the National Crayon Recycling Program and for shipping information.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Stork Craft Drop-side Cribs Recall

NEWS from CPSC and HC

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission http://www.cpsc.gov/
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 23, 2009
Release # 10-046

Firm's Recall Hotline: (877) 274-0277
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
HC Media Contact: (613) 957-2983

Infant Entrapment and Suffocation Prompts Stork Craft to Recall More Than 2.1 Million Drop-Side Cribs

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc., of British Columbia, Canada, today announced the voluntary recall of more than 2.1 million Stork Craft drop-side cribs, including about 147,000 Stork Craft drop-side cribs with the Fisher-Price logo. The recall involves approximately 1,213,000 units distributed in the United States and 968,000 units distributed in Canada.

CPSC urges parents and caregivers to immediately stop using the recalled cribs, wait for the free repair kit, and do not attempt to fix the cribs without the kit. They should find an alternative, safe sleeping environment for their baby. Consumers should contact Stork Craft to receive a free repair kit that converts the drop-side on these cribs to a fixed side.

The cribs' drop-side plastic hardware can break, deform, or parts can become missing. In addition, the drop-side can be installed upside-down, which can result in broken or disengaged plastic parts. All of these problems can cause the drop-side to detach in one or more corners. When the drop-side detaches, it creates space between the drop-side and the crib mattress. The bodies of infants and toddlers can become entrapped in the space which can lead to suffocation. Complete detachment of drop-sides can lead to falls from the crib.

CPSC, Health Canada, and Stork Craft are aware of 110 incidents of drop-side detachment; 67 incidents occurred in the United States and 43 in Canada. The incidents include 15 entrapments; 12 in the U.S. and three in Canada. Four of the entrapments resulted in suffocation: a 7-month-old in Gouverneur, N.Y.; a 7-month-old in New Iberia, La.; a 6-month-old in Summersville, W.Va.; and a 9-month-old in Bronx, N.Y. Included in these incidents are 20 falls from cribs; 12 in the U.S. and eight in Canada. Fall injuries ranged from concussion to bumps and bruises. The cribs involved in these incidents had plastic drop-side hardware that had broken, missing, or deformed claws, connectors, tracks, or flexible tab stops; loose or missing metal spring clips; stripped screws; and/or drop-sides installed upside-down.

This recall involves Stork Craft drop-side cribs and Stork Craft drop-side cribs with the Fisher-Price logo. This recall does not involve any cribs that do not have a drop-side. This recall does not involve any cribs with metal rod drop-side hardware. It involves only those cribs with plastic trigger and one-hand-system drop-side hardware.

This recall includes Stork Craft cribs with manufacturing and distribution dates between January 1993 and October 2009. This recall also includes Stork Craft cribs with the Fisher-Price logo that have manufacturing dates between October 1997 and December 2004. The Stork Craft cribs with the Fisher-Price logo were first sold in the U.S. in July 1998 and in Canada in September 1998. The cribs were sold in various styles and finishes. The manufacture date, model number, crib name, country of origin, and the firm's name, address, and contact information are located on the assembly instruction sheet attached to the mattress support board. The firm's insignia "storkcraft baby" or "storkling" is inscribed on the drop-side teething rail of some cribs. In Stork Craft cribs that contain the "Fisher-Price" logo, this logo can be found on the crib's teething rail, in the manufacturer's instructions, on the assembly instruction sheet attached to the mattress support board, and on the end panels of the Twinkle-Twinkle and Crystal crib models.

Major retailers in the United States and Canada sold the recalled cribs including BJ's Wholesale Club, J.C. Penney, Kmart, Meijer, Sears, USA Baby, and Wal-Mart stores and online at Amazon.com, Babiesrus.com, Costco.com, Target.com, and Walmart.com from January 1993 through October 2009 for between $100 and $400.

The cribs were manufactured in Canada, China and Indonesia.

For additional information, contact Stork Craft toll-free at (877) 274-0277 anytime to order the free repair kit, or log on to http://www.storkcraft.com/

Important Message from CPSC:
CPSC would like to remind parents not to use any crib with missing, broken, or loose parts. Make sure to tighten hardware from time to time to keep the crib sturdy. When using a drop-side crib, parents should check to make sure the drop-side or any other moving part operates smoothly. Always check all sides and corners of the crib for disengagement. Any disengagement can create a gap and entrap a child. In addition, do not try to repair any side of the crib, especially with tape, wire or rope.

Note: Health Canada's press release can be seen at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=888

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled product, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10046.html

Monday, November 23, 2009

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Friday, November 13, 2009

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Rethinking Car Seat Safety for Babies




By Wendy Haldeman, RN MS IBCLC

Few, if any parents would dispute the life-saving benefits of proper car seat usage when transporting infants and small children in automobiles. In fact, over 9,000 lives have been saved over the past 30 years. What parent has not appreciated the convenience of moving a sleeping baby from the car, to the stroller, back into the car, and into the home, all without waking the infant? Many parents hold the opinion that the invention of the infant car seat/stroller system was genius. New information, however, has come forward which may lead us to consider the wisdom of using the car seat outside of a vehicle.

Dr. Shital Parikh, a pediatric orthopedist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center presented her study at the American Academy of Pediatrics’ annual meeting this month. Dr. Parikh found that over 8,700 babies were treated in local emergency rooms last year for injures sustained in car seats while outside of the car. The most common accidents occurred when parents placed the occupied seat on a table or counter. The baby was able to create just enough movement to propel the seat off the counter and onto the floor. Babies were also injured while tumbling out of a car seat because the parent mistakenly believed that the baby was strapped in.

Another concern has been raised by a Pump Station & Nurtury™ favorite expert, Dr. Jill Stamm. Hours upon hours spent sitting and sleeping in a car seat may deprive a baby of its ability to develop normal peripheral vision. Dr. Stamm is concerned that the high sides and deep seat limits the baby to only seeing what is directly in front of him/her. Visual input is critical to the wiring of the brain. Normally, when a baby hears a sound coming from the side, they will turn toward the sound, and begin to associate the visual image with that sound. Consider the infant strapped into a car seat. The baby hears a sound, turns and views only the side of the seat. Dr. Stamm believes that when a baby is repeatedly deprived of the experience to connect the sound with the visual image, the baby simply “tunes out”.

One last potential problem for the developing newborn spending long hours sitting in a car seat is being discussed among experts. Is it possible that leaving babies in car seats outside of the car contributes to the flattening of the baby’s head? Experts agree that always placing the infant on his/her back for sleep will reduce the incidence of sudden infant death syndrome. As this is a necessary and safe practice, perhaps reducing the amount of additional time a baby spends with pressure to the back of the head should be considered.

Any parent is loathed to waking up a sleeping baby. Who wants to take a peaceful, quiet infant out of the car seat when it is so easy and convenient to just scoop up the baby and seat together? As parenting is exhausting, it is difficult to always place what is best for baby ahead of ease and convenience. A great alternative to carrying a baby outside of the car is to place the baby into a sling. “Wearing your baby” prevents infants from falling off of table tops, promotes peripheral vision by allowing free range of motion of the head and neck, and relieves the pressure from the back of the head. With so many different sling “models” most parents can find the sling that fits their body and life style. The Pump Station & Nurtury offers free sling clinics in all our stores several times per week. With some practice and patience, parents find that they are soon able to remove a sleeping baby from a car seat, place them peacefully into a sling, and continue on their errands without disturbing the infant. What is best for baby can actually be compatible with ease and convenience!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Maclaren USA Recalls to Repair Strollers Following Fingertip Amputations

NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 9, 2009
Release # 10-033 Firm's Recall Hotline: (877) 688-2326
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Maclaren USA Recalls to Repair Strollers Following Fingertip Amputations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Maclaren Strollers

Units: About one million

Distributor: Maclaren USA, Inc., of South Norwalk, Conn.

Hazard: The stroller’s hinge mechanism poses a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to the child when the consumer is unfolding/opening the stroller.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 15 reports of children placing their finger in the stroller’s hinge mechanism, resulting in 12 reports of fingertip amputations in the United States.

Description: This recall involves all Maclaren single and double umbrella strollers. The word “Maclaren” is printed on the stroller. The affected models included Volo, Triumph, Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, TechnoXLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Techno and Easy Traveller.

Sold at: Babies“R”Us, Target and other juvenile product and mass merchandise retailers nationwide from 1999 through November 2009 for between $100 and $360.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using these recalled strollers and contact Maclaren USA to receive a free repair kit.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Maclaren USA toll-free at (877) 688-2326 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s Web site at www.maclaren.us/recall


CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about it by visiting https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054. To join a CPSC e-mail subscription list, please go to https://www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx. Consumers can obtain recall and general safety information by logging on to CPSC's Web site at www.cpsc.gov.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Dr. Harvey Karp's Lecture TONIGHT at WIlshire Temple in Los Angeles








Dr. Harvey Karp Bio
Dr. Harvey Karp is a world renowned child development expert and America's most read pediatrician. Creator of the bestselling DVDs and books, The Happiest Baby on the Block and The Happiest Toddler on the Block, his work has literally revolutionized our understanding of the needs of young children. The Happiest Baby teaches how parents can calm even the fussiest babies in minutes...or less...and help any baby sleep an extra 1-3 hours per night. The Happiest Toddler teaches a new way to communicate with children 8 months to 5 years of age that can quickly prevent 50-90% of tantrums and boost a toddler's patience and cooperation in just days! Dr. Karp’s work is taught in hundreds of hospitals, clinics and military bases across the US and has been featured times on shows like Dr. Phil, Larry King Live, The View and Good Morning....no wonder the NY Times celebrated his work by proclaiming "Roll over Dr. Spock!"

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Final week to see... Mom's the Word! w/Cathy Schenkelberg

Thursday thru Sat 8 pm

Sat / Sun matinee 3 pm

Closes November 8th

come join our playgroup...

"Mom's the Word" at the El Portal in NoHo -- Like "the Vagina Monologues", or "Menopause the Musical," but for Moms (and anyone who's ever loved a mom.) It's funny, sharp and real--the Los Angeles premier of a show that's sold-out in 10 major cities (worldwide) and been seen by over a million people...

Mom's the Word
directed by Jerry London
at the El Portal Theatre
5269 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601

Box Office: 818 508 4200all tix $25 (group rates available)Opens Sept 18th runs Thur-Sun until Nov. 8th


Monday, November 2, 2009

The Pump Station & Nurtury™ Is Having A Milk Drive! Sunday Nov 22nd 2-4pm

If you are wondering what to do with all the milk you have stored in your freezer, or if you are one of those moms who thinks of herself as a one person dairy wonder, relax, we can help. The Pump Station in cooperation with the San Jose Milk Bank is hosting an event that will give you the opportunity to donate your extra milk.

The San Jose Milk Bank collects mother’s milk donations from mothers who have extra milk and are willing to share. There are sick babies in neonatal intensive care units across the country whose delicate digestive tracts can only tolerate human milk. The milk bank will facilitate everything for you from telling you how to become a donor to picking up your milk. There is no charge to you as the donor. It is easy, and it is literally life saving.

We would love to have as many of our moms donate to this worthy cause. According to Dr. Nancy Wight, neonatologist at Sharp Memorial Medical Center in San Diego, has stated “Human milk is liquid gold for the pre- term infant”

If you are in the position to donate, you will be helping so many babies and their families. The mothers whose babies receive donor milk are so grateful that their hospital has made this food choice available, and they are indebted to you. The gift you have given is like no other!

Your first task is to call the San Jose Milk Bank at 1-866-998-4550. Let them know that you are part of the Pump Station’s Milk Drive. They will take you through the easy steps to donate. At that time they will send you a certificate thanking you for your donation. Once you’ve received this certificate you can bring it to the Santa Monica Pump Station on Sunday Nov 22nd and join Jessica for Milk & Cookies from 2-4pm! Jessica will be available to answer your questions regarding breastfeeding or milk production. While there you can redeem your certificate for Milk Money that can be used towards any transaction you make that week. Value 20% off!

If you have any questions about this process please contact Jessica Sacher RN MN IBCLC, at the Pump Station in Santa Monica.

The Pump Station
Santa Monica

San Jose Milk Bank at 1-866-998-4550

The Pump Station Santa Monica
2415 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 998-1981

Friday, October 30, 2009

Sleep Tips for Daylight Savings Time

Turn Clocks Back this Sunday, Nov 1

Jill and Jen offer their expert advice on how to ensure the time shift goes as smoothly as possible:

1. Put your child to sleep as his normal bedtime on Saturday night.

2. Your child will likely wake up 1 hour earlier by the new clock than he normally does, say at 5:00 AM (which still feels to him like 6:00 AM). Psychologically, it can be painful to see 5:00 AM on your clock and deal with a child who's bright and perky. There's not a lot you can do about his energy level on this first morning, so just get up with him.

3. If your child still naps, stretch him as much as you can toward his normal first nap time (according to the current clock). So, if your child wakes at 5:00 AM (according to the current clock), his body will want to nap 1 hour earlier than normal. Don't let him!

Instead, do everything to keep him awake. Give him a bath or do the Hokey Pokey around the house to keep him up as close to his normal first nap time as possible, then follow his usual schedule thereafter. Don't let him nap too long, as doing so may continue to cause early morning wakings.

If your child has outgrown napping, you still need to allow him to wake up at the early new time once the clocks have changed (bummer). However, spend your day eating and doing activities according to the usual time (even thought the clock has changed). Do your best to keep him up all the way to his regular bedtime at night, by the new clock. Yes, he'll be a bit cranky in the evening, but after a few days, he'll adjust!


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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Fit4Baby Prenatal Classes Start Tomorrow in Santa Monica, CA


A final reminder that Fit4Baby Prenatal classes start tomorrow @4pm! Remember you can start the Fit4Baby classes as soon as you discover your are pregnant or you can start in your 3rd Trimester...All are welcome!

NOTE: We will have childcare for a nominal fee. Please arrive 15 min early if you are going to drop off your child and please remember to bring diapers and snacks if needed.

And finally, please join us for our OFFICIAL GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31ST from 11am - 2pm.

We will have a class followed by refreshments, raffle prizes and more....If you ARE planning on attending, we ask that you please RSVP to Tracy Brown at tracy@strollerstrides.net.

Even if it is a maybe, please do let us know...and please feel free to share with your friends and family!

Class Location:
BeBe PT
11901 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025

* Classes are for pregnant women only, no strollers.
* Free Parking available in outside lot, underground lot or on street

Thank you and please feel free to contact Tracy Brown at anytime with additional questions or concerns.

Have a wonderful Evening!

Tracy Brown
Fit4Baby West Los Angeles


Fit4Baby Prenatal Classes (60 min)

Regular exercise builds bones and muscles, gives you energy, and keeps you healthy. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), exercise is just as important during pregnancy. It can help prepare you for labor and childbirth. That is why Stroller Strides has developed Fit4Baby, a prenatal fitness program that teaches women how to exercise safely and effectively throughout their pregnancy.

Each nationally certified instructor is trained in providing the pregnant woman with exercises that are safe and appropriate for her changing body. Fit4Baby classes are interval based, combining elements of strength training, cardiovascular exercises and stretching and balancing exercises.

Pregnancy is a time of beauty and wonder. It can also be a time of discomfort and trial. Regular activity such as Fit4Baby classes can help to reduce many maternal aches and pains, increase energy during pregnancy and may speed the labor, delivery and recovery process.
By following the Fit4Baby exercise program, under the supervision of caregivers, women can increase their chances of having a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

Pregnancy is the perfect time to commit to you and your baby's health. Exercise is an important component to your pregnant well being, as well as your strength as a new mom. We want to help you be FIT FOR MOTHERHOOD! Be sure to seek your physician's approval before starting any exercise program.

Go to the Stroller Strides Class Locations tab to find a Fit4Baby class near you.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Breast Cancer: Are You at Risk? Reduce It!

Written by Kristi Funk, M.D.

POP QUIZ!
1. Are you a woman?
2. Do you keep getting older?


If you said yes to both, then yes, my friend, you are at risk for breast cancer. Understanding which risk factors you cannot control empowers you to take a stronger stance on what you can control. You should know these facts!

“Know Thyself”: The Top 8 Uncontrollable Risk Factors for Breast Cancer:
  • Being female: 1 in 8 (12.5%) women gets breast cancer in her lifetime.

  • Aging: The older you get, the higher your risk. 1 in 234 women will be diagnosed by 35 years old; by 65, the rate increases to 1 in 28.

  • Race: Whites have the highest breast cancer rates, but Blacks and American Indians are more likely to die from it.

  • Menstruation/Menopause: The earlier you started monthly periods, and the later in life you stopped, the higher your risk.

  • Pregnancy: First baby after 30 years old increases risk.

  • Personal History of Breast Cancer: Usually 10% recurrence risk in the cancer breast, and 1% per year for the opposite breast (20% chance in 20 years).

  • Family History of Breast Cancer: Especially premenopausal 1st degree relatives.

  • BRCA: an inherited genetic mutation that increases lifetime risk up to 85%.

You can prevent breast cancer -- to the best of your ability -- when you recognize risk factors you can control, and then adjust your life choices accordingly.

“Control Thyself”: The Top 8 Tips for Stopping Breast Cancer Before it Starts

  • Alcohol: Keeping it to <>
  • Folate: Dear Drinkers, please take the supplement, folic acid 600mcg/day, to fight against the alcohol-induced increase in breast cancer risk.

  • Obesity: Overweight and obese women (body mass index over 25*) have a 50-250% increase over normal weight women. Lose weight and lose risk!

  • Exercise: 3–4 hours/week at moderate to vigorous levels reduces risk. Get up!

  • Diet: High fiber, low fat. Veggies and vitamins, lean meat. Did you really think I’d say filet mignon and potatoes au gratin?

  • Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT): For every 10,000 women taking HRT (yes, even bio-identical), 8 preventable breast cancers occur. Understand your personal risks versus benefits before popping that pill.

  • Medications: For those at seriously high risk (lifetime risk > 20%), anti-estrogen pills, Tamoxifen and Evista, have undesirable side effects, but absolutely reduce risk by > 50%. Two aspirin or ibuprofen a week for over 5 years reduces breast cancer 21%.

  • Mammograms: I know they hurt. I know there’s radiation. But mammograms save lives. If every woman over 50 got her mammogram every year, the breast cancer death rate would drop 35%. Start at 35 years old, and always ask for digital mammograms

Limit the uncontrollable by arming yourself with knowledge, and taking steps toward early detection and prevention.

Wishing you the “breast of health” always,
Kristi Funk, M.D.

The Pink Lotus Breast Center

About the Pink Lotus Breast Center

The Pink Lotus Breast Center, fuses state-of-the art screening, diagnosis and treatment with preventive strategies and holistic, compassionate care. The country’s first female-owned, female-run and fully integrative breast center opened in March 2009. The center delivers unparalleled breast care through the following services:
  • Surgical Breast Specialists: Board-certified surgical breast oncologists perform expert breast exams, targeted ultrasound, same-day minimally invasive diagnostic biopsies, and cosmetically-conscious open breast biopsies, lumpectomies and mastectomies. Outpatient procedures take place in the adjoining, fully-accredited surgical center, with an unmatched team of female anesthesiologists and nurses.

  • Pink Lotus Imaging Center: The most sophisticated digital technology provides detailed mammograms with computer-assisted diagnosis. Patients receive same-day answers from a board-certified radiologist, leaving them confident about their screening. The Pink Lotus Breast Center is the only center in Los Angeles to offer Somo-V whole breast screening ultrasound – a painless, radiation-free examination of all breast tissue, which can find cancers that mammograms miss..

  • The Tao of Wellness at Pink Lotus: The Tao introduces 38 generations of Chinese herbology and medical wisdom to the Pink Lotus Breast Center, providing acupuncture, herbal therapy and nutrition as tools for breast cancer risk reduction, side-effect management from chemotherapy and menopause, stress relief and whole-body wellness.
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  • Pink Lotus Genetics: Detailed family histories are taken with an analysis of all common disease and cancer genetics. Specific gene (such as BRCA) and general breast cancer risk testing (such as OncoVue®) are offered to all patients. The Pink Lotus Breast Center is the first center in Beverly Hills to use the HALO Breast Pap Test, an FDA-approved means of analyzing cells in breast fluid for precancerous change. Patients become empowered by their personalized genetic risk assessment, and leave the Pink Lotus Breast Center armed with a specific reduction strategy..

  • Psychology: A trusted relationship with an experienced psychologist helps patients tackle emotional barriers to health and recovery. Common issues include coping strategies, relationships with a significant other or child, sexuality, depression, anxiety, stress and eating disorders..

  • Nutrition: A registered dietician works with you to reduce breast cancer risk and recurrence by analyzing your daily diet and creating cancer-fighting menu plans, reducing body weight when necessary. .

  • Physical Therapy: Cancer patients see a physical therapist prior to and after surgery for range of motion exercises, and postoperative management. The Pink Lotus Breast Center is the only center in Los Angeles to offer L-DexTM, a non-invasive breakthrough technology that allows early detection and possible reversal of arm lymphedema (limb swelling from lymph node removal). .

  • Group Therapy: Breast cancer patients, and occasionally significant others, meet as a group to benefit from the power of expertly-guided group therapy..

  • Community Lectures: The Pink Lotus Breast Center encourages all patients to join in monthly evening seminars, with exciting and relevant topics presented by our own expert staff, as well as guest lecturers..

  • The Funk Buddies: A group of Pink Lotus breast cancer survivors who individually pair with newly diagnosed breast cancer patients for the purposes of friendship and emotional support. These women frequently find themselves deeply connected to each other, bound together in the sacred sisterhood of survivors. .

  • The Pink Lotus Petals Foundation: The center’s nonprofit organization provides free mammography and breast cancer care to underserved, low-income women in Los Angeles County. The art adorning the walls throughout the center can be purchased as a tax-deductible donation to the Pink Lotus Petals Foundation..

The Pink Lotus Breast Center - “Where Healthy Happens”: From the moment you enter the Pink Lotus Breast Center, you feel welcomed and comfortable. The waiting room provides immediate respite from the pressures of the day, as you relax into the comfy chairs, imagining a life inside the breathtaking world the wall art displays. Enjoy a complimentary tea and snack while you fill out information on a personal Tablet PC, which effortlessly transports all of your information to your doctor, as you write. Thanks to the proprietary electronic records at Pink Lotus Breast Center, by the time you leave, all of the physicians you specify will have received a faxed update on your visit to Pink Lotus, any prescriptions will have been sent to your personal pharmacy, any handouts or referral names will be printed for you to take home, future appointments with any services will have been scheduled, email or text or phone reminders (your choice) of upcoming appointments are in the system ready to go, and your insurance company (yes, Pink Lotus accepts insurance payments) will have already received your billing. What a relief! As you enter your car -- brought by the free valet --you think, “Finally! A breast care center that actually cares.”


About Dr. Kristi Funk

Dr. Kristi Funk, board-certified surgical breast specialist and founder of the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Beverly Hills, is an expert in minimally-invasive diagnostic and treatment methods for all types of breast diseases.

Former Director of Patient Education at Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Breast Center, Dr. Funk opened her own facility, the Pink Lotus Breast Center, as the country’s first female-owned, female-run and fully integrative breast center in March 2009. Pink Lotus Breast Center fuses state-of-the art screening, diagnosis and treatment with preventive strategies and holistic, compassionate care.

Dr. Funk graduated with distinction from Stanford University in 1991, and received her medical degree from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. After surgical residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, WA, she completed a surgical breast fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in 2002, where she then excelled as a surgeon and Director at the Cedars-Sinai Breast Center until 2009.

Dr. Funk’s published works have appeared in Advanced Therapy of Breast Disease, Surgical Clerkship Manual, Archives of Surgery, the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery and the Journal of Clinical Microbiology. As a frequent presenter, she has addressed crowds at national and international Breast Cancer conferences, multiple Los Angeles-area hospitals, the Society of Nuclear Medicine, Southwestern Surgical Congress, Pacific Northwest Vascular Society, British Esophageal Group, Seattle Surgical Society, Virginia Mason Medical Center and the American Society for Microbiology, as well as numerous community audiences.

Dr. Funk’s media appearances include expert commentary on the CBS evening news, NBC’s Extra, co-hosting as a medical professional and interviewing celebrities as a medical correspondent , and appearing as a repeat guest surgeon on CBS’ The Doctors. She is Yoplait’s spokesperson for their “Save Lids to Save Lives” 2009 campaign, with appearances on The Today Show and The View.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Watch our New Mommie Matters Video – Feeding Issues

"Will a pacifier satisfy hunger?”
“When can I introduce solids to my baby?”
“Why does my baby nurse longer when she’s sick?”

Visit our Website for More Videos!
www.MommieMatters.com

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Plan A Baby – Oct 18th in Los Angeles

Moms & Moms-to-be

You are invited to an intimate event at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel!

Plan A Baby is an exclusive, one-day event celebrating new and expectant moms.

Plan A Baby honors modern mothers - hip, sophisticated, style savvy women with an eye for quality and good design.

Listen to our very own Wendy Haldeman MN, RN, IBCLC speak about “Breastfeeding - Getting off on the Right Start: How to Avoid Common Pitfalls”.

Also, check out The Pump Station & Nurtury’s™ booth featuring Cloud*b.

All Pump Station customers will receive $10 off of their ticket price if you purchase your tickets online. Just enter the word “PumpStation” (all one word) at checkout to receive the discount.

So Moms & Moms-to-Be join us at the

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
7000 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
>> Directions

Tickets available Online: $35 On-Site: $45

*Peruse a selection of handpicked, high quality, style-savvy services and wares
*Converse with experts on health, well-being, sleep and nutrition
*Mingle, connect and celebrate motherhood-this day is all about you
*Bid at an on-site auction benefitting Healthy Child, Healthy World

PlanABabyEvent.com
310-860-1300


Governor Vetoes Breastfeeding Support Bill!

The following letter comes from the California WIC Association

October 2, 2009

Governor Vetoes both AB 513 and SB 257!

Breastfeeding advocates are dismayed by Governor Schwarzenegger's decision to veto two modest but critical bills that would have increased breastfeeding support for low-income and working mothers. The Governor missed an opportunity to save millions in health care dollars by supporting low-cost, low-tech investments in breastfeeding. The evidence is in -- breastfeeding prevents illness, chronic disease and even infant death. We are extremely disappointed by this short-sighted decision.

AB 513 (de Leon-Healthcare Coverage/Breastfeeding) sought improved support for breastfeeding by requiring health care service plans and health insurers to include coverage for lactation support and pumps. The Governor's veto message stated that he supports breastfeeding, but that mandates in health plans increase the cost of health care. We would argue that the small investment would save millions in subsequent health care cost by reducing acute and chronic disease for mothers and babies.

SB 257 (Pavley-Employee Notification/Breastfeeding Accommodation) would have simply required every state agency and department to notify female employees nearing maternity leave of the existing lactation accommodation law. SB 257 sailed through the Legislature and was unopposed by state analysts, with many state agencies indicating there was a need for this simple notification. But the Governor's veto stated that there was not enough evidence to indicate that employees were not adequately informed of their right to return to work breastfeeding.

ACTION: Please use this sample letter to the editor to send to your local newspaper regarding these unfortunate vetoes.

Please visit the CWA website to find a template letter, read the Governor's veto messages and for more information on the bills.

Questions?
Karen Farley: 916-448-2280

Casting Call For Expectant Parents in Los Angeles, CA


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Important Reminders!!! Stroller Strides West LA!

Dear xx,

Happy Tuesday!

Below are a few reminders.....

1. 8:30 Classes on Tuesday and Thursday at the Santa Monica Bluffs have resumed as of October 4th! Please join us for these great early bird classes!

2. Fit4Baby Prenatal Fitness Classes are starting on October 27th @ 4pm at Bebe PT in West Los Angeles. From there Classes will be Tues/Thur @ 4pm and Saturdays @11am.

Please join us for our Grand Opening Free Class and Celebration on Saturday, October 31st from 11am - 2pm. We will start with a Class and will follow with refreshments, raffle prizes, and much more! Please feel free to share and bring all your pregnant mommies. This class is for ALL stages of pregnancy!

However a Physicians Release is required to participate in these classes. Therefore, please click HERE to download a Release Form.

3. Rainy Day Policy - As we move into FALL and then to Winter, we do have a few days here and there that we are scheduled for rain. Therefore, here are the policies for you to review. In addition, we are still currently in search of an indoor location for those few days we need to go indoors.

Thank you to all for your business and as always please feel free to contact me at tracy@strollerstrides.net or 800-795-7608 at anytime.

Have a great week!

Tracy Brown

Stroller Strides West Los Angeles

Monday, October 12, 2009

A Picture in the Park - Oct. 25th in Santa Monica

Sunday, October 25th, 2009: 10 am - 2 pm

Join Professional Photographer Laura Kleinhenz for a 15 minute photo session in Douglas Park on Sunday October 25th, 2009 from 10am to 2pm.

15 minutes of family portraiture includes:

  • complimentary on-site editing consultation
  • 1 print-ready image (up to 5x7) emailed for your use
  • online gallery of your images to purchase more online
  • purchase personalized docuvitae holiday cards

Also


  • Hang out and enjoy a free massage with Dr. Elliot Berlin of Berlin Wellness Group. Learn about the benefits of pre & post natal massage and chiropractic care.
  • Receive parenting tips from Dr. Alyssa Berlin and Julie Wright, MFT.
  • Your photograph can shine this season with custom A Papier Letterpress Holiday Cards.
  • Design your hand-pressed cards with Founder Alyson Bravo and receive 20% OFF.

To schedule your photography session, call the Pump Station today:

310.998.1981 M-F 10 - 6 Saturday 10 - 5 Sunday 11 - 5

» click here for details



Friday, October 2, 2009

"Mom's the Word" Sept. 15th – Nov. 8th at the El Portal Theatre


come join our playgroup...

"Mom's the Word"
at the El Portal in NoHo--
Like "the Vagina Monologues", or "Menopause the Musical," but for Moms (and anyone who's ever loved a mom.) It's funny, sharp and real--the Los Angeles premier of a show that's sold-out in 10 major cities (worldwide) and been seen by over a million people...

Mom's the Word
directed by Jerry London
at the El Portal Theatre
5269 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601

Box Office: 818 508 4200
all tix $25 (group rates available)
Opens Sept 18th runs Thur-Sun until Nov. 8th
http://www.momsthewordla.com/


Thursday, September 17, 2009

Legislative Update California

We are pleased to announce that AB 513 and SB 257 are on the Governor's desk awaiting his signature. He has 30 days to either sign the measures into law, let the bills become law without his signature or veto the bills.

ACTION:We need you to send 2 letters to Governor Schwarzenegger requesting that he sign AB 513 and SB 257 into law. The goal is to have his file loaded with letters of support for AB 513 and SB 257.

AB 513 (DE LEON):
See the sample letter here. Please fax your letter of support to the Governor as soon as possible.

AB 513 seeks improved support for breastfeeding by requiring health care service plans and health insurers to include coverage for:

Lactation consultation by an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

The provision of quality breast pumps, as part of their health care service plans or insurance policies that provide maternity coverage.

Read the bill.


SB 257 (Pavley):
See the sample letter here. Please fax your letter of support to the Governor as soon as possible.

SB 257 bill would require every state agency and department, through their existing channels of communication, to notify female employees nearing maternity leave of the current lactation accommodation law. The bill is necessary because we know that not all agencies and departments in CA are getting this important information out to their employees.

Read the bill.


All your calls, letters, and visits in support of AB 513 and SB 257 have been effective and really helped bolster the bills and bring an awareness of the importance of breastfeeding. Thank you for all your support!

Thank you for your help!

For more on breastfeeding bills, or to take action, please visit the California WIC Association website.

Friday, August 28, 2009

"The Doctors" Talk About Breastfeeding

Wendy Haldeman of The Pump Station & Nurtury is on today’s TV show “The Doctors” talking about our Breastfeeding Support Groups.

If you see this episode we would love to hear your comments or feedback on the Pump Station Blog.

The Doctors
Surprising Solutions You Never Knew About
August 28, 2009
How old is too old to keep breastfeeding? Some specialists say it’s beneficial up to age 7! And, Mother Nature has her own Viagra, and it’s on your picnic table. Find out what it is! Plus, a new way for the blind to see the world.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Attn: LATINA FAMILIES WHO ARE EXPECTING A BABY

Are you expecting a baby at the end of September/early October? This very reputable show on MAJOR network is looking for Latina families who are expecting a baby in Los Angeles between September 25th- October 8th. The show is currently airing and is a warm heartfelt show for all mommies. We are looking for Spanish speaking families only. Participants are paid. If you are interested, please call 310-463-8871 or email lev.sylvia@yahoo.com. Thanks!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Attention Breastfeeding Moms: Support is on the Way!

Imagine this….. You have just given birth and assumed your new role as Mom. Family and friends are thrilled for you and continue to exclaim that this is the happiest time of your life - you MUST be thrilled. Although you know you are supposed to feel the euphoria, secretly, you are scared, exhausted, and wondering if any one else could possibly feel as you do. Intellectually you are well aware that breastfeeding is best for the baby and mother, but why is it so hard? Conflicting information abounds as you struggle to comprehend what is best for you and your baby.

Does this situation feel a little too close to home? The answer is probably yes.

These are some of the feelings commonly expressed during the daily mother support groups we have facilitated in both our Santa Monica and Hollywood locations. Over the past 30 years we have met with thousands of women who are feeling very lost and overwhelmed. Many of them find themselves in a city with no extended family, few friends who have successfully breastfed, and unwanted advice coming from everywhere.

At The Pump Station & Nurtury™, our breastfeeding support groups have become a Mecca for women seeking accurate information and a non-judgmental forum for expressing true feelings about assuming the daunting role of parent. New mothers have frequently expressed to us that these groups have saved their lives and allowed them to become confident and happy moms. Our clients have also repeatedly stated that “every city needs a Pump Station”.

In recognition of the growing need for Moms to receive accurate information and support from their peers and experts we have created a series of webisodes called Mommie Matters™…What Matters to Moms™. In this series, new mothers come together to seek advice, laugh, cry, make new friends, and gather the support they need to breastfeed their babies and become confident parents.

We have filmed these mothers speaking out on a wide variety of issues that we believe are pertinent to you. As we interact with these Moms we share with you our vast experience in consulting with breastfeeding mothers. We have presented a wide variety of topics which we feel will be invaluable to you. Regardless of where you live, you can now join our group and realize that many new mothers share the same anxieties and questions that you do.

We will be posting new episodes every week - so make sure to check back on our site regularly. We encourage you to share these webisodes with friends of yours both near and far. We thank you for letting us into your home.

All the best,
Wendy & Corky

>>Watch Mommie Matters™

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Pre & Post Natal Nutrition with Peg Moline, Editor-In-Chief of Fit Pregnancy Magazine

Topics will include

Prenatal Nutrition: The 5 Most critical guidelines

- Water
- Folic Acid
- Omega 3/DHAs
- Calcium and small frequent meals

Postnatal Nutrition:

- The Nursing Mom’s Meal Plan
- Nutrient-dense one-handed snacks
- Plus: Can boost your milk production?

Seats are limited. $25 per person.
Register Today! Attend this lecture and receive a Swag Bag!

Stick around and watch Tracy Brown from Stroller Strides give a free demonstration of both prenatal and postnatal exercises.

Those who attend will receive a discount coupon for 15% off any merchandise purchased at the Pump Station & Nurtury on Thursday July 30th.

For more information call 310-998-1981 or go to http://www.pumpstation.com/

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

DOES FOOD REALLY MATTER? A Review of “The N.D.D. Book: How Nutrition Deficit Disorder Affects Your Child's Learning, Behavior..."

A Review of “The N.D.D. Book: How Nutrition Deficit Disorder Affects Your Child's Learning, Behavior, and Health, and What You Can Do About It--Without Drugs”

by Jessica Sacher RN MN IBCLC

What if at your next well baby/toddler check up your pediatrician told you that you could markedly reduce the risk of your child getting ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, bipolar disorders, allergies, reflux, IBD, and a host of other ailments that are now being diagnosed in younger and younger children? Would you sit up and take note? Would you implore him/her for this special vaccine/magic bullet?In Dr. William Sears, new book, The NDD Book, he lays out a comprehensive guideline describing just what parents have to do in order to protect their children from these debilitating and difficult disorders; and all it requires is a change in what and how we feed our children and the rest of our family. Dr. Sears uses language that we can all understand, explaining how nutrition affects almost every aspect of a young child’s life and offering real life solutions that don’t involve drugs. This puts the parent and the child in charge of their health.Dr. Sears also explains why the “typical” American diet is predisposing our children to obesity, diabetes and learning issues, and unravels the complex process of metabolism, teaching the parent how to feed a child real food, which he calls “grow food” and “green light” food. He explains the correct balance of essential fatty acids, how to achieve that balance for our children and, how to get them to eat it. This book is a must read for any new parent who (before they know it) will need to provide, prepare and serve the right food to promote optimal health in their child. The anecdotes Dr Sears includes are based on real-life clinical scenarios, and the suggestions made reflect that he has done this with great success, not only in his pediatric practice but in his home life as well. The recipes are kid pleasing and mom friendly. This book is a win- win for the whole family.

Thanks to everyone that participated and was a part of The Ultimate Healthy Parenting Party!


Thanks to everyone that participated and was a part of The Ultimate Healthy Parenting Party hosted by The Pump Station & Nurtury!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Does Your Nursing Bra Fit? Find the Right Size for Your Body

By Tania Capata, Nursing Bra Buyer, Certified Fitter by Medela and Bravado

Finding the right Bra can be a hassle. Finding the right Nursing Bra can be even more of a hassle. Your cup size is changing. Your band width is changing. You're going to work. You’re staying home. You want something functional. You want something sexy. Your baby is screaming for milk.

What size? What type? And most importantly – when exactly should you be fit for one?

These are the questions we hear from all of our new moms. In the midst of all of this confusion, at the Pump Station & Nurtury™ we have tried our best to bring clarity to the whole Nursing Bra dilemma.

Moms often ask us – “Why do I need a good Nursing Bra?” Our answer simply stated: Before and after pregnancy breasts go through many changes, they are getting fuller, heavier and sensitive. You need to find a bra that is functional, comfortable and makes you feel good about the changes your body is undergoing.

Sleep/Transition bras:
At some point during your last month of pregnancy it is a good time to purchase your first two Sleep/Transition bras. These are great because they have a size range that will accommodate the changes you are going through just before delivery and shortly afterwards. The Bravado Original Nursing Bra is great for maternity and nursing because of its ability to be supportive while flexible with your changing body.

About 2 weeks after delivery, we recommend that you wear a more structured bra that offers better support. Here are some types of bras you might want to consider:

Soft Cup Nursing Bras:
Soft Cup Nursing Bras are a great choice about two weeks postpartum. Because these will be more size specific, they will have a more secure feel and therefore be more comfortable and that is what soft cups are about: Comfort, Comfort & more Comfort!

Full Figured Nursing Bras:
Unparalleled fit, comfort, support and quality! Choose from comfortable functional bras to beautiful and sexy ones from makers such as Bravado, Anita & Medela. Full Figured Nursing Bras provide the additional support that is needed for larger sizes.

Underwire Nursing Bras:
Underwire Nursing Bras are a good choice for the woman who is accustomed to wearing this type of bra and like they way they feel. The most important thing about underwire is the fit, so if you feel any changes, it is time to get your size re-evaluated.

Specialty Bras & Supports:
We highly recommend the Easy Expressions Hands Free Pumping Bra. This is great for the Mom who will be going back to work or for the Mom that will want to pump from home.

Please remember, if you are looking for assistance in determining your correct bra size you can check out our online fitting guide or come into our store and be measured by one of our experienced customer service representatives.

Good luck with your shopping for Nursing Bras!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz. Oh What A Relief It Is -- Relief for Newborns Troubled by Painful Gas


By Wendy Haldeman MN, RN, IBCLC, Co-Founder of The Pump Station & Nurtury™

Newborns and very young infants are often troubled by painful gas. If the baby is distressed, you can bet that the parents are stressed and looking for the perfect remedy.

The truth is that almost all babies under 12 weeks of age will experience some level of gastric upset on a daily basis. The majority of babies will magically recover with time as the leading cause of gas is an immature gut. Babies are also anatomically challenged due to their lack of abdominal muscle tone making it difficult to push out the gas. In addition, infants tend to clinch their anal sphincter, making it more difficult to pass the gas.

Common relief measures include abdominal massage, applying pressure to the abdomen, bicycling the infant’s legs, and performing the “air chair” (hold baby with their back against your chest. Gently bend baby’s knees and press the bent legs into baby’s chest). Breast feeding moms will try eliminating different foods from their diets, while formula feeding moms switch formulas. Parents are also recommended to give their infant oral preparations such as chamomile tea, gripe water and/or simethicone (brand name Mylicon).

There is now a new remedy which is getting attention: probiotics. According to the World Health Organization probiotics are live bacteria which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host. What does that mean to you and your baby? The gut requires “good” bacteria for digestion and protects us from infection. As the infant is building his gut flora during the first three months, there is growing evidence that a daily dose of probiotics may boost the number of good bacteria and ease the baby’s digestion, i.e., LESS GAS!

A recent study published in Pediatrics (Vol. 119, No, 1, 2007) compared probiotics with the use of simethicone in the treatment of infantile colic. Infants were given a daily dose of either probiotics or simethicone for 28 days. After seven days, the babies given probiotics cried an average of 18 minutes less per day. At the end of 28 days, the infants on probiotics cried 94 minutes less on average per day than the babies who were treated with simethicone. This is great news for any parents who are desperately trying to calm a fussy, colicky, irritable baby.

Probiotics are available in many health food stores. The preparation appropriate for infants generally comes in a powder and requires reconstituting with water. A great new product available from Sweden is called Biogaia. The advantage of this product is that it in liquid form. Parents are able to simply eye dropper a few drops into their infant’s mouth each day. The only trick to using this preparation is that it must be kept cold.

If you are the parent of a seemingly inconsolable fussy, irritable baby, probiotics may be of great help. Assuming that your health care provider has determined that your baby is healthy, just “fussy, high-needs, colicky”, this remedy is worth considering.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Save the date! Ultimate Healthy Parenting Party with Jennifer Taggart “The Smart Mama”


Sunday June 28, 2009 from 12pm to 4pm
at The Pump Station & Nurtury - Santa Monica

2415 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, Ca 90403 • (310)-998-1981

Monday, June 1, 2009

Los Angeles Magazine voted The Pump Station & Nurtury one of the “Best Baby Boutiques” in Best of LA, May 2009 issue!

Best Baby Boutiques
Best of LA, May 2009

Just about every kids’ shop in town has a section for infants. But often it’s a few onesies and SPIT HAPPENS bibs among a sea of big boy and big girl clothing. When you’re looking for a gift, whether it’s for your own child or to present at a shower or birthday party, it’s worth checking out a specialty store.

Littlest Bo-Peep The Pump Station & Nurtury is known for its breast-feeding educational services. But the accompanying shops are tidy, well-organized places to score some new duds for the smallest children. Preemie clothing can be hard to find, yet here are cute sets by Preemie-Yums (printed tops and footed bottoms) and Kissy-Kissy. For under $50, you can take home an irresistibly soft floppy pink poodle or a golden lion that doubles as a blanket. The spaces are small, which makes quick sorties a breeze. » 2415 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310-998-1981; 1248 Vine St., Hollywood, 323-469-5300