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Guess what Mamas? I have a great and exciting topic for you today. We are going to talk about stress during pregnancy. I think this topic is very interesting because we have to deal with stress even if we are not pregnant or breastfeeding so imagine being pregnant with so many hormones floating in your body.(13).That’s a lot to handle considering what they do. Stress during pregnancy can affect you in daily life activities as well as stress with learning or having challenges with breastfeeding. Stress affects breastfeeding in many ways. High levels of stress in breastfeeding moms can lead to a difficult let-down reflex, and it can decrease your breast milk supply. Too much stress in everyday life is also associated with early weaning from breastfeeding. As we know, healthy mental status brings the result of a live healthy baby! That’s what we want right? Here are some questions you may have concerning breastfeeding and stress.

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Stress happens to us all. Our reaction to it depends on how we overcome it!

What is stress and how does it affect my health?

Stress is the body’s reaction to any change that requires an adjustment or response. The body reacts to these changes with physical, mental, and emotional responses. Stress is a normal part of life. You can experience stress from your environment, your body, and your thoughts. Even positive life changes such as a promotion, a mortgage, or the birth of a child produce stress. Did you know that stress is normal for humans?  The body can respond to these changes physically, mentally, or emotionally and it can be positively or negatively.

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Stress can be positive, keeping us alert, motivated, and ready to avoid danger. Stress becomes negative when a person faces continuous challenges without relief or relaxation between stressors. As a result, the person becomes overworked, and stress-related tension builds. The body’s autonomic nervous system has a built-in stress response that causes physiological changes to allow the body to combat stressful situations. This stress response, also known as the “fight or flight response”, is activated in case of an emergency. However, this response can become chronically activated during prolonged periods of stress. Prolonged activation of the stress response causes wear and tear on the body – both physical and emotional. Hence, stress that continues without relief can lead to a condition called distress – a negative stress reaction. Distress can disturb the body’s internal balance or equilibrium, leading to physical symptoms such as headaches, an upset stomachelevated blood pressurechest painsexual dysfunction, and problems sleeping. Emotional problems can also result from distress. These problems include depressionpanic attacks, or other forms of anxiety and worry. Research suggests that stress also can bring on or worsen certain symptoms or diseases. Stress is linked to 6 of the leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, and suicide.

Too much stress can bring addiction

Addiction to substances can destroy our bodies. So it is crucial that we control the stressors in our lives. Stress also becomes harmful when people engage in the compulsive use of substances or behaviors to try to relieve their stress. These substances or behaviors include food, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, gambling, sex, shopping, and the Internet. Rather than relieving the stress and returning the body to a relaxed state, these substances and compulsive behaviors tend to keep the body in a stressed state and cause more problems. The distressed person (paid link) becomes trapped in a vicious circle.

How does stress impact breastfeeding?

Adding the stress of work, illness or financial problems can take its toll on your life and your body. This stress can also affect your breastfeeding plan. How Does Stress Affect Breastfeeding? Stress can affect breastfeeding in two ways: your milk supply and the contents of your milk. When you experience stress, your body responds by releasing cortisol, adrenaline and norepinephrine. While these hormones can temporarily help your body deal with a stressful situation, over time, they can have a negative effect on your body both physically and emotionally. Stress doesn’t directly affect milk supply.

The amount of milk your body makes depends on how often your baby nurses. The more milk he or she drinks, the more your body will make. Stress can indirectly affect your milk supply, however, if you aren’t taking the time to eat or drink enough water or don’t have the time to nurse your baby as frequently as he or she needs because you are dealing with a stressful situation. Maternal illnesses, along with the medications that are prescribed for these illnesses, can also cause stress and reduce milk supply. One of the hormones, cortisol, can enter into your breastmilk, affecting its contents.

Studies have found that breastfed babies have approximately 40 percent more cortisol in their systems than formula-fed babies, suggesting that the cortisol found in breastmilk is responsible for this increase. Called “secondhand cortisol,” the hormone enters the baby’s intestinal tract and prompts neurotransmitter signals that go to the brain, affecting the areas that regulate emotion. Though long-term effects of secondhand cortisol in nursing infants are unknown, a study from researchers at Arizona State University found that higher levels of cortisol corresponded to babies who easily cried or became agitated when placed in unfamiliar situations.

What determines a healthy baby after nine months?

Determining a healthy baby after nine months is more than just looks!

A substance called Telomeres which are cellular structures that protect the chromosomes during cell division. Telomere length is a marker of cell aging that determines life expectancy and many age related disorders.

Longer telomeres can be beneficial for long-term health, while shorter ones can signify “various chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, some neurologic conditions, and various cancers,” past studies have suggested, according to the news release.

Shorter telomere sends signals to the rest of the cells that there is problematic DNA that needs repairing rather than replication. Continuous copying of problematic DNA will result in abnormal cell growth leading to cancer. In this sense, it also plays a vital role in cancer prevention. Thus shorter and longer telomere both have their benefits.

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What are some healthy ways I can reduce stress during pregnancy?

Mamas, let me tell you something: decreasing your stress levels is very crucial for both you and your baby. You can try reducing stress by:

  • Put God first in everything you do. God loves you and He wants you to succeed in your life. I encourage you to seek Him and His righteousness so that all will go well with you. (Joshua 1:9 KJV). He is also the one who can give us true peace as He leads us beside still waters and restores us.
  • Always take time to be thankful to God for the blessings in your life.
  • Make time to regularly exercise, such as enrolling in a baby/mom exercise class or taking a walk with your little one. You can also set regular exercise times at home.
  • Exercise is good because it releases endorphins that can increase your happiness levels and help you to better deal with stress.
  • Did you know that practicing deep-breathing techniques helps you to relax? Try it the next time you are stressed out.
  • Communicate and connect with others by getting out of the house and meet up with a friend to talk.
  • Take 15 to 20 minutes a day to do something you enjoy, such as reading a book, cooking, visiting or calling a friend, going to the beach.
  • Get as much sleep as possible. Try to nap when your baby is napping or nurse while lying down in order to get some extra rest.

If you experience difficulty in remembering things, insomnia, extreme fatigue, a lack of appetite or are unable to enjoy things you once did, your stressful situation may have caused depression. Talk with a medical provider to a find a treatment that is right for you. Always follow after PEACE AND HUMILITY. Let it be the empire of your whole being. Only God can give you it.

Tips for breastfeeding in Difficult Circumstances

Eating the right foods can go a long way in helping you overcome stress
  • If you are dealing with an illness in the family, divorce, death or loss of a job, the stress of the situation can make nursing extremely difficult.
  • Be reassured that any breast milk that you can provide your baby during this time is extremely beneficial.
  • If you want to continue nursing during difficult circumstances, make the time about you and your child.
  • Close the door to the nursery, listen to calming music and focus on the special bond that you have with your baby.
  • If you have to go back to work or have to be away from home to help out with family, using a breast pump will allow you to continue to provide your baby with milk while you are unable to nurse him or her.
  • Stay calm, no matter what. Whether it’s the stress of everyday living or the severe stress from a catastrophic event, stress can affect both you and your baby.
  • Make sure you eat the right foods to improve your mental capacity .e.g. all the green, and colorful veggies, fruits, nuts, and grains, meat, low mercury fish, poultry. These foods taken daily will help to enrich your blood and help you to feel your best mentally.
  • Take the time for you to reduce your stress and seek out help from your friends and family in order to get through any difficult situations.
  • Stay strong in God. Find the scriptures on PEACE and do what it takes to get your peace? Remember we all go through stress every now and then but management is the key to overcoming it.

What’s the connection for women, pregnancy and longevity?

Your last pregnancy can determine your length of life!

One previous study suggests that the women’s age at the delivery of her last child affects telomere length. Thus it affects women’s aging process. The new study, done on a larger scale, was published on Wednesday. In this study, 1200 premenopausal women were participants. They belong to different localities, religions, lifestyles, and backgrounds.

Furthermore, they have age differences, weight differences, and habits. In this study, researchers noticed the length of telomere, women’s age at birth, and the financial status of the women. They also observe emotional, social, and other sociodemographic factors during pregnancy.

Additionally, the study proves the connection between telomere length and age of women at the time of the birth of the last child. According to the study, women’s age at the time of the last child’s birth affects the length of the telomere.

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Everyone wants to live a long, happy, healthy, and wealthy life. Scientists work to know the cause of aging so that science can be able to control the process of aging. Aging is the process of becoming old. However, at the cellular level, aging means that the cell ceases to divide. Furthermore, at the population level, aging means the population of species is no longer able to grow.

One theory does suggest that women who become mothers at a later age live longer. Dr. Stephanie Faubion is medical director at The North American Menopause Society. According to her, to understand the link between telomere and birth of the last child, more research is required.

Moreover, to determine the age of women at the time of the birth of the youngest child is responsible for longer telomere. And also to understand whether telomere length enables women to conceive at an older age or not.

Bottom Line:

Breastfeeding, life (paid link) and stress can work together in harmony. But we must do our part in managing our lives. We know that healthy mental status brings the result of a live healthy baby. So Mama you must do all you can to make your pregnant journey a happy, healthy, and safe one. Stay strong in God. Find the scriptures on PEACE and do what it takes to get your peace? Remember we all go through stress every now and then but management is the key to overcoming it.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you learned something. You are welcomed to come again. I hope you find peace and joy in your life. You can overcome stress whether you are breastfeeding or experiencing a negative circumstance in your life. You can watch the video below to further understand how to overcome the stressors in your life. You can comment if you like. I would love to have your email address for more exciting topics. Let me know if you have a topic you would like for me to talk about. Enjoy!

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Breastfeeding is the number one cure in preventing childhood obesity

Hello Mamas. Here is another exciting topic on breastfeeding and obesity. For centuries obesity has been a common problem in the world.

Making a decision to breastfeed your baby benefits both you and your baby. There are so many health benefits to your child from breastfeeding, including prevention of infections such as ear infections, diarrhea, and other bacterial and viral infections. Research also suggests that breastfeeding may help protect against diabetes and some cancers. Breastfeeding provides warmth and closeness between you and your baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding your child for the first year of life.

I have wonderful news today, breastfeeding also provides many other benefits for mothers. Mothers who breastfeed tend to lose pregnancy weight more quickly. I can testify to this. When I delivered my babies, I looked forward to breastfeeding because I knew it would help me to loose the weight from childbirth fast. Hormones released during breastfeeding help to return the uterus to its normal size and can prevent postpartum bleeding. Research shows that women who have breastfed have lower chances of getting ovarian cancer and breast cancer later in life. Many mothers also feel joy and fulfillment from the connection they experience with their child while nursing.

One important health benefit of breastfeeding is prevention of obesity. Obesity is one of the most serious health problems facing both children and adults today. Childhood obesity often leads to adult obesity, which causes many health problems including heart disease, diabetes, and even early death. Researchers are learning more about how breastfeeding can help prevent obesity. Breast milk provides your baby with food that is easy to digest and very nutritious, and your child helps decide how much to eat and when to eat it. Both the breast milk itself and the way your baby feeds help him or her to develop healthy eating patterns. Breastfed babies seem to be better able to regulate their food intake and thus are at lower risk for obesity.

What Does the Recent Data Research Say?

Breastfeeding is the number one cure in preventing childhood obesity

According to the JAMA Peadiactrics Network, the question is asked:

What is the impact of a nutrition-focused home-visiting intervention on early childhood obesity and associated risk factors?

Findings  In this randomized clinical trial of 134 Navajo mothers and their infants enrolled 3 to 12 months post partum, mothers who received the Family Spirit Nurture infant nutrition and responsive feeding home-visiting intervention vs those who did not reported feeding children substantially fewer sugar-sweetened beverages and having better responsive feeding practices. In turn, their infants had lower body mass index z scores.

Meaning  Results of this trial suggest that a home-visiting intervention created in partnership with and for Native American individuals is an effective strategy for promoting healthy infant feeding and growth in the first year of life.

Another recent study :

Breastfeeding reduces the rate of obesity

Here is another   new study published in the journal Pediatrics . It showed that what really helped prevent obesity was getting breast milk directly from the breast.

That’s not to say that drinking expressed breast milk from a bottle isn’t healthy. After all, it’s the food that was explicitly designed for infants — and in the study, babies that got breast milk from a bottle did have lower rates of obesity at 12 months. Some of that benefit is thought to be related to the microbiome that breast milk helps create. Babies who drink breast milk are more likely to have certain bacteria in their digestive tracts that help prevent obesity.

But the babies that had the lowest risk of obesity in the study were those that got only breast milk directly from the breast for the first three months of life. Why would that be?

To be able to breastfeed directly from the breast for three months, you have to be able to be with your baby constantly for three months. Mothers who can do that either have access to paid maternity leave or have enough resources to take an unpaid leave — or to stay at home with their babies and not work outside the home at all. Studies have shown that mothers who breastfeed longer are more likely to have higher incomes, more education, and private insurance.

These, then, are mothers who are also more likely to have access to and be able to afford healthy foods, to live in areas where there are safe places to exercise — and to be able to pay for sports and other forms of exercise as their children grow. It’s not just about how these babies are fed, but also about the context in which they are born and raised.

The way in which they are fed, though, is important. Babies who feed directly from the breast are less likely to be overfed. When they are full, they stop sucking, or switch to a “comfort” kind of sucking that doesn’t produce milk. When babies are fed from bottles, parents and caregivers are more likely to push them to finish the bottle; feeding becomes a bit less about appetite and more about volume and schedule.

Lets teach children to eat only when hungry?

Children have to be taught how to manage their food intake!

This topic reminds me of an incident I will share with you. I have a niece who was visiting me at one time. She was about 7 years old at the time. She came with her breakfast at about 10 am and ate all of it. By the way it was a burger king order of a hamburger sandwich, fries and yes a regular orange soda. She was junky at the time and I began to understand why. Do you believe at 12pm she said she was ready to eat again even though she ate just 2 hours ago? I said to her but you should not be hungry now because you just ate at 10. She looked at me and said, but aunty I always eat at 12 o clock.” Well my dear, you will not be eating at 12 o clock today. She asked why aunty? I said because you are not hungry. That was the end of that. Sometimes we as parents are the culprits in enabling our children’s obesity, so we have to be careful.

Learning to eat only when you are hungry and stop when you are full is a really good skill when it comes to preventing obesity. That’s why the American Academy of Pediatrics has encouraged parents to learn and use “responsive feeding,” that is, responding to the cues of babies and children of both hunger and being full. The motto is, “You provide, your child decides.”

What this study helps us see is that the link between breastfeeding and obesity prevention is part of a bigger picture we need to pay attention to if we want to fight the obesity epidemic. It shows us that we need to:

  • Advocate for maternity leave to stay at home to breastfeed your baby for at least 3 months.
  • Encourage your child to eat only when hungry and stop when they are full.
  • Understand obesity risk as part of a bigger societal issue — truly, as a social justice issue. All children need — and deserve — access to healthy foods and exercise. Try to give your children access to healthy foods and exercise.
  • Another consideration I have observed is that when babies are born, parents tend to give them more of the sweet foods. Be careful with this because they can grow up wanting the sweet foods more than the unsweetened foods that are healthier that the sweetened foods. Teach them to appreciate the veggies just as much as the fruits.

Prevent The Ruin Of Your Child’s Self Esteem: You have the power!

Self esteem is so important Mamas!

I have a little personal story I would like to share with you. One of my daughters when she was 10 years old, My husband and I noted that she was morbidly becoming obese. We noted that the obesity was making her to have a low self esteem, as her colleagues at school were now teasing her in school. You know what we did to help her ? We managed her eating and got her into a regular exercise program with us . We would take her with us three times per week during our walking exercise. She lost that weight quickly and got her self esteem back!

What are the rates of breastfeeding globally?

Despite the numerous benefits of breastfeeding, breastfeeding rates remain low in many parts of the world. Actions to increase the rate of breastfeeding include:

  • education and support of mothers throughout pregnancy and beyond;
  • support and protection of breastfeeding in the workplace;
  • implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative; and
  • implementation of and adherence to the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes. I was so happy to have had the privilege of breastfeeding my children. It was not always enjoyable, but because of the benefits, I pursued it. It is so good! My children proved it . I observe a high intelligence rate in them. They are smart intellectually.

Bottom Line

Breastfeeding and obesity do have a correlation. Breastfeeding is by far the best way to prevent childhood obesity. We ought to become our children’s advocate for healthy eating and activities that would help them to be happier and healthy. Remember you have the power of God within you to do all things through His strength. Do the best you can to breastfeed or give expressed breast milk if you are not breastfeeding and reduce the risk of your child developing obesity. If you have questions or comments let me know below. Please watch the exciting video below as Dr jones


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BREASTFEEDING AND Gestational Diabetes: Best Researched Data

Is Breastfeeding possible with Diabetes?

Gestational diabetes is a condition in which your blood sugar levels become high during pregnancy. It affects up to 10% of women who are pregnant in the U.S. each year. I have nursed many women who discovered that they had diabetes for the fist time , in their pregnancy. There was always one common denominator in the cases I saw.

It was that they all had a relative who had the condition. Most were apparently attending regular antenatal clinic and boom! the blood sugar levels were on fasting was higher that normal. I will help you to better understand how this condition affects breastfeeding ((Pd link) and give you some tips to help you manage it better.

Gestational Diabetes: What Causes It?

Here is the pancreas that regulates insulin

When you eat, your pancreas releases insulin, a hormone that helps move a sugar called glucose from your blood to your cells, which use it for energy.

During pregnancy, your placenta makes hormones that cause glucose to build up in your blood. Usually, your pancreas can send out enough insulin to handle it. But if your body can’t make enough insulin or stops using insulin as it should, your blood sugar levels rise, and you get gestational diabetes.

What Are the Types Of Diabetes?

There are two classes of gestational diabetes. Women with class Type 1 which can be controlled through diet and exercise. Those who have class type 2 need to take insulin or other medications.

Gestational diabetes usually goes away after you give birth. But it can affect your baby’s health, and it raises your risk of getting type 2 diabetes later in life. You can take steps so you and your baby stay healthy. I encourage you to do all you can to manage your condition because it can be a life threatening condition for both you and your little star.

Can I Breastfeed If I Have Gestational Diabetes?

I know you want to know if you can breastfeed if you have gestational diabetes. Guess what ? I have great news! Yes you can ! The majority of health experts say that breastfeeding is the best way to feed your baby, and that if you’re able to do it, you should give it a try. In an ideal world, you’d breastfeed exclusively for the first 6 months of your baby’s life. If you have diabetes, you may wonder if that’s true for you. No worries: If you want to breastfeed, having diabetes shouldn’t prevent you from doing so, and both you and your baby will reap some pretty impressive benefits.

his can happen for anyone, but diabetes can add some challenges. For instance, it could make your milk come in more slowly.

If you’re overweight — like many but not all women with type 2 diabetes — that sometimes makes nursing harder, especially early on.

Talk to your doctor or a lactation consultant if you need help or are unsure whether you should supplement with formula.

Breastfeeding Benefits for You and Your Baby

Breastfeeding has so many benefits mama. For your little star, it’s well-known that babies who are breastfed (regardless of whether Mom has diabetes) tend to have fewer health problems, including respiratory and ear infections, digestive trouble, and asthma. They might also be less likely to develop type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

Just in case we have some of you out there who may not be feeling too well. Here are some symptoms you might experience:

Gestational Diabetes Symptoms

Most women bypass the symptoms for pregnancy

Women with gestational diabetes usually don’t have symptoms or may chalk them up to pregnancy. Most find out that they have it during a routine screening.
You may notice that:

  • You’re thirstier than usual
  • You’re hungrier and eat more than usual
  • You pass your urine more than usual( pd link)

Gestational Diabetes Risk Factors

You’re more likely to get gestational diabetes if you:

  • Were overweight before you got pregnant
  • Are African-American, Asian, Hispanic, Alaska Native, Pacific Islander, or Native American
  • Have blood sugar levels that are higher than they should be but not high enough to be diabetes (this is called prediabetes)
  • Have a family member with diabetes
  • Have had gestational diabetes before
  • Have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or another health condition linked to problems with insulin
  • Have high blood pressurehigh cholesterolheart disease, or other medical complications
  • Have given birth to a large baby (weighing more than 9 pounds)
  • Have had a miscarriage
  • Have given birth to a baby who was stillborn or had certain birth defects
  • Are older than 25

Gestational Diabetes Tests and Diagnosis

Gestational diabetes usually happens in the second half of pregnancy. Your doctor will check for it between weeks 24 and 28, or sooner if you’re at high risk.

Your doctor will give you a glucose tolerance test: You’ll drink 50 grams of glucose in a sweet drink, which will raise your blood sugar. An hour later, you’ll take a blood glucose test to see how your body handled all that sugar. If the results show that your blood sugar is higher than a certain level, you’ll need a 3-hour oral glucose tolerance test, meaning you’ll get a blood glucose test 3 hours after you drink a 100-gram glucose drink. Your doctor can also test you by having you fast for 12 hours, then giving you a 75-gram glucose drink and a 2-hour blood glucose test.

If you’re at high risk but your test results are normal, your doctor might test you again later in your pregnancy to make sure you still don’t have it.

Are Your Meds Safe for Your Baby?

In most cases, a medication that was fine for you to use when you were pregnant should be fine to continue while nursing. But it’s always wise to check with your doctor.

Metformin is usually a good choice, and insulin should be OK. If you have type 1, you should certainly continue to take insulin, though you might find that you need less while breastfeeding than you did before you got pregnant.

Managing Gestational Diabetes: Making it Safe for You and Baby

If you have gestational diabetes, you’ll need treatment as soon as possible to keep yourself and your baby healthy during your pregnancy and delivery. Your doctor will ask you to:

  • Check your blood sugar levels four or more times a day. You will be taught how to do it in hospital.
  • Check your urine for ketones, chemicals that mean that your diabetes isn’t under control
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Make exercise a habit
  • Be aware of the complications which are intra-uterine death, large babies, birth injuries, hemorrhage, a condition called preeclampsia, coma, death of mother or baby. Control of the condition is key in good management.

Your doctor will keep track of your weight and your baby’s development. They might give you insulin or another medicine to keep your blood sugar under control.

Exercise throughout your pregnancy. 

You can exercise when you have gestational diabetes with your doctor’s permission. Being active is a good way to help manage your blood sugar. Staying fit during pregnancy is also good for your posture and can curb some common problems, like backaches and fatigue.

  • Get active as soon as possible. Aim for 30 minutes of moderate activity most days of the week. Running, walking, swimming, and biking are good options.
  • Was there a workout that you were doing before you found out you were pregnant? Do you have an activity that you love? Check with your doctor to see if you can keep it up, if you should make some changes, or if it’s better to try something else.
  • Exercise can lower your blood sugar. So when you work out, always have a form of quick sugar with you, such as glucose tablets or hard candy.

Get the right prenatal care: Not only can your doctor screen you for this condition; they can offer advice on food, activity, and weight loss. They can also point you to other health professionals, like nutritionists, that can help.(paid link).

Morning sickness

If you have morning sickness, eat small healthy snacks. Nibble on crackers, cereal, or pretzels before you get out of bed. As you go through your day, have small meals often and avoid fatty, fried, and greasy foods.

If you are hospitalized, or if you are managed at home, you will have an interview with a dietitian to understand what your food portions should be. This is very important.

If you take insulin, make sure you’ve got a plan to deal with low blood sugar. Throwing up can make your glucose level drop. Talk to your doctor if you’re not sure what to do. Remember to never eat and not take your medication and vice versa, do not take your insulin and do not eat. This is a set up for blood sugar issues.

Ask your doctor any questions you need answers to.

Know the signs and symptoms of hypo and hyperglycemic episodes .e.g. dizziness, slurred speech, forgetfulness, low or high blood sugar levels.

Gestational Diabetes Prevention

You can lower your risk before you get pregnant by:

With type 1, you may find that the hormonal changes from giving birth and breastfeeding change the amount of insulin you need and throw your general testing and treating routine out of whack. You may want to work with a lactation consultant, diabetes educator, or nutritionist until you get the hang of things.

Low Blood Sugar: Keep snacks handy

Making milk takes a lot of energy, and breast milk is loaded with lactose, a type of sugar. When you nurse your baby and that sugar leaves your body, your blood sugar levels may dip by up to 25% and your blood sugar could drop too low (hypoglycemia).

Checking your blood sugar more often and planning ahead can help a lot. And It’s usually a good idea to have a snack before nursing and to keep something like fruit juice nearby while you breastfeed, in case you start to get hypoglycemic. Also, sip lots of water to stay hydrated.

You Might need some support

No matter what type of diabetes you have, you’ll probably need support from family and friends, too. Post partum can be tough

It can be hard for anyone with a newborn to find time to prepare healthy meals, but if you have diabetes, it’s extra important to eat well and regularly.

We have come to the end of a very intense post with breastfeeding and gestational diabetes. I hope you enjoyed it. If you are a newly discovered diabetic, I want you to ask God to heal you and help you and your baby to be safe. I want you to continue to do well. Remember you can speak with your doctor, nurse, lactation specialist, or even the dietitian about any issues . I wish you a very successful breastfeeding journey. Thank you for stopping and do come again. Do you have any breastfeeding goals? You can list it below.

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BREASTFEEDING And Prematurity: Excellent Tips To Empower Yourself

Prematurity and breastfeeding can work together!

If you are a mother of a premature baby, I want to take this time out to say be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. I want you to trust in God and ask Him to help you to be strong for your baby. Ask Him to heal your baby because by His stripes we are healed. (1 Peter 2:24). Prepare yourself for a journey that will pass. The first few days after birth can be daunting. But fear not , take one day at a time.

Breastmilk has for many years been lifesaving for little precious humans. Some health care providers have been concerned that fragile premature infants might be infected by bacteria in breast milk or by contact with the breastfeeding mother. However, a 2011 study (4) examined such concerns and determined that there was no correlation between finding bacteria in breast milk and the baby developing an infection. There was also no relationship between skin-to-skin contact with the baby and infection rates. They strongly advised against culturing the mother’s milk for bacteria before feeding, describing this as not a useful practice.

Why Are Breastfeeding Rates So Low Globally?

It is known that breastfeeding in babies still remains pretty low globally , and partly to blame are hospital routines that often make it difficult for mothers to establish milk production and get the baby latching well. It is often common practice to schedule feedings and some require babies to be drinking from a bottle before the baby is “allowed” to start breastfeeding. I have worked worked in this area for the past thirteen years and this is for the most part true.

This is also a difficult time emotionally for the parents. Many parents find it hard to believe their baby will survive. It’s hard to focus on building up a good milk supply when you are not sure your baby will ever be big enough to drink it.

Supporting breastfeeding is often not a priority for members of hospital staff who are focused on other aspects of caring for babies who may have significant medical problems and needs.

Kangaroo Care:

Kangaroo care, though it should be encouraged as much as possible, it is usually only for one hour skin to skin contact each hour. For more information about this approach to caring for a premature baby and some of the research supporting it, see

What Can I Do To Help My Premature Baby?

  • Know the facts about why breastfeeding is so important for your baby.
  • Seek out support.( La Leche League Leaders, nurses, midwives) can be a great resource for breastfeeding help and may be able to put you in touch with other mothers who have been through the experience of mothering a premie.
  • Find out what arrangements are possible for staying near your baby. In some hospitals, you may be able to stay 24/7 in a room attached to the premature nursery; in others there may be no options other than to come in during the day and go home at night. It never hurts to ask: one mother I know was given a bed in an on-call room to sleep so she could be present for her baby’s night feedings.
  • Maximize skin-to-skin time and do kangaroo care if at all possible. Just having your baby skin-to-skin will increase your milk production.
  • Remove milk from the breast frequently, day and night. Short, frequent feedings are more helpful in establishing milk production than longer, widely spaced feedings. Hand expression may be most effective at first; a breast pump may be helpful later. (Hand expressing after you pump can increase milk removal and therefore milk production.) Of course, as soon as the baby is able to breastfeed, that becomes another way to remove milk. You may find that you are producing more milk than your baby needs at first. That’s okay, he’ll catch up!
  • Avoid bottles if possible. Sometimes hospital policies require that babies have bottles prior to breastfeeding, and fighting the policy may be more stress than parents can deal with. Working with a La Leche League Leader or lactation consultant can help you get your baby breastfeeding effectively even if bottles have been given.
  • Watch your baby for signs of readiness to breastfeed. This is your baby’s feeding cues. They help you to know when your baby is ready to feed. Your baby may have become used to the nursery routines, but as he gets stronger you’ll want to respond to his hunger cues.

Every baby is an individual, and premature babies will have different challenges than those who are full term.

Did you know that premature babies are not fed on demand? No, they are fed every one -2 hours.

 After the first hour

Many premature babies will be stable in skin-to-skin contact after 90 minutes, often to the surprise of health professionals. Decisions need to be made about feeding and fluids and continued care. Oxygen by mask or by CPAP [or continuous positive airway pressure] can easily be arranged while in skin-to-skin contact, drips and feeding tubes can be secured sideways.

If the baby is stable and the mother well, the carrier can be used. A premature baby should not be fed on demand, it needs to be fed far more frequently, every hour or two, day and night. This means loosening the wrapper regularly, so that mother can express breast milk. This is good for the baby and mother, though baby must never get cold.” I like to encourage moms to request to breastfeed as soon as possible. The sooner the better.

What Are Some Of The Issues I Will Face With Breastfeeding My Premie?

Be strong and courageous God is with you

You are risk for low milk production :Stimulate your milk supply:

The most efficient and convenient way to do this is to use a hospital-grade pump with a double collection kit (a hospital nurse or lactation consultant will get one for you and show you how to use it). You’ll also eventually want to rent one to use for the first several weeks at home, until you’re sure your baby is feeding well at your breast.

Poor latch: While in hospital, learn how to properly latch your baby

Learning to breastfeed a premature baby can be challenging as your baby’s suck-swallow-breathe reflex is usually not developed until the 32 week in the womb. This is about 8 weeks before being full term.

It can also be challenging to figure out whether your baby is getting enough by breast alone if you’re used to supplementing feedings.

Not recognizing baby’s feeding cues: Watch out for your baby’s feeding cues

A common rule in taking care of preterm babies is to limit how much they cry, on the theory that crying wastes precious energy better devoted to growing. Of course, it’s harder to care for a baby when you can’t wait for him to cry out to say he’s hungry or uncomfortable. You’ll have to learn to anticipate your baby’s hunger, which takes time. To minimize crying and maximize intake, you must figure out when your baby wants to eat, and when he’ll be ready for the next feeding. This isn’t easy because premature babies tend to be quieter when asking for food than their full-term peers. Wakefulness may be the only clue that he’s getting hungry, instead of the full-throated wail heard in most nurseries.

You may be afraid to ask about your baby’s health: Ask anyway

Many mothers of premature babies are usually reluctant to ask about their infant’s condition. You will worry if you do not know the chances of survival for your baby. Ask the doctors and nurses about your baby’s progress and make time to meet them.

Adhere to the hospital’s policy for prevention of infection as much as possible.

In the Neonatal Intensive Care Units, there are certain protocols that are in place to help prevent baby from getting sick. Adhere as much as possible to handwashing techniques, bringing supplies for baby, and gowning up before visiting.

Breastfeeding Benefits: Always Good For You And Baby

Your breast milk is important to your baby at any age. Giving your premature baby your breast milk benefits their health as well as yours.

Breast milk:

  • helps protect your baby from infections, particularly of their gut – premature babies are more likely to get infections than full term babies.
  • contains hormones, nutrients and growth factors that help your baby to grow and develop
  • is easier for your baby to digest than formula milk, because it’s human milk specially designed by your body for your baby

See other benefits of breastfeeding.

How About Donors Milk?

Hey mamas, if you are experiencing low milk supply, you can consider getting donors breast milk.

Insufficient breast milk? Consider donor’s milk

Some hospitals can provide donated breast milk for your baby to have until your own supply is established.

See the United Kingdom Association for Milk Banking (UKAMB) website for more about donor breast milk.

If donor breast milk is not available, your baby can have formula milk until you’re producing enough breast milk.

It’s recommended you do not buy donor milk over the internet. This is because the source cannot be confirmed and you cannot be sure whether the donor or the milk has been screened for infections.

Participate In Your Baby’s Care: Learn to tube feed your baby

Babies do not normally learn to co-ordinate the sucking, swallowing and breathing needed for feeding until about 34 to 36 weeks of pregnancy.

If your baby is born before this time, they may need to have breast milk via a feeding tube to begin with. This goes through their nose or mouth into their stomach. The staff in the neonatal unit can show you how to feed your baby this way.

Babies who are very premature or sick may need to be fed via an intravenous (IV) line to begin with. A fluid containing nutrients is fed straight into your baby’s vein.

Visit the Bliss website to read more about tube feeding.

Bottom Line:

Breastfeeding and prematurity can work. There is really no need for you to stress out. Take it slow and be strong and courageous in God, knowing that you will come out safe. Take advantage of your hospital visits. Try to visit as often as possible. Research has shown that the babies who do well are the ones who are visited by their parents. Keep your relationships healthy and strong. You will need support from time to time. Ask questions about your baby. Touch your baby , pray during each visit. Please leave comments or questions below. Thanks for stopping by. Visit again. If you are a mother of a premature baby, please leave some comments below to let me know how you are doing. Here is a great video on breastfeeding your premature baby. Enjoy!

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Breastfeeding And Tattoos: What Are The Risks?

What are the risks?

Having a tatoo is not just a simple drawing on your skin. It means more than that. Are you thinking of getting a tattoo? Think again. Tattoos can be very harmful to your skin and can lead to infection, inflammation and even scarring.

A beautiful drawing on the skin may seem attractive to lots of people, but its side effects can be dangerous. Before you get that tattoo, you should educate yourself about what it means and what consequences it can have for your health.

Tattoo artists usually use an electric machine with disposable needs that injects colored inks into the lower layer of the skin, the dermis. The upper layer, or epidermis, does not retain the color, but rather sheds it as the skin is renewed.

This is why the ink is deposited into the lower layer of the skin where it will stay permanently, which is why it’s so difficult to remove a tattoo.

1. Why is Getting a Tattoo Dangerous?

Having a tattoos comes with risks!

First and foremost, you should seek out a salon approved by your country’s health authorities. Find a place where the professionals are qualified. Make sure that the instruments and products used high-quality and sterile.

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That way, you can prevent contamination from diseases. These include HIV, tetanus, hepatitis, and any other infections that are transmitted through the blood.

In any case, tattoos can produce a variety of skin complications. These include granulomas (an inflammation caused by an auto-immune reaction) and kelloid scars. These can appear suddenly from inflammatory or allergic reactions even years after you get your tattoo.

You should also avoid getting a tattoo that covers a mole, as it can later impede proper analysis of the skin should you find yourself at risk of cancerous complications.

2. Can I Breastfeed With Tattoos?

Getting a tattoo is a personal choice!

There are numerous health considerations to make when you breastfeed, so you may wonder if tattoos are a factor. Preexisting tattoos don’t impact the breastfeeding process. Getting a tattoo and undergoing tattoo removal are different matters.

Take precautions if you want a tattoo while breastfeeding. It may be a good idea to delay tattoo removal while you breastfeed because it’s unknown whether the broken-down tattoo ink can get into your milk supply.

Presently, there are no regulations against breastfeeding with tattoos. However, there is no evidence that says placement of tattoos does or does not increase any risks when breastfeeding, even if they’re on your breasts. There are mixed opinions on whether it’s advisable to get a tattoo while breastfeeding. Moreover, no research exists that provides negative evidence of

breastfeeding and getting tattooed. The Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health advises against getting a tattoo if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.

Tattoo establishments may not allow you to get a tattoo if you’re breastfeeding. They may be concerned about the possibility of increased risks, despite the lack of evidence. They may also be concerned about liability. If you do get a tattoo while breastfeeding, you may have to sign a legal waiver.

If you decide to get inked when you’re breastfeeding, let the tattoo artist know that you’re breastfeeding, and use the same precautions as anyone else seeking a new tattoo.

3. What Are The Risks?

Always outweigh the risks!

The tattooing process carries risks.

During the process, your skin is repeatedly poked with a small needle coated with ink. The ink is deposited in the second layer of your skin, known as the dermal layer.(PAID LINK)

Inks used for tattooing are not approved or regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for this use. Inks can contain a variety of materials including heavy metals and chemicals found in printer toner and paint.

Some of the risks of getting a tattoo include:

Complications following tattoo application can require treatments that may not be compatible with breastfeeding. For example, certain medications cannot be used when breastfeeding. Additionally, you can transmitTrusted Source HIV through breast milk.

4. Precautions To Watch Out For!

Having a tattoo while breastfeeding should be carefully considered!

Consider these precautions if you decide to get a tattoo while breastfeeding:

  • Use a licensed tattoo facility with a good reputation. A tattoo professional should use clean and sterile materials.
  • Be mindful about the placement of your tattoo. Your tattoo will take a few weeks or longer to heal. You may feel more pain if you get a tattoo in certain spots of your body while you’re breastfeeding. Think about how you hold the baby when breastfeeding and whether the baby will rub against the tattoo site.
  • Talk to your doctor if you have certain health conditions and are seeking a tattoo while breastfeeding. These include conditions like blood clotting, heart, and autoimmune conditions.
  • Keep your tattoo site clean while it heals. Wash the area with soap and water, and protect the tattoo when you’re in the sun.
  • Use safe pain-relieving medicines. Acetaminophen is generally considered safe while breastfeeding and can reduce pain.
  • While there’s no scientific data available on the safety of tattooing while breastfeeding, theoretical concerns exist regarding transmission of ink pigments to the infant during breastfeeding. Discuss any concerns you may have with your doctor.
  • Before you get something permanently embedded into your skin, you should take time to remember that if you ever get sick of it, getting rid of it is costly and extremely painful. There are so many people that go to health centers to get rid of old tattoos because of the complications that have arisen from them over time.
  • You could also end up with a scar where your tattoo formerly was.
  • In addition, you should also take into account that you may gain weight some day, which might cause your tattoo to stretch and warp.
  • The same is also true of pregnancy. That’s why it’s best for women to avoid tattooing their chests and stomach area as an artistic canvas.

5. Is It OK To have a tattoo removed while breastfeeding?

Lasers remove tattoos over several sessions by breaking down the ink in the dermal layer of your skin into smaller particles. Your immune system sweeps these broken-down particles to your liver. Your liver then filters them out of your body.

No studies have examined whether those particles can enter your milk supply and be passed to the baby. To limit the risk that the baby might ingest the particles, wait to remove your tattoos until you’re no longer breastfeeding.

Given the uncertainty of the safety of tattoo removal and breastfeeding, it is unlikely that a doctor will agree to move forward with the procedure while you’re breastfeeding.

6. Does Pregnancy Affect Tattoos?

Some persons might discover that their tattoos they had before pregnancy might have changed in how they look.. This is more likely to be from pregnancy than breastfeeding. Your body changes during pregnancy, and your tattoos may stretch and discolor.

Additionally, breastfeeding can cause your breasts to swell if you are engorged and could cause temporary distortion of a tattoo on the breast.

7. Modern Alternatives

If you want a tattoo but you are not sure if you’ll still like it later, here are some alternatives:

Nowadays, biodegradable inks that are less toxic and much easier to get rid of than the traditional ink are currently being developed. The only inconvenience of these inks is that they’re much more expensive than the regular ink and also can be quite difficult to come by.

It’s very important to keep in mind and check the ink quality. You may think you’re saving money at the start. However, cheap tattoos can end up being quite expensive if they later require medical attention or need to be removed due to complications.

There are several things you should know about the way inks and pigments can be contaminated:

  • The use of contaminated ingredients during production.
  • Manufacturing processes that introduce contaminants.
  • Anti-hygienic practices that contaminate the ink receptacles.
  • The use of water that has not been properly sterilized to dilute the inks.
  • The use of inks that are past their expiration date. (PAID LINK)

Overall, getting a tattoo is an important decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Keep this tips in mind to make it a healthy one

What Does God Say About Tattoos?

Present your bodies a living sacrifice!

Here are some scriptures (paid link) that describes how we should present our bodies to God:

You shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead or tattoo yourselves: I am the Lord. ~ Leviticus 19:28

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. ~ 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords. ~ Revelation 19:16

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. ~ 1 Corinthians 10:31

And try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. ~ Ephesians 5:10

“You are the sons of the Lord your God. You shall not cut yourselves or make any baldness on your foreheads for the dead. ~ Deuteronomy 14:1. (PAID LINK)

“All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. ~ 1 Corinthians 10:23

Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves ~ Romans 1:24

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. ~ 1 Corinthians 3:16-17

But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. ~ 1 Corinthians 9:27

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. ~ Romans 12:1

It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. ~ 1 Corinthians 15:44

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own ~ 1 Corinthians 6:19

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:10

Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. ~ Romans 6:13

Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. ~ 1 Peter 3:3-4.

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Additional questions about breastfeeding and tattoos

You may find that there are certain myths circulating about tattoos and breastfeeding. Here are a few.

Can tattoos harm your breastfed baby?

It’s not likely that tattoos you had prior to breastfeeding will harm the baby. The ink won’t transfer from the dermal layer of your skin to your breast milk.

Can you donate breast milk if you have tattoos?

You can donate breast milk if you have tattoos, even if they are recent, as long as they were applied with a single-use sterile needle, following the guidelines of the Human Milk Banking Association of America. A milk bank will screen your milk for safety eight days after any new tattoo.

Bottom Line

Breastfeeding with tattoos is a personal choice. There is no evidence to prove that it affects breastfeeding in a negative or positive way. There is always the possibility that whatever you put into your baby can affect your baby. It is important to know that if you do decide to get a tattoo, ensure that the technician is certified to do it. Be mindful that God has provided many scriptures to help us in making our decision on getting a tattoo. Additionally, be aware that using alternative inks are better in the event that you want to remove it later. Make sure your technician adheres to all of the safety precautions to prevent complications. If you have any comments, feel free to comment below. I wish you al the best

Last medically reviewed on March 19, 2019

Medically reviewed by Holly Ernst, PA-C — Written by Natalie Silver on March 19, 2019

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Breastfeeding And Jaunice: Is Breastfeeding My Baby Ruined?

Hello Mamas! Its me again bringing you another dynamic topic- jaundice in breastfeeding babies. I am sure most of you have heard about this topic before. For those of you who have not heard about it or do not know what it is about, I will give you the full brunt of it right in this post. After 34 years of nursing, working in the neonatal intensive care units, I has discovered that jaundice in infants is quite common.

What Is Jaundice?

Jaundice, a sign of elevated bilirubin levels, is common during the first weeks of life, especially among preterm newborns. Bilirubin, a product from the normal breakdown of red blood cells, is elevated in newborns for several reasons:

  • Newborns have a higher rate of bilirubin production due to the shorter lifespan of red blood cells and higher red blood cell concentration compared to adults.
  • Newborns have immature liver function, leading to slower metabolism of bilirubin.
  • Newborns may have a delay in passage of meconium, leading to increased reabsorption of bilirubin in the intestines.
  • In most newborns, jaundice is termed “physiologic jaundice” and is considered harmless.

Did you know that there are different types of jaundice?

Types of jaundice include:

  1. Normal newborn jaundice—happens naturally after birth.

Also known as physiological (normal functioning) jaundice, physiologic hyperbilirubinemia or icterus.

It is normal for a newborn baby’s bilirubin levels to rise after birth and then drop again during the first two weeks of life. In the first five days the levels of bilirubin in formula fed babies are the same as optimally fed breastfed babies 

2. Breast milk jaundice— or Breastfeeding Jaundice. Breast milk jaundice is unlikely to cause harm and the jaundice will gradually fade without treatment. However, prolonged jaundice can be an indication of serious liver disease or involve some other cause (Gartner, 2001). You can still breastfeed Mama. (PAID LINK)


Breastfeeding and Jaundice, Gartner, 2001

The full-term infant with breastmilk jaundice of less than 340 µM/L (20 mg/dl ) requires no intervention, and breastfeeding should be continued without interruption. For those full-term, healthy infants with breastmilk jaundice and serum bilirubin levels between 340 and 425 µM/L (20 and 25 mg/dl ), closer observation of bilirubin concentrations is indicated. Some clinicians may wish to observe, whereas others may choose to complement breastfeeding with formula for 24 to 48 hours, which will reduce intestinal bilirubin absorption, or initiation of phototherapy. When serum bilirubin concentrations rise toward 425 µM/L (25 mg/dl), the use of phototherapy while continuing breastfeeding, or the interruption of breastfeeding for 24 hours, substituting formula, may be indicated.

If a baby is poorly or premature the safe level for bilirubin may be lower and will require closer monitoring.

This is great news!

3. Starvation jaundice—insufficient calories increase the bilirubin pool. Breastfeeding or starvation jaundice can happen in the first few days of life or it can occur later in the newborn period, this is not “normal”. It is caused by not enough milk and it is the baby equivalent of adult starvation jaundice. Large amounts of bilirubin in meconium coupled with infrequent stools increase the serum bilirubin levels (levels in the blood) and further increase reabsorption of bilirubin in the intestines. A baby may have a combination of breast milk jaundice and starvation jaundice at the same time (Gartner 2001). This indicates the importance of getting breastfeeding off to a good start from birth with help from your IBCLC lactation consultant. When a baby gets plenty of colostrum and breast milk he will have plenty of poops (stools) and frequent poops help to lower the bilirubin levels. (PAID LINK)

4. Pathological jaundice—specific medical conditions cause or increase jaundice. A number of medical conditions can cause abnormal jaundice (see risk factors below). This type of jaundice usually appears within the first 24 hours after birth. It can also be combined with breast milk jaundice and/or starvation jaundice so, as above, it is still important to get feeding off to a good start with help from your IBCLC and see ABM Clinical Protocol #22, 2017.

One of the risk factors for abnormal jaundice is if there are certain incompatible blood types between mother and baby. Derby National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom have a handout explaining more:


Jaundice in your Newborn Baby, Derby Hospitals, NHS [2017 accessed Oct 2019]

5.Rh incompatibility

If the mother’s blood group is negative( e.g. A-, B-, O-)and the baby’s blood group is positive, antibodies may be made by the mother to protect her against what the body recognizes as different cells. These antibodies invade the baby’s blood stream and surround his/her red blood cells causing them to break down. This is called ‘Hemolytic Disease of the Newborn’. It is usually prevented by screening during pregnancy and by the mother having an ‘Anti D’ injection to prevent the antibodies being produced.

ABO incompatibility

Different blood groups already have antibodies present. This means that if the mother’s and the baby’s blood group are different and they become mixed for some reason, the mother’s antibodies will break down the baby’s red blood cells, as happens with Rh incompatibility.

Both of the above conditions are usually diagnosed quickly, as your baby will become jaundiced within 24 hours of birth.

Different sorts of jaundice may occur at the same time. This can complicate things for baby as far as treatment is concerned.

Should I Continue breastfeeding?

Yes you can! Most newborns with jaundice can continue breastfeeding. More frequent breastfeeding can improve the mother’s milk supply and, in turn, improve caloric intake and hydration of the infant, thus reducing the elevated bilirubin. In rare cases, some infants may benefit from a time-limited, temporary interruption (12-48 hours1,2) of breastfeeding with replacement feeding to help aid in the diagnosis of breast milk jaundice. Ongoing clinical assessment, including repeat bilirubin levels, will help determine when breastfeeding can resume. (PAID LINK)

Further guidance is outlined in the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine’s clinical protocols on supplementationexternal icon and jaundiceexternal icon. If temporary breastfeeding interruption is required, it is critical to help mothers maintain their milk production during this time. Your health professionals will keep an eye on bilirubin levels while breastfeeding continues and may carry out tests to rule out more serious causes of raised levels. They will advise if any treatment is needed should levels rise towards a certain threshold. Contacting an IBCLC lactation consultant if there are any problems with breastfeeding or milk supply will help avoid the possibility of getting starvation jaundice (see below) and breast milk jaundice at the same time.  The following paper from Gartner discusses the levels of bilirubin found in breast milk jaundice.

If I am at risk, what signs can I look for?

Vomiting & lethargy are some signs of jaundice!
  • You can observe your baby’s skin color for a yellow tinge
  • Observe your baby’s eyes for a yellow coloration
  • Fatigue- Your baby may look weak and fraile
  • weight loss
  • fever
  • vomiting
  • Presence of dark urine
  • pale stools are common.

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Sunning Your Baby Helps Reduce the levels of Bilirubin

Sunlight helps to reduce bilirubin levels!

“The practice of placing jaundiced infants under sunlight to reduce discoloration is a cultural health belief in most communities and appears to be effective in many anecdotal reports. In fact, midwives, nurses, doctors and pediatricians were identified to be the main professional sources of this belief [1]. In an in vitro experiment, it was found that sunlight was 6.5 times more effective than phototherapy in the isomerization of bilirubin compared to a phototherapy unit [2]. However, there are no appropriate controlled trials comparing the efficacy of sunlight to no treatment or artificial light therapy in jaundice [3]. Delayed treatment of severe jaundice in an otherwise healthy baby can result in the development of kernicterus – a complication causing brain damage as result of bilirubin deposition in the central nervous system [4]. Hence, withholding phototherapy would be unethical in controlled trials. We should not recommend sunlight for routine treatment of jaundice as this would encourage parental misconception that home therapy is adequate and result in delayed healthcare seeking behavior. Moreover, there are concerns of adverse effects of sunlight exposure causing skin tanning, sunburn and hyperthermia.” Neonatal Jaundice: To sun or not to sun? In our hospital in The Bahamas, we recommend putting baby in the sun for 15 minutes twice per day. This usually limits any harm to baby.

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Bottom Line:

Jaundice as you can see comes in different forms, however, it is great to know that your chances of breastfeeding your baby is high. When I worked in the hospital with the jaundiced babies , we always made sure that those babies were fed every 2 hours not 3 like with formula. Mamas, make sure you wake your baby if he/ she is sleeping. The bilirubin increases greatly when baby is low on calories. So make sure you give feeds every 2 hours. If you are breastfeeding, then baby can breastfeed anytime – less than 2 hours. Know also that God is with you. Always ask Him to help you. I wish wish you a safe, healthy, and happy breastfeeding journey. Stay inspired.(PAID LINK)

Check out this amazing video on Newborn Jaundice. Enjoy!

BREASTFEEDING In Public: Can You Do It?

Many countries support breastfeeding in public

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Hello Mamas. Are you bold enough to breastfeeding public? Many countries do not accept the fact that breastfeeding in public is ok. I think it really depends on the beliefs of the mother or father to choose doing it. Breastfeeding in public is an act of putting the baby to the breast in public places which can be just any place where people are- males or females. I have four children and I did breastfeed them, but not in public. I never felt comfortable doing it, but I do not condone people who have done it, as long as it was done respectfully .e.g. mother properly covered while baby is breastfeeding.

Is it hard to breastfeed in public?

There are laws that protect breastfeeding mothers. If you find it hard to breastfeed in public, you can try some of the tips below for breastfeeding discreetly. Wear clothes that allow easy access to your breasts, such as tops that pull up from the waist or button down. Fortunately, there are laws in all 50 states , in the United States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico that make it legal for your little star to dine straight from the source. And there are plenty of tips and tools that can make feeding in public places easy and comfortable. I wish I knew these tips when I had my children.

Thirty states have even taken this a step further and exempted breastfeeding from public indecency. This means if you live in one of these particular states, you don’t need to cover up while nursing. Basically, if you are legally allowed to be somewhere (not trespassing), then you are allowed to feed your baby in that space. This means you can nurse your baby legally in stores, restaurants, schools, airplanes, and anywhere else you find yourself.

The 30 states include: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

The laws are written slightly differently depending on where you live. If you’re curious to learn more, consider reading the breastfeeding laws by state

The Evident Pros Of Public Breastfeeding:

There are laws in some countries to protect women for breastfeeding in public

Breastfeeding in public has some benefits.

  • You probably have places to be, groceries to buy, and older siblings to cart to school and other activities. Your baby doesn’t always get the memo and gets hungry on their own schedule.
  • And forget the word “schedule” because during growth spurts, it may feel like your baby is insatiable at all hours of the day and night.
  • Not only that, but pumping and carrying around milk isn’t always possible or desirable.
  • If you’re traveling, for example, it might just be quicker and easier to feed directly from the source. Your baby may not even take bottles. Or they may want the breast purely for soothing comfort. The list of reasons goes on and on.
  • So, what do you do when you’re out and about and hear the cries of a hungry baby? That’s where breastfeeding in public comes in. “Public” can mean anything from a designated nursing area at a store to a park bench at the playground to a couch at your friend’s house.
  • The convenience – you don’t need the additional tools, don’t have to stop your activity
  • The baby gets what she needs right at the moment and is not stressed with waiting
  • The people may become a part of the sacred ritual of breastfeeding and enjoy the beauty of the picture
  • Breastfeeding itself is highly promoted through the right image of it

Fans of public breastfeeding say that they protect the right to freedom of movement and the right of the child to be fed on demand. But let’s discuss some not so positive points of public breastfeeding.

Few Cons Of Public Breastfeeding:

  • First, Calmness of nursing mother, her composure are very important for lactationStress and psychological disorders, in turn, can cause a reduction of volumes of milk or even its termination. Breastfeeding in a crowded place may distract the baby from the process. Though it’s a matter of habit, breastfeeding is an organized action, where both participators should have comfortable conditions.
  • Second, don’t forget about the weather conditions! The breasts are very sensitive at lactation and you have to take care of your breast, covering it from the aggressive environment, while breastfeeding in public. Wind is never good for the breasts. Sure you don’t bare your breasts, when it’s snowing, but you should still mind the weather conditions.
  • Third, the view of female breast is likely to be of interest not only for male passers-by but also for children. If driving attention to the act of breastfeeding is an act of promotion of breastfeeding itself – then you’re doing everything right, but you simultaneously demonstrate the bare breast in public, which is sexy, no matter what you have been told about the breast. So you have to be ready for the reactions, that are fairly predictable in the modern society. No matter – whether you are feeding your baby – you are baring your breast at the same time.

Breastfeeding Is Intimate

“Breastfeeding – is a sacred and intimate process, which is not supposed to involve spectators in order to be performed properly with a better efficiency.” The most arguments, however, come from the “no covers” issue. People don’t mind seeing a breastfeeding woman, but sometimes they mind the view of the partially naked breast, that is, as we’ve mentioned, a secondary sexual feature. Thus, if you want to get rid of those indignant sights – you may use the cover. Some of them are designed the way that your baby is not disturbed while breastfeeding and you may fully control the process

What percentage of women breastfeed In Public?

A survey by Start4Life found that 72% of people support women breastfeeding in public. The more it’s done, the more normal it will become. Here are some ideas to help you get started: Know your rights. You shouldn’t ever be made to feel uncomfortable about breastfeeding in public.

Breastfeeding in public can mean breastfeeding in front of a relative or friend in your own home, or in a public place, such as a cafe or shopping centre.

During your baby’s first few days, you may prefer to breastfeed only where you feel most comfortable. But, as you get more used to doing it, you’re likely to feel more confident about breastfeeding in front of other people when you’re out and about.

Most people support women breastfeeding in public. The more it’s done, the more normal it will become. Are you ready to take on the challenge?

Get Your Confidence With Breastfeeding In Public

Knowing your rights is key when breastfeeding in public

Here are some great tips to help you get started.

  • Know your rights. You should not ever be made to feel uncomfortable about breastfeeding in public. It is illegal for anyone to ask a breastfeeding woman to leave a public place, such as a cafe, shop or public transport.
  • Plan ahead. Before you go out, it can help to think about where you will feel comfortable breastfeeding when your baby gets hungry. Ask breastfeeding friends for recommendations.
  • A midwife, health visitor or peer supporters at a local breastfeeding drop-in will also know of good places in your area where you can feed your baby.
  • Clothes and bra. (paid link)What you wear when you’re breastfeeding is a matter of personal taste and what you feel comfortable in. For example, some mums like to wear loose tops that can be lifted up.
  • Others, who prefer to keep their tummy covered, wear two stretchy tops, so that the top layer can be lifted up and the bottom layer can be pulled down. A soft, non-underwired bra can be easily pulled up or down when you want to feed your baby.
  • Baby slings, scarves and cloths. (paid link) Some baby slings are designed so you can breastfeed while your baby is in the sling. Some mums feel more comfortable putting a scarf or muslin cloth over their chest while they’re breastfeeding.
  • Take someone with you. (paid link). It can help to go with a friend who has an older baby and can take you to places that she already knows. You could go with someone else, such as your mum, partner, sister or friend, so that there’s always someone to talk to.
  • Avoid public bathrooms. (paid link). Do not feel that you should sit in a public toilet to breastfeed. You would not eat in there, so do not feel that your baby should be fed there.

Breastfeeding in public can be intimidating for many women. No one should be discriminated if they opt to breastfeed in public. However, breastfeeding in public has both advantages and disadvantages. It is a personal choice. Knowing your rights is paramount in making the choice to breastfeed. Planning, wearing convenient clothing, and most of all your confidence. All of these points are keys in helping you master the art of breastfeeding in public. How do you feel about breastfeeding in public? Let me know how you feel about it and about your experiences.

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Breastfeeding And Herbal Tea: Staying Safe Is What Matters

If we made a decision to breastfeed, we should never let anything jeopardize our milk supply!

Hello Mamas. Who out there loves tea? Me, me! I love tea! I hope you are a tea lover and if you are not, I hope by the end of this post , I would have convinced you to at least like it.

How about a little history?

Did you know that tea is the most popular manufactured drink consumed in the world, equaling all others – including coffee, soft drinks, and alcohol – combined? Most tea consumed outside East Asia is produced on large plantations in the hilly regions of India and Sri Lanka and is destined to be sold to large businesses. Opposite this large-scale industrial production are many small “gardens,” sometimes minuscule plantations, that produce highly sought-after teas prized by gourmets. These teas are both rare and expensive and can be compared to some of the most expensive wines in this respect. Tea is believed to be discovered sometime between 30th century BC and 21st century BC. It was initially used as medicine in ancient China, where people chewed on fresh leaves for their refreshing and invigorating effect before they learned to brew it in water to make a drink out of it. Yes Mam. You can actually get benefits from just chewing on the leaves!

India is the world’s largest tea-drinking nation, although the per capita consumption of tea remains a modest 750 grams (26 oz) per person every year. Turkey, with 2.5 kilograms (5 lb 8 oz) of tea consumed per person per year, is the world’s greatest per capita consumer.

Drinking lots of tea and breastfeeding? If you are drinking tea while breastfeeding, you need to remember that most teas contain caffeine.

Caffeine is not recommended in large quantities and breastfeeding mothers are advised to stick to no more than two or three cups per day.

What You Should Know About Caffeine

  • Also, when drinking caffeinated tea, it’s best to drink a cup after breastfeeding, instead of before, to ensure that the caffeine does not enter your breast milk.
  • Excess caffeine can cause your baby to become fussy and may cause sleep problems. The mother can start consuming more tea, once her baby is about six  months of age. (PAID LINK)
  • Most herbal teas are caffeine free (always read the label ). So, why not substitute your regular tea for some herbal, decaffeinated tea?
  • Did you know that not all herbal teas are safe to drink while breastfeeding and can even help with several breastfeeding problems, such as low milk supply and thrush?

What Are Herbal Breastfeeding Tea?

Herbal teas can sometimes be used as medicine; this is why it is essential that you first contact your doctor before drinking any herbal tea if you are breastfeeding .

Here is a list of teas (galactagogues) that supports or improves lactation:

Some of the most common lactogenic herbs include:

  • Fennel seed
  • Fenugreek
  • Red raspberry leaf
  • Anise seed
  • Blessed thistle
  • Goat’s rue
  • Milk thistle

Each one of these herbs individually can help to increase breastmilk production and support postpartum mothers.(PAID LINK)

One of the easiest ways to get all the benefits of these herbs without having to take seven different herbal supplement pills is to ingest them in the form of a tea. This I believe is remarkable. Drinking a tea that will help to give a boost to milk production I think is pretty cool!

Precautions when Drinking Herbal Teas while Nursing:

  • Make sure that it is caffeine free if you are drinking more than three cups daily.
  • Make sure that the specific herb is safe to take while breastfeeding. List of safe and unsafe herbs can be found below.
  • Make sure that the specific herb in the tea does not decrease breast milk supply.
  • If you are allergic to plants or pollen, it’s best to stay away from related herbal plants.
  • Always buy teas with proper labeling of ingredients.
  • Avoid pharmacologically active herbal teas.
  • Always check with your pediatrician before drinking any herbal teas while breastfeeding.

Teas that a Breastfeeding Mom should Not Drink
(not a complete list)

Bladderwrack, Buckthorn, Chaparral, Coltsfoot (Farfarae folium), Dong Quai (Angelica Root), Elecampane, Ephedra / Ephedra sinica / Ma Huang, Ginseng (Panax ginseng), Evodia, Black Cohosh, Valerian, Indian Snakeroot, Kava-kava (piper methysticum), Petasites root, Phen-fen, Rhubarb root, Star anise, Tiratricol (TRIAC), Uva Ursi, Wormwood, Sophora root, Ginkgo, Coptis, Aloe, Senna, Borrage, Licorice, Basil and Rue,Borage and Comfery tea.

Are There Any Herbal Teas That Could Reduce My Milk Supply?

Thyme tea among others can reduce your milk supply

Yes there are. Here are a some of them.

  • Sage, Menthol, spearmint or peppermint teas. (Peppermint is safe in small amounts and is often used to reduce colic and tummy ailments while breastfeeding)
  • Teas containing any of the following herbs: Black Walnut, Chickweed, Cocoa, Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum), Lemon Balm, Oregano, Parsley (Petroselinum crispum), Periwinkle Herb (Vinca minor), Sorrel (Rumex acetosa), Thyme and Yarrow.

Teas that are Safe to Drink while Breastfeeding
(Also not a complete list)

Ginger tea, Linden flower tea, Orange peel & Citrus peel teas, Rosehip tea (contains extra vitamin C), Orange cinnamon tea, Lemon tea and Raspberry teas.

Herbal Teas Safe for Increasing Milk Supply

  • Organic mothers milk tea ~ Mother’s milk tea ingredients: Mothers milk herbal tea contains fennel, aniseed, and coriander. Does mother’s milk tea work? Organic mother’s milk tea works well for mothers who have periods of decreased milk supply, or for extra milk during nighttime nursing.
  • Fenugreek tea (large amounts may lower blood sugar levels).
  • Blessed thistle tea can be taken in small amounts.
  • Fennel tea taken in small amounts.
  • Raspberry leaf tea.
  • Goat’s rue teas.
  • Nettle tea.
  • Teas containing the following herbs: Hops

More Specific Herbs / Teas and Breastfeeding

  • Green tea and breastfeeding: Can you drink green tea while breastfeeding? Most green teas do contain caffeine, but you may be able to find green tea that is caffeine-free. High amounts of green tea are not recommended for breastfeeding women. This herb has not been tested for safety while nursing.
  • Fennel tea while breastfeeding: If you are taking the fennel tea to help a gassy baby, small amounts are safe.
  • Feverfew and breastfeeding: Not enough information is available on this herb, and it should be avoided while breastfeeding. Mothers might want to use this herb to relieve headaches, and it is best to get the advice of a professional or use something else in its place. 
  • Red raspberry leaf tea breastfeeding: This is an excellent tea for lactation ( increasing milk supply ) and contains loads of minerals.
  • Nettle tea breastfeeding: This herb is usually combined with other herbs to make lactation teas that increase milk supply.
  • Chamomile tea breastfeeding: Chamomile tea is sometimes used to help a mother rest or sleep better and can even help calm a teething baby. Alfalfa breastfeeding tea: Can be used safely to increase milk supply. Can increase milk supply from 50 – 100%. Can also be used in combination with fenugreek, blessed thistle, and marshmallow.
  • Milk thistle breast feeding tea: Used as a powerful galactagogue to increase milk supply.
  • Echinacea breastfeeding immune support tea: Is safe, if taken in small amounts (1 cup per day). No harmful side effects have been reported.
  • Ginger tea breastfeeding: Ginger tea is excellent for soothing tummies and increasing circulation and is safe to drink while breastfeeding.
  • Oregano breastfeeding tea: Oregano tea can decrease your milk supply. (PAID LINK)

Make sure it’s decaffeinated. If it’s not decaffeinated, you may drink three cups per day, depending on whether you are consuming other caffeine products like chocolate, coffee, etc.

Here are a few comments by other Moms who have used chamomile tea while breastfeeding. 

Comments From Moms Who Drink Chamomile Tea

Q & A

Aloe Vera Tea While Breastfeeding?

by Tammy

“I drink 8oz at night before bed and in the morning before breakfast, should I stop?”

Re: Aloe Vera tea and breastfeeding

by: Tracy

“Hi there, not many herbs have been studied or researched extensively when it comes to breastfeeding, but Aloe Vera tea is on the list of teas to avoid while pregnant or breastfeeding and has been said to be harmful.

Maybe if you are taking the tea for medicinal purposes, you can find another safer alternative herb or herbal tea.

Hope this helps”

Thai Tea While Breastfeeding – Is It Safe?

“Is it safe to drink Thai tea, if breastfeeding?”

Re: Thai tea and breastfeeding

by: Lisa

“I don’t think there would be a problem, as long as you drink it in moderation. Caffeinated drinks should be kept to a minimum.

Tea has much less caffeine in it, compared to coffee. I would suggest that you have a look at the caffeine content before buying.

Also look out for any strange symptoms in the baby after drinking it, such as a change in sleep pattern, fussiness and so forth.”

Hibiscus Tea

by Misty (Nevada)

“Is Hibiscus tea safe to drink while breastfeeding?”

Re: Hibiscus tea and breastfeeding

by: Tracy

“I’ve never heard or read of hibiscus tea not being safe to drink while breastfeeding. I drank it during pregnancy and breastfeeding. I drink plain hibiscus tea, which is stronger than most of the tea blends that include hibiscus as an ingredient.

There does not seem to be any research on it though. Drink small amounts at first and keep an eye on your baby for anything out of the ordinary.”

We have come to the end of an exciting post explaining about the safety of breastfeeding while drinking tea. As you can see, there are many teas, but not all are suitable for breastfeeding. It certainly was a pleasure to give you some insight about this timely topic. I wish you a happy, healthy and safe breastfeeding journey. Cheers to your breastfeeding success!

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Important! FDA is warning pregnant women not to use over-the-counter pain relievers

This includes those with brand names Motrin, Advil, Aleve, Ecotrin and Bayer Aspirin and generic versions with the names ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin.

The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning on Oct. 15, 2020 to both health care professionals and women about the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

This comes after the FDA added its post-marketing surveillance data to the accumulating information appearing in medical journals. Consumers spent $4.3 billion on more than 760 million bottles of NSAIDs in 2019. This includes those with brand names Motrin, Advil, Aleve, Ecotrin and Bayer Aspirin and generic versions with the names ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin.

Those numbers are in addition to the millions of prescriptions written for pain medications containing NSAIDs or NSAID/opioid combination products written for each year. All of this makes the warning a significant move, especially considering that pregnant women often experience aches and pains that might be alleviated by these drugs.

What is the issue? Kidney Function

Doctors and pharmacists have known for some time that NSAIDs can decrease kidney function in adults and permanently damage some people’s kidneys. Higher-dose NSAID therapy, longer-term treatment and use in pre-existing kidney dysfunction are especially dangerous to adults. The FDA now believes that this kidney risk extends to the fetus as well if the mother uses NSAIDs.

The fetus is surrounded by a protective amniotic sac filled with fluid. This fluid is made by the mother up to the 20th week, but after that, the fetus’s own kidneys create a majority of the protective fluid. The FDA is aware of dozens of cases where physicians have detected low and possibly dangerous levels of amniotic fluid in mothers who were taking NSAIDs. In many of these cases, when the mother stopped taking the NSAID, the levels of amniotic fluid started going back toward normal but went down again when the NSAID was restarted. In some of those same mothers, low amniotic fluid levels were detected after the use of NSAIDs for only two days. But for other pregnant women, it took several weeks before low amniotic fluid levels were detected.

In five cases, the FDA is aware of newborns who died of kidney failure shortly after birth. While this is a small number of cases overall, the FDA believes there are likely many other cases where NSAID-induced reductions in amniotic fluid levels are not being detected because both patients and physicians are unaware of the risk.

What about non-drug options?

The use of dietary supplements for pain relief could be risky because the FDA does not adequately ensure manufacturing quality and the products could contain heavy metals, bacteria or mold. Dietary supplements are simply not regulated for safety and efficacy in the way that drugs are. In addition, the lack of safety data with dietary supplements does not mean that issues will not occur, just that the risks are unknown.

What should pregnant women do?

The FDA recommends that health care professionals limit prescribing NSAIDs or recommending over-the-counter NSAIDs to women between 20 to 30 weeks of pregnancy and avoid it altogether after 30 weeks if at all possible. If NSAID treatment is necessary, they should use the lowest effective dose for the shortest duration possible. Health care professionals should consider ultrasound monitoring of amniotic fluid if NSAID treatment extends beyond 48 hours, and discontinue the NSAIDs if the amniotic fluid level is reduced.

The best thing a pregnant woman considering an over the counter NSAID for pain can do is discuss it with her obstetrician first. Her obstetrician may recommend acetaminophen (Tylenol) as a viable alternative. Even then, however, there is some preliminary evidence that use of a higher dose or prolonged therapy with acetaminophen during pregnancy is linked to attention deficit disorder or autism as the child develops.

Pharmacists are a wonderful resource to help patients identify which over-the-counter products contain acetaminophen or NSAIDs. This can sometimes be tricky because, in addition to regular pain relievers, they also exist in some over-the-counter cold and flu products and some sleep aids.

What about non-drug options?

The use of dietary supplements for pain relief could be risky because the FDA does not adequately ensure manufacturing quality and the products could contain heavy metals, bacteria or mold. Dietary supplements are simply not regulated for safety and efficacy in the way that drugs are. In addition, the lack of safety data with dietary supplements does not mean that issues will not occur, just that the risks are unknown.