My pregnancy and child birth was not what I had planned. By week 28, I was hospitalized with preeclampsia (a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system, most often the liver and kidneys) and by week 31 1/2 my doctors advised that my labor should be induced to reduce the risk for me and my infant.
As Latinos, family is central to our lives and research has shown it is also central to our health. This is also true for breastfeeding – men must be included in the larger conversation. Doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals must authentically engage fathers in planning for breastfeeding as one part of their role as caregivers.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life and continuation for at least the first year after birth. Latinas start breastfeeding at very high rates (over 80%) which demonstrates our understanding of the importance of breastfeeding and the desire to provide the best for our babies...
The new year has started and with it, resolutions to change health patterns, lose weight, get moving or exercising again. Though there is nothing magical about making a commitment now, we at Urban Strategies get excited when we hear that someone has chosen to make changes towards well-being.
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