Please pass [on] the placenta.

Recently, safety concerns related to placenta encapsulation made headlines when the CDC released a case report about a baby in Oregon that suffered from Group B Strep sepsis–not just once, but twice. For many of you, this may have been the first time you realized that people eat placentas. But yes, placentophagy (as it’s technically […]

Introducing Foods: The Confused Parent’s Guide

If you’re confused about starting solid foods with your baby, you are not alone. Parents run into a lot of different answers—on the internet, from friends or family, and even at the pediatrician’s office. Trying to decide what to believe can be overwhelming. So I wanted to take some time to go through some of […]

Watch What You Plant

(what we don't know about vaginal seeding)

Move over, placenta eating–there’s a new player on the newborn scene, and its name is vaginal seeding. In case this practice hasn’t crossed your radar yet, it’s a practice involving transferring bacteria from a mother’s vagina to a newborn who was delivered by C-section. Before you stop reading because you think that sounds gross, remember […]

When A Fever Really Matters

Fever phobia is common among parents. The vast majority of the time, these fears are unfounded, because a fever is very rarely a cause for significant concern. One important exception is in newborns under 2 months of age. Compared to older children, these very young infants are at high risk for serious infections, so any […]

Yellow Babies, Blue Lights: an intro to jaundice

Jaundice is a common problem in newborns–one that is responsible for a lot of office visits and hospitalizations in the first few days after birth. But even though jaundice (or hyperbilirubinemia) is very common, most parents don’t understand what causes it or why doctors care so much about it. So in case you’re wondering what […]

RSV: When less is more.

It’s that time of year again. No, not for Christmas shopping (although I should probably get on that soon). I’m talking about RSV season. Respiratory syncytial virus, or “RSV” for obvious reasons, is a particularly nasty virus that can cause a variety of symptoms in children–anywhere from common cold symptoms to respiratory problems bad enough […]

A Formula for Success: The Ultimate Guide to Infant Formulas

(...and you thought nipples were confusing)

Maybe breastfeeding didn’t work out for you. Or maybe it was going well until you went back to work. Maybe you were never really interested. Whatever that case, you’ve decided to feed your baby formula. You don’t have to apologize, feel guilty, or justify your reasons to anyone. While breast milk is the ideal nutrition […]

A Formula for Success: The List

(a comparison of commercial infant formulas)

This is an extensive list of commercial infant formulas, along with a brief description of each. This list is meant to be used in conjunction with A Formula for Success: The Ultimate Guide to Infant Formulas. If you haven’t read it yet, please do; this list will be confusing if you don’t. Unless otherwise noted, […]