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It’s no surprise that our favorite celebs love to spill their diet secrets, given that they often work so hard to get those killer bodies! But how safe (or beneficial) are those weight loss remedies that aren’t, you know, sweating it out at the gym?

We talked with Dr. Josh Axe, D.N.M., C.N.S., D.C., founder of, best-selling author of Eat Dirt, and co-founder of Ancient Nutrition, to get the truth about some of the Internet’s most searched diets and whether you should listen to the hype! Scroll down to hear his thoughts on apple cider vinegar, the bone broth detox, and more popular fads.

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Whether youre dieting or not, regularly having small amounts of apple cider vinegar, or ACV, has numerous health benefits, including: better digestion, reduced acid reflux, enhanced detoxification, and blood sugar regulation. ACV contains a powerful substance acetic acid, which is beneficial for gut health and more. In terms of it being used as part of a diet to help someone lose weight, this approach might have certain advantages due to how ACV can help reduce cravings and improve nutrient absorption.

Id recommend starting with one or two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar mixed with water before your three biggest meals of the day, as this may help stabilize blood sugar levels, alkalize your digestive system and have other positive effects on your metabolism. You can also try starting the day with a cleansing mix of ACV, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon. Im a big fan of ACV, but I still like to remind people that theres no magic bullet when it comes to lasting weight loss. In general, consuming lots of one healthy ingredient should never take the place of an overall balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.

Fasting (abstaining from eating solid food) may seem like a recent trend, but in fact, its been practiced safely for thousands of years. As long as its not causing any negative side effects such as irregular menstrual cycles, lots of fatigue, or heavy brain fog then going for longer periods of time without food, even for an entire day, has been shown to have certain positive health effects.

Skipping a whole day of eating obviously has benefits for reducing calorie intake as well, but this isn’t the only reason that fasting is helpful for weight loss or maintenance. Fasting helps deplete glycogen (energy stored in muscles), which means the body uses more stored fat for energy, plus it helps normalize blood sugar levels. It may also help regulate production of certain appetite hormones including leptin, the hormone that regulates fat storage in response to eating, and ghrelin, a hormone that increases hunger. Studies have also found links between fasting and longevity, due to how fasting may help lower oxidative stress. Bone broth is one of the best things to have while fasting (as well as on non-fasting days) because it prevents muscle wasting or dehydration, and supplies essential nutrients including amino acids and electrolytes to keep energy levels up.

Eating 3 square meals a day might be most common, but that doesnt mean its the only healthy way to eat. In fact, its now being shown in studies that for some people, eating many small meals all day long (also called grazing) may contribute to overeating, possibly because it never allows enough time for someone to feel truly hungry, decreasing their ability to be stay in touch with their true hunger versus fullness signals.

Everyone is a bit different in terms of how often and when they get hungry, so theres no hard-and-fast rule as to which number of meals is best. Eating only one meal per day might seem extreme, and it certainly can be very uncomfortable for some people, but for others it might provide substantial benefits and seem pretty manageable, especially if practiced only several days per week. Staying flexible and in touch with your appetite cues should really be the ultimate goal.

Eating plenty of protein, healthy fats, and veggies while keeping carb and sugar intake low is one of the most reliable ways to lose weight, often pretty quickly. Another name for a very low-carb, low-sugar diet is the Ketogenic Diet which has recently become very popular, followed by celebrities such as Halle Berry, but has actually been practiced since around the 1920s. The keto diet works by forcing the body to burn fat for energy instead of carbohydrates, a process called ketosis.

Ketosis is only possible when carb intake is kept very, very low around 25-30 grams of net carbs per day (the amount thats left when fiber is subtracted). Foods like meat, fish, oils, and non-starchy veggies are either very-low carb or no-carb, so they should make up the bulk of calories on plans like the keto diet. Dairy products, grains, fruit, legumes, and added sugars have more carbs, so they are either strictly limited or avoided all together. Most people will be able to achieve similar results to Kim if they follow a Moderate Keto Diet,” sticking to about 60-75 grams of net carbs daily which allows for a bit more flexibility.

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Aug 26th, 2017 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely

Lose weight by eating more fat it almost sounds too good to be true. But followers of the ketogenic food plan claim it not only works, it can revolutionise the way you eat.

Although the keto diet as its known has been hailed as being extremely effective for weight loss, its not without its share of controversy.

Those who subscribe to a keto-based food programme eat a diet thats significantly higher in fat this is offset by a major reduction in carbohydrates which is understood to put the body into a metabolic state called ketosis.

In essence, nutritional medical expert Fiona Tuck explained to Today TonightAdelaide, the body burns fat to use as fuel.

Right now the diet being touted as the hot new way to strip unwanted kilos with celebrities including Guy Sebastian crediting their success to following the high-fat food regime.

But is the diet a safe way to sustainable weight loss? Fiona Tuck breaks it down.

An extreme keto diet is made up of 75 per cent healthy fat, 20 per cent protein and just five per cent carbs, which means limited fruit and vegetables, she said.

While she said the food plan would work for quick weight loss, its not one she thinks is beneficial long term.

We have to be very careful not to take the body into an extreme case of acidosis (caused by an overproduction of acid in the blood) because that can actually be life threatening or fatal.

However Ms Tuck does believe the diet can be followed safely, if carb levels are increased to 50 or 100 grams.

She also advocates for following a dietary plan that includes a wide range of fresh foods.

You could not be getting enough of those brightly coloured fruits and vegetables which could put us at risk of nutritional deficiency, she warned.

For some the health benefits of following the keto diet have meant a surprising turn-around in how theyve been able to manage chronic health conditions.

As reported previously byDaily Mail Australia, Queensland woman Kim Fletcher claimed she lost 50 kilos by following the high fat food plan, and was able to put her auto immune condition into remission.

She explained that at the height of her illness, her weight had tipped 120 kilograms but a chance sighting of an article in a local paper on the benefits of the diet sparked her interest.

Fifteen months later, shes shed 50 kilos following a high fat, low carb food plan and said shes never felt better.

Ive gone from a size 22 to a size 10; Ive been able to even start shopping for new clothes, she said.

Its a long way from being bedridden and unable to leave the house.

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Aug 26th, 2017 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely

The issue doesnt spawn from the amount of full-length photos I have on my profile there are enough photos of me; my Instagram is a literally dedication to what I look like. The issue is that I dont immediately put a warning label for my body in my profile. While some may consider this an act of size deception, its more of an act of considering myself part of the norm and not a niche. This counts as a pretty revolutionary act as a person of size in 2017: stating to the world that you should swipe right if youre attracted to me and not worry that youre going to forever be known as a chubby-chaser. Theres this misconception in online dating that plus women cant have standards, value, confidence. We cant just be looking for a date, a hook-up, a side-piece. We dont deserve a chance, we arent good enough, and we should be happy for any attention that we get.

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Aug 24th, 2017 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely

As we told you recently, Serena Williams has had quite the healthy pregnancy. Now in her eighth month, her fianc, Alexis Ohanian, revealed that the tennis aces pregnancy cravings have included a lot of veggies. And according to Williams, she plans to continue being active (as safely as possible) up until her due date because she is hoping to return to the tennis court for a tournament in January, possibly three months after giving birth.

I am looking forward to becoming a mother and coming back to the courts already, Williams shared with The Telegraph. Im always thinking about whats next: the next victory, the next trophy.

With the Australian Open on her mind, Williams has been knocking around tennis balls, slamming medicine balls and pushing weights at the gym to prepare. Despite being in her final weeks of pregnancy, she doesnt plan on slowing down.

I intend to keep exercising for as long as possible while pregnant, she told the UK publication. I want to [sic] baby to be healthy and for that you need a healthy life. Also, when I come back to tennis itll be better if Ive kept as fit as possible all the way through the pregnancy rather than having to lose a lot of weight afterwards in order to get fit again. Eating healthily is a must, but being healthy is a lifestyle.

Even though shes on a health kick, that doesnt mean Williams hasnt encountered the usual pregnancy pangs. That includesstruggling to turn over in bed at night with a growing bump and losing her coveted ankles:

Still, the 35-year-old mom to be is pushing through in the hopes of bouncing back quickly after delivery and dominating once again on the court. As she told Vogue for their September issue recently, Im definitely coming back. Walking out there and hearing the crowd, it may seem like nothing. But theres no better feeling in the world.

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Aug 24th, 2017 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely

Yes, we know: getting sweaty does wonders for our physiques, but what about our psyches? Exercise is now widely deemed the not-so-secret recipe for boosting mood and reducing stress and anxiety. One study found that increasing your activity levels from doing nothing, to exercising at least three times a week, reduces the risk of depression by up to 30%.

Here are six types of workouts that could improve your mental health…


Ask almost any runner you know and they’ll confirm that the ‘runner’s high’ the clarity and expansion one feels after a jog or sprint session is a thing. Melanie McKay took up the sport two years ago to lose weight but now continues for the mental health benefits, as well as the community she’s met through joining a group.

She says: “Running calms me almost instantly. I have a fairly busy mind, but also one prone to some pretty dark thoughts. When I’m running I’ve got time to think things over, analyse, understand, and process. It’s amazing to have something so simple to focus on which has such an impact. I’m so much happier as a runner.”

Two 2007 studies MIND commissioned revealed that 94% said that green exercise activities such as running and walking had benefited their mental health so avoid the treadmill to boost results further. “Outdoor exercise or eco-therapy can be particularly beneficial and research suggests it can actually be as effective as antidepressants in treating mild to moderate depression,” says Mind Information Manager, Rachel Boyd.

Yes, the clichs around hitting pads and punchbags being excellent for releasing stress and anger are true, reportedly even Prince Harry agrees he loves boxing for this reason. Finding an outlet for aggression can be both empowering and healing but also short, sharp ’rounds’ of punching, followed by rest, results in an intense interval session, which releases lots of lovely endorphins. Then, if you choose to ‘spar’ with another boxer, you’re almost duty-bound to enter ‘flow’, i.e. being focussed solely on the task at hand/present moment, a state that everyone from Buddhist monks to writers or Olympic athletes know to be blissful.

Trendy boutique boxing classes are popping up everywhere (e.g. the sport’s goldenboy’s Anthony Joshua’s boxing gym Bxr), but local amateur boxing clubs also a very (cost effective) way of getting your punch on safely.


“The mental health benefits of Pilates often get overlooked because of the traditional focus on Pilates for back health and core strength but in fact Joseph Pilates (Pilates’ founder), believed so strongly in the connection between physical and mental health, and originally called his system of exercise ‘Controlology’, i.e. the control of the body with the mind.

“Learning the skill of Pilates and focusing on technique and how your body feels whilst in a class is a very mindful activity,” says Karen Laing, a Pilates Instructor who has suffered with anxiety in recent years. “Pilates is brilliant for stress reduction and relaxation and great for Alpha types since there’s no competitive element! Aside from the feelings of wellbeing from moving and mobilising your body, its focus on breathing and relaxation can help to switch on the body’s parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for sleep and relaxation.”

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Aug 22nd, 2017 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely

One of my proudest achievements as an adult used to be the fact that Id learnt how to do proper, face-in-water swimming. Or how to swim, as most other people would see it. Until my late twenties, I would do the kind of breaststroke favoured by ladies of a certain age who didnt want to ruin their hairdos. Front crawl was off the agenda, because I didnt like putting my face underwater, and back crawl was too alarming because if I splashed too much, water might find its way up my nose.

Its thanks to Nick that I finally got my head around swimming. He used to be the captain of his schools swimming team and was brilliant in the water. He patiently bobbed about with me in the shallow end of our local baths and taught me how to exhale while submerged. Over the following months, I mastered a few strokes and started lane swimming. I even bought myself a swimming cap so that my fringe didnt impair my front crawling.

As I became fitter (and fed up with some peoples pool etiquette), I started going to the gym, walking and running, and when our local pool shut for refurbishment, I forgot about it. Years passed, and then Nick was run over. Since then, my proudest achievements have been bound up with looking after him; learning to live alone, getting back on the road after years of not driving; doing battle with the care system and the like. Even low-grade athletic prowess has been beyond me, despite wanting to get more active for my own sake as well as to be strong enough to look after Nick.

Then, a few weeks ago, not knowing what to do with myself after work and, for once, not wanting to drink three pints of oblivion in the pub, I remembered the pool round the corner. It was 8pm would it be open? Yes it was, and so a little later I found myself back in the water.

Before I took the plunge, though, it was time for my evening call to Nick. Standing in the echoing corridor by the changing room, I told him I was about to go for a dip.

I miss swimming, he said, sadly.

I used to be really good at it.

Nick hasnt been in a pool since the accident. At first, he was too mad and ill. Then the pool at the hospital was out of service. Then his incontinence was the issue. Then, once he moved to a care home, the nearest pool was being refurbished. Then he moved again, and was told he needed to lose weight before they could safely get him doing hydrotherapy.

Hes managed to lose a stone and a half since Christmas, and I am going to start nagging the home about getting him into a pool. Because since I took to the water recently, Ive been returning often. I mentioned it to a friend who had a baby a few months back. A blissed-out look came across her face. I managed to have a swim the other day, she said. It felt wonderful to feel my body again.

I cant stop thinking about how wonderful it would be for Nick to feel his body doing something different from lying in bed or sitting in his wheelchair.

I asked him this morning how he thought it would feel.

If I could go in the water, I could float and feel free. Ill feel freer than ever.

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Aug 20th, 2017 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely

There is a lot of pressure in our society to fall within a certain weight range. The best way to reach a healthy size is by mindful eating and reasonable amounts of exercise. Unfortunately this pressure doesnt magically disappear with pregnancy- it often gets worse. Many moms to be struggle with weight concerns during pregnancy. And if you are anything like me, and you gained 40-50 lbs while pregnant,your doctor may be concerned. And you might want to know: can you lose weight while pregnant?

Most professionals agree dieting to lose weight is not advised while pregnant. A desire to do whats best for both your baby and yourself might level you with questions. What if your weight gain has lead to health concerns? One of the most common is likely How to safely lose weight when pregnant?

Reasons for weight concern during pregnancy

You might be considering losing weight during pregnancy if you were in an unhealthy weight range prior to pregnancy. Or experienced rapid weight gain, like I did.

Weight issues before giving birth often led to labor complications like higher instances of cesarean section, gestational diabetes, and hypertension. Severe weight issues during pregnancy are also linked to premature births and long term consequences.

Talk to a medical professional about how much weight you can safely gain during pregnancy. decisions involving diet or weight loss during pregnancy.This figure is on a sliding scale based upon how close you are to healthy weight range.

Instead of telling women to aim for weight loss, women who are obese are told to reduce weight gain. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says that weight loss during pregnancy might be a consequence of holistically changes like eating and exercise but not the goal.

The National Institute of Diabetes and digestive and kidney diseases also provides healthy tips for pregnant women. Among those are suggestions of how to manage weight in a healthy way.

Speak to a nutritionist

A nutritionist is a wonderful source of information on diet and weight during pregnancy. After scheduling an appointment, you will discuss short, manageable lifestyle changes that wont hurt you or your baby.This is done by evaluating where you are vs. where you can get within a reasonable amount of time. Nutritionists and dietitians are also an excellent resource for developing eating plans.Your nutritionist will inform you of changes to make like reducing calories. You can reduce your daily calorie intake significantly by eating smaller portions more frequently and cutting out bad fats.

Eating healthy

During pregnancy, it is important that you have a wide variety of nutrient-filled foods. Increasing the amounts of fruits and vegetables whole grains vitamin D and protein that you have from day today is an important part of establishing a balanced diet during pregnancy.

Limiting salts solid fats and sugar sweetened foods and drinks will increase the amount of nutrients you are getting while decreasing the amount of fat filled calories you are getting from day to day.

Incorporating reasonable amounts of exercise

Adding 30 minutes of physical activity each day can make a significant difference in weight related issues. Exercise during pregnancy does not have to be Hardcore gym workouts. Light walks swimming and yard work are all examples of acceptable forms of physical activity.

Many weight-related pregnancy concerns can be resolved by avoiding pregnancy myths. An example of this is that once you become pregnant, you are eating for two- This is not accurate and the number of extra calories required per day increases gradually depending on what stage you are in your pregnancy. The first three months of pregnancy many women dont require extra calories at all, and for some, the same applies during the last few weeks.

Can you lose weight while pregnant? Yes, however, it is important that this is done with the intention of long-term health changes as opposed to short, intense diet plans with the goal of using large amounts of weight. If you wonder if you should lose weight while pregnant, always speak with your doctor first. Together, you can determine your best course of action.

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Aug 18th, 2017 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely

After I had my daughter via cesarean section, I diligently tried to breastfeed. I kept my baby latched as directed, and maintained skin-to-skin contact. But milk was not coming in, and my baby was not happy about it. If she was awake, she was screaming. My husband and I were worried, but the hospital-issued lactation consultants assured us that she was fine. I recalled something from the breastfeeding class we had taken at the hospital while I was pregnant. The lactation consultants told us that even a drop of nutrient-dense colostrum (the substance present in breasts from pregnancy until mature milk comes in) can satisfy a newborn. Not my newborn! Eventually, a pediatrician took notice of our babys abnormal weight loss and procured a bottle of formula, against the lactation consultants orders.

I was so relieved as our baby sucked down that tiny bottle and finally seemed satisfied! Then I felt crushing guilt that I had allowed her to starve. In my post-op drugged state, I didnt really feel that I had been offered a choice. The lactation consultants orders did not seem to be optional. She lost more than 11 percent of her body weight before that doctor stepped in. Lactation consultants didnt want us to supplement with formulaeven a few ouncesbecause of nipple confusion (when a baby wont breastfeed because they think of the bottle nipple as normal, or they prefer it due to its faster flow of milk) and interference with breast milk production, resulting in a low supply. But those things never happened. Eventually my milk came in, and from that point, we didnt need to supplement any more. My daughter was exclusively breastfed with no issues whatsoever despite this brief flirtation with formula.

Eventually I discovered that many new moms had similar stories; lactation consultants pressuring them into avoiding temporary formula use, despite weight loss, dehydration, or jaundicewhich infants are at higher risk for if theyre dehydrated or not getting enough calories. Lactation consultants are specialists in breastfeeding. They help new mothers learn to breastfeed and help troubleshoot when problems arise. But I began hearing tales of overbearing decision-making rather than gentle guidance from consultants. So who is really in charge of a babys early nutrition, and whats best? What are the guidelines? How much weight loss is actually worrisome?

I delivered at a Los Angeles area hospital in 2013, when it was working toward becoming a baby-friendly hospital (It received that designation in 2016). The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) was launched by the World Health Organization and UNICEF in 1991 as a global effort to implement practices that protect, promote, and support breastfeeding. BFHI was designed with babies health in mind. The existing evidence indicates advantages for breastfed infants in terms of neurodevelopment, growth and immune-related outcomes, says Sarah A. Keim, the principal investigator at the Center for Biobehavioral Health at The Research Institute at Nationwide Childrens Hospital. Hospitals seeking that Baby-Friendly designation must adhere to certain guidelines promoting breastfeeding such as treating breastfeeding as the norm and providing breastfeeding assistance, and staff must follow step six in the Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria for Facilities Seeking Baby-Friendly Designation: Give infants no food or drink other than breast milk, unless medically indicated. In fact, according to the guidelines, hospitals must track their rate of formula supplementation in breastfed infants, and are told that information will be analyzed. Furthermore, they need to see that rate decrease over time.

Hospitals seek Baby-Friendly designation because (as mentioned in the guidelines) it carries credibility and prestige, its marketable to the community, and it increases demand at that particular hospital. Many hospitals are aspiring to meet these requirements, at least partly because its a good marketing tool to encourage women who want to breastfeed to deliver at those hospitals, notes Keim. Its changing hospital policies around pacifiers and when to offer formula.

But the best-intentioned lactation consultants and Baby-Friendly guidelines may be contributing to a crushing pressure to breastfeed at all costs. And its not just the hospitals. First-time mothers are generally poorly prepared for breast feeding, yet the societal pressure to breastfeed these days is enormous, says Keim.

Devin Garcia, a new mom from San Bernardino, California, had a more extreme situation than I did. When her son Nolan was born, despite help from lactation consultants, Garcias milk wasnt coming in. I kept asking the hospital for formula and they refused to give me any; they kept assuring me he was getting enough, she recalls. The family went home from the hospital and Nolan began cluster feedingbreastfeeding in sessions close togetherto no avail. I was told by the professionals that this is normal and it’s okay, Garcia says. Nolan was born on a Thursday; by Sunday morning, he had lost 23 percent of his body weight, as Garcia and her husband discovered when they brought him back to the hospital.

My poor baby was deemed dehydrated, lowblood sugar, high-jaundice, and we were admitted to [neonatal intensive care] to stabilize, she says. Nolan stayed in the NICU for four days, getting IVs, his blood drawn every two hours to check blood sugar levels, and was on the light treatment for the jaundice. It was the hardest thing in the world to see. Once her mature milk came in, Garcia had issues with low supply, but Nolan is now two months old and doing fine on formula. Breastfeeding isn’t for everyone and my body sure as heck let us know that, Garcia says.

Lactation consultants understandably want to encourage new mothers to breastfeed; its their job, and they believe passionately in it. And theres science to support the idea that breastmilk is healthy for babies. But while formula mimics many of the same nutrients found in breast milk, its not a perfect match. For instance, there are substances in breast milk produced by the maternal immune system that babies use for their own immune protection, and those are not mirrored in formula, explains Keim. Also, emerging science indicates that breast milk contains beneficial bacteria that helps the infant gut.

However, there is some evidence that while breast milk is healthier for infants, it may not be vastly better. Keim describes a study led by Michael Kramer at McGill University. It was a randomized controlled trial that compared children who were born in baby-friendly hospitals to children born in hospitals that had not joined the baby-friendly program. Children in the intervention group had fewer respiratory infections as infants, and there might have been some limited benefit to neurodevelopment, but in general the benefits were limited, Keim says. For instance, the children in the intervention group were not less likely to be obese and not less likely to have allergies. So if mature milk simply isnt coming in, how far should hospital staff and lactation consultants go to prevent formula supplementation?

In the classes I took at the hospital while pregnant, we were assured that breastfeeding would be easy and convenient if we simply learned the right ways to hold the baby, and they had the physical ability to latch on at the breast. It wasnt even supposed to hurt if we were doing it right (this turned out to be very false for me), and nothing was mentioned about the fraught time when milk has yet to come in, except that the colostrum would be enough to sustain the baby. Perhaps the optimism is to keep from scaring pregnant women, and I know lactation consultants want to give breastfeeding a positive spin so that more moms will want to breastfeed. But if they had been more forthcoming about common challenges (delayed milk, pain, and a host of other issues), I wouldve felt more prepared. Instead, I felt a bit deceived.

With her first newborn, digital media coordinator Jessica Dickiesons milk didnt come in for three weeks and she was eventually allowed to supplement. So when supply issues happened with her second child, and nurses wouldnt give her formula for her newborn son, the Los Angeles mother of two saw the signs. The baby was starving, I knew it. I’d been through it before, she says, recalling that her sons weight was down 12 percent at his pediatrician visit four or five days after birth. Formula has saved my kids from starving. I wish I could fully breastfeed them but also wish it wasn’t looked down as such a terrible thing and to make moms feel guilty for needing it.

Janet Guida-Davis, a mom from Grants Pass, Oregon says her doctor warned her about lactation consultants. She said they mean well but they have their own agenda. Take what you want and leave the rest! Follow your instincts. After a C-section birth, Guida-Daviss newborn got jaundice and started losing weight, so the new mom asked for formula. He started gaining weight and Guida-Daviss milk eventually came in and all was well. Her son could even switch from bottle to breast with no issues. It would have been nice if somebody at the hospital would have suggested that sooner, she says of supplementing. I don’t understand why nobody suggested that option.

Despite a great latch, Melissa Forestas newborn wasnt getting any milk. The screaming baby had lost 14 percent of her body weight before Foresta, a mom from San Clemente, California, demanded formula, threatening to get it herself. She sucked that first bottle down so fast, Foresta says. I felt terrible that she was so hungry and that I had let myself be manipulated and guilted into not supplementing.

Tanya Altmann, a pediatrician and author of What to Feed Your Baby, says a good way to ensure your baby stays healthy in the early days of breastfeeding is to find a pediatrician who checks them frequently. A few days after leaving the hospital and every few days until baby has regained birthweight and is growing well, she recommends. Altmann doesnt feel that the threat of nipple confusion, for instance, warrants avoiding supplementing if its needed. Most babies can go back and forth well, especially once breastfeeding is well-established.

Altmann says there are no actual medical guidelines to offering formula when milk doesnt come in, but she wouldnt let her infant patients lose more than 10 percent of their body weight. It all depends on baby and how baby is growing and developing, if baby is losing too much weight or getting jaundice, she says. It isnt a number of days, but the overall picture of mom/baby health.

Altmann also recommends finding a lactation consultant. Despite the bad experiences some mothers have, lactation consultants can be invaluable in guiding new mothers in feeding their babies. Hurdles like tongue-tie (a condition that restricts the tongues range of motion), thrush (a fungal infection of the mouth), or latch issues can be resolved with a good lactation consultant. Babies arent born experts and neither are moms, Altmann says. With a little help, time, and patience, everything usually begins flowing fine and breastmilk is really the best nutrition for baby.

I had an amazing lactation consultant who saved my breastfeeding, says Melissa Miller, a mom in Los Angeles. I had all the issues. My baby was tongue-tied and tongue-thrusting and my milk came in late … I got mastitis and had clogged ducts. This woman got me through all of it with my nipples and sanity intact. Miller says that the pain caused by her early breastfeeding issues caused her to have panic attacks and postpartum anxiety. When the lactation consultant gradually helped me fix my breastfeeding issues, that went a long way in reducing my anxiety to manageable levels.

Amanda Sitko, a writer who lives in Los Angeles, eventually found a wonderful lactation consultant after the birth of her baby. She was the first LC I came in contact with who didn’t make me feel stupid/ashamed and broke it down in a mathematical way that made sense to me when I had to supplement, Sitko explains. The other LCs I came across were pretty gruff and just grabbed my breasts without asking.

Julie Matheney is a preemie feeding specialist and certified lactation educator, counselor and consultant. She says that cesarean births delay the natural switch from colostrum to mature milk, which is what happened in my case.

I asked Matheney how long it is safe for a mother to wait for mature milk to come in before supplementing with formula. This is a loaded question because every story is different, she says, noting that in hospitals that call is usually based on bilirubin numbersan indicator for jaundice, a liver condition commonly associated with infants. In my practice, if a baby has not had the recommended number of wet diapers by day three we’re supplementing at the breast using an SNS at the very least. (An SNS is a supplemental feeding tube designed to simulate breastfeeding.) She says there are no set rules as to when formula should be offered. Unfortunately there are no guidelines and every practitioner comes from their own experience and setting.

Ten percent is normal weight loss for all infants, she explains. Birth weight needs to be regained by two weeks. Red flags that should prompt supplementing also include lethargy, sleeping more than four hours in a row, or not producing enough soiled diapers by 48-72 hours.

When it comes to looking for a lactation consultant, Matheney says the gold standard are consultants certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.

The earlier you get help, statistics show, the longer mothers will breastfeed. If breastfeeding is your goal, get help in the first 7296 hours, says Matheney. Enlisting help gives mothers the confidence in knowing subtle changes in positioning and latch that can make a world of difference. An LC can also identify if there is something wrong, like a tongue tie, inverted nipple, swelling of the breast from fluids at birth, etc., that is impacting feeding.

Matheney disagrees with the Fed is Best campaign (as opposed to breast is best), which posits that mothers should be supported in however they (safely) feed their babes (after all, shes in the breastfeeding business) but admits that sometimes formula cant be avoided. There are obviously cases when supplementation is absolutely necessary and mothers should never be ashamed of needing to supplement, she says. They should also be encouraged to get professional help as soon as possible to facilitate breastfeeding from the beginning. So many issues can be prevented before they’re a problem.

I think everyone seems to assume LC support is helpful and positive, but its not always, says Keim, who found that 30 percent of the women she studied as part of upcoming research reported negative experiences with their lactation consultants. Part of this could be womens expectationsmaybe because women are not well-prepared for the reality of breastfeeding they may have a rosy picture of how it should be and then disappointment hits hard. Part of it could be that not all LCs are well-trained in or really skilled with the counseling part of offering this support. Part of these negative experiences with lactation consultants could also be that hospital pressure to obtain or maintain Baby-Friendly designation. But the more information expectant and new mothers have about early breastfeeding, the more confidence theyll have in feeding their babies, and the more prepared theyll be, should things go wrong.

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BYH Winterville PD, you have some of the nicest, professional officers. Other small towns would benefit by following their lead.

BYH ECU state employees. Welcome to the real world; the gravy train of benefits is over!

As I was driving around the city noticing all the large construction cranes, I also began to notice new roads. Greenville, you look good in your new suit.

Stanford University has introduced a course to discuss the possibilities of abolishing whiteness, according to the course description. I am not too sure where this is headed. I am pretty sure I was born the color I am and just thought it was part of the natural process. I would like to lose weight and grow more hair, but changing color seems a might drastic.

Bless your heart, Vidant, for being one of the dirtiest hospitals I have ever seen. You should be using some of the ridiculous profit from the outrageous prices charged in the cafeteria to keep the hospital clean!

I have been studying all the campaign promises made by city council and mayoral candidates over the past 25 years. By my calculation, if all of their promises had come true, then we would be living in a city of over 40 million people with a greenway that would stretch to Kathmandu. Please remember to discount campaign promises by a factor of 110 percent. Then forget them and you will not be disappointed.

BYH and welcome back, ECU students. Just one favor, please put your devices in the glove compartment when you drive. Thank you.

BYH to the painters and planners of the bike lanes that are on less than 1 percent of our roads. It is great that Greenville is starting to realize that many of us wish to be able to safely bike and walk. However, a few token bike lanes that never connect with each other just makes sharing the roads even more dangerous. Drivers of cars speed too much, run red lights and refuse to share the roads with others. City leaders need to see what cities like Raleigh are doing to improve the quality of life for the people who live there and make every street safe to use by everyone.

NO BYH to NCDOT. Where is the road going from Dickinson to 10th Street? I would say 50 percent of the cars going down Dickinson would turn right onto 10th. Theres no road anymore!

Bless his heart, candidate Trump said Im not going to have time to play golf, believe me if elected, and Who the … wants to leave the White House? Well, today marked the 50th day he has spent at one of his golf resorts as president, making those words as empty as everything else hes said.

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