Dr. Jessica Madden

A Parent’s Guide to the NICU

A NICU is a neonatal intensive care unit, which is a hospital unit for sick newborns. Babies who are admitted to NICUs include those who are born prematurely (before 37 weeks’ gestation), have surgical conditions, birth defects, genetic syndromes, metabolic problems, and/or any other unexpected complications that arise during the newborn period, such as sepsis (infection), hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), or severe hyperbilirubinemia (jaundice). Learn about the different levels of the NICU, the professionals who take care of the patients and their families, and how the babies are cared for in this helpful guide for parents.

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COVID-19 Vaccines During Pregnancy and While Breastfeeding

With an overwhelming amount of information and assumptions about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines circulating, it may be difficult to decipher facts from opinions during the pandemic. Understandably, many new and expectant moms have questions. We’ve worked with leading medical experts to gather answers from sources you can trust. 

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Medications & CBD While Breastfeeding: Get the Facts on What’s Safe

The majority of breastfeeding moms take at least one medication while nursing. If you are breastfeeding and/or pumping, it’s really important to check that all medications and supplements you take are safe and compatible with breastfeeding. 

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How To Get a Good Breastfeeding Latch

The most important element of successful breastfeeding (getting your newborn to latch onto your breasts) can be very difficult to prepare for ahead of time. Both first-time mothers and moms who are experienced with breastfeeding can be thrown for a loop and challenged when trying to get their newborns to latch on. Here are the key elements of “mastering the latch.”

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Best Foods To Eat While Breastfeeding and Pumping

New moms are so busy prioritizing the care of their newborn that they often overlook taking care of themselves, however, taking care of yourself and eating the right foods will impact your baby's health too. IBCLC Dr. Jessica Madden shares what moms should eat (and avoid) while producing breast milk. 

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Breastfeeding Guide: Tips and Secrets for Success

In the months and weeks leading up to the birth of your baby you’ll have a lot on your mind. The important thing to remember is that our bodies are meant to make milk, and even though every mother and baby have different experiences, breastfeeding is a completely normal process.

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How to Enjoy a Glass of Wine While Breastfeeding

Many moms want to know if they can enjoy a glass of wine while breastfeeding...

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How to Store and Freeze Breast Milk

Many new moms find it difficult to keep up with breastfeeding when they return to work or school as their schedules get more and more packed. Beyond getting a breast pump and planning out a pumping schedule, you might wonder about breast milk storage during the day. We are here to help you lay out a plan!

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Episiotomy Care

An episiotomy can be very painful. Learn how to care for your body in the weeks after childbirth.

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Challenges of New Motherhood and Postpartum Depression

There is nothing easy about having a newborn baby! Being a new mom is hard, no matter how “easy” others around you (or those you might see on the internet) make it look.

Here are some reasons that new motherhood can be so challenging. 

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