To-wen Tseng

“Milk & Marijuana: First Do No Harm”

When California voters approved Proposition 64 and legalize marijuana last year, the basic idea was simple: a majority of people in the state believe that adults should be able to consume marijuana if they feel like it, just like a glass of wine at 5 o’clock. But how about pregnant and/or breastfeeding women? Shall we tell mothers not to breastfeed if they use marijuana?

According to Dr. Lisa Stellwagen (MD, FAAP) of UCSD Medical Center, it’s complicated.

To-wen Tseng“Milk & Marijuana: First Do No Harm”
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A Quick Guide to Successful Breastfeeding

There’s a big global push in from experts to have mothers of newborns breastfeed exclusively for at least six months.

 

And many new moms want to. But only about 60 percent who start off breastfeeding keep it up for six moths or more, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Here’s a quick guide to advice from lactation consultants, pediatricians and researchers who had tips for women on how to reach their breastfeeding goals.

To-wen TsengA Quick Guide to Successful Breastfeeding
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Breastfeeding: It Takes a Whole Village

When my first child was born, I did not have a breastfeeding plan. Then my pediatrician advised me about the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines: exclusive breastfeeding for the baby’s first six months. Then, as foods are introduced, continuing breastfeeding until at least baby’s first birthday.

A friend gave me an electric breast pump. Another friend gave me a cooler and some ice packs. I got serious.

I breastfed my child, relied on pre-pumped breastmilk to get through day care days. I faced breastfeeding discrimination situation at work by six months. I had four business trips by one year. But I insisted.

I insisted not because I am a true believer in the benefits of breastfeeding, though I myself was bottle-fed, along with many in my cohort. But my insistence was mostly because of the support I had.

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Things To Know About Storing Breast Milk For A Flight

A horror story about a mom being forced to dump her breast milk in an airport is circulating on Internet. It reminds me about the two years when I was breastfeeding. I travel frequently for work and flew a few times with my breast pumps during that two years. My impression is that traveling as a breastfeeding mom can be challenging, but not impossible. Most agents do understand breast milk security procedures, and mothers should be good if they know the TSA guidelines in regards to breast milk storage.

Here are several things to keep in mind when carrying breast milk on a flight.

To-wen TsengThings To Know About Storing Breast Milk For A Flight
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Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative Practices: Challenges and Strategies, by To-wen Tseng

Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative Practices: Challenges and Strategies

There has been lots of discussion about Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a global initiative of WHO and UNICEF. How mommy-friendly is the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative? Is the breastmilk-only mandate putting babies in danger?

SDCBC’s recent Spring Mini-Seminar focused on this hot topic. Dr. Nancy Wight (MD, FAAP, FABM, IBCLC), Rose de Vigne-Jackiewicz (RN, MPH, IBCLC), Ruth Fletcher (BSN, RN, IBCLC) and Nancy White (BSN, RN, IBCLC) talked about the challenges and strategies practicing Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.

To-wen TsengBaby-Friendly Hospital Initiative Practices: Challenges and Strategies, by To-wen Tseng
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