Posted 10/18/2016 9:11:07 AM

Halloween is that sweet time of year when children can dress up in fun costumes and collect as much candy as they want. But with the obesity rate triple what it was a generation ago, some health experts consider the candy-focused holiday a nightmare. The average child accumulates 3,500 to 7,000 calories worth of treats on Halloween night.

According to a recent report, a 100-pound child who consumed all of those treats, or 7,000 calories, would have to walk for nearly 44 hours or play full-court basketball for 14.5 hours to burn those calories! Still, the holiday shouldn’t be all spooks and no fun. Experts agree that if a child generally eats healthy all year long, there is nothing wrong with letting them eat candy on Halloween night and a few mini pieces daily afterwards.

Try these tips below to prevent your children from overindulging this holiday season:

• Fill up on healthy foods before trick-or-treating

• Hand out non-sugary foods and toys

• Use Trick-or-Treating as an opportunity to exercise

• Keep your favorite sweets and hide the rest...better yet, give them away!

Posted in Health benefits

Breastfeeding mother donates and receives

Posted 10/5/2016 9:18:45 AM

When Amber Lumpkin came in to Community Hospital Anderson to deliver her third child, she did not expect to struggle with breastfeeding. She had successfully breastfed each of her other two children for over a year. She was committed to that and wasn't going to let anything stop her.

"I knew how important it was and all the nutrients they were getting from me," Amber said.

Shortly after birth, baby Jasper started to have trouble breathing and had to be placed under oxygen, where he remained for the next seven days.

Jasper's lungs just weren't mature enough yet to function properly outside the womb. He needed a little extra time for them to develop.

Amber attempted to begin breastfeeding Jasper, while he was wearing the nasal cannula, but she was struggling to produce enough. She was overjoyed to learn that Community Anderson could offer her donor milk that she was able to feed with a syringe and a supplemental nursing system.

"Prior to last year, we would have had to give Jasper formula," said Elizabeth Arnett, international board certified lactation consultant at Community Hospital Anderson.

"Because Jasper's lungs were underdeveloped, he wasn't able to breastfeed as efficiently as a healthy newborn," Arnett continued. "So even though Amber was trying to breastfeed him and pump, Jasper wasn't able to get the milk he needed. The donor milk was able to get us through that rough period while Amber continued to breastfeed and pump to build her supply. As Jasper's health improved, we were able to stop using the donor milk, and she could breastfeed him exclusively."

After her experience using donor milk, Amber was so thankful and wanted to give back. She had actually donated some extra milk to the Milk Bank when she was breastfeeding one of her older children. But she never realized what an amazing gift it was until she was the one to benefit.

"It really hit home to me then," she said. "I was so happy that somebody had donated so I was able to have extra milk for my baby."

Amber has since committed to donating her extra milk again. So far, she has donated about 750 ounces, which could easily help over 300 mothers and babies. That milk will be screened and pasteurized before being sent out to hospitals for use.

Community Hospital Anderson's human milk program has two components - pasteurized milk available for our newborns and a milk depot where breastfeeding mothers who have undergone the required screenings can drop off donated milk. For more information about our program, call 765-298-5424.

Posted in Health benefitsMilk supplyNutrition for babyPumping

Valentine's Day Event

Posted 1/19/2016 11:34:09 AM

Do you have preschool children or grandchildren? Or are you expecting a baby?
Join us for Mommy Monday, a family fun day at Community Hospital Anderson.

Celebrate Valentine''s Day with a We Love Our Children theme. We will enjoy healthy snacks, a Valentine''s Day story and a craft.

Connect with other moms.
Meet playmates for your kids.
Gain valuable health information.
Snacks and games will be provided.

Monday, February 15, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Basement of the 1601 building (Diabetes Care Center)
at Community Hospital Anderson

Posted in Health benefits

Winter Olympics!

Posted 1/14/2016 12:41:33 PM

Do you have preschool children or grandchildren? Or are you expecting a baby?
Join us for #MommyMonday, a family fun day at Community Hospital Anderson.

We will be having our own indoor Winter Olympics! Enjoy developmentally appropriate
indoor activities with the team at Born Learning. We will have healthy snacks, and every
family will receive a free book to take home. Immediately following the event, we will be celebrating the ribbon cutting of our new milk donor center.

Monday, January 18, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Basement of the 1601 building (Diabetes Care Center)
at Community Hospital Anderson

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Join us for Mommy Monday on December 21

Posted 12/7/2015 10:31:44 AM

We invite you to join us for the Dec 21 Mommy Monday event. We will be meeting from 10-11:30 a.m. in the basement of the 1601 building (Diabetes Care Center). December's theme is story time with Santa Claus. Enjoy a Christmas craft, snack and story with your fellow moms and babies. We will celebrate the holiday season together!

We will be providing a free book to the first 50 children who attend. As always, there will be nurses on hand to answer any of your health care related questions. We host Mommy Monday the third Monday of every month as a way for area families to connect with one another, enjoy a healthy activity and gain valuable health information. Please join us, and remember dads and all caregivers are encouraged to join us.

Posted in Health benefits

Gun Safety and Children

Posted 10/2/2015 1:01:08 PM

It is important to talk to your kids and their caregivers about guns.

Even if there are no guns in your home, it is important to make sure your children are educated about them.

Here are some tips:

  • Explain how a gun that your kids might see on television or a video game is different from a gun in real life.

  • It is important to teach your children the difference between a toy gun and a real one. Regardless, children should be taught to not point even a toy gun at anyone.

  • It is good to teach kids to not touch a gun, but never assume that just because you told a child to never touch a gun, that it is then okay to leave one within reach. Children are curious, and very young children will not remember that command. Some children as young as 3 have the strength to squeeze a trigger.

  • Talk to grandparents, babysitters, and the parents of friends your children visit about safe gun storage practices.

  • Teach your child that if they find a gun, to immediately tell an adult.

  • Dispose of Guns You Don't Need
  • If you decide that you no longer need to have a gun in your home, dispose of it in a safe way. Every state has different laws, so consult with law enforcement in your community on how to do so.

  • Store Guns and Ammunition Safely
  • Keep guns in a locked space, unloaded, and out of the reach and sight of children.

  • Keep ammunition in a separate locked area, out of the reach and sight of children.

  • Keep any keys and/or combinations hidden.

  • When a gun is not in its lock box, always keep it in your line of sight, and do not allow a child to touch it.

  • Make sure all guns are equipped with effective, child-resistant gun locks.

  • If a visitor brings a gun into your home, or is keeping it in an unlocked car, provide them with a locked place to store it while they are visiting you.

  • Insure the chamber is empty before attempting to clean the gun.

  • Leaving guns on a nightstand, table or other place where a child can gain access may lead to injuries and fatalities.

  • Even older children and teens need to be kept separated from firearms while they are not under the close supervision of an adult. Sometimes a youth believes he or she has expertise in handling a weapon when in fact they do not.

  • Suicide attempts are not always elaborately planned out by youth. They may make the decision in a very short period of time, and having immediate access to a firearm may be seen by that child as very opportunistic.

  • *information provided by Safekids.org and kidshealth.org.

    Posted in Resources

    Wait for Eight!

    Posted 7/24/2015 8:29:11 AM

    Many years ago, when a baby was born, he was briefly introduced to his mother before being whisked away, often to the nursery down the hall, to be weighed, measured, examined and bathed. Later, after he was done, he was returned to his mother so that they could relax together.

    But we know better today.

    Being born is an arduous process for mom and baby. They need time to recover together. At Community Hospital Anderson and other Baby Friendly hospitals, as long as everyone is healthy at birth, newborn babies are placed on their mother's chests so that they can bond and begin breastfeeding, if they choose.

    In addition to delaying all of these housekeeping chores, it is now also recommended to "wait for eight", meaning to wait at least eight hours before giving the baby a bath. Research suggests that there are many benefits.

    Newborn babies already have a natural skin protectant on them when they're born. This white, waxy substance, known as vernix, protected them while in utero. It's produced during the third trimester and provides a temporary skin barrier for the watery environment within the uterus. Newer research indicates that vernix has multiple other benefits including being an antioxidant, skin cleansing agent, regulating baby's temperature and having antibacterial properties.

    Since the vernix contains immune properties, leaving it on the baby''s skin longer allows for an extra layer of protection while his immune system is getting stronger.

    Additionally, delaying the bath allows mom and baby to remain together, which can be beneficial for helping baby to maintain a normal body temperature, as well as regulate blood sugar and stress hormones. This also gives the mother time to hold her newborn baby skin to skin, bond and breastfeed.

    Posted in Health benefitsNutrition for babyResources

    Pool Safety

    Posted 7/8/2015 8:45:57 AM

    Every day in the US, about ten people die from drowning. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the main factors in these drownings are lack of swimming ability, lack of barriers to unsupervised water, and lack of supervision. Here are some tips to help you prevent a drowning in your pool.

    Swim Safely:

  • Drowning can happen in seconds, and in just an inch of water, so give children your full attention. Avoid doing other things at the same time, like reading or talking on the phone.

  • Use life jackets that are approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. Water wings, inner tubes, and pool noodles should not be used as substitutes.

  • Teach children how to tread water, float and be aware of how deep the water is. Enroll your child in swimming lessons when you feel he/she is ready.

  • Teach children to enter shallow water feet-first. Never dive into water less than 9 feet deep.

  • Pool Area:
  • Make sure all ladders, handrails and diving boards are in good condition.

  • Put away all pool toys after kids are done swimming and store them away so young children are not tempted to reach for them.

  • After use, empty inflatable or portable pools, and store upside-down and out of children’s reach.

  • Make sure the area around the pool and any diving boards are non-skid. Keep in mind that this area can be slippery, so make sure kids do not run around a pool.

  • Equipment:
  • Install a fence at least 4 feet tall around all sides of the pool, completely enclosing it and restricting access.

  • Place self-closing, self-latching locks on all doors and gates that lead to the pool area.

  • Install alarms on doors and windows leading to the pool area so you can be alerted if your child goes into the pool area without you.

  • Use a pool cover for pools and a hard cover and lock on all hot tubs.

  • Drains:
  • Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings. The suction in these openings can entrap them.

  • Install anti-entrapment drain covers and automatic drain suction shut-off devices.

  • Regularly check to make sure drain covers fit tightly and have no cracks. Never use a pool or hot tub with a missing drain cover.

  • In Case Of An Emergency:
  • Learn CPR and make sure those that are supervising your children know it too.

  • Keep rescue equipment, like life preservers or a rescue hook, by the pool.

  • Information provided by SafeKids.Org

    Posted in Health benefitsResources

    Fireworks safety tips

    Posted 6/9/2015 1:15:41 PM

    Everyone loves fireworks, especially during the Fourth of July season. But we need to be careful when handling them in order to prevent serious injuries and even death. According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 9,000 firework related injuries result in emergency department visits each year.

    Here are our top tips for fireworks safety:

    1. Make sure you know what fireworks are legal to use, and avoid illegal ones.
    2. Read and follow all warnings and instructions.
    3. Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
    4. Make sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
    5. Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from the house and flammable materials.
    6. Keep a bucket of water handy in case of a malfunction or fire. If your fireworks sizzle and don't go off, consider them duds and douse them with water. Don't relight a dud!

    Learn more about fireworks safety>>



    Posted in Resources

    Stay safe in the sun

    Posted 5/14/2015 12:59:28 PM

    Finally!! The sun is shining. The cold weather days are (hopefully) all behind us. Just a few short weeks of school left. Bring on the baseball games, camping trips and lazy days at the pool.

    While we all enjoy the pouring rays of sunshine on our faces as we happily stroll down the sidewalk to the park, we must remember to also protect ourselves from that same sunshine.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC), sunburns can increase your child''s risk of skin cancer later in life. Here are a few helpful reminders about sun safety:

    Avoid peak hours. The peak sun intensity hours, when UV light is the strongest, are about 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. When possible, try to avoid long periods outside during this time.

    Wear sunscreen. A sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 blocks about 97 percent of the rays. Since many children tend to have sensitive skin, look for sunscreens that are fragrance free, hypoallergenic and PABA free. If you plan to be swimming, choose a waterproof sunscreen. And be sure to reapply frequently throughout the day.

    Stay in the shade. Enjoy the beach with an umbrella. Watch the baseball game from the shaded bleachers. Or find a tree to sit under for your picnic. It is unrealistic to keep your kids out of the sun all day long, but try to find times and places where you can enjoy the outdoor activities in the shade.

    Sunglasses. Don''t forget about your eyes. Damage from UV rays can lead to cataracts later in life.

    Cover up. Wear clothing that covers more of your skin. Swim shirts are a great option, rather than going shirtless for little boys.

    Enjoy the summer sun while staying safe!

    Posted in Health benefits

    Join us for Mommy Monday on May 18

    Posted 5/5/2015 6:31:14 AM

    We invite you to join us for the May 18 Mommy Monday event. We will be meeting from 10-11:30 a.m. on the front lawn of Community Hospital Anderson (the Madison Avenue entrance area). This very special event will feature a petting zoo and will honor the moms in celebration of Mother’s Day.

    We will be providing a free book to the first 50 children who attend. As always, there will be nurses on hand to answer any of your health care related questions. We host Mommy Monday the third Monday of every month as a way for area families to connect with one another, enjoy a healthy activity and gain valuable health information. Please join us, and remember dads are encouraged to join us.

    Posted in Health benefits

    Join us for Mommy Monday on April 20

    Posted 3/17/2015 12:10:29 PM

    We invite you to join us for the April 20 Mommy Monday event. We will be meeting from 10-11:30 a.m. on the front lawn of Community Hospital Anderson (the Madison Avenue entrance area). This very special event will feature a petting zoo.

    We will be providing a free book to the first 50 children who attend. As always, there will be nurses on hand to answer any of your health care related questions. We host Mommy Monday the third Monday of every month as a way for area families to connect with one another, enjoy a healthy activity and gain valuable health information. Please join us, and remember dads are encouraged to join us.

    Posted in Health benefits

    Five ways to get your toddler to eat more healthy food

    Posted 2/18/2015 9:19:13 AM

    Creating an environment where your children can make healthy food choices is one of the most important tools a parent can provide them. You are allowing them to develop a positive relationship with food; one that will impact their lifelong health.

    Here are five tips to get your toddler to eat healthy food.

    1. Involve them in food choices. When they are old enough, take them with you to the grocery store. Ask them to choose between peaches and pears, graham crackers or fig cookies, apples or oranges. They are more likely to eat the items they are allowed to choose. If taking your child to the grocery is not a good option for you, solicit their help in making the list. As soon as possible, get them cooking with you. You will be amazed at what children will eat if they have helped create it.

    2. Keep healthy items on hand. Children will eat what is available to them. Stock your cabinets with whole grain cereals instead of sugary ones. Keep a bowl of fruit on the kitchen table. Grab an apple as your own snack, setting the example that fruit is a good choice.

    3. Praise good choices. It is easy to fall into the trap of ridiculing poor food choices and restricting a child''s diet. Instead, praise good choices and encourage your family to select vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and fruits.

    4. Break out some dip. It takes repeated exposure to some foods for a person to develop a taste and desire for them. If your child does not care for carrot sticks and celery, try offering some low fat ranch dip or hummus to dip them in. If he or she doesn't like strawberries, try dipping them in a little bit of dark chocolate.

    5. Have fun. Children will eat whole grain pancakes when they are made into cute shapes. They will eat just about anything that is put on a stick, and they like to experiment with dips. Anything "mini" is usually a hit too. Try using cookie cutters on fruits and cheeses. Cut out a heart shape in the toast and cook an egg in it. Try calling the broccoli a baby tree or turn the celery into ants on a log.

    While your children will still want French fries and buttery popcorn sometimes, being purposeful about getting nutritious foods into their diets will make a difference. They will fill up on the good stuff, leaving little room for less nutritious foods. They will be healthier and will be at a smaller risk of obesity and long term health problems.

    Not sure what your child should be eating any given day? Check out this tool to find the right balance.

    Posted in Health benefits

    Join us as we celebrate Spring

    Posted 2/18/2015 9:16:32 AM

    We invite you to join us for the March 16 Mommy Monday event. We will be meeting from 10-11:30 a.m. in the basement of the 1601 building (Diabetes Care Center). The event will celebrate the arrival of Spring. Enjoy a craft, snack and story with your fellow moms, dads, grandparents and babies. We will celebrate the Spring together.

    We will be providing a free book to the first 50 children who attend. As always, there will be nurses on hand to answer any of your health care related questions. We host Mommy Monday the third Monday of every month as a way for area families to connect with one another, enjoy a healthy activity and gain valuable health information. Please join us, and remember dads are encouraged to join us.

    Posted in Health benefits

    The Right OB/GYN makes all the difference

    Posted 1/27/2015 1:38:37 PM

    The birth of your baby is one of the biggest days of your life. And your obstetrician, the physician who will oversee your medical care throughout your pregnancy and deliver your baby - is an important player in this experience. You want to find the physician who is the best fit for you. All women are different, and often have different expectations and desires for pregnancy care and delivery.

    So do some research, ask some questions, and find the doctor who is the best fit for YOU.

    - Ask your insurance company.
    Insurance coverage often dictates what hospital you're able to go to and which physician you're able to see. Check with them first to find out which ones in your area are included in your plan.

    - Ask your friends.
    Most women are anxious to share their birth experiences with friends. If your friend has an OB she loves, find out why.

    - Ask the experts.
    You probably want to do some real research.
    The Centers for Disease Control conducts a survey every two years of hospitals and birth centers across the nation to assess infant feeding care processes, policies and staffing expectations.
    Community Hospital Anderson has consistently ranked in the top one percent of all hospitals nationwide, in this survey. Also, since 2005, the World Health Organization and UNICEF have designated Community Anderson as a Baby-Friendlyâ„¢ hospital, a prestigious designation that honors hospitals for their extra efforts in the education and promotion of breastfeeding.

    - Ask your questions.
    Find out directly from your doctor what kind of experience they offer to their patients. Community Physician Network doctors offer FREE get acquainted visits, giving you an opportunity to meet with them and ask those important questions. Call the Community OB/GYN office at 765-298-4282.

    Meet the Community Hospital Anderson OB/GYNs.

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    Join us as we celebrate 2015

    Posted 1/2/2015 11:00:43 AM

    We invite you to join us for the Jan 19 Mommy Monday event. We will be meeting from 10-11:30 a.m. in the basement of the 1601 building (Diabetes Care Center).We will be having a birthday party to celebrate the new year. Enjoy a craft, snack and story with your fellow moms, dads, grandparents and babies. We will celebrate the new year together.

    We will be providing a free book to the first 50 children who attend. As always, there will be nurses on hand to answer any of your health care related questions. We host Mommy Monday the third Monday of every month as a way for area families to connect with one another, enjoy a healthy activity and gain valuable health information. Please join us, and remember dads are encouraged to join us.

    Posted in Resources

    8 tips for the final weeks of pregnancy

    Posted 11/26/2014 6:55:38 AM

    If you are a mom to be, you have probably read hundreds of blogs about how to prepare for the arrival of your new baby. Once you are in your final months, it is crunch time. Here are some tips to help you in those final weeks.

    1. Pack your hospital bag and put it in your car at about 35 weeks. If you do not have a car, place it where you and your partner can easily access it when you go into labor.

    2. Put your "essential" items into a small bag that is easy to find- particularly your ID, insurance cards, paperwork, phone, camera, chargers and a pen. That way, if your labor is going fast you don''t have to wait to dig around in your big bag for the essentials.

    3. Your water may break, so as you enter your third trimester keep a plastic trash bag (or a couple of towels) in your car to protect the seats. The last thing you want to deal with during this special time is having to get your car detailed.

    4. Even if you don''t feel like it, eat something before you leave the house. Chances are you will not be able to eat once you are admitted.

    5. Wear stretchy, comfortable clothes to the hospital. If you are able to avoid wearing the dreaded hospital gown, it makes going to the bathroom a lot easier.

    6. Make sure to have the on-call number to your doctor in multiple phones. It is often your partner who makes the call when you go into labor, and this will make it easy to find in a tense situation.

    7. Find out what your birthing center provides in the way of amenities. That way you don''t have to pack unnecessary items and can focus on bringing with you the items that are most important to you.

    8. Get all the rest you can, while you can. Take a nap, put up your feet and accept help when it is offered. You will be glad you did!

    We hope these tips reduce some of the stress around labor and delivery.

    Posted in Dealing with painHealth benefitsResources

    Join us for story time with Santa

    Posted 11/24/2014 7:04:24 AM

    We invite you to join us for the December 15 #MommyMonday event. We will be meeting from 10-11:30 a.m. in the basement of the 1601 building (Diabetes Care Center). December’s theme is Story time with Santa Claus. Enjoy a Christmas craft, snack and story with your fellow moms, dads, grandparents and babies. We will celebrate the season together.

    We will be providing a free book to the first 50 children who attend. As always, there will be nurses on hand to answer any of your health care related questions. We host #MommyMonday the third Monday of every month as a way for area families to connect with one another, enjoy a healthy activity and gain valuable health information. Please join us, and remember dads are encouraged to join us.

    Posted in Resources

    Will I poop when I push?

    Posted 9/16/2014 12:46:00 PM

    One of every mom-to-be's greatest fears is to have a bowel movement during labor. It sounds gross and embarrassing, especially in a room full of strangers. Here’s the thing: bringing a child into the world is stressful enough for a family, and worrying about poop (that CAN happen) will get you nowhere.

    Why can poop happen during delivery? According to Gail, RN, "It is all about space; but no reason for embarrassment. As the baby moves through the birth canal – pressure is applied to the colon and sometimes it happens." Many OB nurses actually instruct moms to push just as if they were having a bowel movement. You are using the same muscles, so if you are pushing right, it might happen.

    If you are worried about having a bowel movement during delivery, here are some things you can try to lessen the chances of it happening.

    1. You can ask your nurse for an enema or a suppository before your labor progresses too far. It may not be pleasant, but it will clean you out.
    2. If you feel like you need to go during early labor, then go for it. Don't fight the urge.
    3. Eat lightly as you close in on your due date. Stick to foods that are easily digested and make sure to drink lots of water.
    4. Try not to get too stressed out about it during labor. You can get stressed to the point of becoming constipated.
    5. Don't take castor oil. It can increase your chances of pooping or having diarrhea during labor.

    If you do end up pooping while pushing, remember this: Life goes on after an embarrassing moment. It is all in a day's work for the labor and delivery team, and your loved ones will be focused on you and the baby, not on the poop. That part will be over in seconds, and you will have your precious baby for a lifetime.

    Posted in Resources

    Benefits of Breastfeeding Part 4: The bond

    Posted 9/2/2014 1:38:22 PM

    Nine months of pregnancy establishes a strong bond between mother and child. Research has shown that newborn babies recognize and prefer their mother's voice over others. Breastfeeding is an extension and continuation of the bond that formed prior to birth.

    It's empowering for a woman to know that her body can fully nourish and care for her new baby. Each mother's breast milk is specially tailored to her baby, and a woman can take pride in knowing that this is something no one else could provide for her child.

    Many women say that breastfeeding causes them to feel calm and content. A mother's body releases the hormone oxytocin during breastfeeding, which accounts for the calm feeling. The body also releases endorphins during this time which helps mom to relax.

    Breastfeeding can often provide a break in the day. No matter how many dishes are piled in the sink. No matter how many loads of laundry are waiting to be washed. When baby needs to eat, mom can ignore all of that and sit down with her baby to breastfeed.

    Many working moms find that continuing to breastfeed after returning to work helps them stay connected to their babies. Pumping milk is a way to continue to care for your baby while you’re at work. And breastfeeding upon return home allows mom and baby to reconnect after being apart.

    Breastfeeding is an amazing, beautiful process that creates a unique and important bond between mother and child.

    Posted in ResourcesSuccess at work

    Benefits of Breastfeeding Part 3: The convenience

    Posted 8/25/2014 8:07:02 AM

    Learning to breastfeed can provide challenges. Sometimes it does take some time (and patience) for both mother and baby to figure it out. (And if you're having trouble, you should call our lactation consultants at 765-298-5424). But once that breastfeeding relationship is established, the conveniences it offers are unmatched.

    No bottles to fix and warm up. No need to wash or sanitize all of them afterward. A new mom and dad are busy enough keeping up with the regular household chores, not to mention the extra laundry, washing all of the onesies your baby goes through each day!

    Breastfeeding makes those middle of the night feedings so much easier. Rather than having to traipse out to the kitchen at 2 a.m. to mix up a bottle and warm it up, a breastfeeding mother can simply go to her baby. For families who choose to have their baby sleep in the room with them, you don't even have to leave your bedroom.

    And it's one less thing to put in your diaper bag when you're on the go. Babies' feeding patterns can be unpredictable at times, especially during growth spurts. When you breastfeed, there is no worry about how much formula or how many bottles to pack. You'll always have plenty of breast milk. It's always the right temperature. And it's always available, whenever and wherever your baby gets hungry.

    Next week, the blog will highlight the fourth benefit of breastfeeding - the bond.

    PS- We hope you will follow our Breastfeeding Tips board on Pinterest. We have lots of great information there.

    Posted in Milk supplyResources

    Mark your calendars: Mommy Monday is back for September

    Posted 8/20/2014 12:52:46 PM

    We invite you to join us on the front lawn of Community Hospital Anderson on Monday, September 15 from 10-11:30 AM.

    Critter Junction Adventures is joining us to provide a "program on the wild side". Their program is fun and educational, and we know that it will be enjoyed by all ages.

    Posted in Resources

    Benefits of Breastfeeding Part 2: The cost savings

    Posted 8/15/2014 10:05:52 AM

    A crib, a car seat, clothes, medical bills, daycare, Little League registration, school supplies, college. The expenses start rolling in before the baby is even born.

    Kids aren't cheap. It is estimated that for a middle income family, it will cost about $250,000 to raise a child from birth to age 18. (And that doesn't include the cost of college)!

    As parents, we are always looking for ways to get a good deal. We use coupons. We purchase clothes at consignment stores or garage sales. We shop around and compare prices whether we're buying school supplies or a new car.

    One of the best ways to save money? Breastfeed!

    Breast milk is free.

    Formula is expensive. Depending on the brand, it can cost anywhere from $1,500-$2,500 for that first year. While some moms do need to purchase breast pumps and other breastfeeding supplies, some of those items are now covered by insurance plans.

    Also, breastfed babies are usually sick less often (see our previous blog noting the health benefits of breastfeeding), which means fewer trips to the doctor. That will save you from forking over those pesky co-pays at the pediatrician's office. Not to mention, for working parents, that's fewer days you have to take off work for appointments.

    Next week we will discuss the third benefit of breastfeeding: the convenience.

    Posted in Resources

    School lunch helper

    Posted 8/13/2014 6:45:38 AM

    Do you struggle to make healthy school lunches that your children will actually eat? We have a tool for you.

    Our school lunch helper is a printable that you will use to talk with your child about what food items to include in a healthy lunch. By working with your child to find out their preferences, he will better understand why you are packing the foods that you do.

    There is a space for your child's name on top, so if you have several kids, no worries.

    Click here to print

    Posted in Resources

    Benefits of breastfeeding Part 1 of 4: Health

    Posted 8/11/2014 7:59:27 AM

    One of our recent blogs highlighted the benefits of breastfeeding. Because the reasons are so abundant, we have decided to break this up into a four-part series so we can extensively highlight each of them.

    Numerous studies have shown that breastfeeding protects children from a long list of childhood illnesses including asthma, diabetes, childhood cancers, ear infections, gastrointestinal illnesses and more. And there's proof that this protection lasts far beyond the stage during which the child is actually being breastfed. Scientists aren't quite sure how breastfeeding contributes to this, especially later in life, but it is believed that the breast milk strengthens the baby's immune system.

    Babies who are breastfed get sick less often, and they recover quicker when they do get sick. Many people don't realize how this truly amazing process works - how mom's and baby's bodies work together to give the baby what he needs.

    Each mother's breast milk is specifically tailored to her baby. Her body responds to any viruses or bacteria that she or baby are exposed to and creates antibodies to combat them, which are then passed through the breast milk. The baby's saliva actually communicates with the mother's milk production so that it's actively changing, based on his needs. It's unbelievable what our bodies are capable of doing!

    Breastfeeding also protects against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Infants who are breastfed are about 60% less likely to die from SIDS.

    And you can't ignore the health benefits for breastfeeding mothers! Breastfeeding burns approximately 500 extra calories per day. That's about the exercise equivalent of running five miles or swimming 30 laps in a pool. What new mom has time to do that?

    It's also been proven that mothers who have breastfed their children lower their risks for breast and ovarian cancer, as well as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and cardiovascular diseases, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

    Stay tuned! Our next entry will highlight the cost savings of breastfeeding!

    Posted in Health benefitsNutrition for babyResources

    Five reasons to quit smoking during your pregnancy

    Posted 8/1/2014 2:29:53 PM

    Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for your unborn child. We know how hard it is to kick the habit, so we recommend working with your health care provider to ensure you have the support you need to have a healthy baby.

    5. I want my baby to be born at a healthy weight. Smoking increases the chances of having a low birth weight baby. Low birth weight babies are more likely to have serious health problems than normal weight babies.

    4. I want my baby to go full term. Smoking increases your chance of going into early labor and doubles your risk of stillbirth.

    3. I want a safe delivery. Smoking doubles your risk of bleeding during pregnancy and delivery, putting both you and your unborn baby at risk.

    2. I want my baby to breathe easily. Children are more vulnerable to asthma later in life if their mother smoked while pregnant. Undersized babies are more likely to have underdeveloped lungs, meaning they may spend their first weeks on a respirator.

    1. I want my baby to have the best possible chance at living a long, healthy life. The risks of smoking during pregnancy last far beyond delivery. Smoking while pregnant doubles your child's risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), increases their chances of having learning disorders, congenital heart defects, behavioral problems and relatively low IQ.

    It is ideal to quit smoking before you conceive, but not everyone manages to plan ahead. If you are pregnant and are still smoking, there is help available. Even if you have smoked a lot for a long time, it is not too late to quit for you and your baby.

    Talk to your doctor or health care provider today. Need a physician? Call 800.777.7775 to get set up with the right doctor to meet your needs.

    You can also contact Pregnancy Plus at 765.298.2229 to enroll in the free Baby & Me, Tobacco Free program.

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    What's the deal with folic acid?

    Posted 7/29/2014 12:54:14 PM

    As an expectant mother, you have likely been told that you need an increased amount of folic acid in your pregnancy diet. So what is it, and why do you need it?

    Folic acid is a type of B vitamin. It is the man-made (synthetic) form of folate that is found in supplements and is added to fortified foods.

    Folate helps tissues grow and cells work. Taking the right amount of folic acid before and during pregnancy helps prevent certain birth defects, including spina bifida. Folate also helps prevent anemia. Some research suggests that folic acid helps prevent congenital heart defects in babies as well.

    Folate works along with vitamin B12 and vitamin C to help the body break down, use, and create new proteins. The vitamin helps form red blood cells and produce DNA, the building block of the human body, which carries genetic information. With the rapid development of your baby, it is important to get enough folic acid in the first trimester or your pregnancy.

    Food sources

    Folate occurs naturally in the following foods:

    • Dark green leafy vegetables

    • Dried beans and peas (legumes)

    • Citrus fruits and juices

    Additionally, many foods are now fortified with folic acid, including enriched breads, cereals, flours, cornmeals, pastas, rice and other grain products.

    Side effects

    Too much folic acid usually doesn''t cause harm, because the vitamin is regularly removed from the body through urine.


    The best way to get the daily requirement of essential vitamins is to eat a wide variety of foods. Most people in the United States get enough folic acid in their diet because it is plentiful in the food supply.

    Women who are planning to become pregnant should take at least 400 micrograms (mcg) of a folic acid supplement every day. Ask your health care provider which amount is best for you.

    Source: Health Care Encyclopedia

    Posted in Resources

    Introducing block parties with Community Moms

    Posted 7/21/2014 3:03:05 PM

    Do you have preschool aged children or grandchildren?
    Are you expecting a baby?
    Are you looking for positive activities to do with your family?

    If so, then join us as we kick off our block parties with Community Moms.

    Parties will be held the 3rd Monday of every month right here at Community Hospital Anderson. While weather permits, the gatherings will be outdoors on the front lawn from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

    The first block party is coming up soon, on Monday, August 18. We will have games, snacks and activities for everyone. Every month will offer different activities.

    Connect with other moms.
    Meet playmates for your kids.
    Gain valuable health information.
    Snacks and games will be provided.
    Have fun family time.

    Block parties are free of charge and are geared toward families with preschool aged children and expectant mothers.

    Posted in Resources

    Foods to avoid when you're expecting

    Posted 7/14/2014 2:51:23 PM

    You want what's best for your child. As you are working on your pregnancy diet and wellness, keep in mind what foods can be harmful to you and your unborn child.

    Avoid foods that contain high levels of mercury
    Seafood is highly nutritious, but some fish contain dangerous levels of mercury. Mercury can harm your baby's developing nervous system.

    Foods to avoid are:
    King mackerel
    Limit tuna to no more than 6 ounces per week
    If you love seafood, no worries as there are several options available to you. Consider eating shrimp, salmon, Pollock, catfish, trout and anchovies.

    In general, seafood can contain harmful bacteria and viruses, which pregnant women are more susceptible to. To stay safe while enjoying the other benefits of seafood, avoid:
    Raw, undercooked or contaminated seafood (cook fish to an internal temperature of 145 F)
    Refrigerated, uncooked seafood

    Listeria and other bacteria
    During pregnancy, women are at an increased risk of bacterial food poisoning. Listeria is a particularly dangerous bacteria to watch for. In order to protect yourself and your unborn child from food borne illness, we recommend the following:

    Undercooked meat and poultry (Not sure it if is hot enough? Use a meat thermometer and make sure meat is cooked to 160F.)
    Packaged hot dogs and deli meats, unless they are cooked until they steam or are at 160F
    Refrigerated pates and meat spreads
    Uncooked eggs (Cook them until both yolks and whites are firm.)
    Food that contains uncooked eggs. Some foods to watch out for are eggnog, raw batter, Caesar dressing and hollandaise sauce. (I know, I know, it's hard not to lick the spoon, but it is a no no.)
    Anything unpasteurized, such as soft cheeses and juices (To be safe, read the labels on all dairy and juices to ensure they have been pasteurized or are made with pasteurized ingredients.)
    Unwashed fruits and vegetables (It is important to thoroughly wash all produce.)
    Raw sprouts such as alfalfa, clover and radish

    Beware of drinks
    Drinks can pose a hazard to the health of your unborn child. To be safe, follow this advice:

    Avoid herbal tea (unless your doctor says it's ok) There has been very little study on the effects of herbs on developing babies. Play it safe and make sure to discuss your teas with your doctor before you drink.

    Avoid alcohol Even moderate drinking can impact your baby's brain development.

    Avoid excess caffeine Try to keep your caffeine intake to under 200 mg per day. That is about the equivalent of 2- 8oz cups of coffee or 4 cups of brewed tea.

    If you feel like you are limited in what to eat, visit our recent blog about pregnancy nutrition. We also suggest speaking with your doctor to get additional tools and resources for nutrition.

    Posted in Nutrition for babyResources

    4 Myths about a Baby-Friendly hospital

    Posted 7/14/2014 2:17:50 PM

    We recently shared a blog post about what it means to be a Baby-Friendly hospital. Today we will discuss another aspect of this- what it doesn't mean.

    Myth #1: We pressure you to breastfeed.
    There's no question that breastfeeding is the optimal choice for infant feeding. However, there are many reasons a mom might choose to use formula, and we completely respect that. We will support every new mom in her choice.

    Myth #2: We won't help our formula feeding moms.
    Our ultimate goal for every patient is a healthy mom and a healthy baby. Every new mom needs encouragement and support, without judgement. If you choose to breastfeed your baby, we will do everything we can to help you be successful. Likewise, if you choose to use formula, we will help you learn that process as well.

    Myth #3: We won't help you with your baby at night.
    While we certainly encourage 24/7 rooming in as a great family bonding opportunity for breastfeeding and formula feeding babies, we know that a new mom sometimes needs a nap or a break in the afternoon or through the night. Please do not hesitate to let us know if you need help with your baby any time.

    Myth #4: Moms have to bring their own formula.
    Not true! We will provide everything you need to care for your baby at no extra cost to you, while you are in the hospital- diapers, wipes, baby soap and lotion, hat, clothes, bulb syringe- and yes, formula.

    Posted in Nutrition for babyResources

    What does it mean to be a Baby-Friendly hospital?

    Posted 7/14/2014 1:59:11 PM

    In 2005, Community Hospital Anderson's New Generations Birth Place received the prestigious Baby-Friendly designation from the World Health Organization and UNICEF.

    But what does that mean?

    It means we follow evidence-based practices that have been clinically proven to increase breastfeeding success such as:

    Rooming in
    Moms and babies learn how to breastfeed best when they are together all the time in the hospital. This gives the new family a chance to bond, and it helps the mother to learn her baby's feeding cues so she can best care for him when they go home. Of course the nurses and lactation consultants are around 24/7 to assist, when the family needs help. We come in regularly to monitor your progress and make sure everything is going well. If you need anything, just ask!

    The Golden hour
    At most hospitals, babies are placed in a baby warmer almost immediately after birth and then weighed, measured, bathed, given Vitamin K, swaddled, maybe even moved to another room. Not here. After the birth, as long as mom and baby are healthy, the doctors leave. We shut the door. The lights are dimmed. And the new baby lies on his mother's chest, skin to skin, with only necessary and minimal interruption by the nurse. During this special time, mom and baby are given a chance to rest and recover. Birth is a laborious process for both of them, and this special hour gives them the opportunity to relax and bond.

    During this time, many babies will breastfeed. This is the best time to establish that breastfeeding relationship. We know that your extended family and friends have waited so long to meet this new little bundle, but this hour is the one that you will always treasure as such a special time for you and your significant other to bond with your new baby.

    No formula samples
    Other hospitals send each new mom and baby home with a free diaper bag- full of free formula. While this seems like a nice perk (who doesn't love free stuff?), it can actually be a deterrent for a mom who wants to breastfeed. Instead of accepting these bags from formula companies, we purchase our own bags to give our to our moms, filled with lots of useful items for the new mom and baby.

    Extra training for our staff
    Everyone you come into contact with (all of our lactation consultants, nurses, OB's, pediatricians, etc.) has had extra training in breastfeeding. They have all been educated to be able to assist our new moms and babies in learning to breastfeed.

    Most moms who have successfully breastfed their babies will tell you that they couldn't have done it without support. The amount of support you receive at a Baby-Friendly hospital is unmatched. And we're not just talking about those two postpartum days when you're still an inpatient. We offer two weekly breastfeeding support groups, free follow up consultations, weight checks, phone calls and much more.

    If you want to breastfeed, we will set you up for success. A Baby-Friendly hospital will make a difference.

    Sometimes Baby-Friendly hospitals are misunderstood as being judgmental or not supportive of our moms' choices. Stay tuned for our next entry where we will debunk these myths.

    Posted in Health benefitsResources

    4 Reasons to breastfeed your baby

    Posted 7/14/2014 1:41:15 PM

    While there are several reasons to breastfeed your baby, we are going to highlight four of the most important reasons in today's blog.

    The health benefits
    Both mom and baby benefit from from breastfeeding. Breastfed babies have lower rates of ear infections, gastrointestinal illnesses, asthma, diabetes, childhood cancers and more. And breastfeeding moms lose their baby weight more quickly and lower their own risks for breast and ovarian cancers.

    The cost savings
    Formula is expensive. Depending on the brand, estimates range anywhere from $1500- $2500 for that first year. While some moms do need breast pumps and other breastfeeding supplies, they are now covered by most insurance. Also, breastfed babies are usually sick less often, which means fewer trips to the doctor.

    The convenience
    No bottles to fix and warm up. No need to wash or sanitize afterward. No formula or bottles to pack in the diaper bag. Breast milk is always with you. It's always the right temperature. And it's always available, whenever and wherever your baby gets hungry.

    The bond
    Many mothers delight in the thought that their own bodies can nourish their babies. It's an amazing, beautiful process that creates a strong bond between mother and child. It's empowering for a woman to be able to fully nourish and care for her new baby.

    Posted in Health benefitsNutrition for baby

    Nutrition during pregnancy

    Posted 7/3/2014 3:23:19 PM

    Now that you are a mom to be, it is important to focus time and energy on eating a healthy diet. It is not only good for the baby, but also good for you.

    So where do you start?
    Visit your doctor or health care provider if you haven't already. Every woman needs to visit her doctor regularly during pregnancy. Your doctor can make sure that you and your baby are healthy and can prescribe any vitamin supplements or anything else you need. Your doctor will be able to address any specific nutritional needs you have, as well.

    The food pyramid
    Most of us learned about the food pyramid in grade school. While it has changed over the years, it is still the gold standard for nutrition. For most pregnant women, adhering to the food pyramid is a great basis for nutrition for you and your baby. While some vitamins are minerals are particularly important during pregnancy, following the food pyramid will give you most of what you need.

    In each food group, choose foods that have the vitamins and minerals you and your baby need. You will also want to avoid foods that are high in "empty calories." Foods like chips, cookies, fast food and soda are high in calories and low in nutritional value.

    It can be hard to cut those types of foods out completely, but try to limit them and focus on getting the vitamins and minerals you need each day. (You will quickly find that if you are eating lots of nutritious foods, you won't be nearly as hungry for the empty calorie foods.)

    Here are some of the vitamins and minerals you will want to have every day, as well as some of the most common foods you can find them in.

    Vitamin A and potassium

    Sweet potatoes
    Cooked greens (kale, collards, turnip and beet greens)
    Winter squash
    Tomatoes and tomato sauces
    Red sweet peppers


    Red grapefruit


    Look for choices that are fortified with vitamins A & D.
    Fat-free or low-fat yogurt
    Skim milk
    Low-fat milk
    Calcium-fortified soy milk

    Protein, iron, potassium and fiber

    Beans and peas

    Protein and Vitamin E

    Nuts and seeds


    Lean beef, lamb and pork

    Protein and Omega 3 fatty acids

    Oysters, mussels and crab
    Salmon, trout, herring, sardines and Pollock
    Limit white tuna to no more than 6 ounces per week, as it can contain high levels of mercury.

    Folic acid
    Leafy greens
    Citrus fruit
    Kidney beans
    Fortified breads and cereals
    Sunflower seeds
    Tomato juice

    Red meat
    Egg yolks
    Dark, leafy greens like spinach and collard greens
    Raisins and prunes
    Iron-enriched cereals and grains

    If you want more information, we suggest using the tools from the USDA. Choosemyplate.gov offers daily food plans for moms, trackers, and wonderful free tools to help you be as healthy as possible during these precious months of pregnancy. Visit their website at http://www.choosemyplate.gov/pregnancy-breastfeeding.html

    Posted in Nutrition for babyResources