There are so many excellent evidence-based websites out there for new parents...some may even argue there is too much information! Below we try to battle information overload to describe our top 5 websites and resources for expecting and new parents in Newborn Care, Nursing and Sleep Resources.
Breastfeeding and Medications
A common question when breastfeeding is "Can I take my allergy meds if I'm nursing?" And for parents on anxiety or depression meds, breastfeeding may be a consideration in switching medications. The National Institute for Health’s LactMed Database lists which medications are safe to take while pregnant or breastfeeding and which are not. The LactMed Database allows for a quick search and if a medicine is not safe for use while pregnant or nursing, the site offers alternatives.
Breastfeeding How-To Videos
The International Breastfeeding Centre’s Breastfeeding Videos show everything you need to know when nursing. The IBC library contains instructional real-life videos to help nursing mothers with early breastfeeding. Demonstrations of what good drinking looks like, how to distinguish “nibbling” from efficient nursing and how to tube feed are just a few examples.
Video Demonstration of - “The Hold”
Pediatrician Dr. Robert Hamilton has become world famous using the calming hold he uses on babies in his own practice. This video shows exactly how the Doctor helps babies relax and feel calm, and parents and caregivers can easily implement his technique. While babies cry for lots of reasons, The Hold might help if they are gassy or colicky.
The Only Infant Sleep Book You'll Need - The Good Sleeper .pdf
Dr. Janet Krone Kennedy's book,The Good Sleeper: The Essential Guide to Sleep for Your Baby is described on Amazon as, "written for exhausted parents, giving them immediate access to the information they need." The doctor has made part of the book free and accessible via .pdf download on her website, NYCsleepdoctor.com
Let Mommy Sleep's Parent Resources Page
The Parent Resources Page is continually updated to answer expecting and new parents most frequently asked questions. There are links to primary sources, evidence-based videos, studies and infographics to download.
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Many parents report that their baby is gassy or uncomfortable after feeding, or just plain fussy. While this is normal, one of the most common reasons we see babies exhibit fussy behavior is not enough burping happening during feeding.
This video shows several effective burping techniques. View more like this at youtube,com/letmommysleepusa
Video: How to Swaddle Baby
Let Mommy Sleep Registered Nurses & Newborn Care Experts demonstrate swaddling using common swaddle blankets.