• Are Vegan and Vegetarian Diets Safe During Pregnancy and Lactation?

    By Katie Black Vegan and vegetarian diets are traditionally associated with people’s concerns about animals suffering inhumane conditions, but have...
  • Implants and Breastfeeding: What You Should Know

    One topic of concern to some mothers with breast implants is whether they present any health risk to their baby through possible contamination of their breast milk. In particular, they ask about whether silicon, silicone gel or platinum used in implants can leak into their breast milk.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Drugs does not feel that the evidence currently justifies classifying silicone implants as a contraindication to breastfeeding.

  • Mothers With Thyroid Issues Should be Cautious in Using Fenugreek as a Lactation Aid

    Fenugreek is listed as generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the FDA and as long as mothers are aware of the possible side effects, this is a good option to try to increase supply. However, mothers with thyroid conditions should proceed cautiously and consult with their physician before taking a fenugreek supplement.
  • Infant Exposure to Heavy Metals - A Cause For Concern Infant Exposure to Heavy Metals

    Consumer Reports has weighed in on the topic of exposure to toxic heavy metals by infants.

    Consumer Reports’ testing shows concerning levels of arsenic, cadmium and lead in many popular baby and toddler foods.

    This includes foods made just for babies and toddlers, such as popular snacks, cereals, prepared entrées, and packaged fruits and vegetables.