Sunday, July 31, 2011

Excessive gaming can be lethal

Hello all. While this site is mainly about breastfeeding, most of you know I am also a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, therefore I am concerned about the health of children of all ages. Please take a look at this Yahoo news article I have pasted the link for here. In my practice I see countless kids who are overweight and choosing to play video games way too much. We now know it can actually lead to sudden death in extreme cases. I recommend no more than 2 hours of "screen time" daily for all of my patients which includes sitting and looking at any electronic device ie: TV, computer, cell phone, etc. And breaks should be taken at least every hour to go and walk around or do some other phyiscal activity.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Breastfeeding...the new NATURAL LIPOSUCTION

I just thought I would share, I went to a pediatric conference in Galveston this past weekend. I was listening to a Pediatric Endocrinologist speak about the current state of Texas Children and how many of them are obese. He mentioned several times that exclusive breastfeeding prevents obesity and infants and decreases risk of obesity long into adulthood. In addition It helps mom to loose weight, burn 500 extra calories per day, and decreases her risk for many illnesses later in life such as breast cancer, metabolic syndrome, obesity, and diabetes. He actually referred to breastfeeding as THE NEW NATURAL LIPOSUCTION! Jokingly of course, but it has the same effect! Great News from a specialist! He also mentioned it is Nature's best health food for babies.