Great Reasons to Breastfeed Your Baby

December 8, 2009 by  
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There is no doubt that breastfeeding is the best way to feed your baby. Studies show that breastmilk is much better for your baby than all other forms of infant feeding.

10 Great Reasons for You to Breast feed

  1. Breastfeeding helps you get your figure back quicker. Weight loss can be easier, and it helps your uterus return to its normal size more quickly.
  2. Your breast milk is always ready. No mixing, measuring, or heating formula. No sterilization and refrigeration. No clean up of bottles and nippes.
  3. Nighttime feedings are quick and easy.
  4. Breastfeeding saves money – there is nothing to buy.
  5. Going out is simpler. Breast fed babies are easy to take along.
  6. Breastfeeding is a warm and cozy time for you and your baby.
  7. It helps you feel close to your baby and feel confident about yourself as a mother.
  8. It makes you feel good about yourself – your family will be proud, too.
  9. You can read to an older child while you breast feed your baby. It???s a great time for everyone to cuddle.
  10. Breastfeeding is a special gift only you can give your baby.

10 Great Reasons for Your Baby to be Breast fed

  1. Breast milk helps your baby grow strong and healthy.
  2. Breast milk is the perfect food for your baby. It???s just what your baby needs in just the right amounts.
  3. Breast milk changes to meet your growing baby???s needs. No formula can do that.
  4. Breast milk is gentle to your baby???s stomach and very easy to digest.
  5. Your baby will have less colic, constipation, and diarrhea.
  6. Your baby???s diapers have very little odor.
  7. Your early breast milk gives your baby protection against disease. Breast fed babies have fewer doctor visits and fewer trips to the hospital.
  8. Breast fed babies have fewer ear aches and colds.
  9. They also have less asthma, food allergies, and eczema.
  10. Breastfeeding is special to your baby.
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What is a Mammogram?

December 8, 2009 by  
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A mammogram is a safe, low-dose x-ray picture of the breast.

Mammograms are taken during a mammography exam. There are two kinds of mammography exams screening and diagnostic.

A screening mammogram is a quick, easy way to detect early, when treatment is more effective and survival is high. Usually two x-ray pictures are taken of each breast. A physician trained to read x-ray pictures-a radiologist-examines them later.

It is generally agreed that screening mammography decreases deaths from breast cancer in women 50 and over. There is a range of opinion about the value of screening mammography for women under 50.

Have a screening mammogram as often as your doctor or other health care provider suggests. A screening mammogram often can show breast changes like lumps long before they can be felt.

A diagnostic mammogram is used if there may be a problem. It is also used if it is hard to get a good picture because of special circumstances (for instance, in women with breast implants). Diagnostic mammography takes a little longer than screening mammography because more x-ray pictures usually are taken. A radiologist may check the x-ray pictures while you wait.

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Facts About Breast Cancer

December 8, 2009 by  
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Getting the facts about and mammograms is an important step in taking care of your health. This page will help you get the information that you need. It provides information on a woman’s risk for breast cancer, the National Cancer Institute’s recommenda-tions about mammograms, and the benefits and limitations of the procedure.

After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women in the United States. It is second only to lung cancer in cancer-related deaths. Approximately 180,000 new cases of breast cancer are estimated for 1997, and about 44,000 women are expected to die from the disease.

Who Is at Risk for Breast Cancer? Simply being a woman and getting older puts you at some risk for breast cancer. Your risk for breast cancer continues to increase over your lifetime. Several known factors can further increase your risk for breast cancer. Most women who get breast cancer have no known risk factors such as a family history of the disease. Talk to your doctor about the known risk factors for breast cancer.

What factors can increase your risk for breast cancer? One or more of the following conditions place a woman at higher than average risk for breast cancer:

  • Personal history of a prior breast cancer
  • Evidence of a specific genetic change that increases susceptibility to breast cancer (BRCA1/BRCA2 mutations)
  • Mother, sister, daughter, or two or more close relatives, such as cousins, with a history of breast cancer (especially if diagnosed at a young age)
  • A diagnosis of a breast condition (i.e., atypical hyperplasia) that may predispose a woman to breast cancer, or a history of two or more breast biopsies for benign breast disease

Additional factors can play a role in a woman’s risk for breast cancer.

  • Women age 45 or older who have at least 75 percent dense tissue on a mammogram are at some increased risk.
  • A slight increase in risk for breast cancer is associated with having a first birth at age 30 or older.

In addition, women who receive chest irradiation for conditions such as Hodgkin’s disease at age 30 or younger, remain at higher risk for breast cancer throughout their lives.

Not having any of the above risk factors does NOT mean that you are “safe.” The majority of women who develop breast cancer do not have a family history of the disease, nor do they fall into any other special high-risk category.

What Can You Do?

  • If you are in your 40s or older, get a mammogram on a regular basis, every 1 to 2 years.
  • Talk with your doctor or nurse about planning your personal schedule for screening mammograms and breast exams.
  • Gather as much information as you can about your family history of cancer, breast cancer, and screening mammograms.
  • Call the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service for more information about breast cancer and mammograms at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237). People with TTY equipment, dial 1-800-332-8615.
  • For the latest information on cancer, visit the National Cancer Institute’s website for patients and the public at rex.nci.nih.gov or CancerNet at cancernet.nci.nih.gov.

What Are the Benefits of Getting Mammograms?

  • A mammogram can find breast cancer before a lump can be felt.
  • A mammogram is the best method available today to detect breast cancer early. Early detection of the disease may allow more treatment options.

What Are the Limitations* of Getting Mammograms?

  • Mammograms may miss cancer that is present.
  • Mammograms may find something that turns out NOT to be cancer.

*These limitations occur more often in women under age 50.

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