April 2010

HAPPY SPRING - Time to show your baby the sun, the flowers and of course let them get a little dirty! This is going to be the first of two Newsletters for April. Watch in the next week or so for a special Newsletter as I become a dealer for Hygeia products. The next Newsletter will have lots more information on why Hygeia pumps are a great choice and why I have chosen to work with this company that is WHO Code Compliant and Environmentally Friendly. I will also have some introductory specials so be sure to check them out and tell your friends who are due with new babies.

I share studies showing real long term benefits beyond breastfeeding for children in terms of orthodontic health and for mothers in their long term health. The final study has nothing to do with breastfeeding or pregnancy per se but a lot to do with the way we eat and feed our children, a fascinating look at High Fructose Corn Syrup by Princeton University researchers.

There seems to be great articles crossing my path daily, if you come across any send them along or post them on South Jersey Babies or Karen Kurtz, IBCLC on Facebook.



I have been learning that Home Classes are much more popular then group classes, probably due to the busy schedudles of parents and parents- to-be. Therefore I am now offering the following options for all Breastfeeding Classes:

Classes in your home can be scheduled at our mutual convenience and are $45 plus travel for an individual or couple or $100 for 1 1/2 hours (up to 6 people).

I have also changed the way I price post partum consults. Instead of charging for a 2 hour consult I offer the option of one hour and then the other time as needed. Those of you who have had a full consult know the value but often in this economy the prospect of spending a lot of money on something one is not sure of the value of is daunting. Of course callling me to find out how I can help is still FREE. Please pass this information on to those you know who may have a need in the near future.

Comprehensive Postpartum Evaluation in your Southern New Jersey Home*- $75 for the first hour and $25 for each subsequent half hour in home.

Breastfeeding and Proper Formation of Teeth and Jaw

This research article below may be a little technical but I thought some may enjoy it. I know another reason to Breastfeed is something most of you will enjoy. Dr. Brian Palmer is a dentist who has made promoting breastfeeding part of his life's work after realizing the impact it has on overall dental health. Also, if any of you have babies who are or were tongue tied you might recognize his name. To learn more about Dr. Brian Palmer visit his web site. Below is the article from another research group.

Relationship between breastfeeding duration and prevalence of posterior crossbite in the deciduous dentition Henri Menezes Kobayashi,a Helio Scavone Jr,b R_ıvea Ineˆ s Ferreira,b and Daniela Gamba Garibb

Sa˜o Paulo, Brazil Introduction: This cross-sectional retrospective epidemiologic study assessed the relationship between exclusive breastfeeding duration and the prevalence of posterior crossbite in the deciduous dentition. Methods: Clinical examinations were performed in 1377 Brazilian children (690 boys, 687 girls), 3 to 6 years old, from 11 public schools in Sa˜ o Paulo, Brazil. Based on questionnaires answered by the parents, the children were classified into 4 groups according to the duration of exclusive breastfeeding: G1, never (119 subjects); G2, less than 6 months (720 subjects); G3, 6 to 12 months (312 subjects); and G4, more than 12 months (226 subjects). The statistical analyses included the chi-square test (P \0.05) and the odds ratio. Results: The posterior crossbite was observed in 31.1%, 22.4%, 8.3%, and 2.2% of the children, in groups G1, G2, G3, and G4, respectively. The results showed a statistically significant relationship between exclusive breastfeeding duration and the prevalence of posterior crossbite. Conclusions: Children who were breastfed for more than 12 months had a 20-fold lower risk for the development of posterior crossbite compared with children who were never breastfed and a 5-fold lower risk compared with those breastfed between 6 and 12 months. (read full article)

Choices in Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Care

Helping you create a personal plan for the first through fourth trimesters.

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Breastfeeding cuts diabetes risk: study

Updated Wed Mar 31, 2010 8:31am AEDT

An Australian study of more than 50,000 women shows that those with children have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

But the research published in the US journal Diabetes Care found breastfeeding can offset the risk.

It was conducted as part of the 45 and Up initiative, which is Australia's largest long-term study of ageing.

University of Western Sydney researcher Dr Bette Liu says mothers who do not breastfeed are 50 per cent more likely to develop diabetes compared with those who do not have children.

"Having children seems to increase the risk that a woman might develop diabetes in later life," Dr Liu said.

"But if she can breastfeed for at least three months per child then that can actually bring that risk back to being similar or to the same level of women who've never had children." Link to Article at ABC.

Why Breastfeeding Lowers Women's Risk of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases

An intriguing study was published in the February 2010 issues of Diabetes. It was a study of 704 women who were enrolled during their first pregnancy and followed for 20 years. At the end of the study period, they noted that women who had breastfed for at least nine months had a 56% reduction in developing metabolic syndrome during the study period. Metabolic syndrome is the precursor syndrome to Type-2 diabetes and includes a cluster of symptoms such as insulin resistance, high LDL and VLDL cholesterol, high triglycerides, high BMI, and visceral obesity. These symptoms also increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.

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Also you might want to check out the author. She writes a lot of depression and ways to prevent it and treat it naturally.

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., IBCLC is a health psychologist, board-certified lactation consultant, and La Leche League Leader. She is clinical associate professor of pediatrics at Texas Tech University School of Medicine in Amarillo, Texas. For more information, visit her Web sites: and


A sweet problem: Princeton researchers find that high-fructose corn syrup prompts considerably more weight gain

Posted March 22, 2010; 10:00 a.m. by Hilary Parker

A Princeton University research team has demonstrated that all sweeteners are not equal when it comes to weight gain: Rats with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those with access to table sugar, even when their overall caloric intake was the same. 

In addition to causing significant weight gain in lab animals, long-term consumption of high-fructose corn syrup also led to abnormal increases in body fat, especially in the abdomen, and a rise in circulating blood fats called triglycerides. The researchers say the work sheds light on the factors contributing to obesity trends in the United States.

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