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Posted by: Vanessa Shanks, MD, FAAP on Aug 02, 2019


Some new mothers experience their birth plan exactly as expected and nursing comes naturally. Everything is perfect. But, then she goes home and things change.

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700 Children’s features the most current pediatric health care information and research from our pediatric experts – physicians and specialists who have seen it all. Many of them are parents and bring a special understanding to what our patients and families experience. If you have a child – or care for a child – 700 Children’s was created especially for you.

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Underproduction of Breast Milk: How to Increase Your Supply

Nov 22, 2017

How much is “enough” breast milk? The answer is not a number, because it is different for each mother. “Enough” is the volume needed to feed your baby. Read More

Cami Dammann

Making Lemonade Out of Lemons: Advice from Former NICU Parents

Nov 16, 2017

I still remember the first time I walked into the NICU. It was hours after the birth of my twin girls – 15 weeks too soon. The NICU was loud and unfamiliar. Read More

Breastfeeding in the NICU: How to Solve a Unique Challenge

Aug 01, 2017

Soon-to-be parents often imagine what their baby will be like, what they will name him or her, what will happen during the delivery and how their lives will change. Read More

The Story Behind the Ranking: What It Means to Be Named One of America’s Top 10 Children’s Hospitals by US News and World Report

Jun 27, 2017

We work every day to provide the best possible care at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and our most important seal of approval is the trust of the families we serve. Read More

Post-Surgical Kangaroo Care for Babies in the NICU

Mar 10, 2017

One of the most profound moments of my life was the moment I held my son after he was first born. I smelled his skin, felt his hair and saw his eyes open to the world. In that moment I became a mother. Read More

The Purple Butterfly Project

Feb 03, 2017

Butterflies have a very special meaning here at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. While in flight, they represent optimism; a perfect symbol for a healing environment. Now a purple butterfly with a very special meaning can be found on the doors of some of our tiniest patients. Read More

Research: Is There a Link Between Pre-Term Birth and Calcium Deposits?

Jan 11, 2017

We often don’t know why a baby is born preterm. What caused the mother’s contractions to begin early? What caused her water to break so far before the due date? Preterm births can have dire, lifelong consequences for babies, so we want to prevent them if possible. Read More

Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD): When Helping Preemies Breathe Leads to Complications

Aug 29, 2016

Sometimes, when a baby is born too early and their lungs aren’t developed enough, they need to be given oxygen through a machine in order to breathe. Unfortunately, over time, this can damage the lung’s fragile airways and air sacks, ultimately leading to a condition called bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD). Read More