Nutrition for Breastfeeding Moms

Nursing mothers are providing their babies with nutrients to help ensure their growth – but what about mom’s diet?

In the latest CHOC Radio podcast, CHOC Children’s clinical dietitians Sue Freck and Gina O’Toole address many questions that breastfeeding moms may have about their own nutrition.

Listen in to hear the dietitians, who both work in CHOC’s neonatal intensive care unit, discuss how many extra calories a nursing mother should eat, what foods to be mindful about, and much more.

CHOC Psychologist Discusses Pain in Children

It’s a misconception that children always outwardly express pain, and when they do, it’s often accomplished verbally and behaviorally, a CHOC Children’s psychologist tells Research 360,° a podcast highlighting research at the hospital.

In this segment, Michelle Fortier, Ph.D. says children experiencing pain may also exhibit changes in sleep patterns and eating habits, and may appear withdrawn. Listen below to learn more about pain in children, including how parents respond to pain, how different cultures view pain, and how to manage pain in children.

Hosted by Executive Director of Research Brent Dethlefs, Research 360° features interviews with scientists, physicians, educators, scientific news-and policy-makers to provide the listening audience with context, and scientific and social commentary intended to engage and inform.

Learn more about CHOC’s Research Institute.

Tips for Mitigating the Risk of Preterm Labor

Prematurity is the number one killer of babies worldwide, says Dr. Tony Soliman, a CHOC Children’s neonatologist. Even if a woman does everything right, her baby can still be born prematurely. In this CHOC Radio segment, Dr. Soliman addresses this serious health concern and offers tips for mitigating the risk of preterm labor.

Dr. Soliman encourages women to partner with health care providers even before getting pregnant. Prenatal care and eliminating high risk behaviors, such as smoking, are crucial. In addition, stress can have a huge impact on the health and well being of mom and baby.

Learn more by listening to Dr. Soliman and CHOC Radio host Bryan Mundia.

Tips for Keeping the Home Safe for Kids with Food Allergies

Raising a child with a food allergy can be challenging enough, but what should families do when they have children with and without food issues? That’s a question CHOC Radio host Bryan Mundia recently asked Shonda Brown, a CHOC Children’s clinical dietitian who works in the hospital’s Eosinophilic Esophagitis Clinic.

There are many things a family should consider before deciding to rid the house of one child’s food allergens, thereby restricting the diet of the entire family. The ease of removing particular items from the home and the severity of the allergy are just two things to keep in mind, says Shonda.

In this podcast, Shonda offers tips for keeping the home safe for kids with allergies, without preventing other members of the family from enjoying foods they enjoy.

Extremely Low Birth Weight Program Provides Significant Outcomes for Tiny Patients

Medical advances are improving the survival of babies born at lower gestational ages, but survival – alone – isn’t the best measure of success, says Dr. Tony Soliman, a CHOC Children’s neonatologist.

In this CHOC Radio segment, Dr. Soliman shares his and his team’s commitment to ensuring not only the survival of this very fragile patient population but to ensuring bright, healthy futures for these babies.

According to Dr. Soliman, there’s no program on the West Coast like CHOC’s extremely low birth weight program, which is designed to address the unique needs of infants born at less than 28 weeks gestation and weighing less than 1,000 grams. He says having a specialized team, specific care guidelines and a separate unit – versus the main Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – have resulted in significant outcomes for his patients.

Tune in to hear more about the success of this very special program.