Lactation Consultant Discusses Benefits of Breastfeeding for New Moms

Jolie Maeher

Jolie Maeher, RN

Board-certified lactation consultant Jolie Maehrer, RN, works with new moms inside Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital. In this blog post, she answers many questions parents have about breastfeeding.

Q: What are the current breastfeeding recommendations?

A: The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) recommends that moms exclusively breastfeed for six months, then breastfeed in combination with solid foods for the following six months. Breastfeeding for 12 months, or as long as mutually desired by mom and baby, is recommended by the AAP. Others such as the U.S. Surgeon General and World Health Organization (WHO) make similar recommendations based on research that shows breastfeeding makes babies and mothers healthier.

Q: Why is breast milk preferred over formula in the first 12 months of a baby’s life?

A: The nutrients in mother’s milk are perfect for every stage of development. As babies grow, their nutritional needs change. And unlike formula, the nutritional quality of a mother’s milk changes along with her baby’s needs. In addition to being easily digestible, mother’s milk contains antibodies babies need to protect against asthma, allergies, ear infections, gastrointestinal disturbances and a host of other ailments. Breast-fed babies have a lower incidence for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Evidence suggests breastfeeding reduces a child’s incidence of diabetes and obesity and lowers the risk for certain childhood cancers. Read More »

5 Reasons to Have Family Dinners

Set Time for Supper Healthy You TipToday’s family is busier than ever. School work, sports practices, dance recitals and guitar lessons leave little time for regular family meals. However, Lehigh Valley Health Network pediatrician Becky Thomas-Creskoff, MD, with ABC Family Pediatricians – Trexlertown, an affiliate of Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital, encourages you to make time.

A mother of two children, Thomas-Creskoff knows how busy family life can be. “My kids take over my life, but I love it,” she says. “Parenthood gives you a different outlook.” Despite the demands of her professional and personal life, she makes sure to carve out time for family meals because they are so important for a child’s development. “It doesn’t have to be fancy or what’s considered a traditional family meal,” Thomas-Creskoff says. “It can be a picnic in the car before your daughter goes into dance class.”

Here are five reasons Thomas-Creskoff says you should have regular family dinners. Read More »

LVHN and Angel 34 Foundation Partner to Support Childhood Cancer Initiative

Shannon Rutan and Doug Sheriff with Angel 34 coloring book

Among the new initiatives announced by Angel 34 is a coloring story book written by Shannon Rutan (left), 14, a Notre Dame High School freshman. Doug Sheriff unveiled the book during today’s announcement.

The Angel 34 Foundation has some new recruits to help with a new initiative. The Nazareth-based foundation has formed a board of directors comprising local high school athletes.

The board, called “Athletes on the Field – Angels in the Community,” will oversee an annual major fundraising effort seeking to raise $3.4 million to support childhood cancer services at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN). In collaboration with LVHN clinicians, caregivers and leadership, the students will determine how to spend the money raised based on need.

Troy Hein, sports anchor for WFMZ TV 69News, and Marty Nothstein, Olympic gold medal cyclist and executive director of Valley Preferred Cycling Center, will serve as honorary chairs for the fundraising campaign.

Angel 34 was founded by 14-year-old Nicole Sheriff, an athlete at Northampton Area High School, after she was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma. She died in 2004 at the age of 15. It was her wish that every child would have their own angel during their time of need and if possible share her angel with them. Read More »

Safe Sitter® Class Offered Wednesday

kid with bandageBabysitting is a big responsibility. Does your preteen know how to manage a nosebleed or rescue a choking child, or what to say if he or she needs to call 911? The Safe Sitter® class at Lehigh Valley Health Network prepares adolescents ages 11-14 for how to handle emergencies when caring for children. It teaches safe and nurturing child care techniques, behavior and injury management skills and appropriate responses to medical emergencies.

Before school is back in session, preteens can take advantage of a Safe Sitter® class 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest. The cost is $25 per student.

To register, please call 610-402-CARE.

Category: Services

Becky Thomas-Creskoff, MD, Brings Understanding as a Mom When Caring for Children – VIDEO

Becky Thomas-Creskoff, MD, knows the advice she gives the children under her care can inspire real change.

The board-certified pediatrician with Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital feels privileged to help their well-being.

“I try to bring sympathy; I try to bring understanding as a mom, and try to support that family with as much resources as we can,” she says.

She sees patients at ABC Family Pediatricians in Trexlertown. Get to know her with this video.

Category: Voices of Passion