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During the breastfeeding stage of motherhood, many concerns mothers have can be due to common misconceptions. Many mothers worry they aren’t producing enough milk or they possibly have “low milk supply”. This can be a discouraging process for mothers who feel like they are not feeding their baby enough or are having several issues when trying to breastfeed, such as: pain, issues with latching, finding time to pump, etc. Utica Park Clinic OB/GYN Dr. Amanda Miles addresses these issues and how she works through them with her patients. Above all, it is always important to remember, every... Read More »

At 5 o’clock in the morning, Phyllis Ross, registered American Medical Technologist (AMT), 68, arrives at Hillcrest Hospital Cushing and starts her day in search of answers. “It is my job to get the chemistry analyzer up,” she says. “I do the maintenance and run all the controls to get everything ready to go for the day.” Working quietly behind the scenes in the laboratory, Phyllis is highly skilled at conducting tests that will help physicians accurately diagnosis their patients’ conditions to determine the best course of treatment. It is a career that is critical to providing health care... Read More »

During the winter season it’s normal for parents to leave big winter coats on their toddlers as they’re buckled into car seats, yet a national news story is saying this could actually be a fatal mistake.  As seen in this demonstration video, while the car seat’s straps over the child’s winter coat appear to be snug against their body, in reality, they are loose. This unintentional looseness can cause the child to be projected from his or her car seat in the event of a collision.  Experts say you should take the winter coat off before strapping your child in. Also, if you are able to pinch the... Read More »
Trick-or-treating is a lot of fun for kids, but having a bag full of candy might not be the best thing for your little one.  The good news is there are ways for parents to curb the binge candy eating without being the bad guy.    Put on a spooky movie - If your child wants to collect candy from 6 pm to 9:30 pm you can always provide another option. If you put on a movie and serve some healthy treats beginning at 7:30 pm, after they have trick-or-treated for a good hour and a half, you can really cut down on the quantity of candy they collect.   Get smaller bags of candy - Filling up a... Read More »
There is plenty of information and advice out there on what to eat so that our bodies can remain or become healthy. Yet, often, how we eat our food is just as important as what we eat.  Most of the time, we chew our food when eating it. This is a given. But what researchers are finding is that being more conscious when chewing can actually make a difference in our health. Here are four reasons why:    Mindful eating leads to feeling full faster. The slower you chew your food, the more aware you are of what you’re eating. This means that you will be able to notice when you are full, which can... Read More »
It seems like the holiday season comes earlier every year. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are the farthest thing from our minds right now, but soon temptations of delicious sweets and fatty foods will appear, just as other signs of the holidays do. One solution to avoiding these temptations is to alter your eating habits with something called “mindful eating.”   Today our lives seem busier than ever and because so we often multitask while we eat. We try to eat while we drive, while we socialize with friends or family or worse yet, while we watch TV and scan our smart phones The problem... Read More »
Nothing is more important to us than our babies’ safety. Our babies are the lights of our lives, which is why we stop at nothing to keep our little ones as safe as can be. The Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association (JPMA) feels the same way, which is why they dedicated the month of September to increasing awareness of the small dangers to infants and children that may be overlooked in our homes. Here we have a list of some of their suggestions to keeping an optimally safe environment for your special little child. Keep electrical cords tied up - With the quantity of powered electronic... Read More »

Dogs, they smile when we come home, wag their tails and roll over on their backs to have their belly stroked. We love dogs because they make us happy, and they turn our ordinary house into a home. Dogs just plain make us feel good, but did you know that there is a good reason for that? Having a dog can be very good for our health, particularly heart-health. Here are some reasons dogs are good for our hearts:

They Keep Us Active

Our dogs like to give us not so subtle reminders that they need to be walked and experience the outdoors. What dogs may be inadvertently telling us... Read More »