Covid19 Virus


The first case was believed to be in Wuhan China on December 31, 2019.

It is now a pandemic involving the entire world. It is said to be spread via airborne secretions and via contact and contaminated surfaces.

The incubation period is 3-14 days with 5 days being the average time when symptoms can appear.

The most common symptoms are:

A fever, a dry cough, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, lethargy, chest pains, nasal congestion, aches and pains, a sore throat, a headache and diarrhea.

A pregnant woman may be at an increased risk of contracting the disease as her immune system is lower. She is to maintain her immune system with adequate hydration and sleep. Social distancing as much as possible and staying 6 feet from other people as much as possible. The CDC does not report an increased risk of miscarriage or fetal abnormalities from the Covid 19 virus in the unborn baby. However, data is limited because Covid 19 is a new virus.

The virus has not been detected in breastmilk, amniotic fluid or the baby’s throat. However, it has not be determined whether the virus can  be passed to the baby.

The Covid19 virus can survive on a copper surface for 4 hour

        The Covid19 virus can survive on cardboard for 24 hours

The Covid19 virus can survive on plastic or steel for 2-3 days

It is also said that air droplets can hang in the air for 3 hours before dropping

Temperature and humidity can affect how long Covid19 says alive on a surface

Use common sense and wash your hands for 20 seconds (sing Happy birthday) make sure to get your thumbs between your fingers and palms of your hands. Use disinfectant wipes on the pump dials and handles and counter tops. Sanitize pump parts once daily.

                          Always consider IPC measures-infection, prevention and control

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The benefits of Breastfeeding your baby at different age levels

This is a great article about the benefits of breastfeeding at different age groups. I need to make one correction. If you are providing 100% of your infant’s nutrition then you have a 98% chance of not getting pregnant. You cannot count on your period letting you know when you are fertile because you can ovulate and be pregnant before you even have your first period. Definitely something to consider!

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Is my baby getting enough breast milk from me?

Is my baby getting enough breast milk from me? This is a question that I am asked frequently. The best indicator is the baby’s weight gain, during the first 3 months the gain is 1/2 to 1 ounce per day. The second 3 months the gain is about 2/3 of an ounce per day. A breast fed baby doubles their birth weight by 6 months and triples their birth weight by 1 year. This article is a good one to help a mother to know if her baby is getting enough breast milk.

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The Elvie Wearable Breast Pump

The worlds first silent wearable breast pump how revolutionary is this pump! It is the absolute answer for some women but I wonder about the amount it will yield from a mother’s potential milk supply if she always uses the Elvie pump. The reviews are conflicting. Do some of your own comparison when you first get the Elvie, test it against your present pump. I would not advise the Elvie to be the first pump the mother chooses. The Elvie is a great fit for some after returning to work and with limited time and places to pump for their baby but at the beginning it may not be the best pump to help bring in a milk supply. This pump sells for $240-$573 depending on if you get help with your insurance company.

Here is 15 pros and cons with the Elvie pump:

1. It is wearable, light, quiet and comfortable

2. It is dishwasher safe

3. The left and the right are interchangeable

4. The pump has a stimulation and an expression mode

5. It comes with a #24 and a #28 flange size (they sell a 21 if needed)

6. It comes with 2 USB ports

7. The electrical outlet needs a USA converter

8. It takes 2.5 hours to re charge the pump

9. It works differently on different mothers and depends on how well the nipple is seated into the flange.

10. The pump is controlled via the app

11. The pump holds 5 ounces per side reflected in cc or ml’s.

12. The time left on the battery charge is viewable

13. The charge lasts for 3-4 pumps

14. It has many working parts that need to be washed after each use

15. You cannot check the latch or look at the amounts you are pumping while the pump is in use.

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