Six Lessons I’ve Learned From my Autistic Son

By , April 30th, 2015 | Parenting, Patient Stories | 1 Comment

Six Lessons I've Learned from AutismPregnant with my first child — a boy — I often pictured him in my mind. I imagined what his voice would sound like, the conversations we would have. Would he be athletic, bookish, artistic? I envisioned him tall like me with lighter skin and hair, but features unmistakably mine. I hoped for two or three children after Beckett, and I dreamed about him as a big brother — taking his siblings under his wing, leading them, watching out for them.

But autism changed all of that.

Beckett is 7 years old and we have yet to hold a real conversation. My second child truly is the big brother. …

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Our Family’s Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis

By , April 28th, 2015 | Children's Specialty Care, Events, Patient Stories | 1 Comment

When Dan Hamer’s daughter Elsie was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, nothing could have come as more of a shock. With no family history of the genetic disorder, it was a mystery.

Now Dan leads his family and the community on a fight for a cure.

Join Dan Hamer and his family in the fight against cystic fibrosis at the 2015 Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides walk, June 20 at Rancho San Rafael Park.

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Breastfeeding Headaches

By , April 25th, 2015 | The Lactation Connection | 0 Comments

There are two basic types of headaches that occur while you’re breastfeeding. One type happens at the beginning of the feeding because of a surge in oxytocin that causes milk to “let down.”

The second type of headache is when the breast becomes too full and becomes engorged. The good news with this second type is that the headache will usually go away when you nurse or pump.

Many women suffer from these headaches during the early stages of breastfeeding, when the breastmilk is just coming in. The headaches tend to lessen as baby gets older.

To treat a headache, it’s best to avoid medication because the baby will be taking whatever you take through …

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