Obstetrics

Breastfeeding or Bottlefeeding: A Personal Decision

Breastfeeding or bottlefeeding, it's a personal decision. Although breastfeeding benefits for both mother and baby are compelling, the decision to breastfeed is not always about the benefits. In some cases, bottlefeeding may be better for mom and baby. The Benefits of...

The Childbirth Experience: What Can You Expect?

Every mom deserves a medal for childbirth. It can be scary to contemplate, especially for first-time mothers, so a little knowledge about the childbirth experience goes a long way to ease your mind. Some women deliver by Cesarean Section, but the majority are born...

Tips for Good Prenatal Care

Every year the CDC receives reports of women who died as a result of a pregnancy-related complication. The yearly number is around 500, and they estimate that there are probably another 500 additional deaths that are not identified as being pregnancy-related. The CDC...

Iron-Deficiency Anemia: What Women Need to Know

Iron-deficiency anemia is the most common type of anemia. Anemia is when your body’s red blood cells don’t work correctly, or your body doesn’t have enough red blood cells. Iron helps bring oxygen to the rest of your body. More women than men are affected by...

Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment for Thrush in Breastfeeding Women

Have you noticed a white rash inside your mouth? Or your baby’s mouth? If you’re a breastfeeding mom, have you experienced sore nipples or shooting pain in your breasts? If so, you may have Thrush. Thrush is a fungal infection that people can get in their mouths or on...

Does Breastfeeding My Baby Cause Sagging Breasts?

Breastfeeding allows you to nourish your baby with your milk, providing nutrients and antibodies that help fight diseases. However, most women who breastfeed will notice that their breasts are different when they stop nursing. But does breastfeeding cause sagging...

Get to Know Dr. Michael Clouatre, M.D.

Dr. Michael Clouatre completed his medical degree at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in 1993. Then, He completed an Obstetrics & Gynecologic Surgery internship and residency in 1997 at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, Louisiana. How do you pronounce...

What to Drink While Breastfeeding and What to Avoid

If you’re breastfeeding, you may have noticed that you feel more thirsty than usual. Oxytocin released in breastfeeding triggers your thirst. It’s your body’s way of making sure that you are getting enough water to produce breast milk. As a nursing mom, it’s important...

Breastfeeding Diet: What Should I Eat While Breastfeeding?

If you are breastfeeding, you're giving your baby nutrients that will help his or her growth and health. But what foods are best for you? How might your diet change your breast milk and affect your baby? Is there a special breastfeeding diet I should follow? You don’t...

Fourth Trimester – Happy, Healthy Mom Equals Happy, Healthy Baby

The fourth trimester, or the first three months of a baby’s life, is filled with a tremendous amount of adjustments and milestones for the baby. These mental and physical developments during your baby’s first three months outside the womb are just as important as...

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