Anyone who spends long hours at a keyboard is at risk for carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and other Work Related Upper Extremity Disorders. To lower your risk, lighten up.
Whether they breastfeed or not, almost all new mothers experience some engorgement, generally between the second and fourth day after the birth of their baby. The breasts not only fill rapidly with milk, but become inflamed as well. The breasts often become hot, sore and very hard if not treated immediately. The good news is that, when treated properly, engorgement only lasts a day or two. Unfortunately, during that time your breasts can be very uncomfortable.
When you are breastfeeding, the quantity of milk produced by your breasts is in a very delicate balance with the quantity of milk demanded by your baby or babies. The early milk, or colostrum, is there in perfect small amounts while your baby learns to suckle. When the next milk comes in, your body doesn’t yet know how much your baby might need. Consequently, your breasts prepare to feed an army, or at least to provide a veritable banquet for your baby. There is also extra tissue fluid and vascular distention, which contribute to fullness and discomfort. In the next few days of breastfeeding, your baby will tell your body how much he or she needs, and your body will adjust accordingly by producing the amount of milk your baby needs.
This month’s goal: Find and meet your personal calorie needs
If you really want to see the results of self Challenge 2001—more muscles and less flab in three months—you need to be good to your body in the gym and the kitchen. We asked Terri Brownlee, R.D., nutrition director at the Duke Diet & Fitness Center, to share the easy plan that’s helped her clients get to their healthiest weight—and stay there. To see results, remember to follow the Challenge rules here at least six out of the seven days each week and to add new rules (but don’t drop any) with each passing week.