This Fish Shaped Calzone is a Fun Pizza Night Alternative

Bake a calzone in the shape of a fish! It’s easy; it’s fun; it’s tasty! This fish shaped calzone is a fun pizza night alternative. Friday Pizza Night is practically an institution at our house. My kids tilt their heads in confusion when I veer from the norm of making many pizzas at the end […]

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Can Leaking of Breast Implants Harm Breast Milk?

Rupturing and leaking in breast implants is very rare, but it can occasionally happen. There are various reasons as to why this might occur. Leakage can occur in both saline and silicone implants. Breast augmentations last on average from 10 to 15 years, and leaking can be a sign of implants that have exceeded their lifespans. Accidents (falls, blunt force trauma) and surgical procedures can also cause this type of leaking. An opening as small as a pinhole can cause it. A crease forming in implant material can lead to rupturing. Issues with valves in saline implants can also cause leaking. And sometimes the aggressive growth of new breast tissue can lead to rupturing. One popular “urban legend” that doesn’t cause implant rupturing is squeezing the implants. This still shouldn’t be done however, to avoid injury to breast tissue.

How Can You Tell That A Breast Implant Is Leaking?

Ruptures in both saline and silicone implants can be difficult for their wearers to detect. As time passes, a saline implant leak can cause a noticeable reduction in breast size. In silicone implants, wearers might begin to experience pain laying in certain positions or notice that the implants feel hard or “lumpy”. If an implant wearer notices differences in appearance or feeling with older implants, than a consultation with a plastic surgeon is warranted.

Leaking Implant Safety Concerns

Currently, there is no evidence that indicates a safety issue for an implant wearer who develops a rupture. Leaking saline does no harm to bodies. And while silicone implants do contain both silicone and platinum, studies so far have shown no ill effects caused by these materials leaking into the body. But these reports are based on observations of women who are not nursing infants. Is there a reason for concern if a nursing mother experiences an implant rupture?

Can Leaking Breast Implants Harm Breast Milk?

Research has shown that most women who wish to nurse after receiving implants experience some challenges in doing so. Breast milk production can be affected by surgery incisions and the placement of the implants themselves. Scar tissue can have an impact on the ability to produce milk, and so can nerve compression as a result of surgery. And the enhanced breasts themselves may cause some issues with new mothers and nursing infants. Nursing mothers may find newly augmented breasts very sensitive, making it painful to nurse an infant. And both mothers and infants may find it more challenging to find a comfortable nursing position with altered breasts.

But what about the breast milk itself? Can it be contaminated by materials leaking from implants? As in adults, saline leaking from implants is simply absorbed into the body with no ill effect. In the case of silicone implants, studies done here indicate that neither silicone or platinum is absorbed from the mother’s breast milk into the infant’s GI tract. In 2001, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a paper that stated that silicone breast implants should not serve as a deterrent to breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding And Breast Implants

It is now possible to have breast augmentations performed that are far more accommodating to wearers who want to nurse infants in future. Start by letting your surgeon know that you would like to nurse with augmented breasts. He or she can assist with this in how the surgery is performed. This includes placing surgical incisions in specific locations (including the belly button!) such as the armpit or breast fold and changing the location of implants. Implants placed more deeply under muscle tissue seem to have less impact on milk ducts and glandular tissue, for example. After surgery, new mothers should plan on working with both a lactation specialist and a nutritionist. A lactation specialist can work with new mothers on milk production and nursing positions. And a nutritionist can help determine if an infant is receiving sufficient amounts of milk from augmented breasts, sometimes an issue.

In additions to concerns about implants harming a nursing baby, some women worry that nursing infants can harm implants. It’s almost impossible for nursing babies to damage implants. But nursing mothers should be aware that milk producing breasts are very different from those that are not. Nursing (and pregnancy) can temporarily affect both the feel and appearance of augmented breasts. Mothers with more recently augmented breasts should continue to examine them for issues like haematomas and extrusions that occur outside of nursing.

Dr. Douglas S. Steinbrech is a skilled and accomplished board-certified plastic surgeon, and one of New York’s leading cosmetic surgeons. Dr. Steinbrech received training in general surgery, as well as plastic and reconstructive surgery, for eight years at New York University. He also received training at the Manhattan Ear, Eye, and Throat Hospital. He was chosen as one of America’s top plastic surgeons by the Consumers Research Council of America. He is a master at creating natural looking breasts, and working with patients to achieve desired results.

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How to Positively Support Your Adult Child

Your precious baby is 18 now and is “all grown up” and is now ready to face the world as an adult. Though you’ve done your best to instill the right morals, values, and qualities in your child, life will now take the lead as their educator and influencer. Although the concept of raising your adult child has come and gone, they will still require a lot of support from you as they get older.

While you don’t want to be enablers, nor do you want to financially support your children for the rest of their lives, you do want to make sure that you’re a source they can turn to as needed. Below are some words of advice on how to remain a positive support system for your adult children:

Be a Listening Ear

One thing you can almost bet on is your adult children coming to you with experiences they’ve been through. Instead of casting blame or even providing your input, it is best to just be a listening ear. Listen to their concerns completely, and if necessary, then respond in a manner that will help them grow.

Be the Voice of Reason

Though getting too involved in your adult child’s life can cause a strain on your relationship, if you notice they’re headed down a bad path, there is nothing wrong with speaking up. For instance, if you see that your child is in an abusive or toxic relationship, there is nothing wrong with telling them they deserve better. Should you see signs of drug or alcohol abuse or addiction, don’t be afraid to come to them with resources like Above It All drug & alcohol treatment to help kick the habit.

Give Sound Advice

Young adults who have a great personal relationship with their parents will often come to them for advice. When they do, it is imperative that this advice not come from a place of negativity or overprotectiveness as a result of being their parent. It should be sound advice that is backed by facts and personal experiences that will help improve the life of your adult child.

Give Financial and Housing Assistance Within Reason

It isn’t uncommon for adult children to need a little help from their parents sometimes. Life, as you know it isn’t easy and it also isn’t cheap. While no parent wants to see their child down and out, it is imperative that you lend a helping hand within reason and with boundaries.

If they need a loan because they’ve fallen on hard times, you might provide it to them, as long as they can prove their ability to repay it. If they needed a place to crash, you might welcome them into your home, but only if they pay rent and follow certain rules, and have a goal of how they’ll relocate within a predetermined time frame. Getting things in writing can help keep things in line.

Give Them Space

Whether they live in the home with you or live on their own, it is imperative that you give your adult child space and freedom to make their own choices and live their own lives as adults. Mistakes will be made, and consequences may follow for their negative behaviors, but it is a fact of life that they should learn early on.

Whether they’ll admit it or not, young adults need a lot of love and support from their parents. You were their first example of what it meant to be an adult, and they will always come to those they feel most comfortable with for help. As a source of support in their lives, it is important to be positive, consistent, but also willing to allow them to spread their wings.

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Planning a Great Staycation, a True Vacation at Home

Planning a great staycation takes some forethought. There’s just too much busyness at home to really take a break and rest. Plan for your best vacation at home with these great tips from Amy Gross, founder of Mom’s Toolbox. Have you booked your plans for vacation yet? Wanna go see something fun and different with the kids […]

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Presidents Day Sale at

Personal Cherry Crumbles In honor of Presidents Day, let’s have some fun! After you’ve baked up those super yummy Personal Cherry Crumbles, head on over to where I’ve got two deals for ya. Choose one, choose them both. Use the coupon code LINCOLN5 to get $5 off. Use the coupon code GEORGE25 to get 25% […]

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Weekly Meal Plan to Print & Cook #9

Take the week off cooking with this easy, very make-ahead menu. Just print the recipes and the grocery list and you’re good to go. This week’s menu plan is a nod to easy meals. It’s chock-full of delicious, budget-friendly meals, many of which you can make in advance to enjoy an even easier week. As […]

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Tips for a Mix and Match Wardrobe

A Mix and Match Wardrobe has a lot of benefits, including time and money savings. Here are some tips to help you mix and match your wardrobe so that you look and feel great every day. I am the last one to claim Fashionista status. In high school and college, my favorite “outfit” was sweats […]

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