Monthly Archives: June 2013

Breastfeeding in the New Millennium

Breastfeeding Blog PictureWomen naturally seek support and a sense of community with other women when they become a new mother.  When I had my first child I got help and advice from family and La Leche League (a mom to mom support group.) Today it is more common for moms to get that kind of support online.

Online breastfeeding sites allow women to get information and connect with other moms when they need to… at any time of the day or night.  Some sites offer forums or chat groups that provide an opportunity for breastfeeding women to share their own experience and enabling women to connect with one another for encouragement and advice. is a favorite with breastfeeding moms. It is easy to navigate and offers both breastfeeding and parenting advice.  is a good site to check out before the baby is born.  gives women some powerful reasons to choose breast feeding and helps women and has advice for some common challenges women face today. is a resource for mom’s who will be pumping when they return to work or school. has lots of advice and mom to mom support in a question and answer format. and the group that helped me are still going strong. LLL is an international organization but this is the Wisconsin link. You can find links to local groups, the closet to Fond du Lac is in Oshkosh.

There are times when nothing beats a face to face interaction with a professional in lactation support. Look for an IBCLC (international Board Certified lactation Counselor) or other accredited counselors. The Fond du Lac County WIC program (Women, Infants and Children Nutrition program) has an IBCLC and other trained staff to provide breastfeeding support along with help with breast pumps and other benefits.  A family of four is eligible if they make less than $42,644 a year. If you are currently enrolled in BadgerCare or FoodShare or reduced school lunch you are probably income eligible for WIC. Call 920-929-3104 for more information.

Most hospital have IBCLC’s and other staff trained in supporting breastfeeding on their staff; call your local hospital for more information.

Cheryl Callis, IBCLC
Breastfeeding Coordinator
Womens Infant and Childrens Program
160 S. Macy, Fond du Lac WI  54935
Phone 920-929-3152
Fax 920-906-4741

Dental Health Boot Camp

Your body is a machine. The foods you choose and how often you eat them affects your general health and the health of your teeth and gums, too. When you eat too many sugar-filled sodas, sweetened fruit drinks or non-nutritious snacks, you will get tooth decay. Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease, but the good news is that it is entirely preventable.

Tooth decay happens when plaque come into contact with sugar in the mouth, causing acid to attack the teeth.

Foods containing sugar of any kind can cause tooth decay.  Common sources of sugar include soft drinks, candy, cookies and pastries. This may contribute to gum disease. Severe gum disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Many researchers believe that the gum disease progresses faster and is more severe in people with poor nutrition.

Make good choices

For healthy living and for healthy teeth and gums, think before you eat and drink. It’s not only what you eat but when you eat that can affect your dental health. Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.

For good dental health, keep these tips in mind when choosing your meals and snacks:

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Eat a variety of foods from each of the five major food groups.
  • Limit the number of snacks you eat.

Healthy snacks

Choose healthy snacks like fruit or vegetables or a piece of cheese. Foods that are eaten as part of a meal cause less harm to teeth than eating lots of snacks throughout the day, because more saliva is released during a meal. Saliva helps wash foods from the mouth and lessens the effects of acids, which harms teeth and cause cavities.

For good dental health

Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, floss daily and visit your dentist regularly. With regular dental care, your dentist can help prevent oral problems from occurring in the first place and catch those that do occur in the early stages, while they are easy to treat.

Baby Teeth Aren’t Just For BABIES!

A child’s primary teeth, sometimes called “baby teeth,” are as important as the permanent adult teeth. Baby teeth typically begin to appear between age 6 months and 1 year. Primary teeth help children chew and speak. They also hold space in the mouth for permanent teeth or “adult teeth,” that are growing under the gums. Baby teeth are usually still around until age 11, long after being a BABY!

The American Dental Association recommends that a dentist examine a child within six months after the first tooth comes in and no later than the first birthday. A dental visit at an early age is a “well-baby checkup” for the teeth. Besides checking for tooth decay and other problems, the dentist can show you how to clean the child’s teeth properly and how to evaluate any adverse habits such as thumbsucking.

When teeth first come in, some babies may have sore or tender gums. Gently rubbing your child’s gums with a clean finger, or a wet washcloth can be soothing. You can also give the baby a clean teething ring to chew on. If your child is still cranky and in pain, consult your physician to discuss solutions.  Most children have a full set of 20 baby teeth by the time they are 3.

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay most often occurs in the upper front teeth, but other teeth may also be affected.

Many factors can cause tooth decay. One common cause is the frequent, prolonged exposure of the baby’s teeth to drinks that contain sugar. Tooth decay can occur when the baby is put to bed with a bottle, or when a bottle is used as a pacifier for a fussy baby.

Tooth decay is a disease that can begin with cavity-causing bacteria being passed from the mother (or primary caregiver) to the infant. These bacteria are passed through the saliva. When the mother puts the baby’s feeding spoon in her mouth, or cleans a pacifier in her mouth, the bacteria can be passed to the baby.

If your infant or toddler does not receive an adequate amount of fluoride, they may also have an increased risk for tooth decay. The good news is that decay is preventable.

Preventing Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

  • Try not to share saliva with the baby through common use of feeding spoons or licking pacifiers.
  • After each feeding, wipe your child’s gums with a clean, damp washcloth by wrapping it around your finger.
  • When your child’s teeth come in, brush them gently with a child-size toothbrush and water. Be sure to consult with your child’s dentist or physician if you are considering using fluoride toothpaste before age 2.
  • Supervise brushing until your child is 6 or 7.
  • Place only formula, milk or breast milk in bottles. Avoid filling the bottle with liquids such as sugar water, juice or soft drinks.
  • Infants should finish their bedtime and naptime bottles before going to bed.
  • If your child uses a pacifier, provide one that is clean—don’t dip it in sugar or honey.
  • Encourage your child to drink from a cup by his/her first birthday.
  • Encourage healthy eating habits.

An Up-To-Date look at the National School Lunch Program

Paralleling our nation’s changing policies on health, school lunch is changing! After the passing of the “Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act”, The National School Lunch program guidelines have adapted to be in line with the USDA Dietary Guidelines.  There are new standards of nutrition that will have a large impact on what schools can and cannot serve students for lunch.

New menus are designed to ensure that students receive a balanced meal, consisting of foods from all major food groups in the right proportions to meet calorie and other nutrient needs.

While the selections schools offer may sound the same because they are ‘kid-favorites,’ the public should know that many of the recipes have been modified to reduce fats, salt and sugar, and to add whole grains. Schools will be offering different foods that students may not have tried before, for example in Fond du Lac, elementary students have the fun option of choosing salads like a “Baja Chicken Salad” and a “Beef Nacho Salad” every week.

Here in Fond du Lac, Aramark has already set the stage for making school lunch healthier. We continue to offer a salad option and the fresh fruit and vegetable bar daily at all elementary schools, and the salad bars at the middle schools and the high school. In addition to the available produce, all breads and buns the students are served are whole grain rich. We enjoy serving the students a well-balanced, nutritious meal that will keep them fueled up for the day!

Beth Ann Abraham, R.D.
Assistant Director
Fond du Lac School District

It’s the Summer! Get outside and be active!

Looking for things to do with the family this summer.  Get outside.  Fond du Lac has a lot to see and do.  Hobbs Woods and Kiekhaefer Park are close to town and worth visiting.  If looking to make a short road trip, the Ledgeview Nature Center (near Chilton) offers hours of cheap entertainment for all ages.  For young kids, there is an adventure trail.  There is also a rock quarry you can walk into and a tower with a scenic view.  Inside the main building, there are caged snakes, bats, sturgeon and mice and if you decide to take a tour of the caves, you will likely see uncaged bats.  You may want to bring a change of clothes for the caves as you may get dirty but it is definitely worth it.  Call ahead for a cave tour as a reservation is recommended.

In town, Lakeside Park is always popular and the Fairgrounds and Taylor Park Pools are very nice when it is hot out.  If interested in racing, there are many options for free or at low cost.  On June 28th, The Tour of Dairyland will come through Fond du Lac.  This included a kids bike race for all ages (even with training wheels) last year.  Another great option that is free is the track workouts with the running club at Fruth Field.  These are offered every Tuesday at 7PM.  They are predominantly workouts however  a few races are built into the schedule as well.

It is also worth looking at the new maps of Fond du Lac.  These can be found at the YMCA, Attitude Sports, Sports and Spine on Camelot Drive.  If you have a child in school in Fond du Lac, one of the maps should’ve been sent home with your child as well.  These maps not only describe a lot of great parks in our area, they also include our bike paths.  Places for walking, running, biking, mountain biking, swimming, canoeing/kayaking, windsurfing and playgrounds can all be found on these maps.

If nothing else, get outside, set up games of tag, kickball, dodgeball or anything else that involves running.  Summer goes by like the blink of an eye.  Take advantage of it while it is here.


Joel D Mason, DPT, SCS, CSCS
Physical Therapist, Sports Certified Specialist
Sports, Spine and Work Center, Agnesian HealthCare

Looking to Lose Weight…Try Starting With Small Changes

The Problem:  Recent statistics have shown that more than two out of three adults are classified as overweight or obese.  To make matters worse, this classification often comes along with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, congestive heart failure, coronary heart disease, obstructive sleep apnea, and stroke.  Even with these risks clearly defined, the challenge of losing weight can often be seen as too much work or too difficult to even contemplate starting.

The Solution:  Making small lifestyle changes regarding physical activity and nutrition.  A 2009 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that small changes in these areas helped to reduce weight and may be more effective than major changes which often times can’t be maintained.  Below are some examples of small changes you can make from the Small Steps Big Rewards program provided by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Your Challenge: Read through the list and identify one change that you can make starting tomorrow to improve your health.

Remember This:

“Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.”
Henry Ford

Eating Healthier:

At home

  • Choose foods that are not fried. Instead of fried chicken, try it grilled or baked. Instead of greasy french fries or potato chips, slice potatoes, mix them with a little bit of oil, herbs, and pepper, and bake them in the oven.
  • Lighten your recipes by using reduced-fat (light) or fat-free versions of items such as sour cream, cream cheese, mayonnaise, cheese and salad dressing.
  • Wrap up and refrigerate leftover foods right after cooking so you’re less tempted to go back for seconds.
  • For dessert, eat a piece of fruit. Also, try fat-free or low-fat frozen yogurt or sherbet instead of ice cream. Instead of cakes or brownies, have one scoop of vanilla fat-free frozen yogurt with a tablespoon of fat-free chocolate sauce on top.

In-between meals:

  • Choose foods that are not fried. Instead of fried chicken, try it grilled or baked. Instead of greasy french fries or potato chips, slice potatoes, mix them with a little bit of oil, herbs, and pepper, and bake them in the oven.
  • Lighten your recipes by using reduced-fat (light) or fat-free versions of items such as sour cream, cream cheese, mayonnaise, cheese and salad dressing.
  • Wrap up and refrigerate leftover foods right after cooking so you’re less tempted to go back for seconds.
  • For dessert, eat a piece of fruit. Also, try fat-free or low-fat frozen yogurt or sherbet instead of ice cream. Instead of cakes or brownies, have one scoop of vanilla fat-free frozen yogurt with a tablespoon of fat-free chocolate sauce on top.

At work or on the run:

  • Drink lots of water. Choose water or sugar-free soda instead of a regular 20-ounce soda or juice drink. By doing this, you can cut about 250 calories.
  • Chew sugar-free gum between meals to help cut down on snacking. Reach for a piece of gum or a hard candy instead of a snack high in fat or calories.

When eating out:

  • Don’t be afraid to ask for items not on the menu or to have a meal prepared with less or no added fat.
  • Choose steamed, grilled, or broiled dishes instead of those that are fried or sautéed.
  • Always order the smallest size meal instead of the larger, super-sized versions at fast-food restaurants.
  • You can eat half of what you order and take the rest home for a second meal.
  • Order salad dressing, gravy, sauces, or spreads “on the side.”
  • Order a salad for starters and share a main dish with a friend.

Increasing Physical Activity:

Build physical activity into your day.

Start or end your day by taking your dog—or a friend’s dog—for a brisk walk. When shopping, park a little further away from the store’s entrance. If it’s safe, get off the bus a stop or two before your work place and walk the rest of the way. While watching TV, walk or dance around the room, march in place, or do some sit-ups and leg lifts. Double bonus: cut out a TV show and get moving instead!

Move more at work.

Try to get a “movement break” during the day. Take a walk during lunchtime. Deliver a message in person to a coworker instead of sending an email. Walk around your office while talking on the telephone. Take the stairs instead of the elevator to your office.

Have fun.

Getting more physical activity doesn’t have to be boring. Turn up the music and boogey while cleaning the house. Go dancing with friends and family members. Play sports with your kids. Try swimming, biking, hiking, jogging, or any activity that you enjoy and gets you moving. Vary your physical activities so you won’t get bored.

Jeff Butz
Wellness Director
Fond du Lac Area Businesses on Health (FABOH)

To the ER…Or Maybe Not!

Dental Emergencies

There are a number of simple precautions to avoid accident and injury to your mouth. One way to reduce the chances of damage to your teeth, lips, cheek and tongue is to wear a mouth guard when participating in sports or recreational activities that may pose a risk. Avoid chewing ice, popcorn kernels and hard candy, all of which can crack a tooth. Cut tape using scissors rather than your teeth!

Accidents do happen, and knowing what to do when one occurs can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth.  Most dentists reserve time in their daily schedules for emergency patients. Call your dentist and provide as much detail as possible about your condition. Remember, pain is a signal that something is wrong—a problem that will not disappear even if the pain subsides. If you’re concerned about visiting the dentist because you have limited or no dental insurance, ask your dentist if the practice offers a convenient outside monthly payment plan. If you need additional assistance, please contact Save a Smile.

Bitten Lip or Tongue

Clean the area gently with a cloth and apply cold compresses to reduce any swelling. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, go to a hospital emergency room immediately.

Broken Tooth

Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area. Use cold compresses on the area to keep any swelling down. Call your dentist immediately.

Cracked Tooth

For the Dental Patient: Do You Have a Cracked Tooth? (PDF)

Jaw-Possibly Broken

Apply cold compresses to control swelling. Go to your dentist or a hospital emergency department immediately.

Knocked Out Tooth (adult tooth)

Hold the tooth by the crown and rinse off the root of the tooth in water if it’s dirty. Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. If possible, gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket. If that isn’t possible, put the tooth in a cup of milk and get to the dentist as quickly as possible. Remember to take the tooth with you! If it is a baby tooth, contact the tooth fairy.

Objects Caught Between Teeth

Try to gently remove the object with dental floss; avoid cutting the gums. Never use a sharp instrument to remove any object that is stuck between your teeth. If you can’t dislodge the object using dental floss, contact your dentist.


Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss or an interdental cleaner to ensure that there is no food or other debris caught between the teeth. Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue. If the pain persists, contact your dentist.