Heroin: Crisis in the suburbs

Addiction of drugWe invite you to a presentation designed to educate parents about the growing problem of prescription opiate and heroin addiction within our communities. The program is being presented in New Berlin and Muskego.

You must pre-register through the link located in the community you plan on attending.

New Berlin

  • Wednesday, May 7, 2014
  • At the New Berlin West Performing Arts Center located at 18695 W Cleveland Avenue
  • The event starts at 6:30 p.m. for the resource fair and the program speakers begin at 7:00 p.m.
  • Click here to pre-register


  • Monday, May 12, 2014
  • At the Muskego High School Performing Arts Center located at W183 S8750 Racine Avenue
  • The event starts at 6:30 p.m. for the resource fair and the program speakers begin at 7:00 p.m.
  • Click here to pre-register

This program is intended for an adult audience.

Program speakers:

  • Dana Brueck, Wisconsin Department of Justice
  • Brad Schimel, Waukesha County District Attorney
  • Frank McElderry. Waukesha County Metro Drug Unit
  • Chis Kohl, Unit Detective
  • Scott Gillard, Asst. Fire Chief of the New Berlin Fire Department
  • Steve Dodson, New Berllin Police Department
  • Shawn Diedrich, Muskego Police Department


What is good sportsmanship?

I recently came across an interesting post on a Pinterest site.  It was a picture of a permanent metal sign posted on a wall in an athletic facility for youth.   Here is what it said:

Please Remember

 These are kids

 This is a game

 The Coaches volunteer

 The Umpires are human

 This is not professional Baseball

I wish every school/gymnasium had this for all to read.  Did you know 59% of high school football and basketball players BELIEVE they will play sports in college.  The truth is 98 out of 100 will never play sports at any level in college.  Less than 1% of all high school athletes will receive a Division 1 scholarship and about 1% of all D-1 college athletes will ever play professional sports.

Wow, those are some pretty tough statistics to hear if you are investing all that family time and money watching “Johnny or Susie” on the field, court or rink every weekend.   The point is, we parents need to remember those rules written above when it comes to sitting in the stands.

Sure, we all want our kids to have some success in competitions and build their self esteem, but playing sports in grade school and high school should be more than winning championships and awards. Our children need to learn how to handle disappointment and loss with good sportsmanship and no excuses and win with dignity and humility.   It is not the coaches or officials fault for everything that goes wrong during a game.  How many parents go over to the officials or coaches after a loss and thank them for their work?  Not many I presume.

Teams win and lose together and when the game is over-it is over and real life takes over.  I try to remind my husband of this every Sunday during Packer Season.   Yes, we all enjoy the battles but come Monday morning, we all wake up, go back to work or school, ready to change our world, and the people around us, hopefully for the better.

written by:  Karyn Sehmer, RN,BSN

What should I eat while I am breastfeeding?

Mom and baby

Good news!

Unlike during pregnancy, there are very few specific foods or drinks that you should avoid during breastfeeding! In fact, although women from around the world consume very different diets, their breast milk composition is quite similar.

The most important point is for the mother to have overall good nutrition so she has the energy to care for and feed her baby.  Well-nourished mothers have been found to interact with their babies more and breastfeed longer than those who are not well nourished.

Key points for the breastfeeding mother’s diet:

  • On average, a woman needs 300-500 extra calories per day in her diet while nursing.  The body spends about 20 calories to produce one ounce of breast milk.
  • Continue taking a taking a prenatal vitamin.
  • Eat a variety of foods from all of the food groups.
  • Drink plenty of non-caffeinated fluids (3 liters is the average fluid intake for a nursing mother).
  • Oils from food in the mother’s diet can pass through breast milk.  This can cause the baby’s gas to take on the smell of a food.  This is not a problem.  However, if a baby seems more fussy or gassy after you have eaten a certain food you can try eliminating it from your diet to see if the baby is more comfortable.
  • Some babies are sensitive to cow’s milk in the mother’s diet and can be uncomfortable and fussy.  It takes 10-14 days for the cow’s milk protein to leave the mother’s milk.  Talk to your pediatrician before eliminating milk from your diet.
  • Caffeine can be consumed in moderation by nursing mothers.
  • Alcohol can be consumed in limited amounts by nursing mothers.  Alcohol leaves the milk at the same rate it leaves the blood.
  • Remember to check with a healthcare provider before taking any medications to make sure it is safe while breastfeeding.
  • There are some herbal supplements that can help increase a mother’s milk supply.  It is best to discuss with your pediatrician or a lactation consultant before to starting any herbal supplement.
  • Use caution when consuming herbal tea, not all herbs are safe for breastfeeding mothers.  Some herbs (in large quantities) can decrease milk supply.

If you have questions or need help with breastfeeding, please call our office.  We have a certified lactation counselor on staff, as well as several staff with many years of experience in helping breastfeeding mothers.

What parents should know about anxiety and depression in children

Anxiety/Depression EducationDo you know the warning signs of anxiety and depression in children? Do you know what to do if your child is diagnosed with anxiety or depression?

We invite you to join our Parent Resource Meeting to discuss anxiety and depression in children on March 18 from 7-8:30 pm in the Community Room at the New Berlin Public Library. Matthew  D. Jandrisevits, Ph.D, a licensed psychologist from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, will be the presenter.

If you would like to reserve a seat during this Parent Resource Meeting, call Southwest Pediatrics at (262) 789-6020 or the New Berlin Public Library at (262) 754-1814.

The New Berlin Public Library is located at 15105 Library Lane in New Berlin, Wis.

Hurry…The flu season has started!

Girl with hatIt’s not too late to get the flu vaccine.  The flu season has arrived and there have been 25 flu-related hospitalizations confirmed statewide.  These hospitalizations are across all the age groups.  In years past it is usually the very young and the very old, so its off to a little different start this year.

As families travel and family members return home for the holidays you can be exposed to viruses from other parts of the state.

I recommend that everyone over the age of 6 months should receive either the flu mist or shot. It usually takes about two weeks to develop full immunity, so call our office to make an appointment to protect your family.

We can be reached at 262-789-6020.