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please tell me, could a nursing mother take an antimalarial?

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Dr. Charles Bruzzone
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes: most antimalarials are secreted in very small amounts in the breast milk. Too small to cause the baby any harm.

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Should I take an omega 3 vitamin while I am nursing?

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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Yes: It's probably a good idea. We don't know, exactly, what the "rda" of omega-3 fatty acids should be for nursing moms or babies or children, but we do know that these are important especially for eye and brain development. Good natural sources of omega-3s are oily fish (sardines, mackerel) and flax seed.
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What support is recommended for women having nursing problems?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Breastfeeding consul: Getting a consult with a good breastfeeding consult team and having good direct and phone contact with them. Also, some pediatricians are very good with this topic as well. Mom's should start with the pediatrician and seek of a good breastfeeding consultant team for help. Experienced friends and family can often also offer good advice and support.
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When is a good time to wean my baby off of nursing or bottle-feeding?

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Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Six to twelve months: The maximum benefits for breast feeding are the first six months of life. It is certainly beneficial to breast feed through the first year. I recommend weaning off the breast or bottle starting at one year of age terminating bottle or breast by two transitioning to a cup.
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What can I do to reduce my anxiety over being a new parent?

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Watch this movie: I highly recommend a documentary called..Babies. I think it should be required viewing for all obs and pediatricians.
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How can I adapt to the changing demands of caregiving for my parent?

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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 18 years experience
Lots of self care: It is critical to continue to take care of yourself when you are the caretaker for others. Make sure you have good sleep habits, good eating and exercise routines, and continue to be involved with others socially. Caretakers are at greater risk of developing health problems as a result of increased stress. Monitor your stress levels and seek the support of others to maintain your mental health.

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