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is there a nursing supplement i can use?

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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Yes: There are some supplements for breastfeeding moms which are generally considered safe. Before deciding to use one, please consult a lactation specialist or your doctor. Remember to continue taking your prenatal vitamins and plenty of fluid. Your nutrition is very important now, just like during pregnancy, so follow a healthy diet.
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
To increase milk: If you are trying to increase milk supply mother's milk tea s the best!

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A 41-year-old member asked:

What are barley supplements? Why not just eat barley?

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Dr. William Cromwell
Clinical Lipidology 34 years experience
Good Question: These supplements are concentrated barley extract. The fiber in barley might lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Barley may also reduce blood sugar and Insulin levels. Barley seems to slow stomach emptying. This could help keep blood sugar stable and create a sensation of being full, which might help to control appetite. The gluten in barley can make celiac disease or gluten sensitivity worse.
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What are guar gum supplements used for?

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Dr. Thomas Davis
Dentistry 36 years experience
Guar gum: Must be used with caution.. Used for a laxative, treating diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, obesity, diabetes, cholesterol reduction and hardening of the arteries(atherosclerosis) must drink lots of water with them.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What are thyme supplements vs dried thyme?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Thyme: Dried thyme can be used as a spice, to flavor foods. Used in larger quantities for medicinal purposes, it can be a supplement -- you would not be able to tolerate this amount in your spaghetti sauce! it can also be given as thyme oil, tea, or extract. The supplements may have some use for cough & uri, and used as a mouthwash. Don't use if you're sensitive to mint family -- thyme is a member.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What can I do to treat the nausea caused by supplements?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Slow down: Most people take way too many supplements. Consider whether or not you really need to take them. Try splitting the dose and make sure to take plenty of water.
Geneva, Illinois
A 30-year-old female asked:

I am a mom of two, PCT in IMCU and a nursing student. I'm exhausted. What supplements/ other helpful hints could help me feel better? Thank you!

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Dr. Marvin Ott
Emergency Medicine 20 years experience
Don't neglect: yourself. I can empathize and understand what it is to go through a demanding schedule while balancing education and family. In order to stay sane (and healthy), you need to eat healthfully (avoid fast food, and go for fresh fruits and veggies), exercise, and get as much sleep as you reasonably can. Supplements won't help, but nutrition and exercise will. Hope this helps!

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