A 22-year-old female asked:
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what is the best over-the-counter stool softener for nursing mothers?

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Dr. Thomas Knecht
30 years experience Endocrinology
Consider fiber: Hi. Most Americans don't get enough fiber in the diet. Refined flours and processed foods are the culprits. Make sure you only eat whole grains (whole wheat, gown rice, other whole grains). You may not need a chemical stool softener if you get enough fiber and liquid in your diet. Eat closer to nature, and your pooping will follow. Good luck!
Answered on Sep 20, 2014
Dr. Laura Yauch
Specializes in Family Medicine
Docusate: Docusate (Colace) ia a safe OTC stool softener and may be used while nursing. I have attached a Mayo Clinic Website for additional information on breastfeeding and medication use. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/infant-and-toddler-health/in-depth/breastfeeding-and-medications/art-20043975
Answered on Dec 19, 2014
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