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what are the benefits of breastfeeding?

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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Many!: Breastfeeding is the best nutrition for the growth and development of your baby's internal organs (including the brain!) it has been proven to have many beneficial antibodies to help prevent infection in young babies and also is very easy to digest. Babies with a family history of allergies are much less likely to develop allergies if they are breastfeed as well.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Where do I start?: ...Better development, less obesity, less asthma, less allergy, less infections, better bonding, no constipation, rare diarrhea (breast milk is actually the best diarrhea medicine there is).

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Can I eat nuts while breastfeeding?

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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Yes: There's no evidence that nuts in a nursing mom's diet (or a pregnant mom's diet) can lead to allergies or other health problems.
Dr. David Toturgul
Sports Medicine 15 years experience
Yes. Nuts are high in healthy oils and vitamins and can be an important source of nutrition. There is no contraindication to breastfeeding with eating nuts. And I also agree that there is no evidence whatsoever that it may lead to allergies in your breastfeeding child.
Dec 26, 2014
A 39-year-old member asked:

What are the benefits of breastfeeding preemies?

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Dr. Melissa Arca
Specializes in Pediatrics
Numerous: The sooner you can begin breastfeeding your premature baby, the better. Skin to skin contact will help your baby grow, regulate her breathing, and solidify your bond. Even if you can't breastfeed right away, pumped breast milk given to your preemie will aid in her brain development, decrease the likelihood of necrotizing enterocolitis, and provide her with much needed antibodies.
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Can I eat sushi while breastfeeding?

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Dr. Ruben Rucoba
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Yes: Fresh sushi from a reputable place poses no risk to your baby. As with eating any uncooked fish, infection is a risk, but only for you, not your baby. Some fish (salmon, flounder, sole) have high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which help the heart and brain development of your baby. Avoid the fish with high levels of mercury (shark, swordfish, king mackeral). California roll, anyone?
A 48-year-old member asked:

Benefits of chia seeds while breastfeeding?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Chia seeds: At this time the general recommendation is that chia seeds not be consumed during pregnancy or lactation (due to lack of research). Possible side effects from chia include ^ gas (flatus), bloating ; constipation (w inadequate hydration). Because of omega 3 fatty acids, use of Aspirin or blood thinners could be problematic. People w bleeding disorders or who may be undergoing surgery should d/w the.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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their providers. 1 study showed diastolic blood pressure can drop w Chia. People w mustard seed allergies are also likely to be allergic to Chia seeds.
Dec 31, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Provided original answer
their providers. 1 study showed diastolic blood pressure can drop w Chia. People w mustard seed allergies are also likely to be allergic to Chia seeds.
Dec 31, 2013
A 44-year-old member asked:

Please tell me if there are any benefits to breastfeeding past 6 months?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Immune benifits: Data supports the superiority of breast milk over formula until the infant begins to dilute feedings with alternative foods. This includes the addition of cereals, fruits and vegetables along with other solids. The IgA transferred in the milk helps reduce some forms of infection until their effect is diluted.Generally this works out as 8 months.Some babies prefer it for nurturing benefits.

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