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Is adult breastfeeding good for health?

Is adult breastfeeding good for health?

Clarification...: If you are asking whether there are health benefits for an adult who drinks breast milk, i would say the risks outweigh the possible benefits. Certain infections (such the HIV virus and others) can be transmitted via breast milk. I would stick to my other milk choices (cow, goat, soy, rice, etc.). ...Read more

Dr. James Lin
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


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Does adult breastfeeding carry std risks?

Does adult breastfeeding carry std risks?

HIV ...: Breastfeeding rarely brings STD-related infection risk to the baby but HIV. More details on STD & breastfeeding? Go to http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/disease/index.htm from CDC. Best wishes to the health of baby and you. ...Read more

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What are the best foods to eat and to avoid while breastfeeding?

What are the best foods to eat and to avoid while breastfeeding?

Good balance: Eating healthy, well balanced meals is the best diet for breastfeeding (and for everyone for that matter!) be sure to eat a wide variety of foods; your baby is exposed to the different flavors thru the breastmilk so make sure you eat lots of veggies. Stay hydrated by drinking at least 64oz a day. Avoid highly refined and processed foods. ...Read more

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Can I eat chocolate while breastfeeding?

Can I eat chocolate while breastfeeding?

Yes: You should give it a try. It may cause fussiness and/ or gassiness in your baby but everyone is different. Dark chocolate is healthier than milk chocolate. It's full of antioxidants that help prevent cancer and heart disease. ...Read more

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What can I do if my baby bites me while breastfeeding?

What can I do if my baby bites me while breastfeeding?

Interrupt feeds: It is unclear why babies bite, it is however agreed on that they do not intend to displease, so interrupt feeds, indicate to baby that bites are not acceptable, check to be sure baby is well positioned/ latching on well and that milk flow is not too fast. May be a way of letting you know to stop the feeds when full. Be consistent with your response to this behavior and it will pass. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can take to help with a cold while breastfeeding?

Is there anything I can take to help with a cold while breastfeeding?

Yes: Pseudoehedrine is generally considered safe during breadtfeeding and very likely most effective for cold symptoms. It has been shown to possible decrease milk production though, so drink lots of water or fluids to help. It should only be used for short term, which most colds are. Phenylephrine is definitely safe and no effect on milk supply, but no terribly effective. ...Read more

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What age should a child stop breastfeeding?

No clear answer: When the mother & child find it mutually agreeable is the time to stop. It doesn't have to be all stop at once, some kids will just nurse once or twice a day. Obviously if mom's milk is gone then it has to stop. Look up some of the reasearch by kathryn dettweler about the "natural age of weaning" read full details on her website but from her research she gets an answer between 2.5 - 7 yrs. ...Read more

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Is it ok to work out while breastfeeding?

Is it ok to work out while breastfeeding?

Yes: It is not only ok to work out while breastfeeding it is healthy and beneficial to you and baby. The most important thing is to make sure you stay hydrated and drink extra water during your exercise sessions. Timing your exercise to after a feeding or pumping session will make the working out much more comfortable. Also, make sure you have a supportive sports bra. ...Read more

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Can breastfeeding help me with the baby blues?

Can breastfeeding help me with the baby blues?

Yes: It helps with bonding which will certainly make you happier. On the other hand, if you are in distress when you handle a baby, the baby will pick up on that and become unhappy, too, which will make your own distress worse. People with baby blues definitely need a lot of help and support, always from family members, and often from professionals. ...Read more

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