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Breast Feeding And Engorgement
My breast is hard after stopping breast feeding for my 1 year kid what I can do to breast engorgement?
Ice Packs/NSAIDs: If you're not breastfeeding or pumping, it typically takes around 7-10 days after delivery to return to a non-pregnant/non-lactating hormonal level. During that time, you might feel some discomfort if your breasts become engorged with milk. Try applying cool compresses or ice packs, taking NSAIDs like ibuprofen or wearing supportive bra. If really uncomfortable, okay to express a small amount milk ...Read more
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
How likely is it that you have an infection related to breastfeeding if you have breast engorgement and ineffective infant feeding patterns?
Likely: If your breast is painful, red, swollen (besides engorgement) or you are feeling sick or have fever, do not delay - you could have mastitis and this needs prompt attention. Nurse VERY FREQUENTLY, massage breast to try and get the milk flowing, use pump if you have one to relieve engorgement. If those things aren't working , though, seek care today at an urgent care center or ER if you're ill. ...Read more
Possible: The fullness or engorgement may interfere with the babies ability to latch on. ...Read more
A balanced diet: Be sure to consume enough fluids that you end up peeing at least 4x daily. Eat a balanced diet and avoid things that you find irritate baby.Things that make you gassy will likely do the same for baby.Avoid experimenting with spicy or hot foods and please don't try to restrict your calories. If you eat your pre-pregnancy needs some weight will come off naturally with breast feeding. ...Read more
No RAW meat/fish: Besides raw meat/fish (n minimize processed meats/cold-cuts), you should be eating a healthy, well balanced diet, and regular exercises just like everyone else should. You may need a bit more iron/calcium/folic acid which are provided in your prenatal vitamins. Consume about 500+ calories/day extra, to make milk for baby. Congrats on the new baby--a miracle of life. Good luck. ...Read more
BF Weight loss: It takes a lot if calories to support breast feeding, at least 300-500kcal extra per day. If you are underweight for you height, perhaps even more calories are necessary. Work with your gyn or lactation consultant to determine adequate calories per day needed. May need to check thyroid and blood sugar to rule out metabolic cause of weight loss. ...Read more
NOT SAFE: This is a homeopathic med made from the Arnica flower used as a multi-purpose treatment topically, reported to have antibiotic properties, also taken by mouth. Be aware these types of products typically contain unreliable amounts of stated ingredient & have an unproven safety/effectiveness profile. Arnica is NOT safe in pregnancy or breastfeeding. See your doctor for safe treatment if you are ill. ...Read more
Actually yes..: Making milk uses energy/calories and so if you balancing what you eat, breastfeeding certainly will help with increasing your energy-expenditure. Each oz of milk contains about 20 calories and during the milk-making process, you burn up more calories as well. Eat healthy, take your vitamins, and do some exercises as well will help! congrats on the baby and good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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