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Breast Feeding And Engorgement
Possible: The fullness or engorgement may interfere with the babies ability to latch on. ...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
What are the cons of exclusively pumping breast milk and feeding baby using bottle versus breast feeding?
Efficency: It's more efficient to breast feed than to pump & then bottle feed. You also avoid any risk of less than perfectly sterile bottles causing the milk to carry an infection. In addition, baby's nursing tends to trigger you to produce more milk than pumping. That said, having breast fed both my kids, pumping when i was away & nursing when i was with baby was a very effective compromise. ...Read more
Yes: Prior breast cancer does not Prohibit a woman from breastfeeding, however, the affected breast may not prodice much milk if treated by radiation therapy. Furthermore, any medication that you are taking, including chemotherapy, may be transmitted in the breast milk and should be avoided. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes for short while: Yes it is not uncommon to have lumpy and painful breasts for several days or longer, especially after abrupt weaning.It may be prevented by slow weaning. ...Read more
Common problem: You may be very sensitive. I would suggest being very gentle to your skin as well as aggressive in its care. Put your milk onto your nipples to give it a coating for protection. In addition i would try a lanolin cream or ointment in between feedings, then wipe off gently before next feeding. Moisturize the surrounding skin for more soothing relief. ...Read more
Possibly: If the piercing hits into the ducts, milk flow could be affected. Production should not be a problem, but you may be more prone to mastitis and/or have some minor problems with let down of the milk. That being said, I have known many women to breast feed without any problems who had history of nipple piercing, so I wouldn't rule it out just based on that. ...Read more
Milk's in: Breast engorgement is fullness and tenderness of the breasts, usually experienced on about the 3-5th day after delivery, which signifies that milk production is in full swing! it can be uncomfortable, but does not last long. Ask you OB immediately if you have severe pain, swelling, redness or tenderness in one or both breasts. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It may or may not: Normally brests get bigger during pregnancy and stay big during breast feeding.Your breasts may or may not return to the way they were before pregnancy and breast feeding.Some wemens breasts may shrink and others may remain large.Or other effects like sagging or staying full depends on weight gain and genetics, age and may be some other unknown factors. ...Read more
Depends on treatment: The answer depends on the extent of cancer and the kind of treatment -- so it is best is to discuss your individual case with your physician. It depends on how much tissue is removed and the degree of scarring. If a woman is on chemotherapy or other drugs that are secreted in the milk and should be passed to an infant, then yes, during that time she cannot breastfeed. ...Read more
Yes: Breast milk is the one material specifically designed for babies that is readily available, requires no refrigeration or mechanical assistance in use & will not trigger an allergic reaction. Many aboriginal populations that totally breast feed for the first 2 yrs have better muscle/bone indexes than american kids over the same period. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes, but: Your pumping effort can never extract as much milk as baby can during a feeding.With less extracted, you run the risk of decreasing your supply and eventually needing to supplement. Breastfeeding is an event, where baby listens to your heart beating as it did in the womb. It finds this peaceful and endears baby to mom. Nutrition is equal, experience never can be. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: This is pretty common. Some women get so sore they just give up. Call your local la leche chapter for support and tips on helping the tenderness. ...Read more
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