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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Can breastfeeding help my postpartum depression?

Can breastfeeding help my postpartum depression?

Yes: Every time a breastfeeding mom thinks about the baby, there is a surge of oxytocin, which induces milk "let down." oxytocin's nickname is the "love hormone, " and it produces feelings of calmness, warmth and affection. Fathers can secrete it when they look at their baby, too! it's safe to continue breastfeeding while taking most medications for depression -- consult your local lactation center. ...Read more

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Symptoms of PMS and pregnancy while breast feeding?

Symptoms of PMS and pregnancy while breast feeding?

Could be normal: Breast feeding is not adequate contraception, so make sure you're not pregnant again. ...Read more

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5mths postpartum, exclusively breastfeeding. How can PPD (postpartum depression) affect ones sex life?

5mths postpartum, exclusively breastfeeding. How can PPD (postpartum depression) affect ones sex life?

Yes, it can: In fact, it can effect everything and is very worth seeking specialized treatment for. The well-being of your entire family (especially you) is in the balance. It's a common condition w/ elements that come from hormone changes, life demands, emotional intensity of relationships, etc. A good fit w/ an experienced therapist really helps. If meds are needed briefly they'll help select the right one. ...Read more

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Postpartum depression and the baby blues. Is all this sadness?

Postpartum depression and the baby blues. Is all this sadness?

No: The hallmark of depression is a diminished ability to enjoy things that should be enjoyable. If that occurs, the individual needs to see their physician. The blues are typically not associated with this symptom. However, "blues" that persist for more than 2 weeks should be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Can a nursing mother with high bilirubin breast feed?

Can a nursing mother with high bilirubin breast feed?

Yes: If you are talking about your infant's high bilirubin level-the answer is yes, you may continue to nurse. Speak with your pediatrician regarding the plan for probable coordination with possible phototherapy for your infant and taking breaks to feed. If your infant is severely ill, a premie, or carring an bilirubin level > 20, your doctor may have other recommendations. ...Read more

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Can stopping breast feeding make you have lumpy breasts?

Can stopping breast feeding make you have lumpy breasts?

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

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What are the cons of exclusively pumping breast milk and feeding baby using bottle versus breast feeding?

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

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PCOS women feel better after giving birth & beneficial continue while breast feeding,at breast feeding what happens to hormones and pcos symptoms?

PCOS women feel better after giving birth & beneficial continue while breast feeding,at breast feeding what happens to hormones and pcos symptoms?

Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding induces a semi perimenopausal state where the ovarian production of hormones is slowed, decreased or in some cases stopped. This is true regardless of having PCOS or not. There should not be a difference for someone with PCOS ...Read more

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Can a woman with breast cancer breast feed?

Can a woman with breast cancer breast feed?

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 more

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While breast feeding what happens to hormones and pcos symptoms?

While breast feeding what happens to hormones and pcos symptoms?

Many things: PCOS (poly cystic ovary syndrome) is a common endocrinologic disorder of unknown cause. It affects many hormones causing several illnesses. You need to consult with your OB/GYN or endocrinologist to get the best answer to your question. ...Read more

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Can postpartum depression cause women to feel changing emotions?

Yes: Post partum depression is often accompanied by anxiety. Anxiety over germ phobia, responsibilities of becoming a parent worrying about the child's health.Paranoid thoughts and delusions occur infrequently and require urgent care. ...Read more

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Soon I be breast feeding , what tea's are best for breast feeding and losing weight ?

Soon I be breast feeding , what tea's are best for breast feeding and losing weight ?

Tea isn't "needed": "Dieting" is not needed, as long as the breastfeeding woman eats only as many calories as needed to maintain her normal (pre-pregnant) weight. For example, if she was 120 pounds before pregnancy and is now 145 pounds, she should eat just enough for a 120 lb woman. Her 25 lb excess will be gradually used up in the production of breastmilk (25 ounces of breastmilk contains about 500 calories). ...Read more

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How can I balance breastfeeding on demand and weaning my infant off of breast milk?

How can I balance breastfeeding on demand and weaning my infant off of breast milk?

Don't be in a hurry!: The simplest, most natural way to wean is when your child initiates the process, usually around when solids are started. But if you're ready and they're not, try slowly tapering the number of nursing sessions every two or three days by replacing a nursing session with an alternative meal from a bottle/sippy cup/other foods (if ready). With luck, she'll be too busy with new experiences to notice! ...Read more

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What is the difference between depression, postpartum depression, baby blues, and general sadness?

What is the difference between depression, postpartum depression, baby blues, and general sadness?

2 general types: Generally there are two types of depression listed in the DSM5. The first is dysthymia, which is a chronic type of depression that varies little in intensity, and major depression, which varies in intensity a great deal. ...Read more

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Newborn crying all day. No symptoms of being sick. Very fussy during breast feeding.

Newborn crying all day. No symptoms of being sick. Very fussy during breast feeding.

It gets easier with: Time to interpret your baby's cries. Unfortunately, when babies cry they swallow air. The smooth muscle of the intestine isn't synchronized yet to pass the air out. If baby seems gag when starting to nurse, he may need a burp. I'll ask my arabic-speaking daughter to help explain the " football hold" or "colic carry" to you to help baby pass gas. When all else fails, allow your baby to self-calm. ...Read more

Dr. Neigatha Graney
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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


Dr. Linda Bernstein
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Recently Gave Birth (Definition)

Postpartum is a term that means after the "separation of the mother and the baby", or after ...Read more