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Postpartum 12wks anxiety&OCD. Ob prescribed klonopin (clonazepam) for short term use as I don't do well with ssri. Is this safe with breastfeeding? Recommendations
Check with doctor: Klonopin (clonazepam) gets into breast milk and can cause side effects in your baby. However, some reports say risks are very low. Best to check with pediatrician or family doctor. Decide what's best for you and your baby. Taking Klonopin (clonazepam) and bottle feeding may be a good alternative. You're calmer and your baby will benefit. ...Read more
Klonopin (clonazepam) belongs to a class of medications called benzodiazepines. They are also referred to as sedative-hypnotics & anxiolytics. These medications are used for a variety of indications to include anxiety, insomnia, muscle spasm, seizure, & alcohol withdrawal. All benzodiazepines including Clonazepam are potentially habit forming. Alcohol should be ...Read more
I took my last dose of 0.25 mg clonazepam on tues. Night. How long should I wait to start breastfeeding, assuming I want my body to be clear of it?
Klonopin (clonazepam): It should be out of your system by now. ...Read more
I suffer from panic disorder and was taken off meds for pregnancy. Is Lamictal and kolonopin safe to take while breastfeeding?
Baby's immune system:
Breast feeding helps the baby's immune system by sharing the mother's antibodies. It also helps with bonding.
If you have a hard time with breast feeding, can't do it, or don't want to breast feed do not feel guilty. The baby will still be fine and you will still bond. ...Read more
Mom and baby: Breastfeeding is a natural physiologic process that happens after pregnancy. Not only does the breastfeeding have tremendous benefits for baby in terms of immunity, digestion, metabolism, prevention of diseases of infancy and later, but it also helps moms recover from pregnancy, heps prevent osteoporosis, helps prevent breast cancer, and many other benefits. ...Read more
Breast feeding: Make sure baby is positioned right, latching correctly. If the baby still refuses to feed make sure that your nipples are not inverted as it may require a nipple shield. Some infants are tongue-tied and have difficulty latching and sucking. It is poosible that your baby's temperament is such that he/she refuses to be too closely held and needs to be calm before latching on. ...Read more
Help with latching: If it feels like a terrible nipple pinch, you need to try a new latching position. Your baby may not be getting enough breast/nipple into her mouth. Stop and try again. A certain soreness will occur in most cases but it should get easier and resolve within a few weeks. ...Read more
Yes: Breastfeeding when you are sick is usually recommended and can provide your infant with protective antibodies. There are some medications that your doctor may prescribe that are not safe for the infant if you are breastfeeding. Let your doctor know that you are nursing and they will either use a different medicine or tell you to "pump and dump" while on that medicine. ...Read more
I wouldn't think so: Your first job as a new mom is to get through the process the best way you can. If that means you don't tackle breast feeding this time, so be it. We are lucky to be living at a time when formulas are patterned after breast milk and many are available. Survive the task the best way you can. The important people in your life will support you. The rest don't matter. ...Read more
1. Give birth.: 2. Put baby to breast. 3. Put nipple on top of (not under) baby's tongue. 4. Sit back and watch baby do all the work. 5. Pull baby off breast when done (baby is probably asleep by then). 6. Burp baby -- this is the hardest part, and is best taught by experienced operators in person. ...Read more
With lots of help: Breast feeding on a rotational basis is possible, but exhausting for the mother. The "supply is limited" and time is as well. Many mothers of multiple gestations utilize" breast milk banks" that allow provision of breast milk, often frozen, dispensed via the bottle. Check with your local hospital or the la leche league. ...Read more
Yes: Cysts are benign, which means they are not cancerous or going to hurt you in the long run. They can get large during pregnancy however. Cysts by themselves won't prevent you from breastfeeding. If they are large and near the nipple, they may make it more difficult. You can talk to your doctor or lactation specialist about how to get around that. ...Read more
Not hungry: Different women have different metabolism and appetite. Sometimes your mood may suppress your hunger, or rarely an underlying illness. Just make sure you are eating well while breastfeeding to ensure that you can nourish both yourself and baby. If you find you have other symptoms, see your doctor. ...Read more
Yes: Although you may not be able to make enough milk to provide that as their only source of nutrition, any breast milk they receive will be beneficial! This is especially true since quads are usually born prematurely, and premature babies have measurably better outcomes when fed breast milk instead of formula. ...Read more
No.: As in you shouldn't. Some women who become pregnant while lactating do continue to produce milk, but the hormone responsible for milk letdown is oxytocin, which can cause uterine contractions and lead to preterm labor. The uterus usually has few receptors for this hormone in the first trimester, so most don't have symptoms in the first trimester. If you're pregnant, it is time to wean. ...Read more
Yes: According to the aap there are very few true reasons not to breastfeed. Ms is not a reason to not breastfeed and I would encourage it. Most of the medications used to treat MS are too big to cross into breastmilk. You can see if your medications are compatible with breastfeeding at lactmed, a free database on medications and breastmilk. ...Read more
Twice as much fun :): Seriously? Twice as much work, twice as much milk. Supplementation is somewhat more common with twins, as not all mothers make enough milk for 2. Some can feed 2 simultaneously, some find it easier to feed 1 at a time. It rarely takes longer to feed 2: mothers of twins discover early on that feeding itself takes only a few minutes, and the rest of the time at breast is "entertainment". ...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