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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
4 Doctors shared insights

Breastfeeding (Overview)

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 formula is next best.


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Is breastfeeding hard?

Is breastfeeding hard?

No: Breastfeeding is not hard, but like learning to walk, takes some effort and practice. If you are contemplating breast feeding, see you baby's future pediatrician early in the 2nd trimester, for a breast exam and guidance tailored to you. Pediatricians will be working with you and baby, and it can be a great advantage to utilize their expertise proactively. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
4 Doctors shared insights

Breastfeeding (Overview)

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 formula is next best.


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Any tips on breastfeeding?

Any tips on breastfeeding?

Expectations: Great advice. I'll add that it can take a good month to get the hang of this new task. Many moms think they should be pros right away. If this sounds like you, adjust your expectations and give yourself time. Lactation consultants are also a great resource. ...Read more

Dr. Sari Nabulsi Dr. Nabulsi
3 other doctors agreed
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Breastfeeding (Tip)

No pacifier or supplement feeding in the first few days until breast feeding is established. ...See more

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Breastfeeding Your Child (Checklist)

Try to eat organic, especially lots of fruits and veggies
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Should I stop breastfeeding?

Should I stop breastfeeding?

No: Only if there are medical reasons to. If you discover you have an underlying medical problem (such as hiv) that can be transferred to your baby through breastmilk, it is wise to discontinue nursing. Certain medications may also enter the breastmilk and pose a health risk to your baby. Otherwise, unless physically or emotionally unable to, breastfeeding should be continued despite minor illness. ...Read more

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How can you stop breastfeeding?

How can you stop breastfeeding?

Just stop it: There is a medicine used for patients who have Parkinson's Disease called bromocriptine which blocks the hormonal signals to your breasts and so "drys them up". Speak to your doc about it. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Hulse Dr. Hulse
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Breastfeeding (Tip)

Breast feeding provides protection from acute illness that may persist even after a baby is weaned. ...See more

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Diagnosing Breast Lumps (Checklist)

Do a breast self exam after your period ends
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Check daily in shower after soaping up
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Learn the architecture of your breasts by repetition
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Observe skin around nipples
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Can I smoke while breastfeeding?

Can I smoke while breastfeeding?

No: No. Period.

(for your baby's sake, please...Don't.). ...Read more

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What is breastfeeding on demand?

What is breastfeeding on demand?

Feeding when hungry: Breastfeeding on demand means tuning into a baby's hunger cues and feeding her when she starts "telling" you she is hungry. Look for alert periods, smacking lips, making sucking sounds, turning toward the breast, or sucking on her hand as hunger cues. Once a baby starts crying, she is usually really hungry. Breastfeeding on demand is a wonderful way to naturally build up a great milk supply. ...Read more

Dr. Ryan Phasouk Dr. Phasouk
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Breastfeeding (Tip)

Breastfeeding has been proven to decrease the risk of childhood cancers. ...See more

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When should I stop breastfeeding?

When should I stop breastfeeding?

No "deadline": There is no "deadline" for breastfeeding. Breastfeeding and breastmilk have numerous benefits for you and your child. At least 6 months is desirable and if you can make it to one year, that is even better. That being said, many women may only be able to breastfeed for a few months while some will continue to breastfeed into toddlerhood. The choice is up to you and your baby. Wean on your timeline. ...Read more

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Afraid of stopping breastfeeding?

Afraid of stopping breastfeeding?

Why?: Breast feeding is both nutrition and nurturing and a kid gets something from both. After 8 months, the nutritional superiority begins to fade as other foods are added. The nurturing may fill a need for you both, and you can take cues from baby on when to let go. If you have to chase baby down to feed, or the kid finished quickly and wants to leave, its time to wean. If not, continue. ...Read more

Dr. Ryan Phasouk Dr. Phasouk
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Breastfeeding (Tip)

A lactation consultant is an expert available to a breastfeeding mother. ...See more

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How do I prolong my breastfeeding?

How do I prolong my breastfeeding?

On demand: Breastfeeding operates by demand, the more baby demands milk, the more milk the breasts produce. Make sure not to supplement any formula. Depending on where you're at post partum, advice may differ. Here's a great website with lots of good information:
http://www. Lalecheleague. Org/faq/increase. Html. ...Read more

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What will breastfeeding feel like?

What will breastfeeding feel like?

Not Painful: As a mother of two who breastfed both of my children, I can tell you that the first few days are an adjustment period. The key to remember is that it should not hurt. The initial latching on may be uncomfortable but once the let down happens it not painful. To learn more about breastfeeding try reading: the womanly art of breastfeeding. ...Read more

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Breastfeeding (Tip)

Cabbage leaves can be used as a compress to help with breast pain while breastfeeding. ...See more

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Will I have trouble breastfeeding?

Will I have trouble breastfeeding?

Yes: At the beginning, with your first baby, breastfeeding -- although natural -- will not come naturally. It will take a few days of time and effort and help. But you can do it, and it is one of the best things you can do for baby and for yourself. Don't be shy in taking advantage of skilled nurses and lactation consultants (lc) after birth, and get referrals to lc for after discharge home. ...Read more

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Can I exercise while breastfeeding?

Can I exercise while breastfeeding?

Yes: Of course! Exercise is great for your physical health and will not interfere with you producing breast milk as long as your nutrition (and hydration!) remains good. Be sure to drink lots of water and consume adequate calories to replenish what you may be losing from breast feeding and also working out. ...Read more

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Breastfeeding (Tip)

When breastfeeding solely, supplement your baby with vitamin d. ...See more

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Can I eat nuts while breastfeeding?

Can I eat nuts while breastfeeding?

No: You can literally eat or drink anything (except alcohol) without concerns. Breast feeding moms have no restrictions on diet. ...Read more

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What is the best breastfeeding diet?

What is the best breastfeeding diet?

Your typical diet: If your typical diet is a healthy balanced diet, no need to change. If you are trying to lose weight, keep in mind that breastfeeding consumes 350-500 calories per day, and adjust accordingly. There are no foods to specifically avoid or include. ...Read more

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Breastfeeding (Tip)

After feeding, wipe the baby’s gums and teeth with a damp washcloth or gauze pad to remove plaque. ...See more

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Is it ok to diet while breastfeeding?

Is it ok to diet while breastfeeding?

No: You should be eating a very well rounded, well balanced healthy diet for your health and your baby. ...Read more

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Is 200mg flagl ok when breastfeeding?

Yes: This medication is considered safe during breastfeeding and provides no risk to the baby. ...Read more

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Breastfeeding (Tip)

When dealing with a clogged duct, do try to massage the tender area. ...See more

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Can I use icy hot while breastfeeding?

Can I use icy hot while breastfeeding?

Absolutely: No significant absorption into the system of any of the active ingredients, so feel totally safe using this otc product during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Any tips for successful breastfeeding?

Any tips for successful breastfeeding?

Persistence!: Fill a pitcher of water and set it next to your breastfeeding spot with a glass. Drink a glass of water every time you sit down to nurse. Be sure to get pillows you need to position the baby to the breast, rather than hunching down to the baby to nurse. I'm so happy you are doing this for your baby! This is the best gift a mother can give! ...Read more

Dr. Ryan Phasouk Dr. Phasouk
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Breastfeeding (Tip)

Don't nurse for comfort, as that can lead to increase in biting of nipples. ...See more

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What are the benefits of breastfeeding?

What are the benefits of breastfeeding?

Where do I start?: ...Better development, less obesity, less asthma, less allergy, less infections, better bonding, no constipation, rare diarrhea (breast milk is actually the best diarrhea medicine there is). ...Read more

Dr. Sari Nabulsi Dr. Nabulsi
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Breastfeeding (Tip)

Intimate skin to skin contact within one hour after delivery. ...See more

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Where can I take a breastfeeding class?

Hospitals: Large local hospitals will have a breastfeeding center with classes and support groups; even if they do not, they will have community education courses; you can also ask for lactation counselors; another resource is your local la leche league. ...Read more

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Can I take flygyl during breastfeeding?

Yes: This medication has been well studied in lactation and there are no specific concerns about its use. ...Read more

Dr. Sari Nabulsi Dr. Nabulsi
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Breastfeeding (Tip)

Allow rooming in as much as possible. ...See 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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Did my baby get sick from breastfeeding?

Did my baby get sick from breastfeeding?

No: Infections acquired from breast feeding are uncommon but not impossible. More likely, especially if by illness you mean a "cold" or vomiting or diarrhea illness, the illness was spread to the infant by hands or respiratory secretions during a cough or sneeze. ...Read more

Dr. Suzanne Fiala Dr. Fiala
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Breastfeeding (Tip)

Regular child checks; breast feeding and vaccinate; don't hold back the love. ...See more

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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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