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What age should a child stop breastfeeding?

What age should a child stop breastfeeding?

No clear answer: When the mother & child find it mutually agreeable is the time to stop. It doesn't have to be all stop at once, some kids will just nurse once or twice a day. Obviously if mom's milk is gone then it has to stop. Look up some of the reasearch by kathryn dettweler about the "natural age of weaning" read full details on her website but from her research she gets an answer between 2.5 - 7 yrs. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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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


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What food to avoid when breastfeeding for my child?

What food to avoid when breastfeeding for my child?

Highly seasoned: One should avaid highly seasoned food, caffeinated drinks, alcohol and foods generally not healthy for the mom or babe. Avaoid raw seafood and anything that could transfer any infectious agent to the mom or babe, . ...Read more

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What should I eat when breastfeeding for my child's health?

What should I eat when breastfeeding for my child's health?

Enough calories: A good variety is important, including some omega 3 fats (fish, nuts, olive oil), proteins and plenty of fluids. You should also take a multivitamin so you don't rob your body of calcium, iron and make yourself anemic or soft boned. The most important things are enough fluids to keep your milk supply flowing and enough calories to make the milk rich for optimal growth. ...Read more

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I would like breastfeeding advice asap my child can't have formula!!!?

I would like breastfeeding advice asap my child can't have formula!!!?

You can do it!: Just remember women have been breastfeeding for millions of years! You want to get the tip of your nipple in the back of the baby's mouth, so he can compress your milk ducts adequately. Make sure he opens wide before you bring him in to the breast. A slight pinch at the beginning of feeding is ok, if a feeding is persistently painful stop and reposition. Get help with a lactation specialist ...Read more

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I am due with my first child in August. What are the health bennifits to breastfeeding? Is it worth the trouble?

I am due with my first child in August. What are the health bennifits to breastfeeding? Is it worth the trouble?

Many benefits: Breast feeking has been shown to benefit the infants immune system, providing antibodies that will help prevent infectious diseases. In addition, breast milk is very easily digestible and avoids digestive problems that may accompany cows milk and formulas. There isalso the very important bonding that goes on between child and mother during the feeding process. ...Read more

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My wife is breastfeeding our child but her supply is very little so we have to top up with formula, is there any way to increase the supply?

My wife is breastfeeding our child but her supply is very little so we have to top up with formula, is there any way to increase the supply?

Milk supy: She needs to drink at least six to eight bottles of water per day. There is a medication called metaclopramide that increases milk production ...Read more

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Does smokin weed while breastfeeding effect the childs developement?

Does smokin weed while breastfeeding effect the childs developement?

Three concerns:: (1) Heavy weed smoking can lead to THC concentrating in breast milk, which has been shown to affect motor development in the child. (2) Weed can be laced with other drugs, which can also impose harm. (3) Heavy weed use in a mother could affect her parenting skills. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use chaga mushroom while still breastfeeding? My child is over a year and a half old.

Is it safe to use chaga mushroom while still breastfeeding? My child is over a year and a half old.

Chaga: While chaga seems to be very beneficial, I would not use it while breast feeding as we don't know what its long term effects are. ...Read more

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Hi I m Ayesha I m suffering from vitiligo since two years plz suggest me some medicine n ointments. I m breastfeeding my child?

Hi I m Ayesha I m suffering from vitiligo since two years plz suggest me some medicine n ointments. I m breastfeeding my child?

How extensive?: Details matter. See a dermatologist. There is increased risk of other autoimmune disorders, especially Hashimoto thyroiditis. Easiest approach is to relax and prepare to explain to others that it is not contagious nor due to anything you can control. You can use fake tan to darken the pale areas. ...Read more

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Is it true that breastfeeding my child will improve his immune system?

Is it true that breastfeeding my child will improve his immune system?

Yes: Research has proven that breast fed babies have fewer infections than those fed formula. But be aware it they are not immune to everything. So good handwashing and avoidance are still very important. ...Read more

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Ist dangerous to continue breastfeeding a child while having sore and on ones breast?

Ist dangerous to continue breastfeeding a child while having sore and on ones breast?

Use alternate: The answer really depends on what type of sore your have and where. Just to be on the safe side, consider nursing only on the unaffected breast. Pumping or manually expressing breast milk from the side of concern will help to prevent lactation issues. When healed, resuming feeds on both breasts should be fine. ...Read more

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Does breastfeeding your child stretch your breasts out, making the hang more?

Does breastfeeding your child stretch your breasts out, making the hang more?

Yes, it may: The milk stretches out the support ligaments which don't always return to their original size. ...Read more

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If I eat and drink a lot of sugar while breastfeeding can my child get diabetes?

If I eat and drink a lot of sugar while breastfeeding can my child get diabetes?

Infnat and sugar: Not really from doing that but there may be more nutritious food to eat instead. ...Read more

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I am breastfeeding my son, and I have conceived with another child. Can I continue breastfeeding while im pregnant?

I am breastfeeding my son, and I have conceived with another child. Can I continue breastfeeding while im pregnant?

Many do: The superiority of BM over alternatives begins to wain around 8m.If baby #1 begins to make quick work of feeds and you have to catch him to do a feed, you might transition him. And have a simple break to prepare for #2.Newborn milk differs from later feed so the body can make the change. Yet many feed right up to delivery and beyond. If you stay healthy and feed well you can feed both in tandum. ...Read more

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I plan to breastfeed for few more weeks till my child turns one but ate some fish that might be high in mercury. Should I stop breastfeeding now?

I plan to breastfeed for few more weeks till my child turns one but ate some fish that might be high in mercury. Should I stop breastfeeding now?

It depends.: Breast feeding your child until the 1st birthday is in general good. If I were you, I would call your state health department and ask this question. If the mercury level in fish is very high potentially to cause long term organ damage, then you should stop eating fish whether breast feeding or not. ...Read more

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I am breastfeeding my fourth child and I keep getting mastitis. I have breastfed all of my children and never had this before. What is causing this?

I am breastfeeding my fourth child and I keep getting mastitis. I have breastfed all of my children and never had this before. What is causing this?

I do not know: That is unfortunate for you. At times, we can never tell why things happen. We can do all in our power to try and prevent it though. Make sure your breasts and nipples stay clean as does your infants mouth, and that will decrease any issues. If you pump, make sure the pump is cleaned regularly. And don't let your breasts get too engorged so pumping may actually be required. Best wishes. ...Read more

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A woman should breast feed a child to what age?

A woman should breast feed a child to what age?

Depends: The american academy of pediatrics recommends to 1 year of age. However, she should nurse as long as she feels comfortable. ...Read more

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Is there a time at which it becomes unhealthy to breast feed by child?

Is there a time at which it becomes unhealthy to breast feed by child?

No: The physical benefits, such as increased immunity, seem to max between 6-12 months. The emotional issues of prolonged breast feeding in our environment is what is not clear. ...Read more

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My child has gastroenteritis, my breastfeeding increases his diarrhea. Should I stop breastfeeding?

My child has gastroenteritis, my breastfeeding increases his diarrhea. Should I stop breastfeeding?

No: Breastfeeding is the best choice for your baby.
However, if it persists, you should speak to the pediatrician to see if any further work up may be necessary to rule out any metabolic disorders. ...Read more

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My child is 2, I stopped breastfeeding her at 8 months old. My breast still leaks milk, why?

My child is 2, I stopped breastfeeding her at 8 months old. My breast still leaks milk, why?

Galactorrhea: Small amounts of milk or serous fluid are commonly expressed for weeks, months, or years from women who have previously been pregnant or lactating. Galactorrhea can also occur as a side effect of hypothyroidism which sometimes happens after pregnancy. Schedule a visit with your physician if you are still producing milk at 16 months after weaning, to rule out other causes. ...Read more

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How many years can a women breast feed one child?

How many years can a women breast feed one child?

No real limit.: There is no medical limitation; practical difficulties and traditional practices have more to do with cessation than any possibility of harm. ...Read more

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Please, my wife complains of something in her stomach after child dilivery which gives her pains anytime she's breastfeeding the baby. What that? Thks

Please, my wife complains of something in her stomach after child dilivery which gives her pains anytime she's breastfeeding the baby. What that? Thks

Likely uterus: Breast feeding stimulates a hormone (chemical) called oxytocin, which also stimulates uterine contractions. May be felt more acutely with breastfeeding a newborn, wife to talk to gyn, pediatrician. ...Read more

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I am prescribed 1 mg of Xanax (alprazolam) to take when needed I am breastfeeding my child is six weeks old. What is the best way to wein her off of breastmilk?

Immediately: Hope not taken during pregnancy the side effects to newborns can be severe as it comes thru in milk if you want to continue breast ask for different medications that would not hurt baby if continuing on xanax (alprazolam) do not breast feed the problem won't be with baby but with the pain in breast you should pump to relieve and wear tight bra as I am for breast try different meds. ...Read more

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Is a diabetic diet ok for pregnant or breastfeeding women? I am alil over 8 months pregnant with my first child. I am not diabetic but my fiancee is type 1. I want to make sure that I can do everything I can in my power to keep him healthy by cooking good

Is a diabetic diet ok for pregnant or breastfeeding women? I am alil over 8 months pregnant with my first child. I am not diabetic but my fiancee is type 1. I want to make sure that I can do everything I can in my power to keep him healthy by cooking good

It is likely ok: It is always recommended to eat healthy during pregnancy by taking in the appropriate and right amount of the different food groups. The underlying purpose of diabetic diets is to promote healthy eating. You should be fine to participate in a healthier lifestyle but if you continue to have concerns, review your pregnancy requirements with your doctor. ...Read more

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I really tried breastfeeding but was unable. Am I bad mother and will my child be permanently scarred?

I really tried breastfeeding but was unable. Am I bad mother and will my child be permanently scarred?

No: The inability to breastfeed can be for many reasons including low milk supply, anatomy, etc... Many mothers are unable to breastfeed. This does not mean you are any less of a mother. You can still have a strong bond with your infant while bottle feeding. Also, technology has produced formula which meets baby's nutritional needs. ...Read more

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Can breastfeeding cause my TSH level to go up? Before children my TSH was 5.11. After my second child my TSH is now 5.69.

Can breastfeeding cause my TSH level to go up? Before children my TSH was 5.11. After my second child my TSH is now 5.69.

Pregnancy can: Pregnancy can cause changes in the thyroid binding globulin which can change TSH values during that time. Breastfeeding will increase prolactin and "may" have altered your tsh. I would have it checked again in 6 months or after breastfeeding is done. ...Read more