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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

Dr. Ana Adelstein
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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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Can cancer cells be transmitted through breast milk while breast feeding?

Can cancer cells be transmitted through breast milk while breast feeding?

No: There are no proven instances of a mother transmitting cancer to her baby through breast feeding, even if she has breast cancer. Though breast feeding would not be advisable in someone with breast cancer. ...Read more

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Rash on breast during or after breast feeding?

Rash on breast during or after breast feeding?

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

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Breast redness while breastfeeding?

Breast redness while breastfeeding?

Check LATCH: It could be that your baby has an incorrect latch or his/her mouth is not open wide enough when feeding. See a lactation consultant or pediatrician to evaluate both the latch and your breast. ...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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After breast feeding stopped i develop lump in breast reason and treatment?

May be: A galactocele from a blocked milk duct causing a milk cyst to form. Try local heat & contact your doctors to identify what this may be. ...Read more

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Is my baby allergic to breast milk?

Is my baby allergic to breast milk?

No: (probably not). It is very rare for babies to have intolerance to breast milk. On rare occasions babies may be intolerant to a food they are exposed to in their mother's diet through breast milk. Allergy skin tests can help determine if this may be the case. Common symptoms of this may include rash/eczema or even vomiting/spitting up. It should be noted that most colic is not due to food allergy. ...Read more

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Does infection from breast feeding make you have lumpy breasts?

Does infection from breast feeding make you have lumpy breasts?

It Can: Breast infections associated with breastfeeding may take the form of diffuse swelling (mastitis) and/or fluid-filled lumps that require drainage (abscess). Of course, the breast may get very "lumpy-bumpy" with breastfeeding without any infection. Either way, the lumps should resolve after treatment of the infection and discontinuation of breast-feeding. ...Read more

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I am pumping to feed my baby breast milk but also using formula. (i'm not producing enough). Should I do breast milk only and formula only bottles?

I am pumping to feed my baby breast milk but also using formula. (i'm not producing enough). Should I do breast milk only and formula only bottles?

I would: I don't have science behind this, but i don't know if mixing breast milk and formula will break down the good proteins in either liquid. I'm probably being overly cautious with this recommendation. So, if it was my baby, i wouldn't mix. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Might i still breastfeed with the nipple incision breast augmentation?

Might i still breastfeed with the nipple incision breast augmentation?

Probably-no warranty: In all likelihood, you will be able to nurse. However it is possible that significant ductal damage may be incurred, that nursing may be difficult or impossible. If this is a major concern, you should either avoid implants until after completion of pregnancies or consider breast crease or armpit incisions. Remember that even without implants nursing may not be possible. ...Read more

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Can I pump breast milk by hand?

Can I pump breast milk by hand?

Yes: Absolutely! i used the technique of manual expression for both of my children and it was awesome. Most people who hear this think the concept seems very strange, however i found hand expression to be more efficient for me than a breast pump. Check out this video from stanford on the technique: http://newborns.Stanford.Edu/breastfeeding/handexpression.Html. ...Read more

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Why does excessive breast pumping tend to dry up milk? I am breast pump and breast feeding. I am afraid of drying out

Why does excessive breast pumping tend to dry up milk? I am breast pump and breast feeding. I am afraid of drying out

You have to be relax: Stressing yourself out and worrying too much may contribute to drying you up. You can use fenugreek to increase milk production by 900 % per research studies! drink plenty of fluids and get enough sleep 8 hours straight . Good luck .Fyi -pumping helps stimulate milk production not the other way around. ...Read more

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My nipples are cracking during feeding. Is this breast cancer?

An eczema- like rash: That persists after a few wks should be biopsies but it sounds like chapping. ...Read more

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Does massaging and using hot oad on breast increase milk flow?

Does massaging and using hot oad on breast increase milk flow?

Yes: Breast massage and manual expression will increase breast milk production. ...Read more

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I having pain and yellowish nipple discharge from one duct right breast. Mainly on pressure applied, on night clothes. Not breast feeding. Scared!?

I having pain and yellowish nipple discharge from one duct right breast. Mainly on pressure applied, on night clothes. Not breast feeding. Scared!?

Please do not panic: Yellow discharge is normal for many women. If the discharge becomes red/bloody or brown, then see your doctor immediately. It is important to do breast self exam monthly. If there is anything that feels different, then see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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What to avoid while breast feeding baby?

What to avoid while breast feeding baby?

See below: Smoking, use of illicit drugs, and heavy drinking should be avoided. Consult either your doctor or pediatrician before you take any medication. ...Read more