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Doctor insights on: Breastfeeding And Lochia

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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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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6 weeks post op csection & exclusively breastfeeding 1st baby. Last lochia bleed at 4 wks. Now Bleeding bright redx5 days. Period or complication?

6 weeks post op csection & exclusively breastfeeding 1st baby. Last lochia bleed at 4 wks. Now Bleeding bright redx5 days. Period or complication?

Normal Period: It is most likely that this is your normal menstrual bleeding. Many women who are exclusively breastfeeding do continue to have their normal periods.Congratulations onyour new addition! ...Read more

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I'm 4 1/2 weeks postpartum via csection & i'm breastfeeding. 2wks ago my lochia was basically done then I started heavy & red & still going. Normal?

I'm 4 1/2 weeks postpartum via csection & i'm breastfeeding. 2wks ago my lochia was basically done then I started heavy & red & still going. Normal?

Maybe: If you've started on the progestin-only birth control pill (the "minipill") or gotten the birth control shot (depo-provera), you're likely to have spotting for a month or more; otherwise see you doctor for an early post-partum check. ...Read more

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When should someone be concerned about lochia? Is it happening because I'm breastfeeding?

When should someone be concerned about lochia? Is it happening because I'm breastfeeding?

Heavy bleeding, pain: Lochia is normal after having a baby, regardless of vaginal delivery, c-section, breastfeeding or bottle. Heavier bleeding should settle down within 5-10 days of the birth, but lighter bleeding & discharge can continue for 4-6 weeks. Contact your OB or midwife if the heavy bleeding is enough to soak through a pad an hour, continues past 10 days, or if you have pain, fever or odor. ...Read more

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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

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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

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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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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

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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