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Breastfeeding And Lochia
I had unprotected sex 4 weeks after my c section. I am breastfeeding and still have lochia. What are the chances of me being pregnant?
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
6 weeks post op csection & exclusively breastfeeding 1st baby. Last lochia bleed at 4 wks. Now Bleeding bright redx5 days. Period or complication?
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?
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
Breastfeedin, not on BC, Irregular heavy bleeding wks 7-9 postpartum (after lochia ended) Occasional cramps and lasting a few days each time. Whats up?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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