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Many things: Start with an increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome, add 2-3x incerase in bronchitis& ear infections & other respiratory issues. Add decreased growth & exposure to nicotine in the milk, short of this you will teach this child to smoke as an adult. I am not aware of any health benefits of smoking to you or your child. At least you are breast feeding, that's good. ...Read more
Hi can I use cremaffin syrup while bresrfeeding my baby is just 18 days... Does cremaffin effect baby on brestfeed??
I exclusively brestfeed my almost 2mo old and it has been 8 days since her last BM. Should I be worried? Or is this still normal?
Antihistamine: In general, allegra, benadryl, (diphenhydramine) and Claritin are considered "probably safe" to take during lactation. You should talk to your pediatrician to seek her or his opinion as well. The safest thing is to avoid all medications that could be transmitted to your child in breast milk. ...Read more
You're lucky that: 2-year-olds can drink milk from a cup, up to 16-21 oz. Of dairy products/day. Since you need to discard breast milk for 48 hours, it's a perfect time to wean. Parenting while "high" endangers your child. MDMA has no medical use, can permanently alter your brain's serotonin receptor sites & is " cut" with other dangerous drugs that can kill you. Which is more important to you - parenting or using? ...Read more
Best to wait: In general, elective procedures (any type of cosmetic procedure) should be avoided while you are breast feeding. Sometimes surgery is needed in emergencies, but the medications used may disrupt breast feeding. It would be better to wait and then discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more
I have pp anxiety will this ever go away? I am also brestfeeding and thinking I should stop Will my body's chemicals go back to normal once I stop bf?
Ways to overcome...: Postpartum anxiety and depression can be overcome! It is not due to breast feeding, so don't rely on stopping breast-feeding to help. Things that are shown to help include creating a happier lifestyle (don't try to be supermom; you can still be a great mom by being an ordinary loving mom); eat lots of fruits, vegetables, some nuts, beans, and whole grains; practice breathing and get sun exposure. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Work with dietition: Eat a balanced diet based on your pre-pregnancy weight, with the supplemental vitamins needed for baby. You can lose weight gradually as the baby takes the excess off in your milk. Some will need to work with a clinical dietitian (hospitals have them) to learn proper portion control and choices. After baby weans and you remain within the same guidelines you should be happy. ...Read more
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