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Bronchitis While Breastfeeding
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
Dr prescribed Dulera (formoterol and mometasone) for bronchitis. I'm breastfeeding. Said take immediately after feeding to decrease exposure risk. Safe?
Yes: Is safe although It is not known if DULERA (formoterol and mometasone) passes into your milk and if it can harm your baby. Talk to your doctor about other alternatives. ...Read more
Wanna know if I can use Plan B while breastfeeding my baby, and if there is any side effect on the baby?
NO plan B RX.: Rx given during breast feeding affects the baby. ...Read more
Can I take a Plan B pill while breastfeeding? I just had my baby two months ago and I had a scare last night and want to make sure that I can take a Plan B pill and not harm my baby in the process.
Plan b or any other form of progestin-only emergency contraception is considered safe while breast feeding. Even though small amounts of the hormone may pass through into the breast milk, it will not harm your baby nor will it effect your breast milk quality or quantity.
That being said, most women who are exclusively breast feeding in the first 6 months after having a baby will not ovulate and cannot get pregnant. Just to be safe, though, if you absolutely do not want to get pregnant again, using Plan B is the safest way to go. Good luck! ...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
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
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
Albacore okay: Yes it is fine to have 6 ozs of albacore tuna per week while breastfeeding. The reason for limitation is due to concerns re mercury content of certain fishes including albacore. Fish is an excellent source of omega-3s. Low mercury containing fish include salmon, trout, anchovies, herring, sardines, and shad. ...Read more
What's question?: I'm sorry to hear you did not have a good experience with nursing your baby. It's likely the baby is not positioning your nipple correctly in its mouth leading to your discomfort. Thanks a lot for trying - the baby got some benefit even if you only tried for one day. If you are on the fence about stopping, I urge you to see a certified lactation consultant who can assist you with positioning. ...Read more
See below: Breast milk is the gold standard for formulas. All formulas are made to mimic the nutritional benefits of breast milk. There are some benefits for reduced illnesses, ear infection, brain, and visual benefit. One other benefit is that it is free. The average cost of formula for the first year is around 2, 500 dollars. ...Read more
Allergenic foods: All over the world, women breastfeed their babies just fine. These women have very different diets from one another, yet as long as they eat balanced diets with a good variety of foods, they should do well with their breastfeeding. A breastfeeding mom may avoid a food that she is allergic to, or that she suspects is causing a change in a baby's behavior; and should discuss this with the doctor. ...Read more
Patience: If there is a good lactation consultant in your area, contact her! If there are support groups for mothers of twins and triplets, also contact them. They can be invaluable! It is possible to nurse multiples...Pace yourself, ask for help, and if you have to supplement it is ok! Be sure ou are eating and drinking enough to keep up supply and that you have down time. You rock! ...Read more
Yes: This poses no health risks to the baby, but keep the volume low as the sound and lights may distract the baby from nursing well. Make sure you continue to pay attention to your baby, they will be giving you cues as to when they are done, if they are comfortable, etc. Nursing is a great time to bond with your baby so just make sure you don't tune out completely with the tv! ...Read more
Pump it up!: While it is true breast feeding takes time and commitment, you can work and breast feed if your employer is one that will work with you. You don't need to supplement with formula if you can take the time to pump during your work day. I made it through medical school and pediatric residency while breast feeding - pumped when I wasn't available to the baby. ...Read more
Eat Your Usual Diet!: You can pretty much eat whatever you ate during pregnancy. What's really important is to get adequate amounts of dairy products and fluids so you can make enough milk. If you don't like dairy take extra calcium and if your vitamin d levels are low, take a good vitamin d supplement. As always take adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables and it is good to take a probiotic like acidophillus as well. ...Read more
No: No, you can breast feed as long as you like. ...Read more
Pl avoid for now: " After you have your baby, you are probably anxious to return to your pre-baby weight and body. However, using weight loss supplements while breastfeeding is not only unnecessary, but they also can have a negative impact on your baby's health. It is much healthier for both you and your baby if you lose weight gradually and naturally." ...Read more