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Can I Breastfeed After Chemotherapy
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
When does chemo being after mastectomy? I am having a double mastectomy and I am wondering how long it usually take before chemo radiation begins?
Short break: Chemotherapy is generally given before radiation. This starts 4-6 weeks after surgery. In most cases, radiation is not required after mastectomy. Exceptions are for patients with large tumors (>5cm), skin or muscle involvement with tumor, or > 3 lymph nodes involved with cancer; patients with any of these will benefit from post-mastectomy radiation. This is given over 6 weeks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Breast Feeding: It is better to not drink at all while you are breast feeding. If you do decide to use alcohol, it depends on the amount your drink, and when you stop. Small amounts can be out of your system in hours. Larger amounts will take 6 or more hours. Negligible alcohol becomes part of the breast milk, so pumping and discarding is not recommended (american academy of pediatrics). ...Read more
Medication: There are many medications to prevent and treat "breakthrough nausea" following chemotheray. However, sometimes it is not possible to completely prevent it. If your current medications are not working well enough, you should discuss this with your Oncology nurse and your oncologist. ...Read more
Anytime: In my opinion, you don't have to suspend breastfeeding after a single dose of narcotics. Dilaudid is a powerful narcotic but 2 mg is a relatively small dose. If you did decide to interrupt breastfeeding anyway, i would pump and discard 24 hrs worth of milk after the Dilaudid dose. ...Read more
How long i can still take cerrazette pill(opp suitable for breast feeding mothers) and now i stopped breast feeding 3months ago?
Minipill use: It is preferred if you use a Progesterone only minipill for contraception that you are breast feeding every 2-4 hours to maintain its effectiveness. If not, then switch to a combination ocp for best protection frm pregnancy if you are able to use this . If you cannot use a combination ocp, then the Progesterone only pill is ok combined with backup contraception such as condoms. ...Read more
I need to go on meds for 6month, i only breastfed 11 weeks, can I induce lactation again after such a long time? Im so upset i can not breastfeed :(
What medication ?: Some medications can actually be taken during breastfeeding. If you are going on medications the doctors know are toxic, then relaction through hormonal manipulation is possible. However, a baby who has bottle fed for that long may show little interest in going back. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Three basic plans: Cold turkey: bind yourself & send baby to others to bottle feed until they will for you.(painful & frustrating for both but some do ok.) gradual: drop a feeding every day or two, using bottle instead. At some point body drops supply & you can accelerate coming off. (less pain) some also use baby to soften a tense breast but follow with a bottle.This tells the breast to slow production. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Conceive First: Recommend completing pregnancies prior to having breast reduction surgery. Filling of glands for milk production (even if not breast feeding) enlarges the breasts. After return to normal, additional loss of native breast fat and sagging skin is a common result. By waiting until no further pregnancies are planned, then deal with reduction and lifting as needed. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Not ideally: Good morning! i do not recommend breast augmentation right after childbirth, there are too many factors at play to accurately choose the appropriate implant size, shape, and position of your implant right after childbirth. In addition, it is thought that active milk ducts can increase the risk of implant infection. I hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Oh, gravity!: Wear a good supportive bra, and tone the pectoralis muscles that sit underneath the breasts. Beyond this, unfortunately, we have little to do to fight gravity. Consult a plastic surgeon if you are distressed about your breasts, though. Breast lifts are commonly done. ...Read more
I have been exclusively breastfeeding for 4 months, when can I expect to have my first period after delivery? Will my period effect my milk supply?
Varies: Great job on the great feeding! Keep it up! Your period may not start until you stop breast feeding. However, it could start earlier to. It varies from woman to woman. If your period comes, your milk supply should not be significantly affected if you are consistently breast feeding. Keep up the great work! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Your surgeon: Should provide you with option of immediate post-mastectomy reconstruction, if it is technically feasible. If, for whatever reason, you do not-or did not-have this option, you probably should wait one year after your last treatment, whether it was mastectomy or radiation treatment. Consult a reconstructive plastic surgeon for specific opinion in your case. ...Read more
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