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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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I am breastfeeding and still taking my prenatal (materna)vitamins and omega 3 and metamucil. Any other alternative vitamins that I should take?

I am breastfeeding and still taking my prenatal (materna)vitamins and omega 3 and metamucil. Any other alternative vitamins that I should take?

Good regimen: Sounds like a nice regimen! I would only suggest changing to whole food based raw organic type multivitamins if possible. High quality Omega 3 fish oils are molecularly distilled to remove heavy metals such as Mercury. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Is it ok to drink Metamucil while breast feeding?

 Is  it  ok to drink Metamucil while breast feeding?

Yes It is ok: with breastfeeding, as it is a bulk laxative, acts locally in the bowel, no systemic absorption, so won't be secreted in the breast milk, ...Read more

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I Am constipated & have hemorrhoids from the birth of my child. What medicines can I take that don't have any effects on breastfeeding?

I Am constipated & have hemorrhoids from the birth of my child. What medicines can I take that don't have any effects on breastfeeding?

Constipation.: in this setting, the ideal would be to avoid medication altogether, if possible. I would begin by increasing the amount of fiber in your diet and considering taking a fiber supplement, such as Metamucil, daily. When you do that, you need to increase your fluid intake also. If you increase this gradually, it will not cause excess gassiness. Good luck. ...Read more

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Should i take Metamucil once a day?

Should i take Metamucil once a day?

That is fine: Insure that you are hydrating adequately.

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Is it healthier to take bulk former like Metamucil or eat lots of greens?

Is it healthier to take bulk former like Metamucil or eat lots of greens?

That's an easy one!: There is no substitute for fresh fruits & vegetables. No commercial fiber product can replicate the antioxidant, mineral, & vitamin benefits of produce. On the other hand, some people tolerate raw vegetables poorly with bloating, gasiness. For these people, or when vegetables may not be readily available, fiber supplements may suffice for bulk. Distinguish water soluble versus insoluble products. ...Read more

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Is it better to take Metamucil in the morning or at night?

Is it better to take Metamucil in the morning or at night?

Metamucil: Better at night with a full glass of water. As a laxative, expect results by the end of the following day. Also, night time is when the body produces cholesterol. Psyllium, the active ingredient in metamucil helps to reduce cholesterol. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take Metamucil on fodmap diet?

Is it okay to take Metamucil on fodmap diet?

Low FOD-MAP diet: The low fod-map diet identifies foods that may contribute to gassiness and bloating. Perhaps your future reduction of fod-map ingestants can be part of your greater effort toward healthier eating & drinking. Note that Metamucil may ferment in your gut to more gas. Be aware however that gassiness may be symptomatic of a bigger problem--see other HealthTap answers on the subject. ...Read more

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