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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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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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How to relieve constipation while breastfeeding?

How to relieve constipation while breastfeeding?

Stool softeners : The safest thing would probably be stool softeners. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is theoretically safe but has not been studied enough to give it a higher than c rating for safety in bf. I would consult your gyn first before doing so. ...Read more

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What can I take for constipation while breastfeeding?

What can I take for constipation while breastfeeding?

Breast feeding meds : Most stool softeners and laxatives are safe. Drinking more liquids., eating more fruits and veggies and getting an ample supply of fiber will help a lot. Try to find a regular personal time when you are not rushed. The intestine likes to work on a regular schedule. ...Read more

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Can breastfeeding cause constipation? Have not been constipated since my pregnancy 2 years ago and normally have no problem.

Can breastfeeding cause constipation? Have not been constipated since my pregnancy 2 years ago and normally have no problem.

Dehydration: More than likely your body might be running low on fluid volume if you are not monitoring how much you are drinking and losing a lot of fluid via breastfeeding. Dehydration can lead to constipation as your large intestin recaptures much of the fluid that makes it down that far and leaves you constipated. ...Read more

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Does mother having constipation affect baby, when mother is breastfeeding?

Does mother having constipation affect baby, when mother is breastfeeding?

No: Well, i don't believe there have been any studies that demonstrate any adverse effect of constipation in a breastfeeding mother to her baby. It's not good to have it, though, for other reasons! ...Read more

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Is it safe to drink prune juice for constipation while breastfeeding?

Is it safe to drink prune juice for constipation while breastfeeding?

Constipation : Bottoms up. No problem with drinking prune juice. Fiber comes in many foods. You can have variety and still do your work! Lots of plain water works well too. ...Read more

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Can i take 3 ballerina tea (contains senna) while breastfeeding 4 days after childbirth? To ease constipation.

Can i take 3 ballerina tea (contains senna) while breastfeeding 4 days after childbirth? To ease constipation.

Constipation: Constipation is a common problem after childbirth. The american academy of pediatrics states that senna is one of the GI agents compatible with breastfeeding, along with cimetidine, atropine, cascara, cisapride, loperamide, and Magnesium Sulfate http://tinyurl.com/kqodhtr some sources show that maternal use of senna can result in loose stools in babies; some don't. http://tinyurl.com/llvbgss. ...Read more

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Is there any safe prescription or anything that can be done for irritable bowel syndrome-constipation while breastfeeding my 7 month old?

Is there any safe prescription or anything that can be done for irritable bowel syndrome-constipation while breastfeeding my 7 month old?

Certainly: Increasing evidence suggests that the use of "probiotics" has been found to assist in the normalization of many sufferers of ibs. Probiotics would not be harmful during breast feeding. Additionally, during bouts of constipation, polyethylene glycol (aka miralax) is commonly used for constipation in pediatrics; therefore, use by you should not pose a problem while breastfeeding. Both avaiable otc. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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