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I am breastfeeding and get a prickly stinging sensation in my armpits towards the end of the day. It started last week. Is this normal?

I am breastfeeding and get a prickly stinging sensation in my armpits towards the end of the day. It started last week. Is this normal?

Breast feeding : Yes and no. Many women describe pains, "heaviness" in the arms, prickly sensations, and other discomfort when feeding. Sometimes, merely adjusting the position of baby helps. It is nothing to worry about and doesn't mean you have mastitis. If you can't find a more comfortable position, give your OB or pediatrician a call and discuss tricks and tips they have recommended to their other patients. ...Read more

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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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Hi I have a pinching burning sensation right below my left breast. .I breast feed and I only get the pain when I lay and feed him?

Hi I have a pinching burning sensation right below my left breast. .I breast feed and I only get the pain when I lay and feed him?

Positioning: Examine your breast in that area for redness or swelling. Since this seems to be positional, it is possible that the baby is not getting a proper latch in this position. Take care at your next feeding to be sure baby opens wide and that the tip of your nipple is in the back of his mouth. Be sure also to rotate positions equally such that you are compressing all of the mild ducts equally! ...Read more

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Can skin-on-skin contact help with breastfeeding?

Can skin-on-skin contact help with breastfeeding?

Yes: Absolutely! it's one of the best things to do with a newborn to help with milk supply. The more time mom and baby spend together, the more opportunities to feed and therefore increase milk production. Plus, there are other benefits as well, like temperature regulation and the development of a sense of safety and security. ...Read more

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Is there any chemicals breastfeeding mothers should avoid when choosing skin care products?

Is there any chemicals breastfeeding mothers should avoid when choosing skin care products?

YES, many...: Unfortunately there is absolutely no regulation of what companies can put into skin care products, and the chemicals in those products are absorbed into our bloodstreams and can wind up in breast milk. The list of common toxins is too numerous to list here so i advise you go to http://www.Ewg.Org/skindeep/ , a fantastic resource for checking on the safety & toxicity of virtually all skin products. ...Read more

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What it the safety profile of phenoxyethanol as a preservative? Can I use skin care product containing phenoxyethanol if I am breastfeeding?

What it the safety profile of phenoxyethanol				  as a preservative? Can I use skin care product containing phenoxyethanol if  I am breastfeeding?

It's probably ok: But how about you just get products that are totally safe? I love the environmental working group's website for finding safe products and for evaluating the safety of the ones you have. Here's the page for phenoxyethanol: http://www.Ewg.Org/skindeep/ingredient/704811/phenoxyethanol/. It says it is low to moderate in toxicity. ...Read more