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Doctor insights on: Do I Have To Cut Back On My Sex Life While Breastfeeding

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Couples often worry about having sex during pregnancy. They may be afraid that having sex could cause a miscarriage or harm the baby. It is best to talk to your doctor or nurse midwife about your specific situation to make sure you are considered at low risk for complications such a ...Read more


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5mths postpartum, exclusively breastfeeding. How can PPD (postpartum depression) affect ones sex life?

5mths postpartum, exclusively breastfeeding. How can PPD (postpartum depression) affect ones sex life?

Yes, it can: In fact, it can effect everything and is very worth seeking specialized treatment for. The well-being of your entire family (especially you) is in the balance. It's a common condition w/ elements that come from hormone changes, life demands, emotional intensity of relationships, etc. A good fit w/ an experienced therapist really helps. If meds are needed briefly they'll help select the right one. ...Read more

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Im currently breastfeeding my 8mo old¬ having cycles, but when i engage in sexual intercourse i always bleed kinda heavy & cramp is that normal?

Im currently breastfeeding my 8mo old¬ having cycles, but when i engage in sexual intercourse i always bleed kinda heavy & cramp is that normal?

No: While it is likely nothing serious, it is not normal to frequently or persistently have bleeding and pain after intercourse. I would advise you see your gynecologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Doctors, how much would you have to cut back in breastfeeding in an attempt to ovulate?

Doctors, how much would you have to cut back in breastfeeding in an attempt to ovulate?

There is no rule but: There may be many factors which can affect a brest feeding womens fertility, and may include frequency and amount of sucking, so if you decrease that you may start ovulating but how much and how can not be calculated. ...Read more

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Breastfeeding my 12 month old with no period. Lower abdominal and back cramps, night nausea, painful sex with negative pregnancy test. Any help?

Breastfeeding my 12 month old with no period. Lower abdominal and back cramps, night nausea, painful sex with negative pregnancy test. Any help?

Low estrogen state: As long as you are breastfeeding your body will remain in a low estrogen state with minimal pituitary activity. That accounts for the thinning of the vaginal walls and painful intercourse that can be addressed with local estrogen cream or breastfeeding cessation. I also hope contraception is being used as an egg can still "pop out" with attendant pregnancy. See your GYN MD for further advice & Rx. ...Read more

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When I was baby I didn't get breast feeding, will this affect my sex life?

When I was baby I didn't get breast feeding, will this affect my sex life?

No: Breastfeeding or lack of it will not affect your ultimate sexuality. The major benefits of breastfeeding are supplemental immunity and digestive aid along with closeness between the mom and baby. ...Read more

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Do silicone implants affect sex life and breast feeding?

Do silicone implants affect sex life and breast feeding?

Yes but be informed: It is very safe but there are some concerns that I have addressed in the video link below. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fybsihrevec;sns=em in fact it has been shown that women with silicone breast implants produce milk with less silicone than formula fed infants. There are other concerns about capsular contracture and ptosis which are discussed in the video. ...Read more

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My baby is almost 3 months old. I started out breastfeeding but only breastfed for maybe 2 weeks. I want to go back to breastfeeding...?

My baby is almost 3 months old. I started out breastfeeding but only breastfed for maybe 2 weeks. I want to go back to breastfeeding...?

Relactating: It is not too late to relactate, but it will take some time/effort and patience. You should find out how to set up a supplement system so the baby suckles at your breast and gets formula and the little bit of milk you may be starting to produce a the breast. A tube is taped along your breast with the tip by your nipple and the milk put in a syringe hooked up to it. Seek lactation consultant help. ...Read more

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Does breastfeeding influence women's sex drive?

Does breastfeeding influence women's sex drive?

Nursing and sex: Of course, every woman is different, and many nursing mothers report that breastfeeding doesn't affect their libido one way or another. Some even feel more sexual than their bottle-feeding peers, finding breastfeeding an extremely pleasant, and even sensual, experience that can translate into amorous feelings for their partner. ...Read more

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Is femiplan safe while breastfeeding, what dosage is recommended 24hrs after having sex?

Is femiplan safe while breastfeeding, what dosage is recommended 24hrs after having sex?

Femiplan: Femiplan represents a range of family planning products including Combined Oral Contraceptives (COCs), Progestin-Only Injectables (Depo Provera) and Male Condoms. Unable to clarify which product you are referring to. Resubmit question with specific Femiplan product you are planning on using. ...Read more

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Is it normal for breastfeeding moms to be having trouble with sex?

Is it normal for breastfeeding moms to be having trouble with sex?

Often: There are many factors here. A nice article can be found here: http://www.bellybelly.com.au/breastfeeding/libido-and-breastfeeding-whats-happened-to-my-sex-drive-now-i-am-breastfeeding#.U8pk8mK9KSM ...Read more

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Can you tell me if on days I'm off she wants to bottle feed anyone know suggestion to help her get back to breastfeeding when I'm home?

Can you tell me if on days I'm off she wants to bottle feed anyone know suggestion to help her get back to breastfeeding when I'm home?

Keep trying: You can only try. Some babies prefer the bottle since it's easier. Some prefer the breast. You can try offering the breast in the evening and in the morning, when she's most likely to want to snuggle. It also helps if you give the breast and someone else gives the bottle. Don't worry too much. If she gets some breast milk, she will still get the benefits. ...Read more

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Will breastfeeding disrupt my sex drive?

Will breastfeeding disrupt my sex drive?

Yes: Breast feeding is a rewarding and bonding experience but also time and energy consuming. This may then leave you with a reduced sex drive due to physical fatigue, you may also be overwhelmed with other chores. Due to hormonal changes associated with nursing, one may encounter vaginal sensitivity/dryness-remediable. Emotional/intellectual spousal intimacy will allow sex drive to return. ...Read more

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When your period comes back after breastfeeding is it regular?

When your period comes back after breastfeeding is it regular?

Depends: The period may be irregular for a few months post breastfeeding period but usually returns to pre-pregnancy regularity. Every woman is different. If concerns, please speak with your ob/gyn. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take "bayer back and body" every six hours, while breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take "bayer back and body" every six hours, while breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding: In general, it is best to avoid medications unless they are critical to your well being. Please speak with your cardiologist regarding the necessity of Bayer (aspirin) for your health. ...Read more

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I am getting steroid injections in my back is it safe to continue breastfeeding?

I am getting steroid injections in my back is it safe to continue breastfeeding?

Let me explain: Prednisolone is excreted in small amounts into breast milk. However, systemic effects in the infant are unlikely with doses of up to 40mg of Prednisolone or equivalent; infants should be monitored for adrenal suppression if the mothers are taking a higher dose. Most of the time the dose for injection is 40 mg. ...Read more

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How long do i have to wait to start back breastfeeding after taking fat burner shot?

How long do i have to wait to start back breastfeeding after taking  fat burner shot?

24 hours?: I dont know whats in your fat burner shot, generally medications and foods are in breast milk, even significant exercise can affect the milk, I would give 24 hours, the La Leche foundation can help with questions. I would have to ask why a fat burner shot now, do after weaning from breast feeding. ...Read more

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If I stopped breastfeeding a month and a half after my child was born, how can I start my milk production back to flowing?

If I stopped breastfeeding a month and a half after my child was born, how can I start my milk production back to flowing?

Nipple stimulation: Simple nipple stimulation and suckling will create milk production. It might take a while but it has worked since the days of "nurse maids". ...Read more

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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