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It is safe to take alfalfa supplement to boost up my milk supply while I am breastfeeding?

It is safe to take alfalfa supplement to boost up my milk supply while I am breastfeeding?

Alfalfa ok: It is reported that alfalfa increases milk supply it also is supposed to increase the fat content of breast milk. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more


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When do I take prenatal vitamins if breastfeeding?

When do I take prenatal vitamins if breastfeeding?

Daily: You can start taking vitamins immediately and continue on a daily basis. ...Read more

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Can you take collagen and prenatal vitamins while breastfeeding ?

Can you take collagen and prenatal vitamins while breastfeeding ?

Yes: You can take collagen and prenatal vitamins without any worry. If you are not vitamin deficient, they will provide little if any benefit and unused vitamins will flush out of your system within a day or so. ...Read more

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Do I need to give vitamin d supplements to infants who are fed infant formula?

Do I need to give vitamin d supplements to infants who are fed infant formula?

No: If your baby is fully formula fed, they should be getting enough vitamin d (400 iu/day) and should not need a supplement. If they are both formula and breast fed, you may need to supplement them with vitamin d if they are not getting 400 iu/day. ...Read more

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Will i need to take a fluoride supplement while pregnant?

Will i need to take a fluoride supplement while pregnant?

No: While recommended for children starting at 6 months only if their access to other Fluoride is low, you do not need to do this at all. Recent studies have shown no meaningful Fluoride uptake in the baby's teeth when mom takes pre-natal fluoride. It may be very beneficial to the baby 6 months after birth, however. Check with your pediatrician and dentist. There is a lot of misinformation on the web. ...Read more

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How do I decide which prenatal vitamin to take?

How do I decide which prenatal vitamin to take?

All the same: The extra vitamins, minerals and iron that are required during pregnancy are all available in the appropriate amounts in any over the counter adult multivitamin. There is nothing extra special or better about a prenatal. A higher price does not mean it is better for you. ...Read more

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Is biotin and mcg safe to take when breastfeeding?

Is biotin and mcg safe to take when breastfeeding?

Yes: Biotin is safe. By 'mcg' maybe you are referring to microgram? That's a unit of measurement, not an ingredient. If there was another ingredient you had a question about, consider resubmitting the question. ...Read more

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Some prenatals make me sick. Do woman need to take prenatals. Does not taking them effect the baby in anyway?

Some prenatals make me sick. Do woman need to take prenatals. Does not taking them effect the baby in anyway?

Check with doctor: Some pts can not take prenatals vitamins during their pregnancy-i have seen OB recommend pt to take one half daily .If you still have problems , your doctor can change to different one for you.You do need those vitamins for fetus to develop good , although some pts can not take at all.Discuss with your doctor if you have problems. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take prenatal vitamins and fenugreek together?

Is it safe to take prenatal vitamins and fenugreek together?

Should be: Although there is some data that fenugreek might decrease absorption of calcium, vitamin e, and potassium a little. ...Read more

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Is fenugreek completely safe to take while breast feeding? I need to increase my supply.

Is fenugreek completely safe to take while breast feeding? I need to increase my supply.

Probably: Fenugreek has been used for hundreds of years to increase milk supply. I have not been able to find any reports of harm from using fenugreek while lactating. Studies on its actual effectiveness, though, are equivocal. My opinion: it probably won't hurt, and it very well might help. I doubt people would have used it this long if it didn't help, at least some of the time. Give it a try. ...Read more

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Should I take prenatal vitamins before/while we are trying to get pregnant? Which prenatal vitamins do you recommend?

Should I take prenatal vitamins before/while we are trying to get pregnant? Which prenatal vitamins do you recommend?

Healthy diet: I recommend a healthy diet with adequate protein, calories and calcium. Be sure to get enough folic acid (in most bread and cereal products) or take a folic acid supplement. You can always take a multivitamin, but focusing on a healthy diet will be better for you and your baby in the long run. ...Read more

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Hello doctors, need to know if its safe to take probiotics, b vitamins, magnesium supplements while taking effexor (venlafaxine)? Nutrition is very important to me

Hello doctors, need to know if its safe to take probiotics, b vitamins, magnesium supplements while taking effexor (venlafaxine)? Nutrition is very important to me

Yes: Yes. There are no known interactions. I also advise everyone take at least 1000 mg of vit c 2x/day & vitamin d ~5000 iu/day during fall & winter- year round if you use sunscreen or don't get mid-day sun! also consider a lithium supp-see http://tahomaclinicblog.Com/lithium-the-misunderstood-mineral-part-1/ also see http://www.Naturalnews.Com/036336_ppis_acid_reflux_side_effects.Html re: prevacid. ...Read more

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Why is calcium so low in prenatal vitamins? Should i take extra supplements (in addition to prenatal vitamins) before and during pregnancy?

Why is calcium so low in prenatal vitamins?  Should i take extra supplements (in addition to prenatal vitamins) before and during pregnancy?

Not required by FDA: Discuss this with your gynecologist. Depending on your gynecologist's interpretation of the literature, medical association/society recommendations he/she follows, and your diet the proper recommendation will be made. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take 2500mcg of biotin vitamins when breast feeding?

Is it safe to take 2500mcg of biotin vitamins when breast feeding?

Unknown: There is really no data on whether high doses of biotin are safe while you're breastfeeding. Because it is unknown, i would not recommend taking it unless the biotin was prescribed by your doctor. Most over the counter biotin supplements are not necessary as it is extremely rare to have a biotin deficiency. ...Read more

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Can i take diet supplements when breastfeeding?

Can i take diet supplements when breastfeeding?

Avoid them: I am not certain what diet supplements mean as the term covers numerous supplements of various ingredients. Avoid anything during pregnancy that is not preapproved by your obstetrician. I would limit supplements to prenatal vitamins and folic acid. ...Read more

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Is fenugreek safe to take while nursing to help milk production? What else will help?

Is fenugreek safe to take while nursing to help milk production? What else will help?

Yes; many things:: Yes, it is safe ; usually helps. It occ. Causes loose stools. See http://kellymom.Com/bf/can-i-breastfeed/herbs/fenugreek/#effect other herbs like milk thistle, changes in feeding techniques, stress reduction, adequate rest etc. Also will help. See http://www.Breastfeedingbasics.Com/articles/increasing-your-milk-supply ; http://kellymom.Com/bf/got-milk/supply-worries/low-supply/#increase. ...Read more

Dr. Shari Jackson
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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