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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

Nearly two-thirds of the United States population is overweight. There are many ways to determine if a person is overweight, but experts believe that a person's body mass index (BMI) is the best way to assess an adult's weight in relation to their height. * A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal. * Adults with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight. There are exceptions. For example, an athlete may have a higher BMI but not be overweight. * Adults with a BMI greater than 30 are considered obese. * Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 40 are considered extremely obese. * Anyone more than 100 pounds overweight is considered morbidly obese. A person with a high BMI may have a normal amount of body fat is they have ...Read more


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Is it ok to give my 2 year old breast milk since i just birthed his brother a week ago? My son is 2 years and 2 months old and now that he is a big brother he wants to have what his brother is having when i breast feed him. I tried very hard to breast fee

Is it ok to give my 2 year old breast milk since i just birthed his brother a week ago? My son is 2 years and 2 months old and now that he is a big brother he wants to have what his brother is having when i breast feed him. I tried very hard to breast fee

There : There is nothing unhealthy about your breast milk for your 2 yr. Old. I would recommend that you offer it in a cup though, as there is no reason to encourage your toddler to believe he should be treated the same as a newborn. Some regression in behavior is common when a new baby arrives, but it should not be encouraged. Instead shower your 2 yr. Old with praise for being the very important "big brother.". ...Read more

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I breastfeed my baby. & lately my right breast gets engorged and my left stays normal. Left looks like a size b and a big c for my right. What to do?

I breastfeed my baby. & lately my right breast gets engorged and my left stays normal. Left looks like a size b and a big c for my right. What to do?

Switch breast: You want to start your feeding with the small breast then the larger one. However, this is completely normal. It can happen and is no reason to stop or be concerned. It may not solve the problem. Some women pump the larger breast to drain it. ...Read more

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Why do my left side breast still big, droops and flat after having a baby and it has a slight pain i dont breast feed i just breast pump.

Why do my left side breast still big, droops and flat after having a baby and it has a slight pain i dont breast feed i just breast pump.

Change in shape: It is normal for your breasts to change in size and shape with and after breastfeeding. The slight pain could be a couple of things. As your milk " lets down" just before the milk begins to flow, you may be aware of a slight ACHE as the muscles around the milk ducts contract to get the milk going. Congratulations for breastfeeding your baby! He will be SO healthy! ...Read more

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6wk breast feed only won't stop crying, sucking on everything and drooling having hard time pooping when does watery going on for 2 weeks now?

6wk breast feed only won't stop crying, sucking on everything and drooling having hard time pooping when does watery going on for 2 weeks now?

Go over your diet: The baby seems hungry. Are you producing enough milk.drink more water and cut back on spicy foods in your diet.you can give1 tablespoon prune juice once a day.see the pediatrician and make sure the baby is gaining weight appropriately ...Read more

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I am currently 2 weeks postpartum, I did not breast feed...woke up this morning with a tender hard immovable lump in breast. What can this be?

I am currently 2 weeks postpartum, I did not breast feed...woke up this morning with a tender hard immovable lump in breast. What can this be?

Be examined: It may be a blocked milk duct but impossible to diagnose without an exam. See your doctor for an exam and consider an US. If it is red warm and tender it may be an area of infection. Try a cool pack and Tylenol (acetaminophen) for relief. All the best. ...Read more

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I fill some thing hard in my right breast and it is tender to percussion but i felt it this night and I am breastfeed a baby of 12 month?

I fill some thing hard in my right breast and it is tender to percussion but i felt it this night and I am breastfeed a baby of 12 month?

Possible clogged duc: Possible clogged ducts or mastitis, the way you describe it. Warm compress and continue breast feeding. If yo uhave fever or if the pain ets worse or if there is redness around, you might need to get to the physician for antibiotics. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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