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Can I drink cow's milk while breastfeeding?

Can I drink cow's milk while breastfeeding?

Yes: While it is generally safe, there are a few uncommon allergic reactions that babies can have to dairy products in the maternal diet. Evaluating your baby's overall level of fussiness after breast-feeding may give you a clue if they're tolerating it well, and blood in your baby's stool is a red flag to stop all dairy products. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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My elder sister is on breastfeeding. Can her husband drink her milk? Or it will affect on her baby?

My elder sister is on breastfeeding. Can her husband drink her milk? Or it will affect on her baby?

No problem, unless..: Unless a mom has too little milk, it doesn't matter at all that somebody else (such as a twin sibling or another person) is drinking some of the milk. The breasts will make more. So, as long as the baby is well-fed and happily growing, Mom is fine to share her breast milk. ...Read more

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My elder sister is on breastfeeding. Can her husband drink her milk? Will it affect to her baby if she is feeding them?

My elder sister is on breastfeeding. Can her husband drink her milk? Will it affect to her baby if she is feeding them?

Unusual practice: This is an unusual practice. Technically, it shouldn't affect the baby except that baby may not get enough breast milk. ...Read more

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Is it best for me to drink whole milk while breastfeeding?

Is it best for me to drink whole milk while breastfeeding?

No: No, there is no need to drink whole milk during breastfeeding. The only difference is a higher fat content and that is unnecessary for the infant or you. However, any recommendation to pursue restriction diets is unfounded and dangerous. Several review studies (including a cochrane review) have shown that elimination diets do not definitively reduce allergy or colic. ...Read more

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My baby is 12 days old and I've been breastfeeding. I only have given him the bottle 3 times and now he doesn't want to drink any milk from my breasts.

My baby is 12 days old and I've been breastfeeding. I only have given him the bottle 3 times and now he doesn't want to drink any milk from my breasts.

Breast feeding: Does he latch on and have a good suck? breastfeeding is hard work 4 a newborn. Sometimes babies get "lazy" after a bottle - the holes in the nipple of the bottle provide a faster fluid flow then your own milk ducts. I would keep at it - allowing him time to latch on. If he's hungry he will suck - worst case scenario - you have to pump your breasts into a bottle. Keep trying ...Read more

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I bought 3, 4 books on breastfeeding and how to produce more milk with nutrition and drinking water + milk. I hope to b/f for2+ yrs, does diet help?

I bought 3, 4 books on breastfeeding and how to produce more milk with nutrition and drinking water + milk. I hope to b/f for2+ yrs, does diet help?

Kind of...: The absolute best way to make milk is to breastfeed exclusively! As a doctor AND a mom, I can tell you that breastfeeding is supply and demand. Some days you will feel like you breastfeed nonstop, then others it will be sporadic. Lots of fluids will help keep you hydrated to allow your body to keep producing, so water is a must! Drinking milk will not help you make more milk, breastfeeding will! ...Read more

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Is it safe to drink soy or almond milk while exclusively breastfeeding my 5 month old?

Is it safe to drink soy or almond milk while exclusively breastfeeding my 5 month old?

Yes: Cows don't drink milk while making it, so you don't have to either. Just maintain a balanced nutrition and your body will sort it out. ...Read more

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Is it safe for my baby, if I drink dandelion root tea during breastfeeding to reduce edema? Will it pass to the milk?

Is it safe for my baby, if I drink dandelion root tea during breastfeeding to reduce edema? Will it pass to the milk?

I hope you discussed: The benefits vs. Risks of your progesterone & anti-prolactin medications with both your OB & your Pediatrician. Apparently, one shouldn't use dandelion tea as a diuretic for more than 3-4 weeks, nor take it with a prescribed diuretic. Since there are no studies on the " dose" of the tea, I can't tell you what %age crosses into breastmilk or how safe it is. ...Read more

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How many day em I supposed to pump out my milk and not breast feed if I drink & or smoke?

How many day em I supposed to pump out my milk and not breast feed if I drink & or smoke?

Hard to say: Since milk is made continuously and the byproducts of drinking and smoking enter the milk, it is hard to be clear of any effort that would protect baby. Pumping and dumping for 4-6 hours after a night of drinking would likely clear the milk to a degree. The residual smoke you cannot smell remains in your hair and on your clothing. Baby will inhale ; be exposed regardless as long as you smoke. ...Read more

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My 9 month old baby doesn't drink adequate amount of milk and is too fussy upon eating too. I breast feed him?

My 9 month old baby doesn't drink adequate amount of milk and is too fussy upon eating too. I breast feed him?

Expand his diet: Avoid certain foods like eggs and sea food, and stay away from foods that are hard to chew and can cause choking. I was not sure if he is being breast fed or also takes formula, breast feeding is best, of course. ...Read more

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One year old daughter crying for breast feed in night. Eats mild solids well. Not drinking bottle milk. Expects me always around her, else she cries?

One year old daughter crying for breast feed in night. Eats mild solids well. Not drinking bottle milk. Expects me always around her, else she cries?

Possible teething: She may be crying at night for another reason. At a year of age she is conceivably teething thereby giving her pain. Try giving her Ibuprofen or tylenol (acetaminophen) at bedtime and see if that soothes her. If you want to stop the night time feeds another thing you can try, is to let her cry it out. Go to her when wakes up, sooth her but don't pick her up. After 3-4 nights and you'll get your rest. ...Read more

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Can you drink non-alcoholic beer while breastfeeding to increase breast milk?

Can you drink non-alcoholic beer while breastfeeding to increase breast milk?

? non-alcoholic?: If there is ABSOLUTELY NO alcohol in the product I could consider it harmless. The near beers that have low amounts in the product are still a danger. Any alcohol will cross easily into the BM & one of its byproducts is formaldehyde, sometimes uses as an embalming agent. ...Read more

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My 7 week old baby when he is breastfeeding I can hear the milk going down in his stomach does that mean he's drinking to fast or that he's gasy?

My 7 week old baby when he is breastfeeding I can hear the milk going down in his stomach does that mean he's drinking to fast or that he's gasy?

Normal...: He just hasn't learned proper table manners yet! . Actually, it just means that you have a good milk supply and it comes out easily and quickly. ...Read more

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When should you switch to formula or cow's milk after breastfeeding?

When should you switch to formula or cow's milk after breastfeeding?

Transitioning diet: At one year of age, it is generally recommended that a baby be transitioned to 18-24 ounces of non-formula milk and three meals, with two snacks per day. ...Read more

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Nutritionally, is it better or worse to introduce cow's milk at 12 months if the baby is still breastfeeding?

Nutritionally, is it better or worse to introduce cow's milk at 12 months if the baby is still breastfeeding?

No effect: I don't believe it is either good or bad for most babies, whether cow's milk is started at one year of not, if breastfeeding is continued. Breastmilk can't be beat easily as a perfect food but it is not enough alone and a nurtritious varied diet is best at this age. However breastmilk is an adequate replacement for cow's milk if still breastfeeding. ...Read more

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Attempting to wean my 21 months old from breastfeeding. How much cow's milk does he need instead? He's refusing the cup/bottle so far. Suggestions?

Attempting to wean my 21 months old from breastfeeding. How much cow's milk does he need instead? He's refusing the cup/bottle so far. Suggestions?

Weaning: Try to taper breast feeding gradually while training the child to use a sippy cup. 4 cups of milk 6 oz ea plus eating regular balanced diet including cheeses & yogurt should be sufficient. Good luck. ...Read more

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My daughter is 11months&been breast feed. I try winging her off with formula but of course she didn't take it. Can I give her cow milk? If so which kind?

My daughter is 11months&been breast feed. I try winging her off with formula but of course she didn't take it. Can I give her cow milk? If so which kind?

Alternatives: The aap recs bf or formula for the first year yet often the kid whose growing well can go to regular bovine milk at this age. Often bf mom's have pbs with offering anything because baby can smell u & wants the real stuff. Before abandoning formula u might have dad or other helper offer the feed when babe should be hungry & see if that works. If milk, use reg not skim or low fat until 2yo. ...Read more

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I am breastfeeding. Can I take herbellife soy protienn mix and any supplement? My baby get cow milk allergy from my milk.

I am breastfeeding. Can I take herbellife soy protienn mix and any supplement? My baby get cow milk allergy from my milk.

Breastfeeding: Please be very cautious about taking supplements while breastfeeding because of impurities that might be detrimental to your baby. Your baby will not develop cow milk allergy by breastfeeding. ...Read more

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I am looking for some healthful & effective suggestions for how to help my breastfeeding 1-year-old adjust to cows milk? So far she doesn't like it!

I am looking for some healthful & effective suggestions for how to help my breastfeeding 1-year-old adjust to cows milk? So far she doesn't like it!

Necessity is the: Mother of invention. Offer a maximum of 16-21 oz./day of whole milk & milk products, the milk from an open-mouth cup with meals, if she no lactose intolerance or milk protein allergy.. Sipping milk or juice off & on from a Sippy cup leads to dental caries. It's time for her 1st visit to a periodontist. You can wean or not, just don't give bottles. She will be harder to wean at 15 mos. Or >. ...Read more

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I've been breastfeeding my 8 m/o since she was born and she's losing interest to the point where she drinks once a day, is it ok to give her whole milk?

Infant formula: Try continuing to offer breast first--starting on alternate sides (to stimulate milk production)--if your little one simply refuses the breast, consider one of the standard formulae which contains iron and vitamins. Whole milk should not begin till your infant is one year old. Best to discuss this with your pediatrician. By the way any new diet or soaps for you that may influence your milk? ...Read more

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Breastfeeding a 1 year old, eats solids and drinks milk but still nursing, mainly for pacification. Should I wing or wait till she is ready?

Breastfeeding a 1 year old, eats solids and drinks milk but still nursing, mainly for pacification. Should I wing or wait till she is ready?

Joint decision: The nutrition & nurturing benefits of breast feeding are well accepted, with some drop off in the nutrition aspect after kids are well into solids @ 8m.The nurturing aspect varies with the kid. If baby makes short work of the feed, 10min/side & wiggles to get down they are showing they don't value the nurturing as much as others. These kids can be weaned as you desire. Those that linger need longer. ...Read more

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There are lots of articles these days about the dangers of consuming cow milk, and since I drink it almost daily I was wondering how healthy it is?

There are lots of articles these days about the dangers of consuming cow milk, and since I drink it almost daily I was wondering how healthy it is?

Healthy milk: I am just answering this by using common sense.
I also have been drinking cow's milk all my life, and never had a problem.
Also in all my years of practice, never had a patient complain or be concerned with safety of cows milk.
The reality is that if there was a significant risk of cows milk, this would be on the national news.
The Dairy industry has too much invested to allow such a problem. ...Read more

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Is there any interaction between drinking cow milk and taking accutane? Can I drink cow milk when I am on accutane?

Is there any interaction between drinking cow milk and taking accutane? Can I drink cow milk when I am on accutane?

You're fine: Dairy products seem to make some folks' acne flare, but there's no reason you can't take milk with your isotretinoin. You can't take milk with tetracycline, which you may once have been treated with, or it inactivates the rx. I'm glad you have access to this powerful and effective medicine. Best wishes. ...Read more