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Doctor insights on: Feeling Guilty About Weaning Breastfeeding At 6 Months

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Dr. Selby Jacobs
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Guilt (Definition)

to say Guilt is any way I can control you and make you feel anxious doing it. Its an atypical anxiety state that you feel when you are accused of doing something you should not have done, or you didn't do something you should have. The underlying feeling you have is resentment, but that remains unexpressed as you ...Read more


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6 months baby breathing noisily for about a month especialhen he is breast feeding and sleeping. Should i worry?

6 months baby breathing noisily for about a month especialhen he is breast feeding and sleeping. Should i worry?

Nasal breathing: Infants at 6m are dependent on their nose most of their air exchange. Within a few months their neck growth will permit mouth breathing as older kids can, but until then, any irritants in babies environment cause nasal mucous flow & nasal noise. Dust, fragrance, cleaning fumes, and the like all aggravate the process.Since babies nose is often compressed during feeding it can be make the noise louder. ...Read more

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At what age can I stop feeling guilty about taking DES in pregnancy decades ago?

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At what age can I stop feeling guilty about taking DES in pregnancy decades ago?

Now: There is no eason for you to feel guilty. It was not your "fault" you took the medication. It was thought to have a eneficial efect in poreventing preterm deliveries of babies. While it probably did not work and caused a rare side effect in the cervix of children of mothers who were exposed. You had no reason to know there was a problem. So stop feeling guilty today! ...Read more

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4 months taking duolexotine 60mg little Improvement. Should I choose to go off( tired of feeling sleepy )or wait till full 6 months?

4 months taking duolexotine 60mg little Improvement. Should I choose to go off( tired of feeling sleepy )or wait till full 6 months?

Duloxetine: Let your doctor know - a different choice of antidepressant may be appropriate if you have too much sedation to try a higher dose of cymbalta (duloxetine). ...Read more

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Baby 5 days old sleeping for 8 hours without feeding (1st time) born at 37 weeks, slow at nursing but was told to expect that, is this normal?

Baby 5 days old sleeping for 8 hours without feeding (1st time) born at 37 weeks, slow at nursing but was told to expect that, is this normal?

TERM INFANT: 37 to 42 weeks is term pregnancy. Newborns sleep 18-20 hours a day. Feeding is needed every 3 hours on an average, night time gap can be 4-6 hours max. So wake the baby by gentle movement/ rubbing the back and offer feeding. Too much sleepiness combined with refusal / poor sucking, poor muscle tone, pallor, moaning, hypothermia are signs of infection. If these happens, talk to the pediatrician. ...Read more

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Been taking pristiq (desvenlafaxine) 50mg every night for 3 months. Felt great, happy, not sad, no episodes until now had a couple of sad days & a suicidal episode ??

Been taking pristiq (desvenlafaxine) 50mg every night for 3 months. Felt great, happy, not sad, no episodes until now had a couple of sad days & a suicidal episode ??

Inform doc: You are on the lowest dose of Preston & most likely your doc will up the dose but you need to let your doc know about the suicidal thoughts ...Read more

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Mirtazipine while 6 weeks pregnant. Was prescribed 3 years ago for appetite, nausea, sleep. Is it safe to keep taking it? I don't want to harm my baby

Mirtazipine while 6 weeks pregnant. Was prescribed 3 years ago for appetite, nausea, sleep. Is it safe to keep taking it? I don't want to harm my baby

It depends...: Mirtazipine is a category C medication- "Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks." ...Read more

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Can one feel mostly happy and anxious-free but still experience suicdal thoughts? On endep (amitriptyline) 10 for 6 months.

Can one feel mostly happy and anxious-free but still experience suicdal thoughts?  On endep (amitriptyline) 10 for 6 months.

Yes: And make sure you discuss directly with a primary care doctor, a psychotherapist, or psychiatrist asap, especialy in relation to the medications you take. Do this immediately. The medicines can make you feel ok because that's how they work, by increasing the "happy" neurotransmitters in your body. But if the underlying issue is not dealt with , you can still have suicidal ideations. ...Read more

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5 mos. pregnant, twins. Haven't slept more than few hrs/night in weeks, partly anxiety, adrenaline rushes at night. Don't want to hurt babies. Help!

5 mos. pregnant, twins. Haven't slept more than few hrs/night  in weeks,  partly anxiety, adrenaline rushes at night. Don't want to hurt babies. Help!

Many possibilities: In your situation, my first thought is to engage in psychotherapy to deal with the anxiety. There are some safe medication that could augment the therapy and some safe natural remedies. Ask your OB/GYN for a referral to someone s/he trusts. ...Read more

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How long should baby feed from breast per feed? Baby 1 week old. I feel like i just feed her for 5, 10 minutes every 2 hrs. Want to excl. Breastfeed

How long should baby feed from breast per feed? Baby 1 week old. I feel like i just feed her for 5, 10 minutes every 2 hrs. Want to excl. Breastfeed

That's fine: In nature, babies eat whenever they are hungry. If a young baby nurses for 5-10 minutes on each breast, and then happily sleeps a couple of hours, that is fine... As long as the baby is growing. After the first week of life, a baby will grow about 1 ounce per day for a few weeks. If worried about not having enough milk, mom and baby can just see the pediatrician to check on the weight and feeding. ...Read more

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5 week old baby is constantly hungry. I've been breastfeeding him all day between 2 hour interval formula feeding.

5 week old baby is constantly hungry. I've been breastfeeding him all day between 2 hour interval  formula feeding.

Hungry baby: First of all do you have enough breast milk. Give your baby the breast. After20-30 minutes, if he takes more than 1-2 ounces you dont have enough breast milk. Secondly are you burping frequently, and third at five weeks he may have colic, in which case swaddle him or put him in a swing after feeding. ...Read more

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I'm currently breastfeeding my 9 month old. Having trouble sleeping and anxiety. Is Valerian root safe to take at night? Baby doesn't nurse at night.

I'm currently breastfeeding my 9 month old. Having trouble sleeping and anxiety.  Is Valerian root safe to take at night? Baby doesn't nurse at night.

Not recommended: Herbal products are not regulated and often contain other substances in addition to the herb listed. It is not recommended to be used while breast feeding, but it is not an absolute contraindication. Have you spoke with your doctor about your symptoms? An Rx like hydroxyzine may work well for you and is safe for children. ...Read more

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My baby girl is now 3 years one month old, how do I stop breast feeding. She has been emotionally attached especially while sleeping.

My baby girl is now 3 years one month old, how do I stop breast feeding. She has been emotionally attached especially while sleeping.

Explain it to her: Three year old are able to talk with you about stopping breast feeding. Explain how you plan to cut back on giving her the breast and try to comfort her through the upset she is likely to feel at such times. Recognize that this is likely to be hard for her and to take some time. ...Read more

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I'm going to stop brestfeeding at 8 weeks, (3 weeks from now) how do I stop my milk supply? (currently exclusively pumping and bottling breast milk).

I'm going to stop brestfeeding at 8 weeks, (3 weeks from now) how do I stop my milk supply? (currently exclusively pumping and bottling breast milk).

Weaning: Breast milk is a supply and demand phenomenon. If you are exclusively pumping, gradually reduce the total amount of time you pump every day, and your production gradually will decline. If you need, you can stop abruptly, but there will be some discomfort. Cold compresses can help decrease the swelling and production. ...Read more

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B feeding for 16 months and am down to 1xday. Been having weird sensation on rt breast lately now worried about breast cancer. Age 44, clear u/s?

B feeding  for 16 months and am down to 1xday. Been having weird sensation on rt breast lately now worried about breast cancer. Age 44, clear u/s?

Keep checking: The patient may sense, or feel something before we do! if ultrasound negative that is a good sign for no cysts or large mass. Some congestion and pressure can occur with weaning. Talk to your OB or lactation person. ...Read more

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I lost my baby at 17.5 weeks pregnant to preplacental abruption. Its been nearly 6 months post, i am feeling constant pulling in my uterus last 5 wks?

I lost my baby at 17.5 weeks pregnant to preplacental abruption. Its been nearly 6 months post,  i am feeling constant pulling in my uterus last 5 wks?

See your doc!: My heart goes out to you for your loss, However, pelvic pain 6 months later may not be related at all. It also may not be due to pain in the uterus but some other area or tissue. Pelvic pain has many causes, some serious, some minor. Please see your doctor this week. If the pain increases, you have fever, vomiting or dizziness, please get seen right away. ...Read more

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My premature baby, born at 32 weeks and now 4 weeks old, has just come home from the nicu. We notice she stops breathing while burping.

My premature baby, born at 32 weeks and now 4 weeks old, has just come home from the nicu. We notice she stops breathing while burping.

Mgt/workup: Premature infants are developing their pattern of breathing, and it is not uncommon to have short pauses. If there is a pause longer than 15 seconds or any distress/color change, an apnea test can be useful in determining the cause. If there is a pattern during sleep, observe your daughter for pauses, and discuss with your PCP. Note any upper airway noise or movement of her arms/legs. ...Read more

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Dr. Neigatha Graney
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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


Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Feelings Of Intense Guilt (Definition)

This is the patient who emotionally beats him/herself up for sins both real and imagined, and can often ...Read more