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Doctor insights on: Flu Shot Breast Feeding

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Why don't doctors encourage breast feeding instead of rotavirus vaccine?

Why don't doctors encourage breast feeding instead of  rotavirus vaccine?

We do: Breast milk is the best nutrition for your newborn and infant. That is the sole reason women are able to produce milk. While breast milk does contain antibodies, reducing the risk of infection, it is not foolproof. Rotovirus can cause a serious illness, killing over 440, 000 children a year worldwide (5% of all childhood deaths). The vaccine helps to reduce the risk of acquiring the illness. ...Read more

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Flu Shot (Definition)

Also known as influenza vaccines, flu shots are given out once a year to protect against the flu. The flu shot stimulates the immune system to build antibodies to three or four strains of flu viruses in the hopes that it will offer protection from the current strains present in the community. Each year the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) monitors the strains of Influenza globally and incorporates the appropriate antigens in the new vaccine. For best protection the vaccine ...Read more


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Do babies get antibodies in breast milk after mom gets a flu shot?

Do babies get antibodies in breast milk after mom gets a flu shot?

Not enough: The antibodies in breast milk are predominantly IgA, otherwise called gut antibody, because they help prevent germs from attaching & invading the gut wall. Mothers make IgG after a flu shot, and a little comes across in BM but not enough to be considered protective. If the kid is 6 mo they can get a flu shot.Before then we encourage any of their contacts to get one to "cocoon" baby in protection. ...Read more

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Is theraflu safe for breast feeding moms?

Yes: There are several components to this product but all are considered safe for breast feeding. ...Read more

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Cons and pros of Depo shot while breast feeding?

Cons and pros of Depo shot while breast feeding?

Depoprovera: Depoprovera is a highly effective birth control method that is easy to use as it requires one shot per 3 months. It contains Progesterone only so it does not affect breast milk. It is an appetite stimulant so some users will feel hungry and overeat leading to weight gain. Most have no periods but some will experience breakthrough bleeding. ...Read more

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I'm pumping breast milk and giving my kid How to make 9 month kid forget direct breast feeding ?

I'm pumping breast milk and giving my kid  How to make 9 month kid forget direct breast feeding ?

Sometimes difficult: Wean gradually so your baby continues to feel the closeness or bonding. Changing to a sippy cup rather than an alternate nipple may help. It will take 1-2 weeks to change the process so lots of patience. All the best with this. ...Read more

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Newborn crying all day. No symptoms of being sick. Very fussy during breast feeding.

Newborn crying all day. No symptoms of being sick. Very fussy during breast feeding.

It gets easier with: Time to interpret your baby's cries. Unfortunately, when babies cry they swallow air. The smooth muscle of the intestine isn't synchronized yet to pass the air out. If baby seems gag when starting to nurse, he may need a burp. I'll ask my arabic-speaking daughter to help explain the " football hold" or "colic carry" to you to help baby pass gas. When all else fails, allow your baby to self-calm. ...Read more

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My 12 months baby got an adult flu shot and a baby flu shot ?

My 12 months baby got an adult flu shot and a baby flu shot ?

Oops!: I assume this was an error. Injectable flu vaccine is a killed virus vaccine. Your baby will not get the flu from it. Because there is more antigen in the adult form of vaccine your baby may have more antibody response--fever, aches, fussiness. If your baby got a multidose vial flu it was likely preserved with some thimerosol. This has a little mercury in it. I would talk to the dr about that. ...Read more

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Does having your nipples pierced effect breast feeding ?

Does having your nipples pierced effect breast feeding ?

Breastfeeding: By and large nipple piercing will not interfere with your breastfeeding as long as you remove your jewelry before feeding. Be aware that nipple piercing can sometime lead to blocked milk ducts and infection. ...Read more

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Breast redness while breastfeeding?

Breast redness while breastfeeding?

Check LATCH: It could be that your baby has an incorrect latch or his/her mouth is not open wide enough when feeding. See a lactation consultant or pediatrician to evaluate both the latch and your breast. ...Read more

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Can women breast feed after having breast implants?

Can women breast feed after having breast implants?

Breast feeding : Most women are able to breast feed after implants, but that can't be guaranteed. ...Read more

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Hi, How long does passive immunity to chicken pox last for breast feeding babies?

Hi, How long does passive immunity to chicken pox last for breast feeding babies?

? passive ?: The passive immunity a baby receives is in the form of IGG passed through the placenta prior to birth. This probably lasts about 3 months. The secretory IGA in breast milk has little to no effect on chickenpox immunity. ...Read more

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8month old baby diarrheal 6-7times/day for 6 days. Diarrheal after breast milk fed. Now only fed baby breast milk. No virus. Y diarrheal for so long?

8month old baby diarrheal 6-7times/day for 6 days. Diarrheal after breast milk fed. Now only fed baby breast milk. No virus. Y diarrheal for so long?

Beware of dehydratio: Initially, the most important thing to worry about is not to allow your child to get dehydrated . Watch for urine production, presence of tears and moisture of the mouth, as well as signs of decreased activity and excessive somnolence. Continue breast feeding, offer additional oral rehydration fluids. If signs of dehydration or no improvement, seek medical attention as soon as possible. ...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