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What are the health benefits to the mother of breastfeeding?

What are the health benefits to the mother of breastfeeding?

See below: Mothers who breastfeed are less likely to develop osteoporosis later in life, are able to lose weight gained during pregnancy more easily and have a lower risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancer. ...Read more

Dr. Katharine Cox
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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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What are the health benefits of Melatonin, what are the side effects if any? Can it be taken while breastfeeding?

What are the health benefits of Melatonin, what are the side effects if any? Can it be taken while breastfeeding?

Generally safe: Melatonin is a hormone found naturally in the body that seems to exert effect on the body's clock. It is used for jet lag, shift-work disorder, and insomnia. It has been tried for MANY other things: Alzheimer's, depression, headaches, fibromyalgia, and cancer. Reported rare side effects include headache, dizziness, irritability and daytime sleepiness. It's safety in breast-feeding is not known. ...Read more

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My partner fancy to breastfeed, so I let him after baby finishes. Would my milk have any health benefits for him and r their any harmful effects 4 me?

My partner fancy to breastfeed, so I let him after baby finishes. Would my milk have any health benefits for him and r their any harmful effects 4 me?

Could: Increase breast milk production since his sucking will have more stimulatory effect. May increase affection. Doubt any harm to the baby provided nipples are way cleaned to avoid transmission of any pathogens ...Read more

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Is adult breastfeeding good for health?

Is adult breastfeeding good for health?

Clarification...: If you are asking whether there are health benefits for an adult who drinks breast milk, I would say the risks outweigh the possible benefits. Certain infections (such the HIV virus and others) can be transmitted via breast milk. I would stick to my other milk choices (cow, goat, soy, rice, etc.). ...Read more

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Are there any negative health effects of breastfeeding?

Are there any negative health effects of breastfeeding?

Breast feeding perks: For baby: improved immunity, superior brain & eye development, fewer allergies & GI problems, enhanced cognitive functioning, reduced risk of obesity/all obesity related diseases, etc. Etc. Etc. Etc. Mother loses weight faster, saves time, money and environmental resources, bonds more readily, reduces risk of breast & ovarian cancer, and risk of multiple systemic diseases. Risks are minuscule. ...Read more

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Hi there I got told by a health profesion worker that green coffee complex was safe to take while breastfeeding?

Hi there I got told by a health profesion worker that green coffee complex was safe to take while breastfeeding?

Reasonable: Whatever you consume crosses to the baby in various amounts, usually less than 5%. Caffiene or other xanthienes are no exception. Other chemicals good and bad are no exception. Artificial sweeteners are a good example. Because something hasn't been proven bad doesn't mean it's good. Some things, like green tea is better/safer, but good? No one can say. ...Read more

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What foods to eat when breastfeeding for best health?

What foods to eat when breastfeeding for best health?

Healthy; non-spicy: Drink plenty of fluids including milk if tolerated and eat a balance of fruits, vegetables and good sources of protein. Avoid condiments and spicy foods. Also need corbohydtrates, especially grains but not a lot of refined sugars. ...Read more

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What should I eat when breastfeeding for my child's health?

What should I eat when breastfeeding for my child's health?

Enough calories: A good variety is important, including some omega 3 fats (fish, nuts, olive oil), proteins and plenty of fluids. You should also take a multivitamin so you don't rob your body of calcium, iron and make yourself anemic or soft boned. The most important things are enough fluids to keep your milk supply flowing and enough calories to make the milk rich for optimal growth. ...Read more

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I am due with my first child in August. What are the health bennifits to breastfeeding? Is it worth the trouble?

I am due with my first child in August. What are the health bennifits to breastfeeding? Is it worth the trouble?

Many benefits: Breast feeking has been shown to benefit the infants immune system, providing antibodies that will help prevent infectious diseases. In addition, breast milk is very easily digestible and avoids digestive problems that may accompany cows milk and formulas. There isalso the very important bonding that goes on between child and mother during the feeding process. ...Read more

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Breastfeeding my daughter who is 10m old. When can I expect my pwriods again? Does this mean that my health is poor?

Breastfeeding my daughter who is 10m old. When can I expect my pwriods again? Does this mean that my health is poor?

Bf and menses: Many women do not get their period when they breastfeed. This is normal and has nothing to do with your overall health. You can get pregnant though, so if you do not wish to conceive again, use a reliable birth control method since you don't exactly know when you are ovulating and are fertile. ...Read more

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My friend is eating 800-1, 000 calories a day and breastfeeding a toddler. Is this dangerously low? What health problems could it cause?

My friend is eating 800-1, 000 calories a day and breastfeeding a toddler. Is this dangerously low? What health problems could it cause?

Sad problem: I have seen babies hospitalized for just such maternal diets. Most would get by for a while, since the mom's body often extracts nutrients from her bones/muscles/etc to give baby at least a minimum. This kind of diet leads to bone loss and malnutrition for both eventually. I wouldn't think twice about calling child and family services (most keep reports confidential)To have a 3rd party investigate ...Read more

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What are some statistics on the health of infants that were raised with bottle feeding and breastfeeding?

What are some statistics on the health of infants that were raised with bottle feeding and breastfeeding?

Cognitive developmen: Breastfed infants have a potential to develop higher cognitive function, higher IQ by 4 points. ...Read more

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Will my dental health suffer from breastfeeding?

Will my dental health suffer from breastfeeding?

Definitely, no: According to the extensive research, breastfeeding does not cause tooth decay or any other dental health problems. ...Read more

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I am breastfeeding and am getting a UTI. I can'tsee my dr. Until Monday. I came across cystex cranberry urinary health complex liquid. Is this safe?

I am breastfeeding and am getting a UTI. I can'tsee my dr. Until Monday. I came across cystex cranberry urinary health complex liquid. Is this safe?

Cranberry juice is: The best (no high-fructose) cranberry juice is good enuf and safe till Monday! Also, lts of good plain water. I never heard of the item you name, but I know these things are likely to be sufficient! Best. ...Read more

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Is there a proven link between breastfeeding and improved lifelong dental health? Do formula-fed babies get weaker teeth/thinner enamel? Thanks!

Is there a proven link between breastfeeding and improved lifelong dental health? Do formula-fed babies get weaker teeth/thinner enamel? Thanks!

No direct link: Infants who fall asleep while either breast feeding and/or bottle feeding are both more prone to tooth decay as they don't swallow the last of thy milk or formula and it sits around their teeth all night causing decay. Bottles tend to be worse as the baby does not have to actively suck for liquid to keep dripping into their mouths. Either method used improperly will cause decay. ...Read more

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After starting formula milk my daughter starts loose motion dark bluish in colour and order is fouling. Unable to Breast feed coz of her mother health?

After starting formula milk my daughter starts loose motion dark bluish in colour and order is fouling. Unable to Breast feed coz of her mother health?

Type of formula: Formulas have different bases - cows milk, soybean, and basic amino acids. Some infants can react to the protein in formula. Foul smell and dark stool are worrisome for a reaction that should be seen tomorrow by your MD to make sure the formula your child is on is causing intestinal irritation. If your child is in distress, fever, constant crying seek emergency care. ...Read more

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Please tell me if there are any benefits to breastfeeding past 6 months?

Please tell me if there are any benefits to breastfeeding past 6 months?

Immune benifits: Data supports the superiority of breast milk over formula until the infant begins to dilute feedings with alternative foods. This includes the addition of cereals, fruits and vegetables along with other solids. The IgA transferred in the milk helps reduce some forms of infection until their effect is diluted. Generally this works out as 8 months. Some babies prefer it for nurturing benefits. ...Read more

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Benefits of chia seeds while breastfeeding?

Benefits of chia seeds while breastfeeding?

Chia seeds: At this time the general recommendation is that chia seeds not be consumed during pregnancy or lactation (due to lack of research). Possible side effects from chia include ^ gas (flatus), bloating ; constipation (w inadequate hydration). Because of omega 3 fatty acids, use of Aspirin or blood thinners could be problematic. People w bleeding disorders or who may be undergoing surgery should d/w the. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of breastfeeding preemies?

What are the benefits of breastfeeding preemies?

Numerous: The sooner you can begin breastfeeding your premature baby, the better. Skin to skin contact will help your baby grow, regulate her breathing, and solidify your bond. Even if you can't breastfeed right away, pumped breast milk given to your preemie will aid in her brain development, decrease the likelihood of necrotizing enterocolitis, and provide her with much needed antibodies. ...Read more

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What are some statistics on the benefits of breastfeeding over using baby formula?

What are some statistics on the benefits of breastfeeding over using baby formula?

Good question: Breastfeeding is still considered "best" in most situations but you must choose what you feel comfortable with. There are several factors to consider and the last thing I tell my patient's moms is to do what is comfortable for their situation. I strongly encourage breastfeeding but support whatever choice a mother makes.
http://www. Webmd. Com/parenting/baby/your-babys-feeding-breast-vs-bottle ...Read more

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What are the statistics behind the benefits of breastfeeding compared to formula feeding?

What are the statistics behind the benefits of breastfeeding compared to formula feeding?

Many: First of all breastfeeding creates a special bond between mom and child. Antibody's pass over with BM and keep the child healthier. Studies have shown less asthma and food allergies in breastfed children. Not to mention it is cheaper. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of breastfeeding?

What are the benefits of breastfeeding?

Where do I start?: ...Better development, less obesity, less asthma, less allergy, less infections, better bonding, no constipation, rare diarrhea (breast milk is actually the best diarrhea medicine there is). ...Read more

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What are the benefits of breastfeeding a baby?

What are the benefits of breastfeeding a baby?

See below: Breast milk is the gold standard for formulas. All formulas are made to mimic the nutritional benefits of breast milk. There are some benefits for reduced illnesses, ear infection, brain, and visual benefit. One other benefit is that it is free. The average cost of formula for the first year is around 2, 500 dollars. ...Read more

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Why is wellness formula bad to use when breastfeeding?

Why is wellness formula bad to use when breastfeeding?

? Wellness Formula?: I am unaware of what "wellness formula" means? Is this for mom or for baby? OK, I found it on Amazon, a multivitamin would definitely be safer, there are tons of herbs here several of which might be a problem. Remember FDA does not evaluate this kind of product. Who really knows what's in there? You definitely don't. ...Read more

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How would breastfeeding more than a year benefit my baby?

Depends: This is more a baby nurturing issue than nutrition.By a year most have added solids & breast milk is less a factor in the diet. Some kids need the quiet snuggle time more than others & I feel that is an important part of their gradual move to independence. If you have to chase the kid down to get a feed in or they spend <10 min in the process, its likely a good time to wean. If not, continue. ...Read more

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What are the medical benefits to breastfeeding past a year?

What are the medical benefits to breastfeeding past a year?

Plenty: Breastmilk changes in composition as your child grows. The infection fighting properties of breastmilk are still present after a year; lysozyme, lactoferrin and secretory IgA are present in stable amounts. Plus we know that moms who nurse longer lower their risk of breast cancer. Human milk is specific for the needs of human babies. There's no cow out there making better milk than you are! ...Read more

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Is there a study that verifies the benefits of breastfeeding over using formula?

Is there a study that verifies the benefits of breastfeeding over using formula?

There are many: Here are a few to get you started.

http://www. Nichd. Nih. Gov/health/topics/breastfeeding/researchinfo/pages/articles. Aspx ...Read more

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I have low milk supply but not giving up. How will my baby benefit from partial breastfeeding beyond 6 months?

I have low milk supply but not giving up. How will my baby benefit from partial breastfeeding beyond 6 months?

Keep it up.: Breastfeeding beyond six months always gives antibodies - and that really special closeness that simply goes with the territory! Keep it up as long as it isn't exhausting or frustrating you to the point where it isn't worth it. Be sure you get plenty of fluids and adequate calories to make milk. A lactation consultant might be very helpful also. ...Read more

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Fully aware of benefits of breastfeeding, but made choice not to for personal reasons. Can I be forced to breastfeed? Hospital is "baby friendly".

Cannot be forced: Of course you canoot be forced!
i hope you really are fully aware of the benefits though. It will save you lots of "headaches" later in life. You should still undergo an actual counseling session with a certified lactation consultant before you make your decision. ...Read more

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Does adult breastfeeding carry std risks?

Does adult breastfeeding carry std risks?

HIV. ..: Breastfeeding rarely brings STD-related infection risk to the baby but HIV. More details on STD & breastfeeding? Go to http://www. Cdc. Gov/breastfeeding/disease/index. Htm from CDC. Best wishes to the health of baby and you. ...Read more

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What benefits are there in taking fenugreek, other than increasing milk supply for Breastfeeding mothers?

Many taunted: It is said but I do not have evidence personally that thei natural herb, relieves mental cramps, helps with menapausal symptoms ans improves iron and fiber levels. ...Read more

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I add formula supplement to breastfeeding my 3 weeks old. Does formula neutralize breastmilk benefits? I have heard so

I add formula supplement to breastfeeding my 3 weeks old. Does formula neutralize breastmilk benefits? I have heard so

Dilutes some: If you look at the antibody protection afforded in natural milk, there is none in formula. Supplementation does reduce the antibody intake/day in proportion to how much supplement is taken. For most, it has no significant effect. ...Read more

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Starting to breast feed 1 month after delivery been pumping but only get 1oz/day since I haven't been much. Will it benefit to mix w/ formula?

Starting to breast feed 1 month after delivery been pumping but only get 1oz/day since I haven't been much. Will it benefit to mix w/ formula?

Better than nothing: Any breastmilk is better than nothing. Good job, keep up the effort, it is best for your child. You might want to pump every 3 hrs or so to increase your BM supply and consider supplementing with fenugreek which may augment breast milk supply. ...Read more

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What goodness comes from breast feeding? What are the specific benefits of breastfeeding for both the mom and baby?

What goodness comes from breast feeding? What are the specific benefits of breastfeeding for both the mom and baby?

Many for both: Breastfeeding has a multitude of benefits for both baby and mother. Breast milk is the perfect food for babies, the american academy of pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for at least the first year. Breastfeeding reduces infections, obesity, myopia, raises iq, and babes accept new foods better. Moms lose wgt. Faster, reduce breast cancer risk, save both time (no bottle prep) and $ on formula. ...Read more

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Will the probiotic I take go into my breast milk and also benefit my breastfeeding baby? Or does he have to take his own probiotic?

Will the probiotic I take go into my breast milk and also benefit my breastfeeding baby? Or does he have to take his own probiotic?

Probiotics: These living organisms enter and stay in youe intestines if the survive the transit through the stomach (acid) and other digestive juices. They help balance what might be agressave bacteria and or yeast that are also present. They will not enter your breast milk and do not influence babies gut at all. There are a few commercial baby probiotics available but a little taste of yours will work fine. ...Read more