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I am 6 months postpartum and still exclusively breastfeeding. My hair is excessively falling out in chunks and it is bothersome to me. I've been told it is because of hormonal changes and bf. What can I do or take (i.e. Vitamins) to alleviate?

I am 6 months postpartum and still exclusively breastfeeding. My hair is excessively falling out in chunks and it is bothersome to me. I've been told it is because of hormonal changes and bf.
What can I do or take (i.e. Vitamins) to alleviate?

It should pass: Hair growth has stages like a farmers crops.We usually have some hair starting a growth phase as a similar number hit their shed phase.Delivery has pushed much of your scalp to enter a shed phase at the same time.It happens with other stressors sometime too.I can't buy blaming Breast feeding. It is not a deficiency and supplements won't help. Most will see their scalp return to normal over time. ...Read more

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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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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 legs have been hurting for 3 weeks. They ache all day long and get worse by end of day. I have a baby and am breastfeeding. Could it be hormonal?

My legs have been hurting for 3 weeks. They ache all day long and get worse by end of day. I have a baby and am breastfeeding. Could it be hormonal?

Leg pain: Probably not hormonal. Any redness? History of venous clots? If so, you should see a doctor. Could be activity related, but not to breastfeeding, or back related. ...Read more

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I want to take Spironolactone for my hormonal acne, but am still breastfeeding (comfort nursing) my 10 month old daughter. Safe to take the Spiro?

I want to take Spironolactone for my hormonal acne, but am still breastfeeding (comfort nursing) my 10 month old daughter. Safe to take the Spiro?

Caution advised: Although no documented risk in humans, but metabolite of the drug is excreted in breast milk, and it is rather contraindicated during pregnancy, better wait till you fully wean your baby ...Read more

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What are the diet changes needed for breastfeeding?

What are the  diet changes needed for  breastfeeding?

Well balanced diet: No particular restriction. Light drinking is also allowed. Remain well hydrated. ...Read more

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I'm breastfeeding my son every two hours and he's two months old, when does his feeding time change?

I'm breastfeeding my son every two hours and he's two months old, when does his feeding time change?

Now if he is gaining: well. You can gradually increase the time between feedings by 10-15 minutes by soothing him with holding and soft vocalizing, even consider a pacifier. As he waits a bit longer he will take in more and be satisfied longer. At two months he should be able to advance to every 3-4 hours over the next few weeks . Remember, you need to rest. You can also pump and save up a feeding for once at night ...Read more

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Normal for areola to change over time when I'm breastfeeding! I've been nursing for 3 months and the circumstance is odd shaped now! Concern?

Normal for areola to change over time when I'm breastfeeding!  I've been nursing for 3 months and the circumstance is odd shaped now! Concern?

No worries: If you are not experiencing new pain, deformity, inflammation or bleeding, then you are unlikely to have a health-threatening condition. See your clinician if it doesn't get better, though, or if you have further concerns. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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I am breastfeeding my 2,5 months old baby. He has diarrhea for 5 days almost.i changed a diet but it doesnot help.what can i do?

I am breastfeeding my 2,5 months old baby. He has diarrhea for 5 days almost.i changed a diet but it doesnot help.what can i do?

Keep breastfeeding: Breast milk has antibodies that help reduce viral diarrhea length. There is no medication for diarrhea at this age. Keep buttocks covered in vaseline. However, exclusively breastfed infants will often have squirty mustard looking stools with chunks - often called diarrhea by those used to harder firm stools of formula fed stools. If this persists, make appt with MD to check weight and check health ...Read more

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Breastfeeding and sudden dmassive decreas in milk supply. No chage in daily routine, food, no medications, & II regularly bf & pump. Whats going on?

Breastfeeding and sudden dmassive decreas in milk supply. No chage in daily routine, food, no medications, & II regularly bf & pump. Whats going on?

Breastmilk drop: Oral contraceptives, injectible or skin contraceptives antihistamines are medications that can decrease breastmilk volume. Also check your pumping technique- your pump may not be as effective. Some women increase breast milk production by hand expression. Also less sleep, stress or return to work can affect supply. Sometimes a weekend babymoon- exclusive breastfeeding wo pumping can help. ...Read more

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I took a half pill of dostinex (cabergoline) to stop breastfeeding but now i changed my mind can I breastfeed ? Does this medicine effect my baby?

I took a half pill of dostinex (cabergoline) to stop breastfeeding but now i changed  my mind can I breastfeed ?  Does this medicine effect my baby?

Lactation Help: Dostinex (cabergoline) can inhibit milk letdown, you can still try. Moms generally given this med for several days to stop milk production.There is no infant safety info re this medication as it is generally not used in breastfeeding moms. A lactation specialist- ibclc can help you with lactation problems. Also talk with your pediatrician. Here is a helpful website. Breastfeedingonline.Com. ...Read more

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Do changes occur in a mother's bones while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Do changes occur in a mother's bones while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes: Both pregnancy and breastfeeding can cause bone loss in mother. You should get adequate calcium through your diet and if needed supplementation. You should do daily weight bearing exercises as well. ...Read more

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Hello i've read that breastfeeding would change the baby DNA's, Parts of the mother dna"s which is in the milk would inter the baby dna' is it true?

Hello i've read that breastfeeding  would change the baby DNA's, Parts of the mother dna"s which is in the milk would inter the baby dna' is it true?

No: Your DNA is the library of information held within the nucleus of each living cell. What you eat or drink at any age does not change the DNA. What you eat or drink could injure a cell, or keep it healthy in general, but breast milk does not target or change DNA. Breast milk contains immune factors that can help baby avoid illness & is designed to be the best nutritional source for early growth. ...Read more

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Change from a lot of junk food meat and cheeses to a healthy plant based diet. do you go through detox?breastfeeding does toxins get dumped in milk?

Change from a lot of junk food meat and cheeses to a healthy plant based diet. do you go through detox?breastfeeding does toxins get dumped in milk?

Possible: Although ingested substances can appear in breast milk, the healthy change you have made should be healthy for your child as well. ...Read more

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What permanent breast changes happen when breastfeeding a baby?

Ligaments stretched: Due to increased volume, don't always return to pre pregnancy shape, but benefits are worth it. ...Read more

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Breastfeeding my 2month old. Is it safe to change diet to lose 50 lbs? I want to go on joel Fuhrmans diet. Vegan. will my body dump toxins in milk?

Breastfeeding my 2month old. Is it safe to change diet to lose 50 lbs?  I want to go on joel Fuhrmans diet. Vegan. will my body dump toxins in milk?

No!: I would not recommend dieting while breast feeding. It takes an enormous amount of calories to produce breast milk. If you want to continue to produce good quality milk, don't diet. If you eat a normal amount of food, you are likely to lose weight anyways. And if you're vegan, make sure to take B12 supplements and to give your baby 400 IU of vitamin D a day. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Breastfeeding 3m old.Safe to go vegan?Can I change my diet to fruits,vege,whole grains,nuts,legumes + seads.I take b12/prenat.will I detox/ hurt baby?

Breastfeeding 3m old.Safe to go vegan?Can I change my diet to fruits,vege,whole grains,nuts,legumes + seads.I take b12/prenat.will I detox/ hurt baby?

Calcium?: Let's think about your calcium here. You need 1200 mg of calcium daily so you may need additional supplement. Baby will leach calcium out of your bones in order to get enough while you are breastfeeding him, but your bones will become brittle in the process. Best of Luck! ...Read more