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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. Chad Levitt
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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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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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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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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