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Doctor insights on: How Many Alcoholic Drinks Can I Have When Breastfeeding

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I am a recovering alcoholic. What are some things I can do to stop drinking when I have a craving?

I am a recovering alcoholic. What are some things I can do to stop drinking when I have a craving?

Mutual support helps: Are you going to aa meetings? Do you have a sponsor? Do you have a phone list of aa members whom you can call when you have a craving? ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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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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How many extra calories a day can I have if i'm breastfeeding and pumping?

How many extra calories a day can I have if i'm breastfeeding and pumping?

Depends: Generally, if you are exclusively breastfeeding a single baby (not using any solids or formula), you need about 300 to 500 extra calories beyond what you ate prior to pregnancy. It's more important to eat to satisfy hunger than watch calories. Avoid eating for stress or fatigue. Eat a nutritious well-balanced diet because what you eat flavors your milk, so you are developing your baby's taste! ...Read more

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My mother drinks a lot and i don't want to say alcoholic but what can I do to help her quit the drinking or how can she start?

My mother drinks a lot and i don't want to say alcoholic but what can I do to help her quit the drinking or how can she start?

Alcoholism: I am very proud of you being willing to help your mom. But, this is not your job. Her job is to go to her family doctor and to ask for help. There is also a program called alcoholics anonymous that has meetings where she can go talk to others with a problem drinking and ask for help while she figures this out. Another good source of information is drug and alcohol treatment centers. ...Read more

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Hi me and my wife we are currently trying to make a baby boy does caffeine have an affect and if so how many cups should I drink ?

Hi me and my wife we are currently trying to make a baby boy does caffeine have an affect and if so how many cups should I drink ?

See below: Caffeine has no known effect on sex determination. However; it can cause reduce fertility and increase miscarriages in a women if she consumes an excess amount caffeine. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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I have a husband who drinks everyday. How long can he go on drinking and have it not affect his liver?

I have a husband who drinks everyday. How long can he go on drinking and have it not affect his liver?

Quantity?: Drinking every day is not necessarily a problem. The problem is when you drink too much every day. Your husband might just be a regular drinker or he might be an alcoholic. As his spouse, you're in a good position to determine which term applies to him. ...Read more

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How many mixed drinks can I have for under 1000 calories?

How many mixed drinks can I have for under 1000 calories?

Alcohol limits: The issue is not the caloric content but the alcohol content. You need to assess the effect of the alcohol of your function and performance and limit drinking , if you must, to a level which will keep you out of trouble. The alcohol level of many refined liquors is quite variable. ...Read more

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How many cups of green tea can I drink if I have anxiety disorder?

How many cups of green tea can I drink if I have anxiety disorder?

The theanine in: tea can help you relax and keep you focused. It does contain some caffeine so you might want to limit your green tea to 2- 3 cups daily. If you want green tea benefits beyond that you can take EGCG capsules which contain the beneficial ingredient in green tea. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How can I get myself to stop drinking so many sugary drinks?

Start substituting: Easiest way is to have healthy substitutes such as spring water handy, not buy the sugar drinks and bring them home, read labels for sugar content, high fructose corn syrup etc. Sometimes behavioral therapy techniques taught by psychologists can help such as self-monitoring, rewards, etc. Keep trying, it's not as hard as one might fear. ...Read more

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When pregnant, I drank some alcohol, and experimented with marijuana occasionally, so how would this affect my child biologically?

When pregnant, I drank some alcohol, and experimented with marijuana occasionally, so how would this affect my child biologically?

Depends/time/amout: The effect of any toxin on a developing fetus depends both on the timing and quantity involved.We know that alcohol is toxic to developing fetus, triggering birth defects & brain injury.Marijuana has been tied with smaller head size with uncertain effect on learning disabilities.The human fetus may be able to tolerate small amounts of both without visible effects but have learning issues/add later ...Read more

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I always seem to binge eat after drinking alcohol, how can I stop doing this?

Stop Drinking: Drinking alcohol lowers your self-control. If you have a tendency to binge eat, it will be harder to resist when you drink. Sorry. Many people cannot stop drinking and need help. If this is your situation consider reading alcoholics anonymous or finding an aa meeting. ...Read more

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I am lactose intolerant and I have been told that i can eat some french cheeses but they weren't specified can you tell me which ones i can eat?

Hard cheese...: Domestic or french is relatively low in lactose. Fat conten, as in most cheeses, slows stomach emptying, makes less lactose per time for gut to digest. Most people with lactose intol can handle smallamounts, in mixed meals, e.g. Sandwich, better than liquid milk. Yogurt better as well-bacteria digest some lactose. ...Read more

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I always crave eating oranges and have just been told that too much can cause a miscarriage. How so?

I always crave eating oranges and have just been told that too much can cause a miscarriage. How so?

That's questionable: Too much of a good thing is never a good idea but cravings are very common. You are getting a good dose of vitamin c and also sugar. Try to keep your sugar intake under control. ...Read more

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What herbs can i take to help with lactating AND how can i tell when when breasts are empty after breastfeeding?

What herbs can i take to help with lactating AND how can i tell when when breasts are empty after breastfeeding?

Herbs& breastfeeding: Fenugreek seed-3 caps (580-610mg each) 3 times a day with food and Blessed Thistle herb 3 caps (325-390 mg each) 3 times a day with food. Increased frequency of nursing helps milk production more than increased duration. 10 minutes of vigorous nursing will empty most of the milk in a breast. I recommend that if this is a recently born infant, nurse 10 min a side, every 2-3 hrs days, 3-4 hrs nites ...Read more

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How am many drinks can I have on lexapro (escitalopram)?

How am many drinks can I have on lexapro (escitalopram)?

None, Zero, NADA: Drinking alcohol while on Lexapro (escitalopram) is not recommended. Alcohol could aggravate depression and anxiety (common reasons for prescribing lexapro (escitalopram)). Also the combination of alcohol and a cns-active agent is unpredictable and potentially very sedating. Please don't use alcohol at all while on lexapro (escitalopram). ...Read more

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How can I get my caffeine without drinking soda? Trying to lose weight but hate those headache from not drinking my caffeine!

How can I get my caffeine without drinking soda? Trying to lose weight but hate those headache from not drinking my caffeine!

NoDoz (caffeine): NoDoz is a formulation of caffeine .. However, definitely not advisable for any type of use over a few days. Your best bet is to titrate the caffeine dosage down each day over a week or 2. Might be helpful, though, just until your body adjusts to not having that morning jolt. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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I am drinking alchohal almost every day, so please suggest me after drinking what to eat or not or how can I manage my health after drinking regularly.

I am drinking alchohal almost every day, so please suggest me after drinking what to eat or not or how can I manage my health after drinking regularly.

Stop: Stop drinking every day! that is not healthy especially if you feel compulsion to do so. Any healthy diet is fine and it is especially important if you are alcohol dependent. Get lots of protein, b vitamins, and minerals. ...Read more

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How can I strengthen my immune system? What vitamins should I be taking or is there certain foods i can eat or drink?

How can I strengthen my immune system? What vitamins should I be taking or is there certain foods i can eat or drink?

No sure way.: Staying in good physical shape with regular exercises (not extreme exercises) and a healthy diet may be helpful. Make sure your plasma vitamin d3 level is optimal since vitamin d3 has been shown to be an important immune regulator. I would like to see the 25 oh vitamin d3 level to be around 50 to 60 ng even though the recommended level is around 30 ng. ...Read more