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How To Lactate When Not Pregnant
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
Mostly on you: Some may say that when every available modality has been tried and is unsuccessful, then it is time. It may depend on your financial resources for infertility services. It is a personal decision based on what you are willing to tolerate as far as testing, procedures, costs, and results. Your personal beliefs may play a role. Consultation with your reproductive endocrinologist is also paramount. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Have sex!: Joking aside, this is an excellent but difficult question. Your hormone levels decide when you can ovulate again, and this will be irregluar at best and impossible to predict fertility while breastfeeding. It is such a variable thing from one person to the next. Some will ovulate when they stop nursing for a day, others not until they have stopped for much longer. But you need sperm, so enjoy! ...Read more
Use an OPK kit: If you have regular cycles use an ovulation predictor kit (opk) - test between 10 am and noon, starting on day 10 of your cycle. The first morning urine is not accurate. Try the ovuquick brand (available online, get the 9 stick pack) if a drugstore test doesn't work for you. The day of a positive test and the next 2 days are your most fertile days. If you have irregular cycles see a rei specialist. ...Read more
Yes: This is certainly possible and can occur from certain medical conditions (prolactinoma, eg) or medications. Not all breast discharges are normal lactation though and there are other breast related diagnoses that might need to be considered. Probably good to speak with your gyn or primary care provider. ...Read more
Yes: Possible causes for galactorrhea include but are not limited to use of birth control pills, tricyclic antidepressants, antipsychotic meds, some sedatives, fennel, anise, fenugreek, some hypertension meds, cocaine, opioids, hypothyroidism, prolactinoma, renal dz, pregnancy, testosterone deficiency in men ; significant breast stimulation. ...Read more
Very risky: A developing fetus is using Mom's bloodstream as a "cafeteria line" to obtain ALL the necessary ingredients for proper assimilation of physical structures and most importantly THE BRAIN! ...Read more
Pregnancy: Well this is quite obvious - you need to be ovulating in order to get pregnant. ...Read more
End third trimester: At the end of the third trimester, as your hormones start to change and prepare for the new baby, breast production of milk will start to "ramp up." then when the baby comes, the nurse will clean your bundle of joy and you can start bonding with breast feeding. Best wishes. ...Read more
Pain with pregnancy: Pregnancy can be extremely uncomfortable for some women due to the increased load on your body. Ligaments stretch, nerves are pushed on by the growing baby, there is more strain in your back, legs can swell... However you should be able to walk unless your doctor has put you on bed rest (for other medical reasons, usually not for pain). If you can't walk you should discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
Lactation is the act of making breast milk. The chemical lactate is lactic acid, a product of glucose metabolism. If there are abnormalities of the kidney or the metabolism of glucose, Lactic Acid may be high. Don't confuse lactate with lactose, which is the sugar found in milk that causes gas and cramps in people ...Read more
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