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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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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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After someone stops breastfeeding how long before they get their period again?

After someone stops breastfeeding how long before they get their period again?

4-8 weeks: A little bit depends on if you stopped from full feedings cold turkey to nothing or gradually weaned the breast feedings. You can ovulate while still breast feeding, and many a mom has become pregnant while still nursing without even having a period (my second child, a wonderful young man and new dad, is such a child!). But hormones usually get back on track within a couple of months of weaning. ...Read more

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My breasts have engorged again and it really hurts. How do you stop breastfeeding?

My breasts have engorged again and it really hurts. How do you stop breastfeeding?

You pick: You can drop one feeding every couple days (formula instead) until off. You can allow 2-3 min/side each feed (follow with formula).This signals your body to slow production.You can cold turkey= bind your chest with ace wrap/pre-pregnancy bra and tough it out for a few days. Each of these 3 ways has pro's/cons, in the end only youcan decide what would work for you. ...Read more

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If i don't breastfeed then does that mean i will get mastitis? How do I stop the milk flow if I am not breastfeeding?

If i don't breastfeed then does that mean i will get mastitis? How do I stop the milk flow if I am not breastfeeding?

No mastitis: You will not necessarily get mastitis but are likely to experience engorgement which can be painful. Keep your breasts bound by a well fitting support bra, consider using cabbage leaves inside the bra to help dry out the milk supply (strange but true) and avoid any stimulation to the breasts like warm water or sexual stimulation while trying to get the milk to go away. ...Read more

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Had my son 7 months ago and can no longer wear tampons. They keep falling out. I am breastfeeding and heard that the muscles get tighter after i stop?

Had my son 7 months ago and can no longer wear tampons. They keep falling out. I am breastfeeding and heard that the muscles get tighter after i stop?

I would: Wear a pad for now. You shouldn't have a lot of bleeding while breast feeding. I doubt your vagina has expanded to the point where u can never again wear a tampon. Use a pad for now and try later. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of breastmilk, just stop breastfeeding my 14 months old baby?

How do I get rid of breastmilk, just stop breastfeeding my 14 months old baby?

Cold packs, too: In addition, wear a binder, wear a tight bra and put cold packs on your breast to reduce blood flow to your breasts. , cold, binder, avoid hot showers and stimulation - and of course, stop the breastfeeding as that is the biggest stimulus for continued milk production. ...Read more

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I am 35 and have 6 month old baby. Want another baby quickly. Should i stop breastfeeding? Will it be harder to get pregnant as i get older?

I am 35 and have 6 month old baby. Want another baby quickly. Should i stop breastfeeding? Will it be harder to get pregnant as i get older?

Yes and yes, but : Do not panic, just had a successful pregnancy, you could give it time. If no history of stress or mood issues, you may be fine with 2 babies in diapers. Historically the average span has been 4 yrs, u can only carry 1 at a time. Some have babies at close intervals and get overwhelmed. Don't b in a rush, consider 6 months, then start. It won't inc. Risk much but will save u a lot of stress.Gdluc. ...Read more

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Is it normal to get my period while i'm breastfeeding? I've been breastfeeding for already six months and didn't have my period until this morning. My obgyn told me that i wasn't going to get it until 6 to 8 weeks after stop breastfeeding. Is this ok?

Is it normal to get my period while i'm breastfeeding? I've been breastfeeding for already six months and didn't have my period until this morning. My obgyn told me that i wasn't going to get it until 6 to 8 weeks after stop breastfeeding. Is this ok?

Suppressing : Suppressing menstruation during breast-feeding is called lactational amenorrhea. Studies have shown that lactational amenorrhea for prevention of pregnancy works best when there is unrestricted breastfeeding without regard to schedules, resulting in six to eight breastfeedings a day will suppress ovulation. In addition, allowing your baby to feed at night takes advantage of the peak of the milk-making hormones that suppress ovulation, which are highest between 1 A.M. And 6 A.M. Nighttime nursing is important to the suppression of fertility. Avoid using supplemental bottles and pacifiers - all of baby's sucking should be at the breast, for comfort as well as food. Delay the introduction of solid foods until age six months or later. Solids should provide additional nutrition, not substitute for breast feedings. If you have had your period, be aware that you can become pregnant and that at this point, you should use some form of birth control if you want to avoid becoming pregnant. ...Read more

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My son (1year) after moving to UK stop drinking water, even a sip. Back in my country he used to take water. He regularly get breastfeeding.What to do?

My son (1year) after moving to UK stop drinking water, even a sip. Back in my country he used to take water. He regularly get breastfeeding.What to do?

Breast Fluids: It sounds as if he has had a change in his routine with this recent move. Is he still having his usual wet diapers? If so, he is likely just getting plenty of fluids out of his milk from the breast. Once you get settled, start again with a cup in a high chair with a little meal. Weaning is a choice between baby and mommy, but World Health Organization recommends nursing up to age 2. ...Read more

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