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Doctor insights on: I Quit Breastfeeding 6 Months Ago And Suddenly Lactating Again

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Dr. James Chapman
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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 long could you lactate after you stop breastfeeding?

How long could you lactate after you stop breastfeeding?

Variable: Once breast feeding stops, your breasts will stop producing milk. Typically it takes a few weeks. However, you can have milk in your breasts from months to years. ...Read more

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Following a year of not breastfeeding, is it possible to lactate again?

Following a year of not breastfeeding, is it possible to lactate again?

Yes but difficult: It is possible to restart. It is difficult and usually the amount of milk produced is not significant. ...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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Why do I have the sensations of my breasts letting down (lactating), but i'm not breastfeeding?

Let down and oxytoci: Let down is the result of the release of a brain hormone oxytocin ( love hormone) which acts on the milk ducts in your breasts which ejects breast-milk. If you recently had a baby you have oxytocin release when you see or hold your baby. However if you are not breastfeeding and have not had a baby recently, this feeling would be very unusual and if it continues you may want to consult a physician. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take sodium lactate while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes: Sodium lactate is a simple compound that is easily metabolized and does not pose a risk to the baby. ...Read more

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Is it safe for a lactating mother to take glutathione while breastfeeding?

Is it safe for a lactating mother to take glutathione while breastfeeding?

Unknown: I can't find any data that looks at the use/safety of glutathione in lactating women. Sorry I can't be of more help. ...Read more

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Are there benefits for mother breastfeeding adopted child? My husband and i are wanting to adopt an infant, and i was told by a lactation consultant that i could begin re-lactating by a series of steps needing to take place before hand. I know the benef

Are there benefits for mother breastfeeding adopted child? My husband and i are wanting to adopt an infant, and i was told by a lactation consultant that i could begin re-lactating by a series of steps needing to take place before hand. 

I know the benef

Bonding, : I've assisted adoptive mom lactate; all felt it enhanced bonding. Adoptive moms who lactate don't usually have an adequate breast milk supply and will need to supplement with formula, which can be given via a supplemental nutrition device taped to mom's nipple, so baby receives breast milk and formula simultaneously. May reduce breast cancer, in post partum-wgt loss, shrink uterus. Congrats! ...Read more

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