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Doctor insights on: Iron Supplements While Breastfeeding

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Can I take iron supplements while breastfeeding?

Can I take iron supplements while breastfeeding?

Yes: You should definitely continue to take iron supplements while breastfeeding. Breast milk has tremendous nutritional and immunologic value for infants, but the iron content may be insufficient as the infant grows. To make sure that both your baby and you have adequate iron for health blood production, you should typically continue your prenatal vitamins while lactating. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Ogden
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Iron Supplements (Definition)

Effective treatment for anemia is generally taking an iron supplement by mouth. Iron pills are large and difficult for some women to swallow. If so, you can usually break them in half and have one half with breakfast and the other with lunch. Drink a lot of water and eat foods that are high in fiber as iron can be constipating. You doctor may also prescribe ...Read more


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Can you fenugreek supplements while breastfeeding?

Can you fenugreek supplements while breastfeeding?

Fenugreek: has been widely used to increase lactatation and is generally safe and well tolerated. ...Read more

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Can you take milk thistle supplement whilst breastfeeding?

Can you take milk thistle supplement whilst breastfeeding?

See below: Supplements during breast feeding are generally a bad idea, considering they don't have the same safety testing rigor as regular drugs. That being said, the limited data for milk thistle suggests against any presence in breast milk; on the flip side, there is no solid data that suggests it helps with milk production either. If it doesn't work, why continue to take it and risk harm? ...Read more

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Omega3 + prenatal vitamins while breastfeeding; safe?

Omega3 + prenatal vitamins while breastfeeding; safe?

Very safe: Omega-3 must be balanced with some Omega 6, but is an essential fatty acid key to nutrition in the priest amounts ...Read more

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Is green coffee supplement safe to take while nursing?

Is green coffee supplement safe to take while nursing?

Probably not: Probably not wise as some babies do get colicky from excess caffeine. Check with doctor for about how much caffeine you should have a day while nursing. ...Read more

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Can I take iron supplement with multivitamin contain iron?

Can I take iron supplement with multivitamin contain iron?

Yes: You can if your doctor prescribes it. If you have a condition requiring iron supplementation then by all means do so under the guidance of your physician. Most multivitamins only contain a small amount of iron, and you may need more if you are iron deficient. Always follow the advice of a qualified physician. ...Read more

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Is it safe to drink amino energy supplement while breastfeeding?

Is it safe to drink amino energy supplement while breastfeeding?

See answer: Eating a healthy diet while breastfeeding is important: what you eat determines the energy, protein, nutrient and vitamin content of your breast milk. But because contents of Amino Acid supplements (aas) vary; branched-chain aa may be harmful; and scientific information about the use of aas while nursing is very limited; always better to play it safe and avoid and discuss first with your ob-gyn md. ...Read more

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Is green tea and acai berry supplements safe to consume while breastfeeding?

Is green tea and acai berry supplements safe to consume while breastfeeding?

Yes, to a limit.: Both active ingredients are secreted in breast milk. Too much will affect behavior and no long term studies have been published. Both are promoted as weight loss agents. Breast feeding alone is better than these nutritional supplements. Why not wait! ...Read more

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Is it ok to take multivitamins & calcium supplements while taking quinapril?

Is it ok to take multivitamins & calcium supplements while taking quinapril?

Listen to your body: Quinapril is given for elevated blood pressure. Eating 6 equal meals followed each time by doing some relaxation training for 5 minutes and getting good exercise like pretend skipping rope are the life style changes that help blood pressure normalize. Correcting nutritional deficiencies with a mult vitamin and mineral can be helpful: vit d, vit k2, magnesium, potassium, and iron may be needed. ...Read more

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Can nursing mother take acai berries supplement?

Can nursing mother take acai berries supplement?

I would not: Acai berries are fresh only if you live in brazil, otherwise they are heavily preserved. Small doses unlikely to be troublesome but people are taking acai as a weight loss supplement which requires heftier dosage. Our time nursing our children is limited. They don't care if we still carry extra weight; be patient if you can ; avoid unknown substances like this. Opinion only on my part. ...Read more

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Is taking omega-3 supplemental vitamins while pregnant generally considered safe?

Is taking omega-3 supplemental vitamins while pregnant generally considered safe?

See below: Omega 3 may help with brain development and several prenatal vitamins have omega 3 in them now. ...Read more

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Are cranberry supplements safe to ingest while pregnant?

Are cranberry supplements safe to ingest while pregnant?

Why supplements?: Supplements are often not regulated by anyone. If pregnant, i would stick to whole food nutrition, with the exception that Folic Acid is important to lower the risk of a neural tube defect like spina bifida. Look around for those types of products to keep you and your baby healthy. ...Read more

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Should iron supplements be stopped while on coumadin (warfarin)?

Should iron supplements be stopped while on coumadin (warfarin)?

No: There is no interaction between iron and warfarin. You should only be on iron if you are iron deficient, common causes of iron deficiency are gastrointestinal blood loss from colon polyps, inflammation, tumors or other problems. Warfarin may increase the blood loss from any of these causes. If you are iron deficient, the cause needs to be determined, especially for someone on warfarin. ...Read more

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Is glucofage safe while breastfeeding?

Is glucofage safe while breastfeeding?

Yes: This medication has been studied extensively in breastfeeding and found to be safe for the infant. No detectable plasma level is found in breastfeeding infants. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more


Dr. Mark Ingerman
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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