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Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
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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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My baby is 7mnths, im breastfeeding, having irregular periods, and i wish to get pregnant asap.Does breastfeeding cause irregular period? Wat can I do?

My baby is 7mnths, im breastfeeding, having irregular periods, and i wish to get pregnant asap.Does breastfeeding cause irregular period? Wat can I do?

Yes, but normal: Breastfeeding can suppress ovulation, causing irregular or no periods while breastfeeding. This will make it harder to get pregnant. The less you breastfeed your baby, the more likely your periods and fertility will return to normal. However the breastmilk that your baby is getting is the best nutrition for him, so i would recommend you keep breastfeeding. ...Read more

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Irregular periods > 1 year, orange nipple discharge 6mos, &self-diagnosed fibrocystic breasts 6mos. Quit breastfeeding 1.5 yrs ago. What's happening?

Irregular periods > 1 year, orange nipple discharge 6mos, &self-diagnosed fibrocystic breasts 6mos. Quit breastfeeding 1.5 yrs ago. What's happening?

Failure to ovulate: Irregular periods usually are because of irregular or unpredictable ovulation, also known as pcos, which is an acronym for polycystic ovarian syndrome. In your particlular case, pregnancy needs to be ruled out and you probably need to see your health care providet to make obtain a diagnosis and treatment plan. About 1% of patients with your symptoms would have an elevated prolactin causing this. ...Read more

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Very irregular periods all my life. still breastfeeding 16month daughter. I have waves of nausea all day and a headache for hrs. no period for 2 m?

Very irregular periods all my life.  still breastfeeding 16month daughter.   I have waves of nausea all day and a headache for hrs.  no period for 2 m?

Check a test: Unless you are exclusively breast feeding and not even using a pacifier, breastfeeding is not a good method of contraception. Start with a pregnancy test and if it is negative repeat it in 3-5 days. If it is still negative the headaches and nausea need to be evaluated since they could be caused by an infection or increased intracranial pressure. Hope you feel better fast. ...Read more

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Irregular period late 15 days, i had un protected sex but I am breast feeding , my pregnancy test is -ve . Is that normal ? Am i ovulating or not yet

Irregular period late 15 days, i had un protected sex but I am breast feeding , my pregnancy test is -ve . Is that normal ? Am i ovulating or not yet

Probably OK.: You had your period and your test was negative, so it seems normal so far. You are breastfeeding, and this might help avoid/stop another immediate pregnancy. This also means you're likely not ovulating due to breastfeeding but this is not reliable contraception, and you might have started ovulating again as shown by your period. Talk to your doctor about using contraception during breastfedding. ...Read more

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Are periods usually irregular once you stop breastfeeding?

Are periods usually irregular once you stop breastfeeding?

They can be: It is common for it to take several months for periods to normalize during or after breastfeeding. Note that this does not mean that you are not ovulating and that it is still possible to get pregnant while your periods are irregular. ...Read more

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Will my wife's periods not become consistent until she stops breastfeeding? Trying for #2 and it's hard since her cycles have been irregular. They seem to be around 30-40 days. Ovul. kits don't work.

Will my wife's periods not become consistent until she stops breastfeeding? Trying for #2 and it's hard since her cycles have been irregular. They seem to be around 30-40 days. Ovul. kits don't work.

Breast feed & preg: very difficult to figure out. when is best time in this situation. Breastfeeding naturally supresses ovulation that is probably why the ovulation kits are not working if she is still breastfeeding. I would continue to try, and enjoy the trying. Try not to get too stressed about it. That also makes it tougher to conceive. Good luck. ...Read more

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I m 26 yrs old..married n ve a 9 mths old baby..i m breastfeeding..my periods are irregular..i didnt get my periods last mth..nw i m 54 days late.

I m 26 yrs old..married n ve a 9 mths old baby..i m breastfeeding..my  periods are irregular..i didnt get my periods last mth..nw i m 54 days late.

Probably normal: There periods may cease for weeks to months in breastfeeding mothers. Some women do not even get their period till they stop breastfeeding. Expect your periods to be irregular if you are breastfeeding as this suppresses menstruation. ...Read more

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How can I figure out my irregular periods?

How can I figure out my irregular periods?

Keep a calendar: You might find when you keep a calendar and count from the day each periof starts that you do have regular periods just on an odd number of days. For example if it is every 39 days every now and then you would be fooled into thinking you skipped a cycle when you didn't! keeping a calendar is the best way to start to figure things out. ...Read more

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What is causing my irregular periods?

What is causing my irregular periods?

Many things: Hormonal imbalances, ovarian cysts, stress, new medications (certain ones), weight gain or weight loss, thyroid problems, fibroids, endometrial polyps of precancerous cells are some of the causes of irregular periods. ...Read more

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