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I'm a breastfeeding mom of a 6mnth old. I have sore joints that developed during my last pregnancy (2 yrs ago). This flares up often. Any suggestions?
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
May i breast feed after an arthrogram and mri? I will have an injection of iodine into my hip joint not iv
Arthrogram: Wait 24 hours before resuming breatfeeding.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have temp 38.5, aching joints, sneezing, sore throat, nausea. I am breastfeeding 8 month baby. What is best way to protect him from getting this?
Continue nursing: Continuation of nursing during periods of illness is beneficial because antibodies produced by mother are passed through breast milk and can help babies recover faster from illness or help prevent infection. As always, cover your cough and be diligent about hand washing after nose blowing, coughing, etc. ...Read more
While breastfeeding, what contraceptive measure should I consider? What is happening inside my body before my menses restarts?
Try natural first: Family Planning during Lactation: Minimizing physiologic impact on breastfeeding • First Choice Methods o LAM o Natural Family Planning o Barriers o IUDs • Second Choice Methods o Progestin-only methods • Third Choice Methods o Estrogen containing contraceptives See attached for more details. Congratulations on your baby and your commitment to breast feed! ...Read more
Hi I'm 21 I exclusively breastfeed and its been 3 months I have daily bone and joint aches, extreme fatigue and hot flashes what can this be?
Hot flashes: Congrats on a new baby. Breast feeding may be tough but gets easier over time. For now you should make an early appointment to see your obstetrician. I am confident that she/he will help you feel better. The bone and joint aches might be arthritis but I don't think that is the case. Bring that to your obstetricians attention. ...Read more
Yes: It helps with bonding which will certainly make you happier. On the other hand, if you are in distress when you handle a baby, the baby will pick up on that and become unhappy, too, which will make your own distress worse. People with baby blues definitely need a lot of help and support, always from family members, and often from professionals. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Yes: A new mom will lose weight as long as she breastfeeds her baby, and she eats only as many calories as needed to maintain her pre-pregnant weight. For example, if she was 120 pounds before pregnancy and is now 145 pounds, she should eat just enough for a 120 lb woman. Her 25 lb excess will be gradually used up in the production of breastmilk (25 ounces of breastmilk contains about 500 calories). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: If you look at the specifics, creating breast milk for baby requires metabolic work on your part ( that is quite passive).Over 1yr your breasts will use your body energy to create roughly 500-1000 cal/day for baby. If you only consume the diet you need for your pre-pregnancy weight, you could drop 1-2 pounds a week due to breastfeeding alone.If you eat more you loose less. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Breastfeeding mother statistically lose more weight than those who do not breastfeed. How much weight you should lose is largely dependent of your pre-pregnancy weight, normal weight, underweight, or overweight and how much weight you gained while pregnant. Warning, rapid weight loss can adversely affect your milk production which is dependent of mom's diet and fat stores. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: This is more a baby nurturing issue than nutrition.By a year most have added solids & breast milk is less a factor in the diet. Some kids need the quiet snuggle time more than others & i feel that is an important part of their gradual move to independence. If you have to chase the kid down to get a feed in or they spend <10 min in the process, its likely a good time to wean.If not, continue. ...Read more
Eat a balanced diet: There are no better foods for the breast feeding mom than a "well balanced diet." mothers should also drink sufficient quantities of fluid to prevent thirst. Include deep sea fish twice a week in your diet plan to ensure getting enough dha (omega-3 fatty acid ) which enhances neuronal development in infants' brain. ...Read more
See below:: If you're considering formula-feeding, do your research so that you can make an informed decision. Then focus on nourishing and nurturing your baby — instead of feeling guilty or dwelling on other negative emotions. You might also share your feelings with your doctors/friends/family. Remember, parenting is an adventure that requires choices and compromises. What counts is doing the best you can. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I want to stop breastfeeding. My baby is 7 months. Does that mean I would have to turn to formula??
Start formula: Wish you could continue breast feeding your baby till 1year of age.Still you did well up to now and this is good time to wean off breast feeding .The baby can be given formula ,it is cow milk based ,and provides vitamins and adequate calories , safe to give .Also baby is ready for cereals and baby foods . ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer