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Dr. Qamar Khan
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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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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?

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

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While breastfeeding, what contraceptive measure should I consider? What is happening inside my body before my menses restarts?

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

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If i smoke half a joint, can I continue breast-feeding a month later? What's the safest way?

No smoking: The safest way to breast feed your baby is to get rid of your"joints" breastfeeding and smoking joints are incompatible. ...Read more

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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?

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

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When is a good time to stop breastfeeding?

Variable: Breast feeding is the best food for the baby. It is recommended to continue for at least 6 mo or as long as you feel comfortable. There is no particular age you should stop breastfeeding. ...Read more

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Can breastfeeding help me with the baby blues?

Can breastfeeding help me with the baby blues?

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 more

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Will breastfeeding help me lose my baby weight?

Will breastfeeding help me lose my baby weight?

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 more

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Will breastfeeding help me lose the baby weight?

Will breastfeeding help me lose the baby weight?

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 more

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How much weight should I lose after baby if breastfeeding?

How much weight should I lose after baby if breastfeeding?

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 more

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How would breastfeeding more than a year benefit my baby?

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

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Which is the best position of breastfeeding a baby at night?

Which is the best position of breastfeeding a baby at night?

Chair-big comfy one: It is dangerous to take a baby to bed with you. If you both fall asleep, you could roll over onto your child and hurt them. In a chair, it is safe for you both to sleep. ...Read more

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I am breastfeeding, baby is one month, can I eat licoricecandys?

To be avoided: This is one of many indulgences you should avoid while breastfeeding. Ref: hale t, medications and mothers milk , 15th ed , 2012, p 1214. ...Read more

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What should I do when people stare at me while breastfeeding in public?

What should I do when people stare at me while breastfeeding in public?

Stare Back: It is wonderful that you have no qualms about breast feeding in public. Those who stare usually have issues with it. Staring back can be useful. Decide what you are comfortable doing, and really no one else's opinion really matters. ...Read more

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Need expert help. I am still breastfeeding my baby, what diets work best?

Need expert help. I am still breastfeeding my baby, what diets work best?

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

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How many times can I use rotahaler daily? Can I use it while breastfeeding?

How many times can I use rotahaler daily? Can I use it while breastfeeding?

Depends: on the medicine used in the device, if it is salbutamol, so it is probably safe, please excecise caution when using multiple medications, or while pregnant or breast feeding, ask your doctor ...Read more

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How can I come to terms with my guilt feelings about quitting breastfeeding?

How can I come to terms with my guilt feelings about quitting breastfeeding?

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 more

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I want to stop breastfeeding. My baby is 7 months. Does that mean I would have to turn to formula??

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 more

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Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more


Perinatal (Definition)

Natal means birth. Since peri means around & not during birth, which the ob-gyn does(birth of baby), this refers to the care before the birth as well as the care after the ...Read more