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What are lactation headaches?

What are lactation headaches?

Oxytocin induced....: Lactation headache, an unusual form of headache during the lactation, is believed to be triggered by the release of oxytocin which induces let down of milk from breast, and cause a spasm of arterioles (small ateries) in brain in some breastfeeding women resulting in headache. No specific treatment has been established yet. Ibuprofen (advil, motrin) is safe to try to relieve the headache. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more


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Is there a way to induce lactation?

Is there a way to induce lactation?

Lactation: Naturally, breast milk production increases by increased intake of liquid diet ( eg apple juice, chicken soup etc.). Prescription medication used for enhancing breast milk production is -- reglan (metoclopramide). ...Read more

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What is lactation consultant?

What is lactation consultant?

Nursing Helper: Lactaion consultants are people who specialize in helping mothers breast feed successfully. ...Read more

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What do lactation consultants do?

What do lactation consultants do?

Help breastfeeding: Lactation consultants are trained to help identify problems with breastfeeding, either mom- or child-related. They can help with technique, latching, treatment of nipple problems, assessing adequacy of feeds and milk production, use of breast pumps (if needed), and are just generally good education and support resources for helping moms and babes get the whole breastfeeding thing rolling! ...Read more

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How can I find a lactation consultant?

La Leche League: If your OB or pediatric providers do not have a lactation consultant that they recommend, your next best step is to check out local and online resources through la leche league. They have state chapters and lists of certified lactation supporters, as well as online discussions mom-to-mom. You can get started at http://www.Llli.Org/webus.Html. ...Read more

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Should I supplement lactation with formula?

Should I supplement lactation with formula?

It depends: This is a personal decision based on your baby's needs, your needs, & the amount of milk you're able to provide/pump. Your pediatrician can help you determine whether your baby is getting "enough" from breast milk alone. Timing of feedings may add another set of logistics too. Observe your baby & see what's needed. Review your own needs too. Formula can be a helpful addition in many cases. ...Read more

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Describe menstural cycle during lactation size, color?

Describe menstural cycle during lactation size, color?

Varied: If you are breast feeding frequently (like over 6 times/day), there is a good chance you will not ovulate or have regular periods. Some women do, though. There is a wide range of normal. ...Read more

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What what kind of provider do you see for lactation problems?

What what kind of provider do you see for lactation problems?

Lactation specialist: Lactation specialists are usually nurses that have experience in helping mother with their nursing issues. You can get referral from the nursery nurses, or look them up in the internet for one near you. There is a volunteer organization called "la leche league" that also helps nursing mothers all over the world. ...Read more

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