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Dr. Laura Webb
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Lactation Problems (Overview)

Refers to challenges with breastfeeding. Can include problems with latch and milk transfer to infant. Also can include inadequate supply for a variety of reasons. Also can include breast infection- mastitis as well as yeast infection on nipple.


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Can thyroid problems cause sleep issues?

Can thyroid problems cause sleep issues?

Yes: If you're hypothyroid (underactive) you may well be tired all the time because you will feel like you're "out of gas". If you are hyperthyroid, you may suffer from insomnia which will also make you feel tired. Additionally, being on "overdrive" all the time with an over active thyroid will also leave you feeling tired. ...Read more

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Dr. Laura Webb
268 doctors shared insights

Lactation Problems (Overview)

Refers to challenges with breastfeeding. Can include problems with latch and milk transfer to infant. Also can include inadequate supply for a variety of reasons. Also can include breast infection- mastitis as well as yeast infection on nipple.


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Had holiday gathering with multiple family members and found out that many had lactation problems. What can I do to prevent it?

Had holiday gathering with multiple family members and found out that many had lactation problems. What can I do to prevent it?

Skin to skin: Choose an ob, pedi, hospital that are supportive. At delivery, go skin to skin with baby and nurse within the first hour. Have your baby room in and feed your baby whenever he wants it, not by watching the clock. Don't use formula or pacifiers unless medically necessary. On the 2nd day of life most babies eat around the clock. This is normal so your nipples are stimulated, not a sign of hunger. ...Read more

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Describe some breast development problems.?

Describe some breast development problems.?

Lack of normal: Breast development for most women begins a puberty when the nipples and areola begin to enlarge. Next the entire breast begins the thicken and the nipple begins to come to a bit of a point. Finally as estrogen levels increase with the onset of the menstrual cycles, additional fatty tissue and mammary tissue develops giving the breast an adult appearance. ...Read more

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Can thyroid disorders cause problems during pregnancy?

Can thyroid disorders cause problems during pregnancy?

Yes: Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) or hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) can have serious consequences for your pregnancy and your baby. Talk to your doctor and make sure you are being treated appropriately. ...Read more

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Do physical issues or milk supply issues prevent women from being able to breastfeed?

Do physical issues or milk supply issues prevent women from being able to breastfeed?

Yes: Breastfeeding is contraindicated in mothers who have active untreated tuberculosis disease who are receiving or exposed to radioactive isotopes, chemotherapeutic agents or a small number of other medications until they clear the milk. Alcohol should be avoid or wait 2 hours after consumption. ...Read more

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Can newborn jaundice cause longterm medical problems?

Can newborn jaundice cause longterm medical problems?

Possibly: Mild jaundice is very common in newborns, especially breast-fed babies. Jaundice is caused by bilirubin, a breakdown product of hemoglobin. If the bilirubin level gets too high, it can lead to kernicterus, a rare neurological condition that can lead to permanent brain damage. Most hospitals monitor the bilirubin level in newborns in the nursery. ...Read more

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Can travelling induce mental health problems?

Can travelling induce mental health problems?

Travel: Depends on destination, purpose of trip, length of travel, any existant worries or fears, etc. ...Read more

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Could fertility problems cause depression?

Could fertility problems cause depression?

Possibly: Couples struggling to conceive are under tremendous amounts of stress - similar to the levels experienced when a loved one dies. Infertility, however, is even less understood than death and most people do not know how to help you or what to say to be supportive. Get some help at www.Resolve.Org, and our message board at www.Sbivf.Com. Most infertile people will be successful if they get help. ...Read more

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Can soy cause fertility problems later?

Can soy cause fertility problems later?

No: There's no evidence that soy intake today can cause fertility problems in the future. ...Read more

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Can thyroid disorders cause problems with sleeping?

Yes: Hyperthyroidism can cause insomnia. Hypothyroidism can cause fatigue and daytime sleepiness. The real question is whether your thyroid condition is affecting your sleep as there are many factors which can goof up sleep. A sleep specialist could help sort that out. ...Read more

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How does prematurity relate to children with sleeping and feeding problems ?

How does prematurity relate to children with sleeping and feeding problems ?

Delayed development: Prematurity is always a risk because it may leave a legacy that results in delayed development. Sleeping and eating are primitive reflexes that are regulated by lower brain control mechanisms. See a nutritionist who understands the benefit of selected vitamins as supplements. ...Read more

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Can thyroid problems cause your ministration to stop?

Yes: Hyperthyroidism can decrease and even eliminate menses. Hypothyroidism can as well, but more often leads to heavier than normal (although irregular) menses. ...Read more

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Does soy milk cause harm to hormonal functions of children?

Does soy milk cause harm to hormonal functions of children?

Has potential: People including children can have allergies to soy which can then block thyroid. We test and treat allergies. Wait until they are tested. ...Read more

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Can a breastfed baby have problems with malnutrition?

Can a breastfed baby have problems with malnutrition?

Possible: It is possible because although breast milk is the best milk source for newborns, it is lacking in vitamins D, A, and K, Breast fed babies should receive supplemental vitamins and additional Vitamin D. Also in the beginning, babies should be monitored for weight gain to ensure adequate milk intake ...Read more

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Can levothroid pills during pregnacy lead to child development issues?

Can levothroid pills during pregnacy lead to child development issues?

Not likely: Untreated thyroid disease may create some complications. Congenital hypothyroid(low) can lead to retardation but is usually screened for in the newborn nursery in the U.S. ...Read more

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Why isnt oxytocin available for those with lactation problem?

Why isnt oxytocin available for those with lactation problem?

It is dangerous: Oxytocin is used to augment labor, and is also the hormone that is involved in let-down in a lactating woman. It does not really increase milk supply as much as it allows the milk to release. It is only used in labor under very careful monitoring because it can drop someone's blood pressure. Fenugreek, metaclopromide, and pumping are better options to increase supply. ...Read more

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Can sinus issues be linked to thyroid problems?

No: There is no link that I have read about in the literature between thyroid disease and sinus issuses. They are 2 separate problems. ...Read more

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