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Is mirena (levonorgestrel) safe to be implanted while exclusively breastfeeding?

Is mirena (levonorgestrel) safe to be implanted while exclusively breastfeeding?

Yes: Progesterone only birth control such as the Mirena (levonorgestrel) are safe for breastfeeding moms. The "copper t" would also be safe and for many women the side effects from the "copper t" would be much less than from a mirena (levonorgestrel). ...Read more

Dr. Al Hegab
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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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Have the Mirena (levonorgestrel) since my baby's birth. I get a light to bright red discharge, but so little. It's very irregular. Still breastfeeding. Should I worry?

Have the Mirena (levonorgestrel) since my baby's birth. I get a light to bright red discharge, but so little. It's very irregular. Still breastfeeding. Should I worry?

Consult G.Y.N. docto: This little bleeding may be due to position oIUD Marina. It needs to be checked. Consult your doctor who can decide the cause of vaginal bleeding may reset IUD. ...Read more

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Getting pregnant with hypothyroidism, breastfeeding and after mirena (levonorgestrel)?

Getting pregnant with hypothyroidism, breastfeeding and after mirena (levonorgestrel)?

Re-ask question: Would you please clarify/re-word your question? It is difficult to understand. Thanks. ...Read more

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I stopped breastfeeding 4 months ago and still no period, but excessive clear discharge. I have a mirena (levonorgestrel) iud. Should I be concerned?

I stopped breastfeeding 4 months ago and still no period, but excessive clear discharge. I have a mirena (levonorgestrel) iud. Should I be concerned?

Did u call the doc: Who put in your iud? You should be calling that doc first before asking? S here. That doc should ahve expqalined atht the Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud cab stop periods, but to prove u do not have a problem, your iud doic need to check u and do an exam and blood work, like a preg test and check cultures for the discharge and do an ultrasound. ...Read more

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I am breastfeeding; so I'm not sure when I had a "normal" period. I had mirena (levonorgestrel) iud removed the beginning of August. I've been spotting for 3 weeks now?

I am breastfeeding; so I'm not sure when I had a "normal" period. I had mirena (levonorgestrel) iud removed the beginning of August. I've been spotting for 3 weeks now?

Check pregnancy test: If pregnancy test is negative, keep calendar for the next few months and if the irregular bleeding continues see doctor. It is common to have irregular bleeding/spotting both with breastfeeding and also for a few months after stopping any type of contraception. ...Read more

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I'm breastfeeding and would like to use a contraceptive pill. I use microval now but I bleed every 2 weeks. Any recommendation? Thanks

I'm breastfeeding and would like to use a contraceptive pill. I use microval now but I bleed every 2 weeks. Any recommendation? Thanks

Bleeding: Be sure to take that pill at the same time every day. Sometimes that irregular bleeding goes away, sometimes not. Other options for birth control while breastfeeding include the depot shot or mirena iud, which may control the bleeding a little better in some people. ...Read more

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Can I breastfeed while on Mirena (levonorgestrel)?

Can I breastfeed while on Mirena (levonorgestrel)?

Yes! Very safe.: The Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD is one of the BEST forms of birth control available, it lasts 5 years, is ~99.5% effective, and thins the uterine lining so that you get lighter periods. 20% of women will stop having periods after 1 year and that's perfectly healthy. Effects in the uterus and so it won't affect or be affected by other medicadtion; very safe method; biggest risk after insertion is expulsion (1-2%). ...Read more

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How many days till I breastfeed my 4 week old after I took the Plan B containg levonorgestrel?

How many days till I breastfeed my 4 week old after I took the Plan B containg levonorgestrel?

No delay: There is no reason to delay breastfeeding after taking Plan B since it has no effect on breastmilk. Consider starting birth control to prevent a pregnancy since you delivered 4 weeks ago. ...Read more

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I had the mirena (levonorgestrel) taken out in october and started taking mircogestin 1/20 and last month I didn't have a period and I also breastfeed my son?

I had the mirena (levonorgestrel) taken out in october and started taking mircogestin 1/20 and last month I didn't have a period and I also breastfeed my son?

Missed Periods: There are several reasons you have mentioned that could be cause of your missed period. First you had a switch in birth control methods and therefore had a change in hormones. Outside hormones alter your internal production of your own hormones which may take up to 1-2 months or more to regulate your cycle. Breast feeding also alters your hormones, adding yet another component to missed periods. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: levonorgestrel?

Please describe the medication: levonorgestrel?

Progestin: Levonorgestrel is a progestin commonly used in oral contraceptives and the Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud. It has properties similar to progesterone. ...Read more

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Is breastfeeding hard?

Is breastfeeding hard?

No: Breastfeeding is not hard, but like learning to walk, takes some effort and practice. If you are contemplating breast feeding, see you baby's future pediatrician early in the 2nd trimester, for a breast exam and guidance tailored to you. Pediatricians will be working with you and baby, and it can be a great advantage to utilize their expertise proactively. ...Read more

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Any tips on breastfeeding?

Any tips on breastfeeding?

Expectations: Great advice. I'll add that it can take a good month to get the hang of this new task. Many moms think they should be pros right away. If this sounds like you, adjust your expectations and give yourself time. Lactation consultants are also a great resource. ...Read more

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Should I stop breastfeeding?

Should I stop breastfeeding?

No: Only if there are medical reasons to. If you discover you have an underlying medical problem (such as hiv) that can be transferred to your baby through breastmilk, it is wise to discontinue nursing. Certain medications may also enter the breastmilk and pose a health risk to your baby. Otherwise, unless physically or emotionally unable to, breastfeeding should be continued despite minor illness. ...Read more

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What is breastfeeding on demand?

What is breastfeeding on demand?

Feeding when hungry: Breastfeeding on demand means tuning into a baby's hunger cues and feeding her when she starts "telling" you she is hungry. Look for alert periods, smacking lips, making sucking sounds, turning toward the breast, or sucking on her hand as hunger cues. Once a baby starts crying, she is usually really hungry. Breastfeeding on demand is a wonderful way to naturally build up a great milk supply. ...Read more

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Afraid of stopping breastfeeding?

Afraid of stopping breastfeeding?

Why?: Breast feeding is both nutrition and nurturing and a kid gets something from both. After 8 months, the nutritional superiority begins to fade as other foods are added. The nurturing may fill a need for you both, and you can take cues from baby on when to let go. If you have to chase baby down to feed, or the kid finished quickly and wants to leave, its time to wean. If not, continue. ...Read more

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What will breastfeeding feel like?

What will breastfeeding feel like?

Not Painful: As a mother of two who breastfed both of my children, I can tell you that the first few days are an adjustment period. The key to remember is that it should not hurt. The initial latching on may be uncomfortable but once the let down happens it not painful. To learn more about breastfeeding try reading: the womanly art of breastfeeding. ...Read more

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Will I have trouble breastfeeding?

Will I have trouble breastfeeding?

Yes: At the beginning, with your first baby, breastfeeding -- although natural -- will not come naturally. It will take a few days of time and effort and help. But you can do it, and it is one of the best things you can do for baby and for yourself. Don't be shy in taking advantage of skilled nurses and lactation consultants (lc) after birth, and get referrals to lc for after discharge home. ...Read more

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Is it ok to diet while breastfeeding?

Is it ok to diet while breastfeeding?

No: You should be eating a very well rounded, well balanced healthy diet for your health and your baby. ...Read more

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Is 200mg flagl ok when breastfeeding?

Yes: This medication is considered safe during breastfeeding and provides no risk to the baby. ...Read more

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Can I have albacore while breastfeeding?

Can I have albacore while breastfeeding?

Albacore okay: Yes it is fine to have 6 ozs of albacore tuna per week while breastfeeding. The reason for limitation is due to concerns re mercury content of certain fishes including albacore. Fish is an excellent source of omega-3s. Low mercury containing fish include salmon, trout, anchovies, herring, sardines, and shad. ...Read more

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What are the best breastfeeding positions?

What are the best breastfeeding positions?

Any position: Getting yourself comfortable to feed is the first priority in breastfeeding. Any position will do as long as you can provide your baby safely. If she can latch and you're not going to fall over, its the best position. ...Read more

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I am giving up breastfeeding and in agony!?

I am giving up breastfeeding and in agony!?

What's question?: I'm sorry to hear you did not have a good experience with nursing your baby. It's likely the baby is not positioning your nipple correctly in its mouth leading to your discomfort. Thanks a lot for trying - the baby got some benefit even if you only tried for one day. If you are on the fence about stopping, I urge you to see a certified lactation consultant who can assist you with positioning. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of breastfeeding a baby?

What are the benefits of breastfeeding a baby?

See below: Breast milk is the gold standard for formulas. All formulas are made to mimic the nutritional benefits of breast milk. There are some benefits for reduced illnesses, ear infection, brain, and visual benefit. One other benefit is that it is free. The average cost of formula for the first year is around 2, 500 dollars. ...Read more

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Which foods should I avoid while breastfeeding?

Which foods should I avoid while breastfeeding?

Allergenic foods: All over the world, women breastfeed their babies just fine. These women have very different diets from one another, yet as long as they eat balanced diets with a good variety of foods, they should do well with their breastfeeding. A breastfeeding mom may avoid a food that she is allergic to, or that she suspects is causing a change in a baby's behavior; and should discuss this with the doctor. ...Read more

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What are some tricks for breastfeeding multiples?

What are some tricks for breastfeeding multiples?

Patience: If there is a good lactation consultant in your area, contact her! If there are support groups for mothers of twins and triplets, also contact them. They can be invaluable! It is possible to nurse multiples...Pace yourself, ask for help, and if you have to supplement it is ok! Be sure ou are eating and drinking enough to keep up supply and that you have down time. You rock! ...Read more

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Is it okay to watch television while breastfeeding?

Is it okay to watch television while breastfeeding?

Yes: This poses no health risks to the baby, but keep the volume low as the sound and lights may distract the baby from nursing well. Make sure you continue to pay attention to your baby, they will be giving you cues as to when they are done, if they are comfortable, etc. Nursing is a great time to bond with your baby so just make sure you don't tune out completely with the tv! ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
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Levonorgestrel (Definition)

Levonorgestrel is a progestin commonly used in oral contraceptives and the Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud. It has ...Read more