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Have you tried the elimination diet while breastfeeding?

Have you tried the elimination diet while breastfeeding?

Eat and drink enough: Although everyone is eager to lose wt after baby, eating and drinking adequate amounts during the months you are breastfeeding is also important in providing adequate nutrition for your baby. You are hungry because you are (still) eating for two. Do what you can to increase your daily activity to burn calories (get out for walks, etc, and take baby with you if you can s/he will enjoy the ride). ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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Chronic hives since October. Should I stay away from Class 1&2 allergies to wheat, egg, milk, oat, hazelnut? Done elimination diet & still have hives.

Chronic hives since October. Should I stay away from Class 1&2 allergies to wheat, egg, milk, oat, hazelnut? Done elimination diet & still have hives.

See allergist: Most chronic hives are not due to food allergies and thus you should find out whether you are indeed allergic to a food (unless you have had a convincing reaction from eating it) before you eliminate it from your diet. The cause is often unknown but the condition is usually treatable. Up to 30% of CU is likely from an autoimmune process ...Read more

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Can a breastfeeding mother include milk curds in diet? Elders say lacto bascillus in curds is not good for baby?

Can a breastfeeding mother include milk curds in diet? Elders say lacto bascillus in curds is not good for baby?

Yes: I routinely suggest the use of probiotics including lactobacillus for babies. It is especially helpful if they have had diarrhea or antibiotic treatment. Why your elders suggest it is a problem is confusing. The germ doesn't get into breast milk anyway, and can be fed directly to baby if you desire. ...Read more

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I bought 3, 4 books on breastfeeding and how to produce more milk with nutrition and drinking water + milk. I hope to b/f for2+ yrs, does diet help?

I bought 3, 4 books on breastfeeding and how to produce more milk with nutrition and drinking water + milk. I hope to b/f for2+ yrs, does diet help?

Kind of...: The absolute best way to make milk is to breastfeed exclusively! As a doctor AND a mom, I can tell you that breastfeeding is supply and demand. Some days you will feel like you breastfeed nonstop, then others it will be sporadic. Lots of fluids will help keep you hydrated to allow your body to keep producing, so water is a must! Drinking milk will not help you make more milk, breastfeeding will! ...Read more

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Change from a lot of junk food meat and cheeses to a healthy plant based diet. do you go through detox?breastfeeding does toxins get dumped in milk?

Change from a lot of junk food meat and cheeses to a healthy plant based diet. do you go through detox?breastfeeding does toxins get dumped in milk?

Possible: Although ingested substances can appear in breast milk, the healthy change you have made should be healthy for your child as well. ...Read more

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Breastfeeding my 2month old. Is it safe to change diet to lose 50 lbs? I want to go on joel Fuhrmans diet. Vegan. will my body dump toxins in milk?

Breastfeeding my 2month old. Is it safe to change diet to lose 50 lbs?  I want to go on joel Fuhrmans diet. Vegan. will my body dump toxins in milk?

No!: I would not recommend dieting while breast feeding. It takes an enormous amount of calories to produce breast milk. If you want to continue to produce good quality milk, don't diet. If you eat a normal amount of food, you are likely to lose weight anyways. And if you're vegan, make sure to take B12 supplements and to give your baby 400 IU of vitamin D a day. Best of luck! ...Read more

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What pill help bring milk supplies for breastfeeding?

What pill help bring milk supplies for breastfeeding?

Taking fenugreek: Supplementing with fenugreek can help but pumping and nursing will help the most. ...Read more

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Could my milk be drying up if I am still breastfeeding?

Could my milk be drying up if I am still breastfeeding?

Yes: Your milk supply is dependent upon the frequency of nursing, and complete emptying of the breasts. I advise my breastfeeding moms to nurse every 1 1/2 -2 hours for 5-10 minutes to increase their supply. It usually increases within 24 hr. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids-don't wait until you're thirsty. Don't delay in consulting your doctor or a lactation consultant. Time is of the essence. ...Read more

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How can I resume breastfeeding once my milk has dried up?

How can I resume breastfeeding once my milk has dried up?

Try it!: If your milk has "dried up" for any reason, try to re-establish your baby either to the breat, or start pumping or a combination of both. It is a labor of love but well worth the effort! you probably need to do this every 2 to 3 hours. Drink an abundance of fluids and check with your doctor on some herbs that might help with milk production. ...Read more

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How does breastfeeding on demand affect your milk supply?

How does breastfeeding on demand affect your milk supply?

It's the best way: Assuming everything is already going well, breastfeeding on demand is the best way to maintain your milk supply. Your breasts make more milk when they are emptied, so feeding on demand lets you respond to baby's growth spurts, illnesses, and anything else that comes up. Your body will match what baby needs. If you are having trouble, find a local IBCLC. ...Read more

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I stopped breastfeeding. What can i take to dry up my milk?

I stopped breastfeeding. What can i take to dry up my milk?

Nothing: Mother Nature will do the job if the breasts are not emptied or stimulated over time. Restrictive breast binders were used in the past to accomplish this task. Utilizing hormonal contraception will also speed up the "breast milk resolution process." ...Read more

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Once your milk ducts are dry can I start breastfeeding again?

Once your milk ducts are dry can I start breastfeeding again?

Possible, but: It takes a lot of patience and work to relactate, but it can be done. Even moms who have adopted babies have been successful at breastfeeding, so there is hope. Best to hook yourself up with a certified lactation consultant, read up on galactogogues (foods/drinks that help with lactation), get a pump, rest and fluids. Put baby to breast often and pump frequently otherwise. ...Read more

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Breastfeeding, but I have a very low milk supply. What can I do?

Breastfeeding, but I have a very low milk supply.  What can I do?

Breastfeeding.: Before you consider " a low milk supply" you need to pay attention to your infant's growth. If the baby is gaining weight and the diapers you change are wet, you do not have a low milk supply. On the other hand if the baby is not gaining weight and the diapers are dry, you need to have the baby seen by a pediatrician right away. ...Read more

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When should you switch to formula or cow's milk after breastfeeding?

When should you switch to formula or cow's milk after breastfeeding?

Transitioning diet: At one year of age, it is generally recommended that a baby be transitioned to 18-24 ounces of non-formula milk and three meals, with two snacks per day. ...Read more

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I am currently breastfeeding but my milk is drying up what can I do?

I am currently breastfeeding but my milk is drying up what can I do?

Good question: Have your baby suck as often as possible, even hourly. Wake him/her up at night as well. Make sure you are eating enough and drinking plenty of fluids. Milk crises are common at 3, 7 and 12 months, so don't get discouraged. Breast massage in warm shower may help as well. Certain supplements, such as mother's milk can be helpful. Don't supplement with formula! seek lactation spec's help. ...Read more

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When I want to stop breastfeeding, how long will it take for my milk dry up?

When I want to stop breastfeeding, how long will it take for my milk dry up?

Approimately 2 weeks: ...Or more. Engorgement usually subsides by 48 hrs if done "cold turkey.". ...Read more

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I read that if you detox while breastfeeding all the chemicals go to your milk?

I read that if you detox while breastfeeding all the chemicals go to your milk?

No: Waste products through detox will not enter your breastmilk in ways to affect your infant. ...Read more

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How to increase milk supply for my baby. She is just 5 weeks old. I am just breastfeeding her?

How to increase milk supply for my baby. She is just 5 weeks old. I am just breastfeeding her?

Food and fluid: To increase production of milk, you need drink a lot of fluid, taking balanced food/diet, may increase some protein intake. But it is also varies in person. Good luck. ...Read more

Elimination Diet (Definition)

Often times, someone may react to a specific food, but we just don't know what it is. We may suspect it is a food, because symptoms like abdominal cramping pain and diarrhea occur after eating. An elimination diet is one that removes one type of substance completely from oral intake for a month at a time. Hopefully over several months, we are able to identify the culprit food, so ...Read more


Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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