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Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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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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Ok for breastfeeding mother to take ducolax or miralax? Baby is 13 weeks. If not, what stool softening med is safe?

Ok for breastfeeding mother to take ducolax or miralax? Baby is 13 weeks. If not, what stool softening med is safe?

Miralax is safe: Miralax is a safe and effective stool softener for breastfeeding mothers. There is little to no systemic absorption of this medication. To help with issues of constipation also suggest increased exercise, increased hydration with water, and a balanced diet with lots of fruits, vegetables, and items high in fiber. ...Read more

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Breastfeeding Your Child (Checklist)

Avoid eating gassy foods
Once
Hydrate well
Once
Continue taking your prenatal vitamins
Daily
Take naps when baby does (if not working)
Once
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I'm 12 weeks pregnant. What is safe and effective for constipation drug or stool softener?

I'm 12 weeks pregnant. What is safe and effective for constipation drug or stool softener?

Miralax/fiber: Those treatments that remain confined to the gut, like miralax, are fine during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Bowel stimulants and other meds that may enter your bloodstream should be cleared by your doc before use. ...Read more

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What is a safe stool softener to use on a regular basis that works good and fast?

What is a safe stool softener to use on a regular basis that works good and fast?

Try miralax: The truth is that stool softeners work when used here and there. If used regularly, they loose their potency and become ineffective. For regular relief MiraLAX is far superior. It is a white powder mixed in a liquid of choice that can be used regularly, has virtually no taste, and is not habit forming. One caveat-if you have had a change in your bowel habits, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Breastfeeding Your Child (Checklist)

Sit in a comfortable chair with good back support; footstool may help
once
Position baby on lap, fully supporting baby's body & head at breast
once
Baby's mouth should cover nipple and most of the areola
once
If painful, break suction and re-position breast in baby's mouth
once
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How long is it safe to take a stool softener for?

How long is it safe to take a stool softener for?

Long time: Stool softeners can be taken safely for a long period of time, however, this should not lull you to believe that your problem may be a benign one. There are different causes of constipation and you may need to either describe your problem in greater detail or see your doctor to figure out why you are constipated. ...Read more

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How long is it safe to use stool softener?

How long is it safe to use stool softener?

Change in bowels?: Stool sofeners (colace) moisten & soften hard, dry stools whereas fiber supplements (metamucil) buks stool due to both water-holding & increased bacterial mass due to fiber digestion. Both products assume normal GI anatomy without inflammation, stenosis, extrinsic or instrinsic obstruction. Change in bowels is a "red flag", like weight loss or blood in stool, that needs evaluation if persistent. ...Read more

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Breastfeeding Your Child (Checklist)

Drink plenty of water
every 4 hours
Rest
every 6 hours
Reduce stress
once
Join a breastfeeding support group
once
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How long is it safe to use a stool softener daily?

How long is it safe to use a stool softener daily?

Sure, but...: Docusate (per pdr) helps moisten & soften hard, dry stools. It is not a true laxative, but facilitates natural defecation, usually within 12 to 72 hours. This is safe & available for anyone over 2, & assumes normal GI anatomy without inflammation, stenosis, extrinsic or intrinsic obstruction. Change in baseline bowel habits however warrants evaluation rather than indefinite otc treatment. ...Read more

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