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Doctor insights on: Short And Long Term Of Breastfeeding A Toddler

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Got 2 of my amalgams removed while breastfeeding, should I be worried about my toddler?

Got 2 of my amalgams removed while breastfeeding, should I be worried about my toddler?

No: There should be no effect on your baby from such a procedure. Removing old amalgams does not increase environmental mercury in your body. All the elemental mercury is bound by the silver in the amalgam and is not free. Therefore, neither you nor your baby should have any problems. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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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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My friend is eating 800-1, 000 calories a day and breastfeeding a toddler. Is this dangerously low? What health problems could it cause?

My friend is eating 800-1, 000 calories a day and breastfeeding a toddler. Is this dangerously low? What health problems could it cause?

Sad problem: I have seen babies hospitalized for just such maternal diets. Most would get by for a while, since the mom's body often extracts nutrients from her bones/muscles/etc to give baby at least a minimum. This kind of diet leads to bone loss and malnutrition for both eventually. I wouldn't think twice about calling child and family services (most keep reports confidential)To have a 3rd party investigate ...Read more

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I weigh 138 (5'2'') and am breastfeeding a toddler. I want to lose weight without drying up my milk. What's the lowest caloric intake i can aim for?

I weigh 138 (5'2'') and am breastfeeding a  toddler. I want to lose weight without drying up my milk. What's the lowest caloric intake i can aim for?

Breastfeeding is...: ...The best way to lose weight! you transfer hundreds of calories to your baby daily by nursing. Combine that with a good diet and exercise and you will achieve your fitness goals. It's best not to concentrate on limiting caloric intake as this can lead to poor nutrition and health for you and your baby. Good luck to you! ...Read more

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I took ranitidine 150mg twice daily & am still breastfeeding. After 5 days i had bruises on my legs and so did my toddler. Do i need to get him checke?

I took ranitidine 150mg twice daily & am still breastfeeding. After 5 days i had bruises on my legs and so did my toddler. Do i need to get him checke?

Probably not: You said he's a toddler. If the bruises are on areas that are commonly bruised in a toddler it is probably fine. If he has petechial blood spots in his mouth, bleeding gums, or bruising in areas not easily traumatized i may merit a check at the doctors' office. ...Read more

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I am severely allergic to cats and have two of them. Is there an effective long term allergy shot that i can get? I'm also breastfeeding.

I am severely allergic to cats and have two of them. Is there an effective long term allergy shot that i can get? I'm also breastfeeding.

Cat shots: You can achieve long term relief from your allergies by getting desensitized with allergy shots. The response to the cat allergen serum is around 95%. You should consult an allergist and discuss your options. They do not affect breasfeeding, but cannot be started if you are pregnant. ...Read more

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How long should a mother breast feed her child for? Speaking in a sense of reaping cognitive and physiologocal benefits from.

How long should a mother breast feed her child for? Speaking in a sense of reaping cognitive and physiologocal benefits from.

Nutrition vs nurture: Basic nutritional benefits are proven up to 8 mo with some drop off as kids start other feeds. Some kids need the nurturing comforting feature longer than others. If the kid doesn't want to wean it is obvious.If the kid has to be chased down to start a feed s/he is probably ready to wean. ...Read more