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Can you fenugreek supplements while breastfeeding?

Can you fenugreek supplements while breastfeeding?

Fenugreek: Has been widely used to increase lactatation and is generally safe and well tolerated. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more


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How do I know if a diet supplement is safe to take while breastfeeding?

How do I know if a diet supplement is safe to take while breastfeeding?

Ask: Ask your doctor, pediatrician, or call the 800# on the bottle and ask someone at the company. ...Read more

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I am breastfeeding is there any type of weight management supplement I can take that don't affect my baby? If not any natural suggestion?

I am breastfeeding is there any type of weight management supplement I can take that don't affect my baby? If not any natural suggestion?

Supplement? No, None: While this has been an area of intense clinical research & development for >3 decades, since low saturated-fat diets were promoted & the obesity epidemic took off; progress very slow & success limited. Victoza (liraglutide) & symlin, fda approved for diabetes mellitus (not wt. Loss per-se), non-pregnant/breast feeding, are helpful. Best: cut the carbs, study nusi. Org + video “sugar: the bitter truth” & exercise. ...Read more

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Can I take diet supplements when breastfeeding?

Can I take diet supplements when breastfeeding?

Avoid them: I am not certain what diet supplements mean as the term covers numerous supplements of various ingredients. Avoid anything during pregnancy that is not preapproved by your obstetrician. I would limit supplements to prenatal vitamins and folic acid. ...Read more

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Can I take iron supplements while breastfeeding?

Can I take iron supplements while breastfeeding?

Yes: You should definitely continue to take iron supplements while breastfeeding. Breast milk has tremendous nutritional and immunologic value for infants, but the iron content may be insufficient as the infant grows. To make sure that both your baby and you have adequate iron for health blood production, you should typically continue your prenatal vitamins while lactating. ...Read more

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Can I take calcium supplements while breastfeeding?

Can I take calcium supplements while breastfeeding?

Yes: Yes, no problem. That is totally fine and safe for baby. ...Read more

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What dietary supplements are not ok to use when breastfeeding?

What dietary supplements are not ok to use when breastfeeding?

Check with your ob!: Avoid using unnecessary food supplements during lactation without your obstetrician's express approval. Most otc cam supplements are not fda regulated and can contain substances noxious to your infant, cause hypervitaminosis a or inhibit platelet function and increase bleeding. ...Read more

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I add formula supplement to breastfeeding my 3 weeks old. Does formula neutralize breastmilk benefits? I have heard so

I add formula supplement to breastfeeding my 3 weeks old. Does formula neutralize breastmilk benefits? I have heard so

Dilutes some: If you look at the antibody protection afforded in natural milk, there is none in formula. Supplementation does reduce the antibody intake/day in proportion to how much supplement is taken. For most, it has no significant effect. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take fiber supplements while breastfeeding? If so, what brand is reccomended?

Is it okay to take fiber supplements while breastfeeding? If so, what brand is reccomended?

Yes, whatever: Fiber, by definition stays within the inside of the bowel.It will not transfer to the breast milk. Any such product that you find palatable is fine. ...Read more

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What is the best formula to supplement a breastfeeding mother?

What is the best formula to supplement a breastfeeding mother?

About the same: Every formula will tell you why theirs is great and the other guys' stuff is poison. However, they are all remarkably close. I tend to like carnation good start with the probiotics (green can) because it has a more liquid protein that is a bit closer structurally to breast milk, and the probiotics help with digestion. However, we used enfamil most of the time for ours because it was on sale. ...Read more

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Should I be giving my breastfeeding infant any vitamin supplements?

Should I be giving my breastfeeding infant any vitamin supplements?

Vitamin D: Breastmilk is a complete source of nutrition for infants with the exception of Vitamin D. Typically Vitamin D is obtained from sun exposure, but because dermatologists recommend avoiding sun exposure for infants, it is best to give them Vitamin D as a supplement. Infant Vitamin D drops or in 'tri-vi-sol' drops which also contain vitamins A&K are both available options. ...Read more

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Can you take milk thistle supplement whilst breastfeeding?

Can you take milk thistle supplement whilst breastfeeding?

See below: Supplements during breast feeding are generally a bad idea, considering they don't have the same safety testing rigor as regular drugs. That being said, the limited data for milk thistle suggests against any presence in breast milk; on the flip side, there is no solid data that suggests it helps with milk production either. If it doesn't work, why continue to take it and risk harm? ...Read more

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Is a digestive enzymes supplement safe to take while breastfeeding?

Is a digestive enzymes supplement safe to take while breastfeeding?

Good nutrition: The digestive enzymes may help you with food absorption but are broken down by your intestinal lining before they enter your bloodstream in significant quantities (though some are present in the blood in low levels in healthy adults (high levels could indicate a medical condition)). Your baby's brain will thank you for the dha. Thank you for breast feeding your baby! ...Read more

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If I am unable to "keep up" with breastfeeding my baby, should I supplement with rice cereal?

If I am unable to "keep up" with breastfeeding my baby, should I supplement with rice cereal?

This depends on: How old your baby is. Rice cereal is generally started at 4-6 months, so if your baby is younger than that, you can supplement with formula, as opposed to cereal. Please also discuss this with his/her pediatrician; they may also be able to give you some hints on how to increase your breast milk supply. ...Read more

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What milk supplement can I start for my 3 month old baby as I have to go back to my work? I have been breastfeeding till now..

What milk supplement can I start for my 3 month old baby as I have to go back to my work? I have been breastfeeding till now..

Formula feeding: It would be best for your baby if you continue breast feeding when ever you're home & suppliment with milk base formula such as Enfamil or semilac, try to pump your breast & freeze your breast milk to use it later. Good luck. Enjoy your bundle of joy. ...Read more

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Can I take a supplement with gamma-aminobutyric acid in it while breastfeeding? I mostly feed formula but breastfeed once a day.

Can I take a supplement with gamma-aminobutyric acid in it while breastfeeding? I mostly feed formula but breastfeed once a day.

Gamma-aminobutyric: Gamma aminobutyric acid or GABA is used anectdotally to address anxiety. There is no data about the safety of GABA while breastfeeding. Due to the lack of information it is wise to avoid using it while breastfeeding. ...Read more

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I am losing a lot of hair and would like to know if I can take biotin supplements even though I am breastfeeding? And if so, how much should I take?

35 micrograms: Biotin is Vitamin B7. SO make sure none of your other supplements - Like your Prenatal vitamins (which you should still be taking if you are breastfeeding) - contain B7 (Biotin). The FDA recommends 30 mcg per day, and 35 if Breastfeeding.

Post birth hair loss is a common, and benign process. Your hair is most likely to come back without doing anything specific. ...Read more

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Should I supplement with vitamins if I breast feed?

Should I supplement with vitamins if I breast feed?

Yes: Most people are deficient in vitamin d so supplementing with that is helpful. Many women continue with their prenatals after delivery because they helpful. Eating well is the best thing you can do. Some moms are so tired and adjusting to a new life takes time so vitamins can help keep up with a diet that may not be ideal at first. ...Read more

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Is it safe to drink amino energy supplement while breastfeeding?

Is it safe to drink amino energy supplement while breastfeeding?

See answer: Eating a healthy diet while breastfeeding is important: what you eat determines the energy, protein, nutrient and vitamin content of your breast milk. But because contents of Amino Acid supplements (aas) vary; branched-chain aa may be harmful; and scientific information about the use of aas while nursing is very limited; always better to play it safe and avoid and discuss first with your ob-gyn md. ...Read more

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Is iy safe to use nail hair and skin supplement during breastfeeding?

Is iy safe to use nail hair and skin supplement during breastfeeding?

No: During pregnancy it usually best to just stay on your prescribed prenatal vitamin. Otc supplements sometimes have contaminants in them that. (unless your supplement is from a company that tests its bulk materials and attests its purity) this holds true during breast feeding. Continuation of the prescribed prenatal is the safest approach for at least the first 6 months. ...Read more

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Is green tea and acai berry supplements safe to consume while breastfeeding?

Is green tea and acai berry supplements safe to consume while breastfeeding?

Yes, to a limit.: Both active ingredients are secreted in breast milk. Too much will affect behavior and no long term studies have been published. Both are promoted as weight loss agents. Breast feeding alone is better than these nutritional supplements. Why not wait! ...Read more

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Can I take dim-plus supplement while taking 125mg zoloft (sertraline)? Also breastfeeding.

Can I take dim-plus supplement while taking 125mg zoloft (sertraline)? Also breastfeeding.

The less the better: The lessdim plus contains various vegetables, repotedly. I would be leery of their claim that it supports breast functio. I would also ask your doctor if the zoloft (sertraline) is absolutely necessary. ...Read more

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A beauty supplement has L-gluthatione and L-ornithine in its ingredients. I am breastfeeding my 1year old daughter. Can I consume the supplement?

A beauty supplement has L-gluthatione and L-ornithine in its ingredients. I am breastfeeding my 1year old daughter. Can I consume the supplement?

Yes: These simple dietary supplements will not harm baby. They will circulate in your system and benefit you if you need them, but the breast will sort out the nutrients needed for breast milk and this will have little if any effect. ...Read more

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Weird period after weaning, is it normal? I had my 1st baby on 3 jan 2011, I combined breastfeeding with supplement formula and got my 1st period after 9 months on 3 oct 2011 which lasted for a month, then it started improving every month and on 23rd jan

Weird period after weaning, is it normal? I had my 1st baby on 3 jan 2011, I combined breastfeeding with supplement formula and got my 1st period after 9 months on 3 oct 2011 which lasted for a month, then it started improving every month and on 23rd jan

Spotting: Spotting can occur when the hormones are in fluctuation, which yours most likely are. I am glad that you took a pregnancy test. If you still have concerns about pregnancy, please see our gynecologist and they could also perform a blood pregnancy test which is more accurate than a urine test.

If you develop pain, bleeding, vomiting, or feel light-headed/faint then you would have to go to the emergency department. ...Read more

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Can I take Hair skin and nails supplements that contain biotin wheile breastfeeding?

Biotin: Biotin supplements are not contraindicated while breast feeding. Minimal transfer of supplements to breast milk make this type of supplement harmless. ...Read more

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Is it safe to drink an Amino Energy supplement while breastfeeding my 10.5 month old?

Is it safe to drink an Amino Energy supplement while breastfeeding my 10.5 month old?

Probably: However, if you're in doubt, better defer the supplement until done with the breastfeeding. You might not find a clear cut answer, as is the case for most food supplements. A good source of information on drugs and breastfeeding: Lactmed, you can check it, but you need to know the exact active ingredient of the supplement you want to take, wish you and your child wellness ...Read more

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It is safe to take alfalfa supplement to boost up my milk supply while I am breastfeeding?

It is safe to take alfalfa supplement to boost up my milk supply while I am breastfeeding?

Alfalfa ok: It is reported that alfalfa increases milk supply it also is supposed to increase the fat content of breast milk. ...Read more

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What probiotic (brand / form) can be used for my newborns reflux if I am attempting the natural route? I am breastfeeding and will take supplements.

None: Probiotics are not usually needed for healthy newborns. The best thing to do is breast feed your baby with frequent feedings. Raise her head after feedings and burp regularly to reduce the amount of air in the tummy. Breast milk is very digestible and filled with healthy antibodies. If she is spitting up often or seems really fussy, check with your baby's doctor. ...Read more

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Is the all natural weight loss supplement called ACE ok to take while breastfeeding a 1 year old?

Is the all natural weight loss supplement called ACE ok to take while breastfeeding a 1 year old?

No: Weight loss supplements are never a good idea, especially while pregnant or breastfeeding. From what I can tell, it looks like this "supplement" is just a very high caffeine drink - like an energy drink. While a small amount of caffeine is okay while breastfeeding, a large amount is not recommended. ...Read more

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Can I take a calcium supplement while breastfeeding? My son has a dairy allergy and I'm worried I'm not getting the calcium I need.

Can I take a calcium supplement while breastfeeding? My son has a dairy allergy and I'm worried I'm not getting the calcium I need.

Sure: Recommended daily calcium intake for lactating women is 1000 mg. Multivitamin with calcium tablet can easily meet your need. ...Read more

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Can I take a betacarotene supplement if I'm breastfeeding? What about evening primrose oil?

Can I take a betacarotene supplement if I'm breastfeeding? What about evening primrose oil?

Yes and yes: Beta carotene and evening primrose oil are both very safe and are useful nutrients for your baby as well as for you. Consider taking a supplement containing DHA, en essential oil from fish, as this is very important for your baby's neurological development. ...Read more

Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
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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