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Doctor insights on: Symptoms Of Hormonal Changes After Breastfeeding

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I am 6 months postpartum and still exclusively breastfeeding. My hair is excessively falling out in chunks and it is bothersome to me. I've been told it is because of hormonal changes and bf. What can I do or take (i.e. Vitamins) to alleviate?

I am 6 months postpartum and still exclusively breastfeeding. My hair is excessively falling out in chunks and it is bothersome to me. I've been told it is because of hormonal changes and bf.
What can I do or take (i.e. Vitamins) to alleviate?

It should pass: Hair growth has stages like a farmers crops.We usually have some hair starting a growth phase as a similar number hit their shed phase.Delivery has pushed much of your scalp to enter a shed phase at the same time.It happens with other stressors sometime too.I can't buy blaming Breast feeding. It is not a deficiency and supplements won't help. Most will see their scalp return to normal over time. ...Read more

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My legs have been hurting for 3 weeks. They ache all day long and get worse by end of day. I have a baby and am breastfeeding. Could it be hormonal?

My legs have been hurting for 3 weeks. They ache all day long and get worse by end of day. I have a baby and am breastfeeding. Could it be hormonal?

Leg pain: Probably not hormonal. Any redness? History of venous clots? If so, you should see a doctor. Could be activity related, but not to breastfeeding, or back related. ...Read more

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I want to take Spironolactone for my hormonal acne, but am still breastfeeding (comfort nursing) my 10 month old daughter. Safe to take the Spiro?

I want to take Spironolactone for my hormonal acne, but am still breastfeeding (comfort nursing) my 10 month old daughter. Safe to take the Spiro?

Caution advised: Although no documented risk in humans, but metabolite of the drug is excreted in breast milk, and it is rather contraindicated during pregnancy, better wait till you fully wean your baby ...Read more

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What are the diet changes needed for breastfeeding?

What are the  diet changes needed for  breastfeeding?

Well balanced diet: No particular restriction. Light drinking is also allowed. Remain well hydrated. ...Read more

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Can you still get symptoms of hemochromatosis while breastfeeding at age 44?

Can you still get symptoms of hemochromatosis while breastfeeding at age 44?

Not really: In hemochromatosis, not only excess deposition of iron occurs in liver, pancreas, heart, joints but can also deposit in pitutary gland (gland in the brain), which can cause hormonal imbalance. However, females are usually less affected than male. ...Read more

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Any relief for my daughter's postpartum puppp symptoms? She is miserable ans breastfeeding.

Any relief for my daughter's postpartum puppp symptoms? She is miserable ans breastfeeding.

PUPPP: The main treatments for this condition are skin moisturizers or lubricants, steroid creams twice a day and antihistamines. The good news is that it only occurs with the first pregnancy and likely represents an allergic reaction to the stretch marks. It usually clears several weeks after delivery. Since your daughter is breast feeding, please have her discuss options with the gynecologist or nurse. Congratulations on your grandchild. Good luck with your daughters recovery. My daughter delivered a healthy baby boy two weeks ago in irvine. You certainly have a beautiful city. ...Read more

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Normal for areola to change over time when I'm breastfeeding! I've been nursing for 3 months and the circumstance is odd shaped now! Concern?

Normal for areola to change over time when I'm breastfeeding!  I've been nursing for 3 months and the circumstance is odd shaped now! Concern?

No worries: If you are not experiencing new pain, deformity, inflammation or bleeding, then you are unlikely to have a health-threatening condition. See your clinician if it doesn't get better, though, or if you have further concerns. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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I am breastfeeding; no return of cycle yet. I may have ovulated 1.5 weeks ago. I have preg. Symptoms, but no positive test. Can bfing cause a false neg?

No: No. Not breast feeding. But after giving birth it can take a while for your HCG level (the pregnancy hormone measured in pregnancy tests) to return to 0. Taking a pregnancy test less than 8 weeks after giving birth is frequently positive. Check with your doctor if you are concerned. 2 blood tests two weeks apart can determine if HCG level is going up (pregnant) or down (non pregnant). ...Read more