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Doctor insights on: Taking Vitamins While Breastfeeding

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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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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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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Omega3 + prenatal vitamins while breastfeeding; safe?

Omega3 + prenatal vitamins while breastfeeding; safe?

Very safe: Omega-3 must be balanced with some Omega 6, but is an essential fatty acid key to nutrition in the priest amounts ...Read more

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Can i take vitamins while taking levothyroxine?

Can i take vitamins while taking levothyroxine?

Yes: Just make sure you take the thyroid med on an empty stomach and take vitamins later. ...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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Can i breastfeed while taking citalopram?

Can i breastfeed while taking citalopram?

Citalopram: Paxil (paroxetine) and zoloft are listed safe. All other ssris, there is not enough evidence to say so. One would think if two ssris are safe, the rest would....But not all safety issues follow drug classes. Would weigh the risk and benefit of being on citalopram vs. Off. ...Read more

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Is maca safe to continue taking while pregnant?

Is maca safe to continue taking while pregnant?

It is unclear...: Maca (lepidium meyenii) is a root plant used as a food and for medicinal purposes. Maca is also known as "peruvian ginseng" because as a folk remedy it is supposed to increase stamina, energy, & sexual function. Because maca has not been extensively studied, it is best not to use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding--because it is not known if it is harmful or not to the unborn or growing baby. ...Read more

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Is taking GNC mega green women's active safe while nursing?

Is taking GNC mega green women's active safe while nursing?

Appears to be: The label advises consulting your doctor if nursing which is not great advise as few docs have the knowledge to assess its safety. While the ingredients may find their way into breast milk, none of these should harm your baby.However, some babies may not like the taste of milk due to taking these ; it's possible some might get gas from some ingredients like broccoli though it has only tiny amounts. ...Read more

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Can i take quercetin while breastfeeding?

Can i take quercetin while breastfeeding?

Minimal studies : This anti-oxidant preparation is not listed in the main breast feeding references & the available data cites little available data about use in breast feeding.Web md cites this & recommends against its use for that reason. ...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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Is taking expired prenatal vitamins safe?

No: It is never safe to take expired medication. In addition to any adverse effects, the ingredients probably are providing no benefit any longer. ...Read more

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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

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Which sleeping pills are safe while breastfeeding?

Which sleeping pills are safe while breastfeeding?

Not many: I don't think any of the prescription sleeping pills are safe. Otcs contain antihistamines that can decrease milk supply, so that's not ideal either. Perhaps the best "sleeping pill" would be warm milk, a relaxing massage, or snuggle time with your partner. ...Read more

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Can I take azo cranberry pill while taking biotin 10,000 mg?

Can I take azo cranberry pill while taking biotin 10,000 mg?

Supplements: I see no reason to take either one but I would read the label and ask whoever recommended you take them. You must not realize that manufacturers can add anything they want to this stuff and do. Beware. ...Read more

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Sudafed while breastfeeding?

Sudafed while breastfeeding?

I wouldn't: The american academy of pediatrics says that sudafed is compatible with breast feeding. However, it's known to enter the milk; i advise against using any medicine that enters the milk unless you really have to, and i don't know of any situation where you really have to use sudafed. ...Read more

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Can I take echinacea while breastfeeding?

Can I take echinacea while breastfeeding?

No: Even though we tend to think of herbs and plants as natural, it does not mean they are always safe, specially for infants or brestfeeding moms. What ever we consume, we are exposing our babies via breast milk. There is simply not enough data to take the risk. ...Read more

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