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Doctor insights on: Weak Fingernails While Breastfeeding

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Have sore fingernails. They all just started aching. I am breastfeeding a hungry 11 day old. Could they be sore because of an iron deficiency?

Have sore fingernails. They all just started aching. I am breastfeeding a hungry 11 day old. Could they be sore because of an iron deficiency?

No: You can have a blood test to see if you have low iron, but your obstretician would have given you prenat vitamins with iron to prevent that. ...Read more

Dr. Arnold Malerman
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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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Exclusively breastfeeding. Constantly feeling exhausted, weak and cranky. All I want is some coffee and lay down all day! How can I fix this please?

Exclusively breastfeeding. Constantly feeling exhausted, weak and cranky. All I want is some coffee and lay down all day! How can I fix this please?

Breastfeeding: I don't know how old your infant is but breastfeeding can be exhausting but gets better as child grows. Be sure to eat healthy, take your vitamins and rest when baby rests, if this doesn't help get a check up to be sure are ok. ...Read more

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Is breastfeeding after 12 months to twin baby results any weakness to mother?

Is breastfeeding after 12 months to twin baby results any weakness to mother?

Great job: Breast feeding is really hard. Breast feeding twins even harder. Great job! Breast feeding is not harmful to the mother if that is what you are asking. ...Read more

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Why do my hands and wrist hurt so much before and after I breast feed? It's like a numb tingling feeling. They feel heavy and weak.

Why do my hands and wrist hurt so much before and after I breast feed? It's like a numb tingling feeling. They feel heavy and weak.

Carpal tunnel: The swelling that is common in pregnancy can crowd structures in the tunnel and lead to carpal tunnel syndrome, also handing your baby add more stress.
Your symptoms typical for carpal tunnel syndrome.
Talk with your doctor he will guide with treatment and you will get better.
Good luck. ...Read more

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I have bodyaches, weak, no fever or cough & I feel very cold. Could this be the flu? I'm a breastfeeding mother to a 3 month old baby.

I have bodyaches, weak, no fever or cough & I feel very cold. Could this be the flu? I'm a breastfeeding mother to a 3 month old baby.

It is possible: That you may be coming down with the flu especially if you are not getting enough sleep. You will be more prone to catching a cold or any virus. Get plenty of sleep, eat properly and take something to help you feel better. Otherwise you will have to see your pcp. Get the flu shot if you have not had yours yet. ...Read more

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Why do my hands and wrist hurt before and after I breast feed? It feels like a numb tingling feeling. They feel heavy and extremely weak.

Why do my hands and wrist hurt before and after I breast feed? It feels like a numb tingling feeling. They feel heavy and extremely weak.

Are you using a: Boppie for support & resting your forearms on the padded arms of a rocking chair? Somehow your position is pulling on the roots of nerves to these areas in your neck or you're developing thoracic outlet syndrome (pinching of nerve, vein & artery bundles as they leave your thorax, or chest). Other neurological disorders are less likely, but a neurologist can diagnose any or all of these. ...Read more

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Fingernails are weak and brittle what could it be?

Fingernails are weak and brittle what could it be?

Nail infection: Weak and brittle nails may be due to onychomycosis, or a fungal infection of the nail. Other skin conditions such as psoriasis and lichen planus can also lead to nail changes. A dermatologist can evaluate the extent of involvement as well as type of nail changes to diagnose your condition if you feel it is necessary. ...Read more

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I justdeveloped white, horizontal flat bands on my fingernails. My fingernails are weak, thin, bend, and peel off easily-had since teenage years. Ideas?

I justdeveloped white, horizontal flat bands on my fingernails. My fingernails are weak, thin, bend, and peel off easily-had since teenage years. Ideas?

See dermatologist: The description of your finger nails may be due to some vitamin deficiency, like vitaminB- (folic acid or vit b-12)or some fungal infection of nails. Let dermatologist see and explain about your nail and prescribe the right treatment, some times iron deficiency also affects the nails ...Read more

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My wife 22yrs breast feeding feels weakness sometimes. Has deficiency of VitD. Her blood presure is usually 90Sys & 55Dia. Is this low presure? Or ok?

My wife 22yrs breast feeding feels weakness sometimes. Has deficiency of VitD. Her blood presure is usually 90Sys & 55Dia. Is this low presure? Or ok?

Depends what her: Normal blood pressure is. Breast feeding is very demanding & many people lose weight during this time because of all the calories involved with breast feeding around the clock every 2 to 3 hours. So, make sure she's well hydrated, well fed to not get tired or dehydrated as she is losing breast milk (liquid).If this is what she normally runs then perhaps ok. If she runs higher then diastolic is low. ...Read more

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Decreased sensation head to toe, blue purple finger nails toe nails weakness arms and legs no energy cognitive functions slow loss of concentration?

Decreased sensation head to toe, blue purple finger nails toe nails weakness arms and legs no energy cognitive functions slow loss of concentration?

A visit to the dr: Is a good idea. When was your last physical? A good history and physical with blood work should be performed......At minimum. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take st. John’s wort while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take st. John’s wort while pregnant or breastfeeding?

NO!: Some reports of birth defects in fetuses and problems with nursing babies whose mothers use st john's wort. Best to avoid during pregnancy and lactation. See . ...Read more

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How can you stop breastfeeding?

Just stop it: There is a medicine used for patients who have Parkinson's Disease called bromocriptine which blocks the hormonal signals to your breasts and so "drys them up". Speak to your doc about it. ...Read more

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Can I smoke while breastfeeding?

Can I smoke while breastfeeding?

No: No. Period.

(for your baby's sake, please...Don't.). ...Read more

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When should I stop breastfeeding?

When should I stop breastfeeding?

No "deadline": There is no "deadline" for breastfeeding. Breastfeeding and breastmilk have numerous benefits for you and your child. At least 6 months is desirable and if you can make it to one year, that is even better. That being said, many women may only be able to breastfeed for a few months while some will continue to breastfeed into toddlerhood. The choice is up to you and your baby. Wean on your timeline. ...Read more

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How do I prolong my breastfeeding?

On demand: Breastfeeding operates by demand, the more baby demands milk, the more milk the breasts produce. Make sure not to supplement any formula. Depending on where you're at post partum, advice may differ. Here's a great website with lots of good information:
http://www. Lalecheleague. Org/faq/increase. Html. ...Read more

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Can I exercise while breastfeeding?

Can I exercise while breastfeeding?

Yes: Of course! Exercise is great for your physical health and will not interfere with you producing breast milk as long as your nutrition (and hydration!) remains good. Be sure to drink lots of water and consume adequate calories to replenish what you may be losing from breast feeding and also working out. ...Read more

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Can I eat nuts while breastfeeding?

Can I eat nuts while breastfeeding?

No: You can literally eat or drink anything (except alcohol) without concerns. Breast feeding moms have no restrictions on diet. ...Read more

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What is the best breastfeeding diet?

What is the best breastfeeding diet?

Your typical diet: If your typical diet is a healthy balanced diet, no need to change. If you are trying to lose weight, keep in mind that breastfeeding consumes 350-500 calories per day, and adjust accordingly. There are no foods to specifically avoid or include. ...Read more

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Any tips for successful breastfeeding?

Any tips for successful breastfeeding?

Persistence!: Fill a pitcher of water and set it next to your breastfeeding spot with a glass. Drink a glass of water every time you sit down to nurse. Be sure to get pillows you need to position the baby to the breast, rather than hunching down to the baby to nurse. I'm so happy you are doing this for your baby! This is the best gift a mother can give! ...Read more

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Is it normal for breastfeeding to hurt me?

Is it normal for breastfeeding to hurt me?

Breastfeeding pain: During the first week or so, you can experience pain on the nipples which will disappear eventually. Make sure that your baby's lips are not sucking directly on the nipple - the whole nipple should be located behind baby's gumline so that the lips are around the areola (dark area around the nipple) where the sucking should take place. ...Read more

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What is the best diet while breastfeeding?

What is the best diet while breastfeeding?

Nursing diet: Ffollow the same dietary guidelines while breast feeding as you did while pregnant, including prenatal vitamins ...Read more

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Can you take percect while breastfeeding?

Can you take percect while breastfeeding?

Let me advise you: Perccet compose of two medications.
Oxycodone&acetaminophen however, the oxycodone component is a narcotic and could cause significant problems in a nursing infant.
If you have to take it is a good idea to watch for any changes in your baby, such as breathing problems, excessive sleeping, or feeding problems.
The manufacturer does not recommend that women use this medication while breastfeed. ...Read more

Fingernails (Definition)

Fingernails are the hard coverings at the end of fingertips. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. They function to protect the fingertip and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good hand hygiene and nail care is important to prevent bacterial ...Read more