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What Herbs Can Make Me Lactate
Fenugreek: There have been a number of herbs, spices and foods used traditionally to stimulate milk production, including asparagus, milk thistle, brewer's yeast, and alfalfa. But fenugreek is probably the most used and has the best evidence supporting it. Working with a lactation consultant is my favorite way to increase milk supply. ...Read more
Lactation is the act of making breast milk. The chemical lactate is lactic acid, a product of glucose metabolism. If there are abnormalities of the kidney or the metabolism of glucose, Lactic Acid may be high. Don't confuse lactate with lactose, which is the sugar found in milk that causes gas and cramps in people ...Read more
What herbs can I take to help with lactating AND how can I tell when when breasts are empty after breastfeeding?
Herbs& breastfeeding: Fenugreek seed-3 caps (580-610mg each) 3 times a day with food and Blessed Thistle herb 3 caps (325-390 mg each) 3 times a day with food. Increased frequency of nursing helps milk production more than increased duration. 10 minutes of vigorous nursing will empty most of the milk in a breast. I recommend that if this is a recently born infant, nurse 10 min a side, every 2-3 hrs days, 3-4 hrs nites ...Read more
Is there a way to get my g/f to lactate even though she's not pregnant & is only taking estrogen & progesterone (b/c she lacks that)? Any herbs, etc?
Yes, but why?: Men have all the necessary plumbing for lactation and, under certain pathologic conditions, will lactate (the medical term is galactorhea). However, it is not physiologically normal for men to do this but is most often a symptom of something out of whack hormonally. If this is you, see your doc for evaluation. ...Read more
Relactation is possible and might require some medical intervention. Check in with your physician and lactation consultant re your options. Here are helpful websites:
http://www. Healthychildren. Org/english/ages-stages/baby/breastfeeding/pages/relactation. Aspx? Nfstatus=401&nftoken=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000&nfstatusdescription=error%3a+no+local+token
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To make breast milk: Lactation is the act of making breast milk. The chemical lactate is lactic acid, a product of glucose metabolism. If there are abnormalities of the kidney or the metabolism of glucose, Lactic Acid may be high. Don't confuse lactate with lactose, which is the sugar found in milk that causes gas and cramps in people who can't digest it. ...Read more
Many possibilities: Following cessation of nursing, the breast gland stops lactating and the gland involuted or shrinks. In most cases this results in an atrophic and ptotic breast. However this is not always the rule and some individuals may have larger or smaller breasts depending on the individual and their body weight. ...Read more
Depends: The normal range for ldh is up to 206 in the lab I use in the hospital, but is only up to 190 for the lab I use in my clinic. You will need to know the normal ranges for the labe that provided that value to know if it is abnormal. ...Read more
Lactated Ringers: Lactated Ringer's is a solution that is given IV for fluid and electrolyte replenishment. ...Read more
Not likely: Lactic acidosis is not so much a cause of pain, but more a marker of poor perfusion, starvation, or other metabolic derangement. If we are still talking about the same patient as in the previous questions, low blood pressures and increased metabolic stress from critical illness can most definitely cause an increase in lactate levels. ...Read more
How old is baby: If baby is 6 months old or less, then no - breast milk is perfect and all the baby needs. Starting rice cereal (baby cereal) at 6 months is a good idea, but keep breast feeding too. ...Read more
Can a high lactate level cause any sort of pain? Is a lactate level of 4.1 of any particular concern?
4.1 is normal:
Normal lactic acid ranges from 4.5 to 19.8 mg/dL (0.5-2.2 mmol/L) (lab values vary among diff. Labs)
Lactic acid levels get higher with strenuous exercise and can cause muscle pain. Other conditions can cause elevated LA —such as heart failure, a severe infection (sepsis), or shock—lower the flow of blood and oxygen throughout the body or when the liver is severely damaged or diseased. ...Read more
See below: While there's no absolute ban on pineapple when breastfeeding, many mothers find fruits high in vitamin c (like pineapple) may cause upset stomach or rash in the baby. Follow link for list of foods that may cause problems during breastfeeding: http://www. Symptomfind. Com/nutrition-supplements/foods-to-avoid-while-breastfeeding/. ...Read more
Nothing: This is controversial and varies based on the type of implant and how the augmentation was done. If the architecture of the nipple was disrupted there is the possibility that no milk production would happen. However if the nipple was not disrupted there should be no problems with breast feeding. ...Read more
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