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What Is Important For Me To Eat While Breastfeeding
A good diet: We know that that what you eat flavors the milk your baby gets and helps the baby get used to the foods the family eats. You don't need a special diet to breastfeed, but it's always important to take care of yourself, set a good example and eat well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Water...: ...Mostly water. Milk is good to supply the calcium, protein, and vitamin d that you are in turn feeding to the baby, but cow's milk sometimes causes allergy in mom, baby, or both, but if both of you are happy, cow milk for mom is good. Mom's milk is, of course, best for baby. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Everything in limits: Balanced diet is the best thing. Water is the healthiest drink - and lots of it (>1 gallon/d). Too much of anything is bad - like fish is really good but too much gives excess lead! carbs provide energy and are good but too much welcomes diabetes fat-soluble vitamins are good & essential but too much result in toxicity. So take 1 prental vitamin/d, not more than that. ...Read more
No: No, there is no need to drink whole milk during breastfeeding. The only difference is a higher fat content and that is unnecessary for the infant or you. However, any recommendation to pursue restriction diets is unfounded and dangerous. Several review studies (including a cochrane review) have shown that elimination diets do not definitively reduce allergy or colic. ...Read moreSee 18 more doctor answers
Healthy diet: 4 cups of fruits5 cups of vegetables, about 3 servings of whole grains, 5 servings of dairy(1%milk), 2 servings of red meats a week. 64 ounces of water a day. It is better to be a grazer & spread the food out than eat large portions. Your meats should be fish, chicken, turkey for the most part. ...Read more
It takes...: Discipline and character. The rewards are many: self pride; confidence; health; a better looking you! ...Read more
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Maybe: If you require calcium supplimentation, need the calories orr just if you like it, it won't harm you provided you don't have a weight problem or lactose intolerance. Milk producers have done a superb job advertising their product. Milk is really only necessary for babies, or people who can't swallow solid food. Of course is great for making whipped cream, butter & cheese. ...Read more
Recent study report: Wisner & scalea report sertraline, paroxetine, nortriptyline & Imipramine as the most evidence-based medications for use during breastfeeding: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pmc/articles/pmc2902256/ must weigh risks/benefits on mother & infant of med vs no med, breatfeeding, etc, with physician. Therapy may reduce depression & its impact on mother & infant. Employ measures for gneral health. ...Read more
Discuss SSRI's: Safe is a relative term. Every medication has potential side effects. Recommend that you talk to your child's pediatrician about possible use of an ssri medication. I believe that the pediatrician should always be part of the team approach when the mother is breastfeeding. ...Read more
Which is the healthiest way to lose weight safely while breastfeeding? I know breastfeeding helps but that's not enough. How many x a day should I eat
Weight drops if...: "Dieting" is not needed, as long as the breastfeeding woman eats only as many calories as needed to maintain her normal (pre-pregnant) weight. For example, if she was 120 pounds before pregnancy and is now 145 pounds, she should eat just enough for a 120 lb woman. Her 25 lb excess will be gradually used up in the production of breastmilk (25 ounces of breastmilk contains about 500 calories). ...Read more
No RAW meat/fish: Besides raw meat/fish (n minimize processed meats/cold-cuts), you should be eating a healthy, well balanced diet, and regular exercises just like everyone else should. You may need a bit more iron/calcium/folic acid which are provided in your prenatal vitamins. Only eat more to gain about 25-30lbs total during pregnancy. Consult doc or nutritionist if needed. Congrats on the pregnancy. Good luck. ...Read more
Asthma/breastfeeding: Most asthma medications are considered safe in pregnancy and when breastfeeding. Inhaled steroids and bronchodilators do not reach significant levels in serum or breast milk and are of no concern for the breastfeeding mother. . Oral steroids such as Prednisone penetrate into the breast milk poorly and are safe for short-term use. Singulair (montelukast) can be used down to age 6 mos, so should be safe. ...Read more
I am allergic to most sport drinks, and it takes a lot of water for me to feel fully hydrated. What is the best way for me to rehydrate?
Determine allergy: Water and electrolytes are critical to rehydration, particularly during strenuous activity, and in hot weather. Sports drinks are fine. They contain a variety of different ingredients. Determination of exactly what the allergy is would be helpful in being able to avoid the allergen. An allergist might be able to help. ...Read more
Yes: A breastfeeding mom (with no past caffeine problems) may enjoy some caffeinated drinks after her baby is 2-3 months. During the first 2-3 months, a mom may be napping between baby feedings, so should avoid caffeine. Also, new babies may be more sensitive to the small amount of caffeine in breastmilk, compared to babies over 3 months. A mom can drink her caffeine after breastfeeding, to be safest. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Good day.my son is thin. I want him to eat and eat to gain his weight.so seldom to eat.what is the best vitamins for him to take?thanks
None, Real Food Best: Vitamins are all single molecule cofactors. The human genome has not maintained instructions for every single step to manufacture; typically missing only a single step. But why should this be maintained when vitamins are so plentiful in almost all non-processed foods in nature? Vitamin deficiencies 1st world countries (except D3) very rare; it is big business to promote/sell reprocessed food waste ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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