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Will I be able to breast feed if my nipples continue to be cracked after my birth?

Will I be able to breast feed if my nipples continue to be cracked after my birth?

Yes: Sometimes nipples are cracked before delivery because the skin is dry and rubbing against irritating clothing. After delivery you can try wearing breast shells to prevent chaffing from clothing or you can use hydrogels to soothe cracked nipples. After delivery cracked nipples is often a sign of a poor latch so see a lactation consultant asap. ...Read more

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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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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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Is if true that if you have tiny nipples it is more difficult for you to breast feed?

Is if true that if you have tiny nipples it is more difficult for you to breast feed?

No : I have never heard this or seen it in breast feeding moms. The size of the nipple/areola should not make any difference. I suppose it could and if you are concerned see a lactation consultant in your area for help and more information. ...Read more

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I am not able to breast feed my baby because I think my nipples are too small.?

I am not able to breast feed my baby because I think my nipples are too small.?

You should be fine: Most breasts, regardless of size or shape, are able to provide adequate nutrition and breast milk for your baby. If you have had any type of surgery to your breasts, breast feeding may not be possible. Have a lactation consultant assist you with latching so that your baby gets enough milk. ...Read more

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Give birth and couldn't breast feed on and was told to stop trying. I feel like my depression is worse. Could that have happened due to depression?

Talk to your doc: There are variety of reasons why a mother can't successfully breastfeed. Having post-partum depression doesn't help. Get help: talk to your doctor about how you are feeling; lactation consultants can help troubleshoot breastfeeding problems. Whatever the outcome with breastfeeding, remember this: not being able to nurse at breast doesn't make you a bad mother or that you've failed your baby. ...Read more

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Is it ok to give my 2 year old breast milk since i just birthed his brother a week ago? My son is 2 years and 2 months old and now that he is a big brother he wants to have what his brother is having when i breast feed him. I tried very hard to breast fee

Is it ok to give my 2 year old breast milk since i just birthed his brother a week ago? My son is 2 years and 2 months old and now that he is a big brother he wants to have what his brother is having when i breast feed him. I tried very hard to breast fee

There : There is nothing unhealthy about your breast milk for your 2 yr. Old. I would recommend that you offer it in a cup though, as there is no reason to encourage your toddler to believe he should be treated the same as a newborn. Some regression in behavior is common when a new baby arrives, but it should not be encouraged. Instead shower your 2 yr. Old with praise for being the very important "big brother.". ...Read more

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If a 15 year old gives birth to a baby, can she breast feed the baby?

If a 15 year old gives birth to a baby, can she breast feed the baby?

Yes: Being young puts you at increased risk of pregnancy complications including, severe pre-eclampsia and c-section, but breast feeding should not be a problem. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if males do not breast feed, then why in the world do they have nipples?

Basic template: It may surprise you but without the influence of the male derived hormone signals in fetal development a male would develop all female parts. There are also females that have altered "male like" genital formation when the hormonal messages get mixed up. The basic answer is we all start out with the same template of tissues, and the signals determine where we go from there. ...Read more

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Why do girls have nipples? Why does it hurt when you breast feed? A lot

Breast feeding: Both males and female mammals have nipples. In females they are the outlet for breast milk during lactation. Breast feeding does not hurt, when baby latches on properly. ...Read more

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Can I breast feed if I have swollen nipples?

Can I breast feed if I have swollen nipples?

Sure.: It may affect the ability of the baby to latch on, so you may need to stimulate the nipples to firm them up more prior to feeding. ...Read more

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In breast reduction do they make your nipples smaller so they are in proportion, also can you still breast feed?

In breast reduction do they make your nipples smaller so they are in proportion, also can you still breast feed?

Breast reduction: Reductions will reposition the nipple arreolar complex and the arreola which is the outer colored portion around the true nipple can be reduced in size. This surgery can affect nursing so discuss with the plastic surgeon. We usually tell patients to wait until after childbearing is completed. ...Read more

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I'm very insecure about my breath because I don't have nipples, or at least not protruding ones. Is that normal? will I still be able to breast feed?

I'm very insecure about my breath because I don't have nipples, or at least not protruding ones. Is that normal? will I still be able to breast feed?

Probably: Most women have no problems breastfeeding. The trick is to get the tip of your nipple to the back of the baby's mouth while he is feeding to truly compress the milk ducts. A lactation consultant can help with technique when the baby is born to get you off to a good start! ...Read more

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I breast feed & have only got my period once since II gave birth in february. Is this normal or should II be concerned?

I breast feed & have only got my period once since II gave birth in february. Is this normal or should II be concerned?

Not unusual: When you are breast feeding, particularly if you nurse frequently, you will produce a hormone called prolactin, which tends to suppress ovulation, thus preventing periods. This is not a good way to prevent pregnancy, because you will ovulate 2 weeks before your period returns. I recommend "so that's what thery're for: breastfeeding basics" by janet todaro for more info. ...Read more

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I want to breast-feed my baby after birth.But with my previuos 2 boys, i didn't have enough milk n they got dehydrated n dr. Told me to give formula.?

I want to breast-feed my baby after birth.But with my previuos 2 boys, i didn't have enough milk n they got dehydrated n dr. Told me to give formula.?

Keep breast feeding : Medical studies show the huge benefit of breast feeding. Be patient as it takes a few days for full engorgement and milk let down. Unless babies are premature they rarely need formula because of "dehydration." make sure you stay hydrated with water and are eating healthy. ...Read more

Nipple (Definition)

A nipple also known mammary papilla or teat is a small projection of skin containing the outlets for 15–20 lactiferous ducts. Its at the apex or top or breast ...Read more