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Dr. Patricia Foster
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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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When i first started breastfeeding, my nipples were peeling and some got on my baby tongue. He is 3 weeks old now. How can I get it off his tongue?

When i first started breastfeeding, my nipples were peeling and some got on my baby tongue. He is 3 weeks old now. How can I get it off his tongue?

Epithelial cells: Your epithelial (skin) cells will not hurt the baby's tongue. However, make sure that you do not have a developing breast infection which will cause nipples to crack and peel by seeing a md. ...Read more

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If your nipples are pierced and you get pregnant will it effect breastfeeding or pumping?

It depends: If you have had your nipples pierced for a while when you get pregnant, there should be no problem. I wouldn't recommend getting them pierced while you are pregnant- it will take a while to heal and you don't want to risk an infection. You should remove the jewelry when you nurse, so your baby won't work it loose and swallow it! ...Read more

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Why are my nipples sore after breastfeeding for 7 weeks? How can I get rid of the soreness?

Why are my nipples sore after breastfeeding for 7 weeks? How can I get rid of the soreness?

Many possibilities: I suggest working with a qualified IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) to figure out what the cause is for your situation. Find one near you at http://www.ilca.org/ Then you can address the cause to help with the soreness. Causes could range from latch and positioning, to a tongue-tied baby, to thrush...impossible to say without observing a feed and examining mom & baby. ...Read more

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How can I prepare my nipples for breastfeeding?

How can I prepare my nipples for breastfeeding?

Relaxation: Your body is producing the necessary hormones during pregnancy to prepare you for breastfeeding. The most important thing is to relax and not stress about it. Teaching your baby the correct latch, breastfeeding early on (in delivery room if possible!) and breastfeeding frequenty (10-12 times daily) in the first couple of days will best prepare your breasts successful breastfeeding. ...Read more

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If nipples are for breastfeeding a baby, so why do men have them?

If nipples are for breastfeeding a baby, so why do men have them?

It's embryology: All humans start off as essentially female in the womb no matter what your chromosome arrangement is. After several weeks, if you have a Y chromosome, testosterone kicks in and it changes the chemistry in the genitals and the brain. But the nipples are already there...so they stay. ...Read more

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What is the best way to take care of my nipples while breastfeeding?

What is the best way to take care of my nipples while breastfeeding?

Lanolin: Exposure to air to "toughen" the sensitive skin and lanolin cream for soothing relief are helpful ideas. ...Read more

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Dry nipples? Not breastfeeding I think my new home is very dry what can I do?

Dry nipples? Not breastfeeding I think my new home is very dry what can I do?

Moisturizer, hydroco: Temporary use of 1 per cent Hydrocortisone can help. Moisturizers such as cerave, cetaphil, aquaphor can be of value. Prescription products include eletone. If this is woman check laundry detergent or fabric softener as possible culprits. Hand wash bras in woolite and see if there is difference. ...Read more

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Why do nipples itch while breastfeeding?

Different things: It could be dermatitis or yeast from staying wet much of the time. You can air dry them between feedings or use nipple shields that keep them from direct contact with wet clothing. You can find those at a breastfeeding supply store. You can put lotrimin (clotrimazole) af cream on them 3 times a day for a week to clear up yeast. You just wipe off any excess before feeding, but don't worry about a small amount. ...Read more

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What would cause my nipple to crack? Not breastfeeding

Depends: Nipple tenderness or skin changes may be caused by: -bacterial or fungal infections -dry skin in the areolar region (the darker area surrounding the nipple) of the breast -injury to or friction over the nipple area -certain diseases such as paget's disease i would go and get checked out by a doctor to find out what is the cause of your nipple cracking. ...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