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Dr. Tim Conrad
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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

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What are causes of sore nipple not due to breastfeeding?

Chafing or hormones: Chafing due to clothing could cause sore nipples, just as hormonal changes during your menstrual cycle or during pregnancy can cause nipple and breast soreness. ...Read more

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Should I use cream or ointment to soothe my nipples while i’m breastfeeding?

Should I use cream or ointment to soothe my nipples while i’m breastfeeding?

Yes: Try lanolin! it is natural and safe for your breast feeding baby. It works well for healing cracked nipples (and it also works well for sucking blisters on your baby's mouth as well!) some moms also like aquaphor- which is a vasoline like ointment that is safe to use as well. ...Read more

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Need to know is white-ish moisture normal on my nipples 11 years after stopping breastfeeding?

Could be a problem: Nipple discharge in a non-lactating woman, or any discharge in a man, should prompt a visit to a healthcare provider for evaluation. ...Read more

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Can breastfeeding injury permanently scar nipples?

Unlikely...: There's lots of blood flow to nipples, so they should be able to heal. A dermatologist may be able to help prescribe a treatment that will held the traumatized area to recover. ...Read more

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Is having inverted nipples a problem for breastfeeding?

Is having inverted nipples a problem for breastfeeding?

It can be: Inverted nipples can make it difficult for the baby to latch properly. A good lactation consultant cand show you some things that might help. Many moms find the easiest way to get the all important breastmilk to the infant is to pump and then feed from a bottle. ...Read more

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Since becoming pregnant, my nipples have turned much darker. Will this keep me from breastfeeding? Is this normal?

Since becoming pregnant, my nipples have turned much darker. Will this keep me from breastfeeding? Is this normal?

This is normal: Darkening of the nipples and surrounding area called the areola is completely normal in pregnancy. A dark line (the linea nigra) may also appear down the middle of the belly. The color change in pregnancy is more dramatic in darker skinned people. This is all normal and will not affect breastfeeding in any way. ...Read more

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What can I do if my nipples crack and bleed while breastfeeding?

Get help: There are several ways you can fix this, but the one thing not to do is to just wait and hope it will get better. A lactation consultant or nurse or doctor can help. If you are sore and cracked, it will cause you pain and put you are risk for infection! try allowing the nipple to air dry with some breast milk on them after feeds and review the baby's latch on position carefully. Good luck! ...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