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Can I take stool softener pills if im breastfeeding?

Yes. The majority of these preparations remain within the bowel and do not enter the blood and thus not the breast milk. Use them as needed. Read more...

Is Natural Calm a stimulant or stool softener? Will body become dependent?

Natural Calm, it appears, is a magnesium supplement--magnesium citrate. A different form of magnesium--magmesium sulfate--is definitely a laxative. Magnesium citrate is promoted as a "stress easer" improving fatigue, low energy, insomnia, muscle tension, spasms, cramps and maybe constipation. As with all supplements, ideal is to get minerals from food. Don't take too much: recommended daily intake is 320-420 mg. Read more...

I've seen different types of OTC laxatives (stimulant, saline, stool softeners, etc.). Which would be best for occasional treatment of constipation?

If occasional. it doesn't matter much what you take, but it sounds like you have a number of GI issues. The best way to treat constipation is to avoid it, but taking in adequate fluid and a good amount of fiber, preferably from natural sources (like fruits/vegetables with lots of roughage). Stimulant laxatives can lead to dependency, and I generally recommend avoiding them. Occasionaf milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) is ok. Read more...