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Is taking laxatives advisable for constipation while breastfeeding?

hi i am a lactating mother as i am suffering from constipation (?acute or chronic) as i have not passed the motion from last 3-4 days and it is paining but not passing any stool. as i have taken two laxative tablets as well but of no use. my baby is just 27 days old. kindly suggest the safe way to clear my bowel which does not harm my baby. thanks
Tue, 11 Oct 2016
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Constipation is mostly due to bad dietary habits. It is better to control your constipation in a natural ways. You should include fiber in your diet.
Advice
1.     Include fiber in your diet such as split peas, lentils, black beans, lima beans, sprouts, baked beans, raspberries, pears, apples, barley, bran flakes, and brown rice
2.     Syrup Duphalac (lactulose) 2 teaspoonful per oral at bed time
3.     Drink 4 – 5 liters of water daily
4.     Avoid straining while defecating
5.     Divide your meals into smaller portions and eat them frequently during the day
6.     Avoid tea, coffee fast food such as pizza and burger. Tea and coffee contain tannin which causes constipation
I hope this information will help you. I will be happy if you ask another question
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Is taking laxatives advisable for constipation while breastfeeding?

Constipation is mostly due to bad dietary habits. It is better to control your constipation in a natural ways. You should include fiber in your diet. Advice 1. Include fiber in your diet such as split peas, lentils, black beans, lima beans, sprouts, baked beans, raspberries, pears, apples, barley, bran flakes, and brown rice 2. Syrup Duphalac (lactulose) 2 teaspoonful per oral at bed time 3. Drink 4 – 5 liters of water daily 4. Avoid straining while defecating 5. Divide your meals into smaller portions and eat them frequently during the day 6. Avoid tea, coffee fast food such as pizza and burger. Tea and coffee contain tannin which causes constipation I hope this information will help you. I will be happy if you ask another question Thanks