Breastfeeding

What is Breastfeeding?

It means the feeding of an infant or young child with breast milk directly from female human breasts rather than using infant formula. Experts recommend that children be breastfed within one hour of birth, exclusively breastfed for the first six months, and then breastfed until age two with age-appropriate, nutritionally adequate and safe complementary foods. Breast is the best milk for baby.

Questions and answers on "Breastfeeding"

Hello doc
Im breastfeeding my 10week old baby, i have done chemical hairstraightening today. Will it cause any problem to my baby as i did chemical straightening . Can i feed my baby or withhold.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Not a cause for concern

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic.

Chemical hair straightening is likely to make use of chemicals externally. In that case there should be no problems in breastfeeding your child and you can give it safely.

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Hi, can I breastfeed by 4 month old after taking i pill by piramal (generic levonelle -1.5 mg) or should wait ? When can i resume breastfeeding.. And will it have any imoact on my baby..Thanks

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
No need to worry

Detailed Answer:
Hi
I understand your concerns but don't worry. I pill has only progesterone hormone which is perfectly safe during breastfeeding. There is no side effect on baby or milk secretions. No need to hold breastfeeding.

Hopefully it will be of help.
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my daughter is 2months 17days, she born with the weight 3.18 and now she is 4.7kgs. she is exclusively breastfeeding. am worried as she is not gaining weight. is my breast milk is adequate or not. can i start giving her formula milk to gain weight?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Her weight is absolutely normal for age

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Welcome to HCM. Can understand your concerns.

Weight of your child is absolutely normal for age.

Weight of child at 6 months of age is around 6 kg and at 1 year around 9 kg. So, your baby's weight is absolutely normal at...

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Hi Doctor,

I had c section on March 15th this year. I am exclusively breastfeeding. 2 days back I had stomach cramps, and today I had dark brown discharge not heavy though. could this be starting of my periods?
is there anything to worry about as I have heard that we don't get periods till we are breast feeding.
please suggest

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Nothing to worry

Detailed Answer:
Hi dear,
I have gone through your question and understand your concerns.
Some of the breastfeeding mothers do get their ovulation and periods within2-3 months of the childbirth.
There is nothing to worry.
Hope you found the answer helpful.
Regards...

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Hi ..My daughter is 4 months old.. till now I fed her with breast milk..Now I am planning of going back to work.. Can you please suggest that which milk should I prefer to feed her when am away.Pumping doesnt work for me..thanks in advance

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
similac

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Thanks for writing to us.
I understand you need to join work soon.
It is better to go for similac advanced stage one till 6 months and then stage 2.
You need to start weaning foods too as you will be away for few hours daily.
Weaning foods like boiled...

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This query is for my wife .
She is now 1.5 months pregnant , and we are having kid who is 1.11 year old and she is still breast feeding him.
Is it safe to continue the breastfeeding..?







doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Discontinue breastfeeding

Detailed Answer:
Hello sir, thanks for trusting health care magic.
No dear she should stop feeding the elder kid becuase breastfeeding can trigger a hormone cascade in the body which can cause abortion and preterm labour pains.
So discontinue it as soon as...

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Is it okay to breastfeed while Taking mifepristone and misoprostol? Why or why not? Will it harm my daughter?!

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Yes it is okay to continue breastfeeding.

Detailed Answer:
Hello
Thanks for writing to us with your health concern.
Yes, it is alright to continue breastfeeding while taking mifepristone and misoprostol.
This is because the drugs are secreted into the milk in very trivial amounts,...

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I had a c-section 4 weeks and 4 days ago, my baby was 10 weeks premature and I am expressing 8 times in 24 hours and trying to establish breastfeeding with the baby. Me and my husband had unprotected sex this morning is it safe to take Levonelle?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Can take it safely

Detailed Answer:
Hi dear,
I have gone through your question and understand the concerns.
Yes, it is completely safe to use the levonelle emergency contraceptive pill, in breastfeeding.
There is no problem in taking it to prevent pregnancy within 72 hours of...

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Hello.i have a 2 week old baby who im breastfeeding but I have noticed that im loosing weight so much so that all my veins on my arms and legs are sticking out in an ugly and manly fashion. I would like to take collagen supplements to help restore a youthful appearance to my body but I dont know if this is safe whilst breastfeeding.

doctor1 MD

Hi,

Thanks for writing to health care magic.

If you are breast feeding you require additional calories for the breast milk you are producing.

So you should take calorie rich food.

Or else you may loose weight.

So consume high calorie food rich in nutrients. Breast feeding is the best for your...

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Recent questions on  Breastfeeding

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Hi, I am 30 years old 85 kg. I have a 10 month old baby whom I am still breast feeding.I have conceived and the fetus is 4 weeks old. Is it ok to go for abortion by medicines? Will I be able to continue to breast feed my baby during medication? If breast feeding is stopped for some reason during the medication, after the medicines have stopped how soon will I be able to start the same and for how long?

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hello, I just. delivered a baby yesterday and I trying to breastfeed him but all that comes out is clear oily substance. how soon will the real milk start flowing because he needs to start eating. I have been taking all kinds of fluids to help stimulate lactation. Thanks.

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I went to the ER, & was told I have Mastitis. I m not breastfeeding, so they say this is rare. They told me the infection was all throughout the tissues of my breast when they did the Ultrasound. They prescribed me Keflex, I ve been taking it since last night. Today, the mass feels larger, & it hurts incredibly. Is this normal?

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Hi Doc, My wife is taking "Lactare" to increase milk quantity. Currently the dosage is 3 capsules/day. Wanted to check: a. Any side effects using Lactare b. Can we change the dosage to 1 or 2 capsules when milk quantity is good c. can we use...

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Sir, My son is 10 months old, his HEMOGLOBIN IS 11.3 (SUGGESTED RANGE 12 TO 16). Our doctor suggested us to toally stop breastfeeding before giving TONOFERON drops. He says it will create poison in my sons body... This seems quite odd when every...

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Hi Doctor, My last month menstrual cycle started on 31st November and normally it starts a few days ( 3 to 4 days ) earlier each month as compared to the last month. Now, due to a family function I need to be free during the period of 18th XXXXXXX...

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