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! My daughter is a little over 2 years old and since she was 6 months (i.e., after she stopped breast feeding), she s had chronic constipation. Our doctor has kept her on Merolax (a stool softener) and swears such long-term use will have no ill effects. Although her stool is now soft, tne problem is that our daughter now tries to hold her stool in (goes ridged and crosses her legs), resulting in something like 12+ small diapers per day and a VERY red bottom, no matter how much diaper cream we use. Also, lately she s complained of abdominal pain a few times a day, and we ve noticed that her tummy is pretty pronounced although she is not at all fat. Now we re worried about some form of bloating too! Any ideas??

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is lactodex hmf same as lactodex? is there any difference between lactodex hmf and formula milk?I am having a preterm baby born on 36 week+3 days who is almost 20days old .Doctor has suggested to give lactodex hmf along with normal breast milk to increase his weight.He is currently 2.4 kg.Kindly guide me

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Hi, i m taking HImalaya Liv 52 from last 4-5 days ... one tablet at night just after dinner and yesterday suddenly my left arm joint had severe pain which is still there n today my right knee joint is having so much pain tht i m having trouble to move .... i m a mother of 17 month old baby n i m breastfeeding him ... is ths the side effect of Liv 52 or its a symptom of arthritis ?? i m bit scared now

doctor1 MD

Hi my periods are going regular from last two months, doctor suggested me to take deviry 10 in last month after stopping pill my period starts after 4 days with very low flow and heavw flow starts after 4 days after consulting doctor they suggested me duoluton l on 5th day as i am breast feeding the child, i want to know is it sfe in this condition

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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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