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Mentorship program: The caring professionals at Maternal Treasures Parent Care Center , are ready to listen to your concerns and needs, is available @324-3191 or you can email us @ maternaltreasures2018@gmail.com. We are a pregnancy center that offers:

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Our mentorship program helps to give you the peace of mind and reassurance . We would love to see you before your pregnancy with a pre-pregnancy visit to discuss what you need to do before getting pregnant and how your prenatal visits will be about. Most of all what you need to watch out for. We also partner with you during your trimesters to help you understand what is going on, answer all your questions, and give you informed choices.


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Breastfeeding classes: Our breastfeeding classes are second to none!

  • Breastfeeding is one of the most important things you can do for your baby. Congratulations! on making the choice to BF!
  • The importance of appropriate infant feeding and the vital role played by breastfeeding in child survival, growth and development are well known. Breastfeeding helps to protect the infant against some of the major causes of childhood morbidity and mortality.
  • It is currently recommended that starting within one hour of birth, infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life, and that breastfeeding should continue up to 2 years of age or beyond.
  •  Unfortunately, infant feeding practices are still far from optimal; in many parts of the world rates of exclusive breastfeeding are low and many women stop breastfeeding earlier than they intended to.
  • It is estimated that 1.5 million lives could be saved each year if infants were fed according to recommended breastfeeding practices.
  •  Research has also shown an association between duration of breastfeeding and reduction in risk of childhood obesity and cardiovascular diseases in later life.

BENEFITS: Your baby is smarter, healthier, with less chances of diarrhea, constipation, and vomiting. Breastfeeding also promotes bonding. It is always at the right temperature . It as cheaper and helps you to loose weight. Research has also shown that it reduces the risk of you getting cancer, and dental caries. These are amazing reasons to want to breastfeed your little star.

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The Benefits of Childbirth classes:

are a great way to help get mom and her labor partner prepared for the birthing experience.

  1. Calm your fears and prepare for birth – Fear of the unknown and how your labor will un-fold is one of the most common fears we see in pregnant women. In fact, it’s one of the first things we try to address to help ease any tension you and your labor partner might be feeling.
  2. Opportunity to ask questions – It’s no secret moms-to-be and the birth partner often have a variety of questions and concerns about childbirth. Childbirth classes are a great resource for you to ask questions freely and get accurate information.
  3. Knowledge of options and choices– We believe in “freedom of choice based on knowledge of alternatives” and want to set every mom up for a successful birth. The common goal of all of our birthing classes is to provide you with the confidence you need to give birth and to make informed decisions during your birth process.
  4. Bond with your labor partner (s) – Childbirth classes not only prepares couples for birthing and parenting but also promotes well-being and increased intimacy in couples. This is a great way to spend time with your labor partner while learning about the birth experience. Your partner also gets to understand you during your pregnancy.
  5. Pain management with breathing and relaxation techniques – Above all, childbirth classes will emphasize the role of the support person and comfort measures for birth. We want to make sure mom and her labor partner have all the tools they need to birth with or alternative comfort measures without medication. You also get a chance to ask your questions and seek answers to your concerns with your # 1 midwife!

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This test is called a nonstress test. It is an invasive test to see how your baby is generally doing. It helps the healthcare team assess your baby’s heart which depicts fetal well being. It tells us if your baby is getting enough oxygen which is very important for the development of your baby’s organs and tissues.

Your baby’s heart rate should increase with every movement, so when you feel the baby move press this monitor. The test is for about 20 -40 minutes depending on various factors e.g. if baby is sleeping, or you did not eat or drink, can produce a poor test.

You can prepare by eating and drinking 15- 30 minutes before the test and coming out of the time when baby is used to sleeping.

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We use 2 tools on your tummy called a

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Breastfeeding and Your Stuffy Baby: Learn the Strategies to Give Relief


We all have experienced a stuffy nose at some time. Hence we know the issue our little stars have when they develop it.

All babies will eventually get a stuffy nose or catch a cold. Now I know no one wants to see their baby with a cold or stuffy because we all know how uncomfortable it is. Every mother I am sure does not enjoy seeing their little star with a congested nose while breast or bottle feeding. Did you know that a cold is actually helping to naturally build up. Years ago when I was having my babies I was always fearful about breastfeeding while they had a stuffy nose. I know many of you are feeling the same way. I had to take care of that stuffiness first.

Nasal congestion while feeding is very common among babies, as you know their breathing organs are really small and to top it off they depend on you to clear it. Did you know some colds babies experienced happen because of allergies? A congested nose may seem simple, but a baby trying to suck for feeds can really be stressful for both mom and baby. I am going to give you some solutions to helping your baby to breastfeed your baby while congested.

Solutions For A Stuffy nose

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  1. of the first things I did when my babies were stuffy was to first confirm with my pediatrician what I could use. Please find out from your pediatrician what is best for your baby. My pediatrician told me about saline solution that really worked for me. All the time! Add one to two drops of saline to each nostril or as directed by your doctor. Wait for one to two minutes. You can use saline drops to loosen thick mucus before using the bulb syringe.

2.Use a bulb syringe. Be careful when you use this after meals as it can cause your baby to vomit. A bulb syringe can clear your baby’s nose effectively.

How to use a bulb syringe

  • Squeeze it first to remove the air inside the bulb syringe.
  • Gently insert the tip of the bulb syringe onto your baby’s nostrils. Make sure that the tip is slightly pointing away from the middle of the nose so that it won’t hurt your baby.
  • Gently release the bulb to create a suction. The suction will pull out the mucus from the nose.
  • Remove the bulb syringe and wash or wipe it to remove the mucus.
  • Repeat for the other nostril.
  • Try breastfeeding your baby in an upright position: This position is very comfortable and can be the key to having your baby breastfeeds successfully.
  • Breastfeed as often as possible. The sessions may be shorter but stay consistent.
  • A running humidifier or a steaming shower in a closed bathroom is also a great way to loosen mucus from your baby’s nose.
  • Some experts suggest using some of your breast milk into your baby’s nose helps to loosen it.
  • Try different breastfeeding positions until you get it right for you and baby.
  • Use pillows to aide your comfort while breastfeeding. If you are lying down , you can also support your baby’s back.
  • Australian or Koala hold position can be amazing!

This position is great while sitting on a chair or on your bed, place your baby on your lap facing you with his two legs apart (like your baby is riding a saddle). You can support your baby’s head and neck with one hand and place him on your breast. Once your baby is positioned, you can recline to support your back.

  • Give your baby gentle, affection by rubbing his head, cuddling , and keeping him close.
  • A warm bath can also do the job. If your baby is old enough to play some toys might bring some delight.
  • Get the air quality in your home clean. The filters in your air conditioning occasionally need changing. Cigarette smoking can also be a hazard and reduce the quality of the air in the home for baby. Keep baby from cigarette smoke.

Hypoallergic products work for some moms

For newborns and babies who are extra sensitive, it is better to use hypoallergenic products, especially those that come in contact with their skin like pillows, blankets, towels and toiletries. No stuffed toys allowed.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has highlighted the benefits breastfeeding has on a baby’s immune system, too, saying:

that breast milk has many beneficial properties which included nutritional and immunological. Did you know that it is ok to breastfeed your baby when you or your baby has a cold or stuffy nose ?It is important to continue to breastfeed so that your antibodies can be passed on to your little star. These antibodies will help your infant conquer the cold germs quickly and effectively and possibly avoid developing the cold altogether. Babies breath through their mouths while breastfeeding and through their nose when not breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding your baby with a congested nose I know can be difficult, but I would like to encourage you to continue because you are really giving your baby some special antibodies that formula does not provide.

What Are The Causes Of A Stuffy Nose?

There are many reasons why babies get a stuffy nose occurs. There is a build up of mucus and swelling in the nasal passages.

The common causes of stuffy nose in babies are due to:

  • Air pollutants (cigarette smoke)
  • Dry air
  • Allergens (dust, pollens, animal dander)
  • Viruses (colds)

Non- Recommended Relief For A Baby’s Stuffy nose

According to the US Food and Drug Administration, you should not give over the counter medication to children younger than 2 years of age. Only use medications prescribed by your doctor.

Bottom line

Breastfeeding your baby with a stuffy nose can be difficult and uncomfortable. I encourage you to try some of the strategies above. and see what works for you and your baby. I hope you found this post helpful. Thank you for stopping by today and do come again. Please like / comment about this post if you want to.

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Breastfeeding And Supplementing: Proven Strategies That Work


Mamas out there it is not a crime to supplement and breastfeed!

You may be wondering what is breastfeeding and supplementing? It is giving your baby breast and formula feedings. Many new moms feel guilty that they did not go the whole breastfeeding route. Mamas, it is perfectly fine if you want to supplement your baby as opposed to exclusively breastfeeding. Many moms make this change because it it better for their family, they might be experiencing low milk supply or it can simply be a personal choice. This is safe for baby and should not pose any danger provided the necessary prevention o infection strategies are in place.

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As a health professional I always encouraged new mothers to do whatever is best for the family.

The most common reason parents decide to supplement is concern for nutrition, especially in the first few days. You’re just getting used to breastfeeding, and it may feel like your baby isn’t getting enough to eat, especially at night. Keep in mind that it can take time for both mom and baby to adjust to their new routine, and supplementing should only be started after consulting with your healthcare provider. Breastfeeding is a learned skill.

Introduce the Breast And Establish Breastfeeding

Babies suck differently on a bottle than the breast, and some will not latch as well at the breast if they’ve had bottles (this is called nipple confusion). This risk decreases if breastfeeding is well established before a bottle is introduced. Babies have to work harder on the breast. If you can breastfeed and bottle-feed with no restraints, it is best to wait until breastfeeding is established.

Should I Supplement with Formula?

Parents may also wonder if they should supplement during babies’ ‘growth spurts,’ which happen around two to three weeks, six weeks and around two to three months of age. At these times, babies want to feed more often and even though you are making enough milk, your breasts may feel soft. During a growth spurt, you may feel like you’re feeding all the time.

That’s OK. By breastfeeding more, the baby is helping to increase your milk supply. Try not to supplement with formula if you really want to breastfeed. Supplementing with formula does not mean that it is the end of breastfeeding. Many moms give up after trying everything with breastfeeding, even to the point where they experience sore nipples and other challenges. This I know is hard or moms who really wanted to breastfeed.

Here Are Some Great Tips For Supplementing

Supplementing at the breast by using a tube that is inserted into your baby’s mouth while he breastfeeds means the breasts get the “make more milk” message even as the baby gets formula, and he associates the breast with food.

If you’re using a bottle to supplement, West recommends giving it first and then finishing the feeding at the breast. It seems counterintuitive, but because your baby feels satisfied when he’s at the breast, he can enjoy nursing more. Breastfeed first and he may begin to prefer the bottle because he associates it with that full, happy feeling.

  • Consider pumping regularly, which can increase your milk supply significantly. You should be pumping 8 -12 times per day. I know that sounds like a lot, but do the best you can.
  • Talk to a health professional and expect some trial and error in determining the amount of supplement to use.
  • The medication domperidone can also be prescribed to boost milk supply.
  • Allow your baby baby to eat until he’s not hungry anymore. 
  • Even though it’s easier to measure how much baby is eating when bottles are in the mix, try not to obsess about exactly how much baby is getting of either breast milk or formula. Your baby will eat more when he’s hungry and less when he’s not. It’s better to make sure that your little one is gaining weight appropriately than to be fixated on whether he’s eating a consistent amount of milk at every feeding.
  • Space out the formula-feeding sessions. Introduce a bottle of formula an hour or two after breastfeeding when your little one is ready to eat but not starving. Add in an additional daily bottle-feeding session a few days later. Taking a moderate approach can keep your milk supply up if you’re trying to continue breastfeeding, and it can keep you from getting a clogged milk duct or breast infection if you’re weaning baby off the breast.
  • Switch sides. As you would move from breast to breast, switch sides when you’re formula-feeding, and burp baby between sides.
  • Have some skin-to-skin contact. Be sure to look into your baby’s eyes and give her lots of cuddles during each feeding session.
  • Be consistent.
  • Ensure that all bottles and accessories are properly sterilized to prevent infection.

Will supplementing with formula affect baby’s poop?

Exclusively breast-fed babies have poops that are mustard-like in color and consistency, sometimes loose or even watery, and seedy, mushy or curdy. Those who are formula-fed, at least in part, have stools that are soft but better formed than a breastfed baby’s, and anywhere from pale yellow to yellowish brown, light brown or brownish green. They can have a stronger odor, too. Your baby’s stools should not be hard or very loose.

What About formula for breastfed babies?

Choosing the right formula can be overwhelming. With so many different types, it can be difficult to know where to begin.

Some formulas are designed specifically for supplementing because they contain lutein, an essential nutrient found in breast milk, as well as prebiotics designed to keep baby’s stool soft, similar to that of exclusively breastfed babies. It’s best to discuss your options with your pediatrician to figure out which one is best for your baby. Most healthy babies do well with a milk-based, iron-fortified formula (all infant formula in the U.S. is fortified with iron).

In general, don’t think that just because it’s “specially formulized,” it’s somehow healthier for your little one. Your budget will probably play a role, too. Organic formulas are free of antibiotics, hormones, genetic modification and synthetic pesticides, but they’re also pricey.

Should I Be Concerned About Nipple Confusion?

 Don’t worry about nipple confusion if you’ve decided that both breastfeeding and formula are right for you. There’s a good chance your baby won’t show any signs of it at all. Nipple confusion is often overblown or even nonexistent, and most babies do fine going back and forth between breast and bottle.

Bottom line

Many mothers have no other choice, but to breastfeed, while others make a personal choice. You can follow or try some of the strategies above . Choosing the right formula is essential to ensure that your baby is developing well. Don’t worry about nipple confusion. There is no evidence that it happens. Mamas there is no way you should feel like you did not succeed as a parent if things did not work out as planned with your breastfeeding goals. Thank you for stopping by today and I wish you every success.


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How To Relax As A Breastfeeding Mom: You Deserve It!


The post partum period can definitely be challenging for any new mother. If you have not had your little star as yet, let me warn you that if you do not prepare for it ,it can be daunting. I want to help you out today by informing you of some of the relaxing ways you can breastfeed to make it more enjoyable. For many nursing moms, relaxation techniques can play a dramatic role in breastfeeding success.

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Mothers who get breastfeeding support that includes relaxation therapy may feel less stressed and have babies who eat and sleep more than women who don’t get this extra help, a small experiment suggests. I remember when I had my babies. I was flustered at times because there were times when everything seemed to be going so fast at the time . You have to make time to plan what needs to be done. My husband who was a great support at the time and still is, did everything to ensure that I was as comfortable as possible. I hope you have the same benefit from your partner relative, or friend. Here are some relaxation tips that any breastfeeding mom can try, no matter how busy your day may be. Use breathing and relaxation techniques. All breastfeeding moms should master these tricks, because you can use them anywhere. Anytime you feel stress getting the best of you (don’t worry – we’ve all been there), take a moment to focus on this breathing technique:

Practice prayer

Prayer changes things

Prayer is powerful because it connects us with our creator God who is willing to help us in our journey through life. He told us to in everything by prayer and supplication to make our requests known to Him. (Philippians 4:6)

Try Progressive Muscle Relaxation(PMR)

  1. Close your eyes and begin taking deep breaths.
  2. Start at your toes and flex that muscle group for 10 seconds as you inhale
  3. Exhale as you relax the muscle group for 25 seconds.
  4. Gradually move up your body as you flex and relax one muscle group at a time.
  5. Continue for 25 to 30 minutes, until you make it up your entire body. OR YOU CAN:
  1. Take a deep breath through your nose until you feel your stomach rise and chest expand.
  2. Hold that breath for one to two seconds.
  3. Exhale slowly through your nose for at least 4 seconds.
  4. Repeat as needed.

Go see a movie or watch one that makes you laugh

A nice relaxing bath can do wonders for your mental and physical health

Ask for help. 

To say you have a lot on your plate is an understatement, so don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you have older children, teach them about responsibility and assign some of your everyday tasks to them. You can even come up with some interesting ways to make chores fun. Don’t feel guilty about asking for support from friends and family either. Just think about it as giving yourself some time to rejuvenate so you can be the best mom you can be.

Use breathing and relaxation techniques.

 All breastfeeding moms should master these tricks, because you can use them anywhere. Anytime you feel stress getting the best of you (don’t worry – we’ve all been there), take a moment to focus on this breathing technique:

Pediatricians recommend exclusive breastfeeding until infants are at least 6 months old because it may bolster their immune systems and protect against obesity and diabetes later in life.

For the experiment, researchers offered 64 new mothers who were exclusively breastfeeding traditional help including educational pamphlets and information on support groups and lactation specialists. In addition, 33 of the women received audio recordings that encouraged relaxation through deep breathing and offered positive messages about breastfeeding and mother-baby bonding, which they were instructed to play while they nursed.

Did you know mothers who listened to relaxation therapy while breastfeeding reported less stress than women who didn’t get the audio recordings, researchers report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. “Mothers should use methods that they know work for them to help relax, such as listening to music, reading, meditating or using mindfulness.

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Bottom line

As a breastfeeding mother, you deserve to be relaxed if you are breastfeeding. You have to decide what works for you. I have given you the options that you can choose from. I hope something works. Breastfeeding is hard work and you deserve some relaxation. Thanks for stopping by and do come again. I hope you were able to enjoy our topic and I wish you every success.

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Breastfeeding: Amazing Tips When Introducing The Bottle?


Breastfeeding from a bottle is not always easy for all babies

Hello Mamas! We are going to learn about when it is a good time to introduce a bottle to your baby. Most professionals recommend that

once breastfeeding is going well, your baby can begin drinking your breast milk from a bottle. You should avoid bottle feeding your baby if there are any problems with nursing at your breast because it can confuse your baby and increase the breastfeeding difficulties.

Many babies prefer drinking from certain bottles and nipples; you may need to try a few brands before you discover your baby’s preference. There are many options for nipple size and shape. The flow rate is determined by the size of the hole at the tip of the nipple; the slower flow bottles have a smaller hole. It is best to start with the slow flow (smallest hole).

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It’s Just A Small Developmental Step Which Will Pass

Early success isn’t necessarily an ironclad guarantee that your baby will always take a bottle. Many babies who have been getting bottles all along suddenly decide they simply prefer breastfeeding and don’t want a bottle anymore. And why not? Breastfeeding is warm, cozy, and involves their favorite person – Mom.

But don’t worry: For most babies, this is just a short-lived developmental step. If your baby suddenly refuses to take a bottle, talk to your child’s doctor to rule out a medical reason then try reintroducing it at another time.

Best Tips to introduce the bottle to a breastfed baby

Sucking milk from a bottle requires different mouth and tongue movements than breastfeeding, so it may take your baby a little time to get used to the change. Try these tips for a smooth transition:

To introduce the bottle it’s best to hold baby in an upright, almost sitting position that is similar to your sitting position. Hold the warmed bottle at an angle tilted just enough to fill the nipple. This tilt allows baby to keep control of when and how fast the milk comes.

When Do I Begin Introducing The Bottle?

 Begin introducing the bottle 1-2 weeks before you return to work or school. Your baby will need time to learn this new skill.

If you are returning to work or school, plan ahead and do a trial run or rehearsal of the new routine. Plan to leave your baby for 1-2 hours before you go back. Head to the grocery store or gym and leave your baby with the chosen caregiver. You can return early if you need to, but this helps you and your baby prepare for the new routine.

Your baby may not eat very much when you aren’t home and may begin waking more frequently at night if you’re apart all day. Don’t be surprised if this happens, and just take advantage of these quiet and intimate times to reconnect with your baby

  • Avoid wearing your baby in a sling at this time. This will make the little star clingy for feedings. No skin to skin contact should be allowed.
  • Continue breastfeeding as often as you can, and pump only when needed. Nursing your baby stimulates your body to produce more milk, so putting your baby to the breast keeps your milk supply strong.
  • Offer him a bottle in the evening after his regular feeding to get him used to the nipple. Start with a small amount of breast milk – about half an ounce. If she sucks on a latex pacifier, use a latex bottle nipple (rather than a silicone one) and vice versa. Warm the nipple with water to make it feel more appealing.
  • Try paced (or responsive, or cue-based) feeding, which mimics breastfeeding. Use a slow-flow nipple, keep the bottle horizontal, pause frequently during feedings, switch sides as you would when breastfeeding, and stop feeding your baby when he shows signs of being full.
  • Let someone else feed him the first bottle. If you try to give your baby his first bottle, he may wonder why he’s not getting your breast. He may be less confused if someone else makes the introduction. Ask your mother, your partner, a childcare provider, or a friend to help.
  • Try to be out of the house. A baby can smell his mother, even from a distance, so he may know that you (and your breasts) are just in the next room.
  • Try letting your partner feed baby.

Suggestions For The Resistant Baby

Not all babies will willfully take a bottle. Here are some things you can try. I hope some of them work for you:

  • Try some breast milk on the nipple. When your baby tastes it, she may start sucking to get more. (Don’t use honey, which can cause infant botulism in children younger than 12 months.)
  • Let your baby play with the nipple so she can familiarize herself with it. If she just chews on it, let her for now. She may actually start sucking on it soon.
  • Hold her in a different position: Put her in an infant or car seat so she is semi-upright, and then feed her the bottle while facing her. Or try feeding her on your lap with her back to your chest. Once she is used to taking a bottle, you can hold her as you usually would for feedings.
  • Try different temperatures. It could be your baby prefers her milk slightly warmer or colder than you’ve been giving it to her. Experiment with different temperatures to see what she prefers. You might also see if there’s a difference between giving her fresh milk or milk that’s been frozen.
  • Offer the bottle at other times of day. If your baby won’t take the bottle during the day, try offering it during a nighttime feeding or vice versa.

What To Do If My Baby Is Really Not Cooperating?

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Remember Mama, your baby needs time to get used to new sensations, so stick with the same nipple, bottle, and feeding technique for a while before trying something new. Constantly changing the feeding position or switching out new nipples may just end up confusing (and frustrating) him.

Make sure you have lots of time to take it slow during this process. If your baby starts crying and pushes the bottle away, back off, comfort him, and then try again. If you’ve tried offering the bottle and your baby has refused three times, let it go for now. (Wait at least five minutes before breastfeeding – that way he won’t associate refusing the bottle with immediate gratification.)

Offer the bottle again in an hour or two, when your baby is alert and receptive but not seriously hungry.

What If I Want To Wean My Baby Off The Breast?

Congratulations! if you’ve decided to wean your baby, or to nurse only before and after work, you deserve congratulations and support for having given your baby weeks or months of breast milk. Just be sure that your baby gets the same one-on-one, physically nurturing and affectionate time with you during bottle-feeding that she did with breastfeeding. For more information on easing this transition, see our article on how to wean your baby.

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Breastfeeding And Cancer :Getting The Real Facts


Caring for a newborn is stressful as it stands. Is it possible to breastfeed while battling cancer? Lets find out

Breast cancer occurs in about 1 in 3,000 pregnancies and is the most common type of cancer diagnosed during pregnancy, after birth while breastfeeding, or within a year of delivery. The good news is that breast cancer doesn’t appear to harm your unborn baby. However, cancer treatment may interfere with your plans to breastfeed afterward.

Caring for a newborn baby can be stressful. So can going through breast cancer treatment. But juggling both at the same time? Women who are breast-feeding are often acutely aware of how their breasts feel so they will usually notice any physical changes. It is common to find breast lumps during lactation, which can lead women to worry about breast cancer. This invites an entirely new level of anxiety.

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Most doctors recommend women who are about to be treated for breast cancer stop (or not begin) breastfeeding, a heartbreaking directive for many new mothers. But you may not have to give up breastfeeding forever. Women who know they have breast cancer are likely to have concerns about the safety of breast-feeding and may wonder whether their cancer treatment could affect the baby.

Here are some guidelines to help you know what to expect as you approach treatment (covering chemotherapy, surgery and radiation) and to give you peace of mind that you’re keeping your baby safe while taking care of your own health.

How Safe Is Breastfeeding During Chemotherapy?

No. For the safety of the baby, breastfeeding isn’t recommended during chemotherapy. Many chemotherapy drugs, especially cyclophosphamide and methotrexate, may appear in high levels in breast milk and could potentially harm your nursing baby.

To protect your breastfeeding child, you may choose to wean your baby prior to beginning chemotherapy. You may also decide to pump during chemotherapy and throw away the milk. By pumping, you will continue producing milk so you can resume breastfeeding once your oncologist assures you it’s safe to do so.

Should You Breastfeed Before and Immediately After Surgery?

Absolutely no. If you’re planning to have surgery for breast cancer, stop breastfeeding in order to reduce blood flow to your breasts. This reduces the risk of infection and also helps prevent breast milk from collecting in the biopsy or surgery areas.

If you’re nursing, you may want to pump before you have surgery and store a supply of breast milk. This way, you’ll be able to continue feeding your baby breast milk while you’re separated during surgery and recovery. You may need to wait a little while after surgery to resume breastfeeding, because the anesthesia may get into your breast milk and harm your baby. Ask your surgeon how long the anesthesia will stay in your body and when you can safely go back to breastfeeding.

Can You Breastfeed During Radiation?

It depends on your oncologist whether it’s safe for you to breastfeed while you’re undergoing radiation. Breastfeeding during radiation may be safe, depending on what type of radiation you’re receiving and what part of your body is being treated. External beam radiation is usually safe for nursing mothers unless they’re getting chemotherapy concurrently. There are exceptions to this rule, however, so be sure to consult your oncologist. As for internal radiation, it may be dangerous to your baby while you’re breastfeeding, so again, talk to your oncologist. Pray also and ask God to heal your body and give you wisdom . He has told us to in all our ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.(Proverbs 3:5)

Will Your Baby’s Health Suffer When You Don’t Breastfeed?

Many women feel guilty if they can’t breastfeed and may worry that their baby’s health or intellectual development will suffer as a result. But the current research on the effects of breastfeeding is inconclusive. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all infants be fed only breast milk for the first six months due to the nutritional superiority of breast milk to infant formula. However, one 2014 study of 1,773 sibling pairs — one fed breast milk and one fed formula — found no significant differences between the breast-fed and bottle-fed babies on any of the 11 measures of health (including obesity and asthma) and intellectual competency (including math ability and memory-based intelligence).

Talk with your pediatrician if you have any concerns about your baby’s health while you’re undergoing breast cancer treatment. If breastfeeding is going to pose too much risk to your baby, ask your pediatrician to recommend an infant formula. And remember, don’t let guilt get in the way of your recovery and being there for your child, now and for many years to come.

Are There Any Symptoms Of Cancer While Breastfeeding?

Women should speak with a doctor if they have any concerns about their breast health.

Several factors can make it more difficult for women who are lactating to get a breast cancer diagnosis These include the following:

  • Breast-feeding can cause issues that are very similar to the symptoms of breast cancer because the symptoms are similar e.g. they can also develop engorgement, mastitis, plugged ducts, and sore nipples.
  • Doctors may not think to test a woman for cancer if she finds a lump while breast-feeding as there are other possible causes.
  • In most cases, the doctor will recommend that a woman stops breast-feeding following a breast cancer diagnosis.
  • Many breast cancer treatments can affect a woman’s milk supply or negatively impact on the baby.
  • The doctor will help to determine which treatment is best for an individual with breast cancer, as this can vary from person to person.

Possible treatments include:

  • Surgery: Surgery may be necessary to remove a lump or cancerous growth. In some cases, this can involve a mastectomy (removal of the breast) or a double mastectomy (removal of both breasts). The extent of the surgery will determine whether or not the individual can continue breast-feeding.
  • Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy uses strong medications to destroy cancer cells within the body. Women who are having chemotherapy will need to stop breast-feeding.
  • Radiation: Some women undergoing radiation treatment may be able to continue breast-feeding, depending on the specific type of therapy. A doctor will be able to explain the risks to allow the individual to make an informed decision.

Breast-feeding during cancer treatment may be possible, but it is essential to speak to your doctor before to determine if you can.

Bottom line

Developing breast cancer while breast-feeding is rare, but it is possible. Women should not hesitate to see their doctor if they have any concerns about their breasts.

In the event of a breast cancer diagnosis, the woman should discuss her options with the doctor, including whether or not she can continue to breast-feed. God is faithful . He loves you and He has healing benefits for you. If you are diagnosed with cancer I recommend that you seek Him first and all things will be added to you. I wish you God’s speed in Christ Jesus. Thank you for stopping by today and do come again. Please like my page if you do. I wish you every breastfeeding success. You can comment below if you like. so you know, Breast Fed Is Best Academy may earn commissions from shopping links.


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Breastfeeding And Conscious Sedation


Great news! Medications used for the operating room is not harmful for breastfeeding mothers and their babies

Many breastfeeding mothers have intravenous sedation from time to time. The safety of these drugs need to be evaluated to ensure that mother, baby, and breast milk are safe.

Often times, discontinuing breastfeeding for a surgical or diagnostic procedure requiring sedation is the only alternative suggested to a nursing mother. Discontinuing breastfeeding is typically not necessary.

Today, many women, armed with knowledge and assertiveness, search for other ways or other practitioners who are willing to work with them as they have their procedure with sedation and continue nursing. They know that for most medications, very little of the drug is transferred to their milk. Additionally, very few medications have adverse effects in breastfed babies because the dose transferred to the milk is in such a low dose or it is poorly bioavailable to the infant.

The medications often used for sedation procedures in dental offices include:

  • Triazolam (Halcion)
  • Diazepam (Valium)
  • Nitrous Oxide
  • Phenergan
  • Decadron
  • Fentanyl
  • Versed
  • Propofol

Many medical professionals use these same or similar drugs for other surgical or diagnostic procedures requiring sedation.

Oral Agents

Triazolam and diazepam are used as oral pre-operative sedatives, often taken one hour prior to a procedure with a sip of water. If a patient is breastfeeding, the oral sedative of choice would be triazolam with a half life of 1.5-5.5 hours compared to diazepam’s half life of 43 hours. Some pediatric concerns of poor suckling, lethargy and sedation have been reported with Valium. The milk to plasma ratio with Valium has been reported to be as high as 2.8.

Inhalation Agents

The inhalation agent of choice in dentistry is nitrous oxide blended with oxygen, also know as “laughing gas”. A nitrous oxide/oxygen blend helps to reduce anxiety and works as a sedative. In the dental office, the patient breathes the gas through a nasal mask. Patients describe a sense of well being and relaxation. It works quickly and wears off quickly, making it a good choice for breastfeeding mothers and breastfed babies. Its half life is less than 3 minutes.

Agents Used for IV Sedation include:

Benzodiazepines

  • Diazepam (Valium)
  • Midazolam (Versed)

Narcotic Analgesics

  • Alfentanil (Alfenta)
  • Fentanyl (Sublimaze)
  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
  • Morphine

Barbiturates

  • Methohexital (Brevital)
  • Thiopental (Pentothal)

Sedative/Hypnotics

  • Propofol (Diprivan)

Reversal Medication

  • Flumazenil (Romazicon)
  • Naloxone (Narcan)

IV sedation is a great alternative for breastfeeding mothers undergoing surgical or diagnostic procedures.  The IV medications listed above produce quick, effective sedation.  Recovery time from these sedative agents is also short.  The majority of patients tell us they were comfortable and do not remember much if anything about the procedure.

The  IV medications listed above have a very short half life and the milk to plasma ratio is low for most of these drugs, except Valium and Morphine.  The half lives of these drugs are quite long and the milk to plasma ratio is somewhat higher than the other drugs listed.  Some references suggest using caution with these drugs, and some do not. My advice is to use caution when using these drugs with the breastfeeding mother, or even better, chose a more appropriate alternative besides diazepam or morphine.

More guidelines

These medications often used for sedation procedures in dental offices include:

  • Triazolam (Halcion)
  • Diazepam (Valium)
  • Nitrous Oxide
  • Phenergan
  • Decadron
  • Fentanyl
  • Versed
  • Propofol

Many medical professionals use these same or similar drugs for other surgical or diagnostic procedures requiring sedation.

Oral Agents

Triazolam and diazepam are used as oral pre-operative sedatives, often taken one hour prior to a procedure with a sip of water. If a patient is breastfeeding, the oral sedative of choice would be triazolam with a half life of 1.5-5.5 hours compared to diazepam’s half life of 43 hours. Some pediatric concerns of poor suckling, lethargy and sedation have been reported with Valium. The milk to plasma ratio with Valium has been reported to be as high as 2.8.

Inhalation Agents

The inhalation agent of choice in dentistry is nitrous oxide blended with oxygen, also know as “laughing gas”. A nitrous oxide/oxygen blend helps to reduce anxiety and works as a sedative. In the dental office, the patient breathes the gas through a nasal mask. Patients describe a sense of well being and relaxation. It works quickly and wears off quickly, making it a good choice for breastfeeding mothers and breastfed babies. Its half life is less than 3 minutes.

Agents Used for IV Sedation include:

Benzodiazepines

  • Diazepam (Valium)
  • Midazolam (Versed)

Narcotic Analgesics

  • Alfentanil (Alfenta)
  • Fentanyl (Sublimaze)
  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
  • Morphine

Barbiturates

  • Methohexital (Brevital)
  • Thiopental (Pentothal)

Sedative/Hypnotics

  • Propofol (Diprivan)

Reversal Medication

  • Flumazenil (Romazicon)
  • Naloxone (Narcan)

IV sedation is a great alternative for breastfeeding mothers undergoing surgical or diagnostic procedures.  The IV medications listed above produce quick, effective sedation.  Recovery time from these sedative agents is also short.  The majority of patients tell us they were comfortable and do not remember much if anything about the procedure.

The  IV medications listed above have a very short half life and the milk to plasma ratio is low for most of these drugs, except Valium and Morphine.  The half lives of these drugs are quite long and the milk to plasma ratio is somewhat higher than the other drugs listed.  Some references suggest using caution with these drugs, and some do not. My advice is to use caution when using these drugs with the breastfeeding mother, or even better, chose a more appropriate alternative besides diazepam or morphine.

Bottom line

There is great news Mamas! It is important for the health care professional to inform the mother of the risks and benefits, possibilities and options given the evidence available about the safety of breastfeeding and using the medications discussed in this article.  It is not appropriate for health care professionals to advise ALL mothers to discontinue breastfeeding or to “pump and dump” for surgical or diagnostic procedures requiring oral, inhalation or intravenous sedation because most medications used for oral, inhalation and IV sedation are compatible with breastfeeding.  They have no effect on milk supply and very minimal or no effect on the infant.

With breastfeeding mothers, the health care professional should consider avoiding diazepam and morphine as sedative agents for a surgical or diagnostic procedure because of their long half life and higher milk to plasma ratio.  Alternative medications that do not impact the breastfeeding relationship are readily available for sedation for surgical and diagnostic procedures.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this post. It is not a very common topic, but I think you need to know how safe it is for you, your breast milk and your baby. If you have any comments feel free to comment. I wish you a successful breastfeeding journey Mama and I encourage you dad to support Mama as much as possible. May God bless you all. Please like and join in the fun of following!

Breastfeeding And Spitting Up: Resolving the Issue


All babies at some point during a feed will have a spit-up. This often occurs when young babies spit up sometimes, since their digestive systems are immature, making it easier for the stomach contents to flow back up into the esophagus (the tube connecting mouth to stomach).

Babies often spit up when they get too much milk too fast. This may happen when baby feeds very quickly or aggressively, or when mom’s breasts are overfull. The amount of spitup typically appears to be much more than it really is. If baby is very distractible (pulling off the breast to look around) or fussy at the breast, he may swallow air and spit up more often. Here are some reason your baby may spit up:

  • when they are crawling
  • when they are teething
  • or when they are starting solid foods

According to research babies:

  • Spitting up usually occurs right after baby eats, but it may also occur 1-2 hours after a feeding.
  • Half of all 0-3 month old babies spit up at least once per day.
  • Spitting up usually peaks at 2-4 months.
  • Many babies outgrow spitting up by 7-8 months.
  • Most babies have stopped spitting up by 12 months.

If your baby is a ‘Happy Spitter’ –gaining weight well, spitting up without discomfort and content most of the time — spitting up is not a serious issue. This term is used by doctors to describe a baby who spits up, but is generally comfortable, has no breathing problems, and is thriving and growing well.

What are some of the reasons for babies spitting up?

  • Breastmilk oversupply or forceful let-down (milk ejection reflex) can cause reflux-like symptoms, and usually can be remedied with simple measures.
  • Food sensitivities can cause excessive spitting. The most likely offender is cow’s milk products (in baby’s or mom’s diet). Other things to ask yourself: is baby getting anything other than breastmilk – formula, solids (including cereal), vitamins (fluoride, iron, etc.), medications, herbal preparations? Is mom taking any medications, herbs, vitamins, iron, etc.?
  • Swallowing air during feedings: A baby who is drinking very quickly is also gulping air along with the milk. This is especially true if you have a strong let-down reflex or an overabundant milk supply.
  • Babies with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) usually spit up a lot (see below).
  • Although seldom seen in breastfed babies, regular projectile vomiting in a newborn can be a sign of pyloric stenosis, a stomach problem requiring surgery. It occurs 4 times more often in boys than in girls, and symptoms usually appear between 3 and 5 weeks of age. Newborns who projectile vomit at least once a day should be checked out by their doctor.

Reflux can cause considerable discomfort in some babies.

Symptoms of GERD include:1

  • Gagging, choking, coughing, wheezing, or other breathing problems
  • Pain and discomfort
  • Poor growth due to vomiting (rarer)

Discuss your baby’s spit-up patterns with your pediatrician to figure out if GERD could be the culprit. If so, medication and other measures may be necessary.2

Best Tips s to Reduce Spit-Ups

Burping is important to prevent spitting up

Always burp baby during and after feeds

Try to burp your baby during and after each feeding to remove air from her belly. Some breastfed babies do not need to burp after every feeding, as they tend to swallow less air than bottle-fed babies. However, if you have an abundant milk supply or a very fast flow of milk, that may not be the case. Sometimes babies spit up because they are burped. Still, this is a worthwhile measure. Mamas believe me when you burp your baby , you are doing wonders for your baby. When your baby is burped, you are helping release the air swallowed during the feeding. After a burp, your baby will be more comfortable. Removing air may also make more room in your baby’s stomach to continue the feeding.

Relieve Engorgement Before Feeding

Hand expression before breastfeeding can be a solution to your engorgement issue

If you have too much milk or your milk supply has not yet adjusted to your baby’s needs, your breasts might be engorged. This can make your breasts full and hard, making it difficult for your baby to latch properly and get a good seal around your nipple. As a result, your baby will take in air as he tries to nurse.

Use a pump or express some milk before feeding your baby to soften the breast. This will help your baby to latch on properly.

What if my little star does not burp?

If your baby does not burp right away here are some things you can do to help,but keep in mind that not all babies will have air in their tummies after a feed:

  • Burp in between feeds. (mid- feed)
  • Try a different position with baby to burp
  • Use infant message. Little babies will find a nice rubdown super-relaxing. “You will get a lot of different answers on what techniques are best, but the most common are gently pressing down on the babies abdomen and massaging in a clockwise motion, laying the baby flat on their back and holding their knees together then flexing them up toward their tummies, or bicycling the legs,” explains Dr. Oller.
  • Gently pat on the left side where the stomach is.
  • Sit baby up tall/ straight. Here’s a little modification to the classic burping pose that just might help your little one. “Holding the baby upright on your shoulder or in a sitting position (so that their spine is straight) and firmly massaging upwards along their backs — from belly to neck — is also a great way to encourage a burp to come out,” explains Sauers. Experiment with this upright pose and see if it works for your baby, too.
  • Observe for feeding cues to avoid swallowing air.

Experiment With Different Positions

Try different breastfeeding positions to see if some are more comfortable than others for your baby. And after a feeding, try to keep your baby’s head upright and elevated for at least 30 minutes.

Keep Feedings Calm and Quiet

Try to limit distractions, noise, and bright lights while you are breastfeeding. Calmer feedings may lead to fewer spit-ups. Don’t bounce or engage in very active play immediately following a feeding either.

Feed Your Baby More Often

If you wait too long between feedings and your baby is very hungry, she may feed too quickly and take in excess air. Stick with the same recommended quantity of milk over the course of a day, just consider adjusting your feeding schedule. If breastfeeding give when ever baby is ready. If bottle feeding give breast milk if it not 3 hours as yet for formula.

Manage a Strong Let-Down

If you have a forceful let-down reflex, your milk may be flowing too fast for your baby. Try to nurse in a reclined position so that your baby is taking in the milk against gravity. You can also pump or express some milk from your breasts before beginning a feeding to help slow down the flow.

When should I seek medical attention?

When your baby spits up, milk usually comes up with a burp or flows gently out of his mouth. Even if your baby spits up after every feeding, it is not usually a problem.

Vomiting is not the same. Vomiting is forceful and often shoots out of your baby’s mouth. A baby may vomit on occasion, and that’s OK. But if your child is vomiting repeatedly or for longer than 24 hours, and/or if the vomit is green or has blood in it, contact your pediatrician. It could be a sign of illness, infection, or something more serious.1

Other signs that it is time to call your baby’s doctor includes concerns that your baby:2

  • Appears to be in pain and is inconsolable
  • Loses weight or is not gaining weight
  • Not keeping any feedings down and is showing signs of dehydration
  • Spits up too much or too often

Bottom line

Mamas and dads out there you see it is not always necessary to become overly alarmed at your baby spitting up. This condition is not always serious. However, it is important for you to be aware of signs and symptoms of real problems. Please note the signs of danger and know when to seek help for your little star. Also understanding why it can occurs . Burping after feeds helps out quit a bit. Try to avoid allowing your baby to cry for prolonged periods. This is where your baby can swallow lots of air which can get trapped in the stomach or intestines. Keep in mind that your baby will not always burp, after a feed. If you have tried all the above methods and nothing works, gently rest baby on back with head turned to one side if asleep. Thank you for stopping by today

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Breastfeeding And Herbal Safety: Everything Yo Need To Know


Be ware herbal substances can cause side effects to breastfeeding moms

Hello to all new Mamas out there. Congratulations on your new arrival and decision to breastfeed! This post is a safety precaution for you to be aware of side effects that could happen to you and your baby while you may be breastfeeding. Did you that because a substance is labeled “herbal” it does not meant you will not get an allergy. Yes Mamas, I want you to know that it is important for you to know that you can actually have side effects from natural herbs or any medication. You still need to be aware because there is not been any in depth study as it relates to breastfeeding’s.

Reminders for breastfeeding moms

Know your side effects

  1. The nursing mother should know the use and side effects for all constituents of a formulation before using it. You should be aware of potential side effects and she should be able not only to monitor herself for side effects, but also to monitor the nursling for these side effects or unusual changes in behavior.
  2. The nursing mother should take the lowest dose possible. She should always avoid extra-strength or long-acting formulations. Combination products present a special hazard.
  3. The nursing mother should take oral medications immediately following nursing, or right before the infant’s longest sleep to avoid nursling exposure to a drug at its peak plasma level.
  4. Avoid the pharmacologically active herbal teas. Drink any herbal teas only in moderation.
  5. Limit intake of any herbal preparation that combines several active ingredients.
  6. Always check the label. Even vitamins and simple echinacea may contain herbs that should not be used by breastfeeding mothers.
  7. Use only reliable brands that have ingredients and concentrations clearly marked on the label, as well as the expiration date and the name of the manufacturer and distributor.
  8. Be sure to check with your physician before taking any natural remedy, since it could interact with other medications you take or need.
  9. Avoid the pharmacologically active herbal teas. Drink any herbal teas only in moderation.
  10. Limit intake of any herbal preparation that combines several active ingredients.
  11. Always check the label. Even vitamins and simple echinacea may contain herbs that should not be used by breastfeeding mothers.
  12. Use only reliable brands that have ingredients and concentrations clearly marked on the label, as well as the expiration date and the name of the manufacturer and distributor.
  13. Be sure to check with your physician before taking any natural remedy, since it could interact with other medications you take or need.

Side effects of natural herbs

The side effects of herbal medicine depend upon the herbal remedy, the dosage, and any pharmaceutical medications taken by the patient. Many alternate health treatments, such as adjusting the diet or taking homeopathic remedies, are quite safe. Yet some herbs are tricky and must be taken in the proper amounts for optimal health and wellbeing. Herbs, like any substance ingested in the body, are not without side effects.

As with all medical information, please speak with your physician or healthcare provider to discuss any specific concerns or questions regarding drug interactions.

Photosensitivity

Individuals taking St. John’s wort to treat depression or anxiety may find their skin becoming more sensitive to the sun. They may burn more easily. Typically, fair-haired and light-skinned Caucasians have the highest incidence of photosensitivity, but this herbal side effect is thankfully rare. Typical cases of photosensitivity occur when people take very high doses of St. John’s wort, or take it over a long period of time. If taking St. John’s wort, avoid too much sun exposure.

Skin Irritation

Topical herbal antifungal and antibacterial agents such as tea tree oil and lavender may cause rashes or skin irritation, especially if used at full strength. Before using any topical herbal product, try a skin patch test. Place a small amount of the product on the inside of the elbow on one arm only. Wait a few days. If the area remains clear, proceed with using the herbal product.

Sleepiness

Everyone’s body is different, and some people are more sensitive to herbs than other people. Herbs used to treat anxiety, depression and insomnia may cause excessive daytime sleepiness in certain individuals. These herbs include chamomile, valerian and kava kava, with valerian and kava being the most likely culprits. Avoid driving or using machinery until you’re sure of the effects of the herb.

Here’s your guide to popular herbs and their side effects

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RAYMOND J. COGHLAN, PHARM.D. CoMed- He talks about which herbals are safe to take while breastfeeding. Here’s a guide to popular herbs and their potential risk to nurslings here


Bottom line

Breastfeeding and herbs can be a great combination, providing there are no side effects. Knowing the side effects and learning about them can can help you to when it is or is not working. Learn the tips to help you succeed while taking herbs. and remember to consult your doctor regarding your intake of herbs. As always God is with you. I wish you every success in your breastfeeding journey. Thanks for stopping by and do come again. Please like, share and sign up. I would love to hear from you.

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Breastfeeding And Prescription Drugs To Increase Milk Supply


When all other methods have failed for increasing your milk supply, prescription drugs can help

Hello Mommies! I hope you are all doing well. Oh I should not leave out the great dads who may be reading this. I hope you are fine too. We are going to discuss the prescription drugs used to increase breast milk supply. These drugs are usually recommended if all other methods have failed due to low milk supply, or if some women want to relactate a baby that was weaned. In some cases, a woman might want to breastfeed an adopted baby.

Did you know that these medications cause an increase in the level of prolactin, the hormone responsible for milk production, so they have the side effect of making breast milk.1 Under the direct supervision and monitoring of a doctor, these medications have been prescribed to help create, re-establish or increase the supply of breast milk for nursing mothers.

Our Amazing Bodies Can do It

Thanks to God, it is possible for non-pregnant women to lactate. Historically, the motivation for women who have not just given birth to lactate has been to feed an infant whose mother died or was unable to breastfeed. More recently, women who adopt infants and want to breastfeed them are also seeking ways to induce lactation. And of course, some couples who find breastfeeding erotically exciting are exploring these strategies as well. The most successful cases of women who haven’t just given birth lactating usually include a combination of hormone therapy and physical stimulation of the breasts and nipples.

Lets look at what happens during pregnancy

During pregnancy, elevated levels of the hormones estrogen, progesterone, and prolactin prepare the breasts for milk production. After delivery, there is a dramatic decline in estrogen and progesterone, but prolactin levels remain high and initiate the onset of lactation. Women who aren’t pregnant but who wish to lactate can take a daily regimen of hormones to mimic these processes that occur during pregnancy. Typically, hormone therapy is discontinued shortly before breast-feeding begins. At that point, the baby’s suckling is thought to stimulate and maintain milk production.

Maintaining milk flow

Regular stimulation of the breasts and nipples can also help to produce and maintain milk flow. Some experts suggest pumping both breasts with a hospital-grade electric breast pump every three hours, beginning about two months before you hope to begin breast-feeding. You can also manually stimulate the breasts and nipples (this is where partner participation may come in handy).

Breast stimulation can encourage the production and release of prolactin. A qualified lactation consultant(link is external) may provide you with specific techniques for stimulation and hormone therapy. You could also contact a local hospital or clinic to see if they have lactation consultants on staff, or visit your primary health care provider for a consultation.

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The most common prescribed galactagologues

1. Domperidone (Motilium)

  • Domperidone, is used to treat gastric problems.4 It’s not available in the United States but is commonly used in Canada and other countries to stimulate the production of breast milk.
  • Outside of the U.S., domperidone is believed to be safer than metoclopramide, with fewer side effects for nursing mothers. It’s also considered to be safe to take long-term. Side effects such as headache, stomach cramps, and dry mouth can occur but tend to be uncommon.
  • In the United States, the FDA has not approved domperidone for any condition.5 It warns against the use of this drug for anyone, especially breastfeeding women.
  • Reports of serious heart problems and sudden death have been associated with the intravenous (IV) use of this medication, so the FDA has deemed it unsafe.6 Therefore, in the US, it is illegal to import, sell or compound domperidone except for specific patients with severe stomach issues, and only after a doctor submits a special request to the FDA.

2.Metoclopramide (Reglan)

  • Metoclopramide is a medication used to treat stomach issues such as reflux, nausea, and vomiting.3 It is the most commonly used medication for lactation induction and increasing a low supply of breast milk in the United States.
  • Results can usually be seen in a few days, and will typically last as long as the medication is continued. The supply often dwindles again once the medication is no longer being taken.
  • Metoclopramide does travel to the baby through breast milk, but it hasn’t been shown to cause any problems in breastfed infants.
  • The common side effects of metoclopramide are sleepiness, headache, or restlessness.3 Less common, but more severe side effects have also been reported with the use of this medication.
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that depression and tardive dyskinesia, a condition that causes tics, tremors or uncontrollable movements of the face and body, could result from taking metoclopramide in high doses over an extended period of time.3 In some cases, the involuntary movements do not resolve even after the medication is stopped.
  • Metoclopramide should not be taken for longer than 12 weeks, and should not be used by anyone who suffers from depression, a seizure disorder, asthma or high blood pressure.

Other Medications- Not Recommended due to Risks Vs Benefits

Tranquilizers such as chlorpromazine (Thorazine) and haloperidol (Haldol), and the blood pressure medication methyldopa (Aldomet) are some of the other prescriptions that can increase the level of prolactin in the body and potentially increase the supply of breast milk.7 However, side effects of these drugs can be very dangerous. The risks these medications pose to nursing mothers outweigh the benefits, so they are not used to enhance the milk supply.

What if I need to lactate but do not wish to take these drugs?

If hormone therapy or breast stimulation treatments are not the ways you’d like to go, you can check out a feeding aide that delivers formula or milk through a device that attaches to your breast (supplementary aid). For an erotic alternative, you could also drizzle milk on your breasts and invite your partner to imbibe that way.

Bottom line

Prescribed medications sometimes are necessary in the need for increased milk supply. Healthcare providers must be aware of the risks involved before prescribing. When these drugs are used for the right reasons, they can bring joy to the lives of many families. I hope you learned something to help you if you fall into one of the categories above. Please like, or comment on this post if you like. Thanks for stopping by and I wish you all the best in your breastfeeding goals.

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