Can a breastfeeding mom get a flu shot or other vaccines ?

Yes, it is safe for a breastfeeding moms  to get flu shot.  Moms spend a lot of time with the newborn so getting a flu shot is strongly recommended . Children under the age of 2 are at high risk of complications from flu. It is important to keep healthy  to protect your baby. The shot is also recommended once a year for children who are older than 6 months.

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The virus in the injected flu shot are inactive or dead. They stimulate your body to produce antibodies to the flu which will fight the virus  when you are exposed to flu later in the season. Because the virus in the flu vaccine is dead, there is no way it  can give you or your baby a case of flu.

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Emergency Home Birth

Less than a percent of women who had no labor symptoms or only intermittent contractions suddenly have the urge to push. This may indicate the imminent arrival of the baby.

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If you’ve experience a fast labor and delivery, it could be that subsequent labors can even go faster. It is therefore important to stay attuned to the signs of labor and be prepared to go to the hospital or birth center at any given time.

However if you feel you cannot make it to the hospital or birth center and have an overwhelming urge to push, you can follow the following guidelines until the emergency team arrives.

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Swollen labia after vaginal delivery

Why is my labia swollen after vaginal delivery

It is normal for your labia to be swollen and sore  after vaginal delivery. The process of giving birth traumatizes the tissues in the vaginal area.  However the body has the ability to miraculously bounce back.

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The postpartum treatment you are already giving your perineum with includes ice pack for the first 12 to 24 hours  and warm sitz  baths after that will help with your swollen  labia.

The swelling and soreness of the labia will begin to subside  a few days to a week after childbirth. By two weeks , the labia should be restored. If you do not notice any improvement around this time, let your doctor know.

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Do breastfeeding babies need to burp ?

Breastfeeding babies and burping

It depends on how well the baby nurses. Breastfeeding babies do not usually need to be burped as often as bottle fed babies. Some babies who nurse efficiently rarely need burping.

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It is normal for you to pat the baby on the back a couple of times when switching from one breast to another. However if the baby is comfortable in-between and after feeding, there is no need to pat until the baby burps.

Many breastfed babies don’t swallow as much air as bottle fed babies. As a result they don’t need to burp.

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Is it true that having twins runs in the family ?

It is not true for identical twin . However fraternal twins can run in families. Identical twins come from the same fertilized egg. However in the case of fraternal twins, two different eggs are released at the same time . Even though they can have the same birthdays, fraternal twins are genetically no more alike than any other siblings. Releasing more than one egg in a cycle is known as hyperovulation.  That is a genetic trait that can be passed on from mother to child.

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Hyperovulation can also happen for others reasons that has nothing to do with genetics. Women in their 30s are more likely to hyper ovulate than women in their 20s.

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How to handle leaking breasts

Leaking breasts is your body’s way of preventing engorgement  and relieving that feeling of fullness nursing moms get in their breast. Some nursing moms never leak while some can barely keep their tops dry.

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Leaking cannot be predicted. Some moms leak during early breastfeeding while some others leak for months. It is cause by the hormone oxytocin  which causes milk ejection  reflex MER. This is why you may see one breast leak while nursing your baby. Oxytocin is also present during orgasm so your milk may spray during climax.
Leaking usually stops when the child has mastered breastfeeding.

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Why some women choose c-section over vaginal delivery

More and more first time moms are scheduling for c-section  even when they is no medical reason to do so. However medical organizations do not recommend unnecessary cesarean sections.

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Some women believe that scheduling  delivery is more convenient  than waiting for labor  and childbirth.  This makes it easy for them to arrange for maternity leave and extra help at home. Some others  do it because they believe cesarean  will help minimize the pain and certain complications such as tearing, incontinence or sexual dysfunction that are associated with vaginal delivery.

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Nursing strike

Nursing strike is when a baby refuses to breastfeed even though he’s not in the process of being weaned. It is your baby’s way of feeling you that something is not right.

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What causes nursing strike ?

Some of the reasons why a  baby may go on nursing strike involves the following :

  • ear infection which causes pain and swelling during breastfeeding
  • mouth pain from teething , cold sore or an infection
  • a cold or stuffy nose which makes breastfeeding difficult
  • reduced milk supply or slow let down
  • a teething baby has bitten you and your reaction startled him
  • a major disruption in your baby’s nursing schedule
  • a change in soap or other toiletry that makes you smell different to your baby
  • a change in the taste of breastmilk  which is caused by a vitamin,  drug or hormonal changes

How can i deal with nursing strike ?

Dealing with nursing strike can be tricky but with patience and support, you can get through it.

A nursing strike usually last between 3 to 5 days. However it could go on longer.  While you try to convince your baby to nurse, you have to keep pumping to keep up with milk supply and prevent clogged ducts and engorgement. You can offer the baby expressed milk in a cup, bottle , spoon , an eye dropper of feeding syringe.

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Difference between baby blues and postpartum depression

Postpartum depression is triggered by hormonal and chemical changes in the new mom’s body and brain. It affects the wellbeing of the mother as well as baby and family.

Baby blues consists of mood swings that occurs in the first few weeks of life.

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What is the difference between postpartum depression and baby blues ?

Most new moms goes through baby blues.  Baby blues is mild and goes away after the first couple of weeks.  What sets baby blues aside from postpartum depression is the duration and severity. If the symptoms keeps going  on week after week after week, then that is postpartum depression. If the symptoms are over the top and gets into the way of daily activities, then it is postpartum depression. Symptoms of postpartum depression include the following :

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How a baby can change your sex life

After childbirth, the last thing on your mind may be sex. Your body has drastically changed and may need time to heal.  It is important to wait for about 6 weeks after delivery to have sex. This will help  any tears or  incisions to heal  and also bleeding  and cramping may have stopped around this time. You may also be so overwhelmed with caring for a newborn that you don’t have time for intimacy. There are   changes in hormones after childbirth. This can also give you low sex drive.

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