The questions don't stop once you've successfully conceived and given birth. One important question is: Can I safely breastfeed my baby?
The answer is yes, as long as you are not still being treated with chemotherapy or hormonal therapy. If you still have a breast, breastfeeding is possible—and safe—after breast cancer.
If you become pregnant after treatment with lumpectomy and radiation:
Your untreated breast will probably get significantly bigger during the pregnancy than your treated breast. After breastfeeding ends, the breast usually gets back to its pre-pregnancy size. But in some women, it may remain somewhat larger.
If you had radiation to one breast, it is not likely to produce very much milk, if any.
Your untreated breast can usually make enough milk to feed a baby. There won't be any harmful elements present in the milk.
If you're nursing your infant and you're advised to start chemotherapy:
Stop nursing before you start the chemo. The treatment drugs are likely to come t...
Full Question: I take hydrocodone for stress/migraine headaches. I am currently breastfeeding my 6 week old son. My doctor told me to go ahead and breastfeed, and then take one or two tablets depending on how bad the pain is. I am wondering how long the medicine stays in my system? I don’t want my baby to get any of it but I know that whatever I eat or drink goes through my breast milk. They reassure me that it is safe to take these but does my baby also get it? Courtney. Answer: Dear Courtney; You didn't mention how often your headaches come; assuming they are only once a week or so hydrocodone with acetaminophen might be all right since they both have short half lives, which means that they leave the body pretty quickly. Therefore, if you just breast-fed (at least four to six hours after the last dose), that would mean there was very little medication left in your milk. The same would be true for migraine specific medications like triptans, especially...
Definition Deciding to breastfeed is a decision only you can make. It deserves careful thought. Experts agree that breastfeeding your baby for any length of time, no matter how short it is, will provide rewards for both you and your baby. Breast milk is the natural food source for infants younger than 1 year. Breastfeeding goes smoothly for most people. For others, it may take time and practice. However, with help from nurses, breastfeeding experts, your doctor, or support groups, you can enjoy the benefits and rewards of breastfeeding. See also: Age-appropriate diet for children Breast milk - pumping and storage Formula feeding How to breastfeed Overcoming breastfeeding problems Self-care for mothers who breastfeed Alternative Names Nursing; Lactation Function
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