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 Frequently Asked Questions

Q: My wife has to take Amitriptyline and has therefore to stop breastfeeding. Is there a way to reduce her discomfort during this time?

Jakob (Mumbai, India)

A: Your wife can take medicines to stop milk secretion and also an anti inflammatory to reduce pain.

Dr. Asha Paranjpe

Q: When I breastfeed my baby from the left breast, I feel a tension and excruciating pain in my right breast for some 10 to 20 seconds, then it disappears. It only happens in the right breast some 2 inches above the aureola. Is this normal? Is there cause to worry? I do not wear a bra normally as I don't feel comfortable in them anymore. My breasts are normal size.

Mita (Snowdon, U.K)

A: I do advise you to wear a bra; it not only provides support but also helps maintain the shape of the breast and prevents it from sagging. Get a feeding bra--those are definitely more comfortable and are according to me essential. I don't think there is any need to worry about the transient pain in the right breast, however to be on the safe side I recommend that you see your gynaecologist about it --just to be on the safe side.

Dr. Sahni

Q: What medicines should be given to a nursing mother of a 2 month old baby, if she is suffering from a cold and cough?

Pritam (Ahmedabad, India)

A: Ideally one should go in for all home remedies. She should do steam inhalation and hot water gargling. Also, if needed, she could take a Crocin. The cold will go away in a few days. If it persist, she should visit an ENT specialist.

Dr. Mansukhani

Q: My son is 2 yrs old. I still breastfeed him. I think I have developed a urinary infection. Should I stop breastfeeding?

Priya (Goa, India)

A: Drink plenty of water and get a urine analysis done to confirm infection. Take antibiotics if required. You can continue to feed your baby during the urinary infection.

Dr. Asha Paranjpe

Q: A patient of mine has a one month old baby. She breastfeeds her baby, but has developed mumps. Should she stop breastfeeding?

Ajay (Calcutta, India)

A: You have not mentioned whether you are a doctor or a health care worker. (It makes things easier to explain if you are a doctor). Children do not get mumps until later, which is why the MMR vaccine is deferred. There is absolutely no reason for stopping breastfeeds unless the mother has got retroviral infection. So please advise her to continue breast feeds.

Dr. Balasubramanian

Q: I am breastfeeding my three-month-old son. I have severe constipation and acidity and I am worried that my baby will be affected as a result of this. Please suggest a diet that will rectify the problem.

Anisha (Shanghai, China)

A: Take plenty of fluids (up to 3 - 4 liters per day) and lots of green leafy vegetables.

Dr. Subba Rao

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