Challenges of Breastfeeding Moms

While bottle feeding is becoming more popular these days especially among working women, I am still convinced that breastfeeding is still the best way to give infants and babies the right nutrition that they need. I myself breastfed my children while they were still infants. And now, I really appreciate mothers who are able to breastfeed their children despite their busy schedules.

While breastfeeding is generally healthy for babies and while moms could do it for as long as they can, there are instances when breastfeeding should be stopped because continuing to do so will be hazardous to the health of the baby. They include:

1. When the nursing mom takes medications for certain diseases

If you are regularly taking in medication for your health condition, it is best to consult your doctor if it is advisable for you to breastfeed while taking these medications. Most medicines can pass through the milk and affect nursing infants. That is why if you are breastfeeding, seek advice from your doctor first before taking in any medications including over-the counter drugs, prescription drugs as well and dietary supplements. For some women who are suffering from chronic health problems, stopping breastfeeding would be the best option if stopping the medication will endanger the life of the mother. In this case, the mother should be able to learn how to stop breastfeeding and slowly shift to bottle feeding.

2. When the mother is sick

When you are experiencing common illnesses such as a flu or cold, breastfeeding is still okay. However, if a mother is sick with HIV or AIDS, has active tuberculosis, or is infected with the T-cell lymphotropic virus, it is best for her to stop breastfeeding immediately. The same is true if the mother has cancer and is planning to undergo chemotherapy, or if she has a certain disease that requires taking antiretroviral medications. If you are having a period while breastfeeding, it does not necessarily mean you are sick. It could just be your normal period coming back and breastfeeding your baby is still okay.

3. When the mother is vaccinated for certain diseases

Breastfeeding should also be stopped when a mother is about to receive a vaccine for certain diseases where the vaccine contains live viruses which could be passed on to the nursing infant. There is one particular case in Canada, which was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) where a nursing boy became infected with a strain of yellow fever via his mother milk who just received a vaccine for such disease. And there are also similar reported cases in other countries.

4. When the mother smokes or drinks alcohol in large amounts

Don’t smoke or drink heavily when you are breastfeeding your baby. You should try your best to quit it, otherwise you will have to compromise your infant’s health by stopping breastfeeding.

They say that breast milk is still the best for babies. However, under certain circumstances listed above, it could also mean that stopping breastfeeding is the best option rather than to put the health of your child at risk if you continue on breastfeeding.

What does a Neutropenic Diet Consist of?

A neutropenic diet may be needed if you have lower than normal levels of neutrophils. Neutrophils are a type of white blood cell. Neutropenic precautions may need to be taken if you are looking to reduce certain foods that contain high levels of bacteria.

People that have been diagnosed with certain types of cancers such as Leukemia may benefit a great deal from a neutropenic-type diet. A diet of this nature can actually help the person to recover more quickly from the disease.

A neutropenic diet can be quite simple if you are willing to follow a dietary chart. For example, while on a diet of this nature, you can eat a variety of dairy products including certain cheeses. It is permissible to eat Cheddar cheese and Swiss cheese while on a neutropenic diet. In addition, if you enjoy yogurt, you are in luck because yogurt and ice cream are permitted while following a neutropenic diet.

Neutropenic Precautions (with Chemo Therapy)

We have been told for decades that vegetables are good for you. Therefore, the neutropenic diet does permit nearly all vegetables as long as they are cooked or frozen. However, you may not eat any type of raw vegetable while following this diet.

Fruits can certainly be eaten as long as they are canned or frozen. Absolutely no raw fruit or nuts of any kind should be eaten. Raw fruits or nuts can cause harmful bacteria to enter your system, possibly causing more damage.

Nearly all breads, rolls and popcorn are permitted as part of this diet. In addition, you can enjoy pasta and rice as long as they are fully cooked.

A neutropenic diet does allow you to eat nearly all cooked or canned meats. Meats such as lamb and chicken are also permitted as part of this diet. In addition, shellfish and fully cooked fish may also be eaten.

Eggs are permitted as long as they are fully cooked. Absolutely no uncooked or raw eggs may be eaten due to the possible high levels of bacteria present. Keep in mind, bacteria can be extremely harmful to someone who has had a serious illness such as leukemia.

Finally, a neutropenic diet can be quite beneficial to anyone recovering from a serious illness such as cancer. The diet can actually help to strengthen the immune system and help you feel better. To make it easier, just keep in mind that you need to stay away from anything that is raw or under cooked.

What to Consider When Trying To Get Pregnant

Trying to get my first child was emotionally draining. We had been trying for months on end with no positive outcome. A visit to the doctor gave me some insight which allowed me to have 2 successful pregnancies.

Interestingly, my ex and I were perfectly healthy. However, it was all about the timing. I wasn’t keeping track of my monthly cycle and, as a result ill timed the days in which ovulation was likely to occur. However, with my doctor’s advice, I was able to get pregnant within a month after the doctors visit. For couples wishing to get pregnant, here are some of the things to consider.

Watch your health

Infertility is a common condition affecting both males and females. However, this can still be reversed if its cause isn’t hereditary. A change in lifestyle for example can reverse infertility. Visiting a doctor for a fertility checkup is a great way to ensure that your body’s are in perfect condition for baby making. Its also advisable to visit your doctor before trying to get pregnant if either partner is taking any prescription drugs or, has a health condition that might negatively affect the pregnancy.

I would advise that you eat healthy if you want to get pregnant. Taking lots of vitamins and minerals will help keep a healthy hormone balance which is necessary for pregnancy.

Another health aspect to keep track of is your weight. Studies indicate that body mass index plays a major role in women trying to get pregnant. If you consider yourself overweight and want to get pregnant, eating healthy and shedding off some weight will be necessary.

Birth control and pregnancy

To keep from getting pregnant, I used to take birth control pills. These simply alter your body’s hormonal balance making it hard to get pregnant. Something I discovered after getting off these pills to get pregnant is that it might take a couple of weeks and even months for your body to get the right hormonal balance that’s just right for pregnancy. If you’re on birth control pills, it’s advisable to consult a professional health practitioner for advice on when it’s best to ditch the pill. There are instances where complications can result from quitting birth control fast.

Keep track of your monthly cycle

Before getting pregnant with my first baby, I simply got off the birth control pills and thought pregnancy will come automatically. I had no idea that keeping track of my monthly cycle held the key to my first pregnancy. By tracking my cycle, I was able to figure out my ovulation dates and, eventually got pregnant.

Track implantation after fertilization

For a healthy pregnancy, the fertilized egg needs to attach itself onto the uterine walls. This happens between 6 and 12 days after fertilization. An implantation calculator is an effective tool that can be used to track your cycle, ovulation dates and possible implantation dates.

Getting pregnant requires that both partners are in perfect health to facilitate fertilization of the egg. It also requires that you keep track of your monthly cycle for perfect timing of fertilization.

Is It Possible to Have a Period While Pregnant?

For many women, menstruation can give frustration or relief depending on whether you and your partner are trying to conceive a baby or not. I know this based on personal experience. However, there are cases when after a series of positive pregnancy results, an expecting mom could suddenly experience bleeding which is more like a menstruation.

I have a friend who was planning some pregnancy announcement ideas because she was so excited to tell her family they were having a baby after five years of trying. But she was greatly dismayed when one day, she had bleeding which she thought was menstruation.

According to a medical article online, while it is possible for women to bleed during pregnancy, a period while pregnant is not possible. The bleeding could be caused by something else except menstruation.

There are various reasons why some women have blood discharges during pregnancy. Most of these reasons need immediate medical intervention. Some of the reasons include:

  • Implantation bleeding – The implantation of the fertilized egg to the uterus lining sometimes causes shedding to the lining which in return results to bleeding. The implantation bleeding may occur for a few days to a week before a women’s period is due. This type of bleeding is normally pink or light brown in color. It could be just spotting or it could also be like a light period.

 

  • Ectopic pregnancy – This is a more serious cause of bleeding during pregnancy and it requires medical attention as soon as possible. If you know you are pregnant but you are bleeding heavily just like having an ordinary period, you may have ectopic pregnancy. Other signs you should also note are abdominal pain on one side, nausea, dizziness, rectal pressure and shoulder pain.

 

  • Bleeding after stopping birth control – There are women who may also experience bleeding if they used to take birth control pills and then suddenly stop taking the pills after the first signs of pregnancy. The bleeding is caused by hormonal changes in the body. In this type of bleeding, it is normally irregular and is off and on for several days.

 

  • Miscarriage – It is estimated that up to 30 percent of the total pregnancies end up in a miscarriage. And spotting or bleeding is one of the first signs of miscarriage. If you are having a miscarriage, you will normally notice a light spotting followed by heavy bleeding. You should consult your doctor immediately if this happens. There may still be chances that you can continue your pregnancy despite the bleeding if you are able to have your condition checked immediately.

 

Based on my research, these are some of the reasons why women may bleed during pregnancy. It is not right to call it menstruation because it is caused by other factors. But regardless why you have bleeding, it is recommended to see your doctor immediately so that proper remedy or medical intervention can be done to save you and your baby.