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  1. Topic Overview

    Relactation is the attempt to start producing breast milk at a time when your body normally would not. A woman may try relactation when she: Adopts a baby and has breast-fed before. Stopped breast-feeding her baby and now has changed her mind and wants to resume breast-feeding. Relactation is a difficult and complex process and does not always work. It usually involves breast and nipple ...

  2. Topic Overview

    You can continue to breast-feed after you return to work. But it is important to think ahead about practical issues,such as where to store your pumped milk. Some issues to consider include: Employer support. Before your child is born,talk to your employer about your breast-feeding plans. Point out the benefits of continuing to breast-feed,such as greater personal satisfaction and possibly ...

  3. Topic Overview

    If you plan to breast-feed and use a breast pump at times,research your equipment options while you are pregnant. When evaluating the different types of breast pumps,think about how often you will need to use the pump. Think about: How often you will need other caregivers to feed your baby. Whether you will return to work while continuing to breast-feed. How long you plan to breast-feed. ...

  4. Storing Breast Milk - Topic Overview

    Because what is in your breast milk changes as your baby develops,it is best to use milk as soon as possible after pumping or expressing it. Also,the antioxidant and other protective properties are most important and beneficial to your baby when breast milk is fresh. The protective components of breast milk decrease with refrigeration and freezing. 1 But stored breast milk is the next best ...

  5. Fitz-Hugh-Curtis Syndrome - Topic Overview

    Fitz-Hugh–Curtis syndrome occurs when pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) causes inflammation of the capsule covering the liver and the surrounding area. It causes pain and tenderness in the upper right abdomen over the liver. This syndrome develops when bacteria enter the abdominal cavity through the fallopian tubes and then follow the flow of peritoneal fluid to the right upper abdomen,where ...

  6. Vaginoplasty and Labiaplasty

    WebMD explains what a vaginoplasty and a labiaplasty are, what to expect, and more.

  7. Enlarged Uterus

    An enlarged uterus can be a symptom of a variety of medical issues. WebMD explains what could be the cause.

  8. Your Guide to Endometriosis

    Learn about endometriosis, a common and potentially painful problem in women that can lead to infertility.

  9. Normal Menstrual Cycle - Perimenopausal Menstrual Cycle

    Perimenopause, which means "around menopause, " refers to the 2 to 8 years of changing hormone levels and related symptoms that lead up to menopause. The most common sign of perimenopause is longer, often irregular menstrual cycles that are caused by hormonal ups and downs. Most women start perimenopause between ages 39 and 51.8 Some women begin to notice menstrual changes and premenstrual ...

  10. Normal Menstrual Cycle - Normal Menstrual Cycle

    The menstrual cycle is the series of changes your body goes through to prepare for a possible pregnancy. About once a month, the uterus grows a new, thickened lining (endometrium) that can hold a fertilized egg. When there is no fertilized egg to start a pregnancy, the uterus then sheds its lining. This is the monthly menstrual bleeding (also called menstruation or menstrual period) that you have

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