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Bottle feeding: Breastfeeding is best for your baby but if you cannot breastfeed, bottle feeding with an infant formula is acceptable. It can be harmful if the bottle is propped up to feed (choking/aspiration), if the milk is old or if the baby is falling asleep with the bottle in their mouth (cavaties). There are other reasons the bottle may or may not be safe but these are the main ones. ...Read more
Feeding: I recommend getting rid of the bottle before the second birthday. I generally say anywhere from 1 to 2 years is a good age, Most of my patients seem to do it starting at between 15 and 18 months. Good luck. ...Read more
8-15 months: Breast feeding is nutrition +nurturing & while baby needs the nutrition they may not want the cuddle time after they begin to explore their world. If baby cuts feeds short& wants to get down & explore, they are starting a natural weaning process. If able to handle a hard nose sippy cup, try to move to the cup rather than a bottle. Either way, baby may want to carry their feed while exploring. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How many oz milk can we give to 1 yr boy at night bed time n tips how to encourage baby to leave bottle feeding?
No milk at bedtime: A full tummy at bed time does not make kids sleep better and if anything teaches them to want to eat again before going back to sleep if they wake. If they are bottle huggers, and use it for comfort, put only water in it from now on. You will quit eroding his teeth and might avoid a set of caps.As he tires of the boring water, he will toss it in favor of the good stuff in the cup. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Babies that are on a bottle feeding aren't stronger? Aren't healthier? Im bottle feeding should I be worry or feel guilty?
Relative issue: Breast fed infants, even if breast fed for a few weeks, seem to have better life outcomes than those started on the bottle initially.There are also living immune factors that breast milk has that reduce some of babies illnesses.That said, there has been tremendous improvements in formulas in the past 3 decades and babies thrive. I think mom's have to do whatever it takes and not accept guilt for it. ...Read more
If we stop with bottle feed, cough decreases and again increase with bottle feeding.Why is this so?
Possible Aspiration: Cough that occurs only during feeding is concerning for aspiration. Aspiration occurs when food or saliva enters the airway. Cough occurs to clean the airway and keep foreign material out of the lungs. You should see your doctor to discuss this. You may need to change nipples, feeding position, or formula thickness. Potential aspiration needs to be evaluated because it can cause pneumonia. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I feed my40 days old son 120ml bottle feeding 3, 4 times in24 hours, other time i breastfeed him, butafter bottle he still want a bit more. What to do?
The more you nurse : Your son. The more breast milk you produce. You can also use an electric pump at intervals to increase your milk supply. Alternating breast & bottle feeds can cause nipple confusion. Breastfed babies can't overfeed & have a lower incidence of obesity. However, you can offer 4 oz./bottle, as long he is not spitting up; 5 oz. @ 2 mos., 6 oz. @ 3 mos., etc. Till you get to 8 oz. Later on. ...Read more
My 3mth daughter has suddenly stopped drinking feeder.she used to drink just once a day.she cries when i put feeder.i started bottle feeding at 2 mnth?
Check mouth: She may have acquired an oral virus, strep or other pharyngitis, perhaps something sharp she put in her mouth? In a 3mo old, it is difficult for them to tell you their mouth or throat is hurting. Best to have her checked up at your pediatrician, unless you see something obvious when you look into her mouth. It's too early for teething ...Read more
Human milk is best: for human babies, cheaper, has antibodies and has shown to decrease incidence of diarrhea illness, is always the right temperature, very portable and available, but restricts mother's intake of meds and limits feedings to mother unless using pumped milk, and inconvenient if mother needs to work. Supplemental formula feedings are convenient in that situation but may reduce mom's milk production. ...Read more
Breast feeding: advantage: baby-mama bonding, fresh, clean, how to nature meant it to be, free, full of immunity boosting factors, has oils that are needed for eye and brain growth, studies has shown it decrease risk for ear infections, asthma and allergies in breast fed infants. Also help mothers lose pregnancy weight disadvantage: time consuming and needs dedication. ...Read more
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Depends on the child: Some kids need more nurturing than others and will seek out the cuddle time at the breast well into the 2nd yr. If your infant needs cuddle time, do as long as desired. When kids start to walk, they may loose interest in cuddle time. When you have to chase them down to bf its time to quit. Bottles are easy, when baby will take well from a hard spout sippy cup start the wean. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Various opinions: Some believe nipple confusion is the main problem switching back and forth in feeding method. Babies have to put a little more work into getting the milk to drop down from the breast vs suckling a bottle. I have lots of parents who use both methods and rarely have I seen true nipple confusion. http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/your-babys-feeding-breast-vs-bottle ...Read more
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