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How likely is it that you have an infection related to breastfeeding if you have breast engorgement and ineffective infant feeding patterns?

How likely is it that you have an infection related to breastfeeding if you have breast engorgement and ineffective infant feeding patterns?

Likely: If your breast is painful, red, swollen (besides engorgement) or you are feeling sick or have fever, do not delay - you could have mastitis and this needs prompt attention. Nurse VERY FREQUENTLY, massage breast to try and get the milk flowing, use pump if you have one to relieve engorgement. If those things aren't working , though, seek care today at an urgent care center or ER if you're ill. ...Read more

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Will breast feeding mother consuming iron and calcium tablets go to the infant through feeding?

Will breast feeding mother consuming iron and calcium tablets  go to the infant through feeding?

Not exactly: Breastmilk is notoriously low in iron, even if you take supplements. Similarly, although breastmilk is usually hight in calcium, the concentration of calcium in breastmilk is not really related to your calcium consumption. A nursing mother should have adequate intake of these nutrients to maintain her own stores, not to affect the milk's composition. ...Read more

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Hi, wanted to know which is better - ready to use or powdered formula for feeding infants. Thanks :)?

Hi, wanted to know which is better - ready to use or powdered formula for feeding infants. Thanks :)?

Both are fine. Which: you use is a personal preference. Powdered formula can be easier to take for travel and less expensive, but you need to make sure you have a reliable, safe source of drinking water. Ready-to-feed is more expensive but you don't need to worry about adding safe water, and it's convenient. ...Read more

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Hi, wanted to know which is better - ready to use or powdered formula for feeding infants and why. Thanks :)?

Hi, wanted to know which is better - ready to use or powdered formula for feeding infants and why. Thanks :)?

Convenience: I find mom's enjoy the convenience of RTF for travel or if they only need an occasional bottle to supplement breast feeding. For formula feeders, most use powder because it makes sense. Why pay the company to add water, use more storage space and spend the energy to carry all the extra weight home? ...Read more

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Why is enfamil infant ready to feed formula darker and thicker than powder?

Why is enfamil infant ready to feed formula darker and thicker than powder?

Formula: I'm sure it has to do with the manufacture and processing technique. But, you would have to contact the company to find out why. They may have information on their web site. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how and when to wean a breast feed infant?

Can you tell me how and when to wean a breast feed infant?

Weaning: Weaning your child is a personal choice,but the American Academy of Pediatrics that you breastfeed for at least a year ...Read more

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1 month old, formula feed infant has dark green poop that smells like skunk (sometimes stringy looking)...baby is gassy as well. Is this normal?

1 month old, formula feed infant has dark green poop that smells like skunk (sometimes stringy looking)...baby is gassy as well. Is this normal?

Could be: The first thing I would want to make sure is that your child is gaining weight appropriately and thriving. If that is the case, there are numerous things that could be of help, such as different formulas. That decision can be best made with your child's doctor who will know what formula your child is and/or has been on. Good luck. ...Read more

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A 3 week old breast feeding infant. Does this baby need extra water from a bottle if constipated? Does this baby need to take water from a bottle?

A 3 week old breast feeding infant. Does this baby need extra water from a bottle if constipated? Does this baby need to take water from a bottle?

No!: Breast milk provides everything that infants need. In fact, babies under 4 months, who are given supplemental water may develop a condition called 'water intoxication' which is associated with seizures. Are baby's stools hard or just infrequent? Breast fed babies may have bms with every feed, or as infrequently as 1-2 times a week, soft/mushy stools. Talk specifics with dr. ...Read more

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After every feed infant coughs as if dust is in his throat & he refuses to swallow. He brings up mucous & It irritates him until he does such.

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After every feed infant coughs as if dust is in his throat & he refuses to swallow. He brings up mucous & It irritates him until he does such.

Needs to be seen: Can be one if several causes: reflux, upper or lower airways problems or an allergy, kindly see your pediatrician ...Read more

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Why is it important to sit comfortably when feeding my infant?

Why is it important to sit comfortably when feeding my infant?

See below: Feeding your baby in an awkward position will only compound the aches and pains most new mothers feel. Since you will spend, perhaps the most time with this endeavor-be comfortable! ...Read more

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Is there a best time of day to feed an infant? Or is just important to establish a routine?

Is there a best time of day to feed an infant? Or is just important to establish a routine?

Timing: I encourage parents to feed their infants every 3-4 days during the day. Breastfeeding will have a different pattern at times as infants will cycle through high demand days. Don't fall for the "you're not satisfying him" remarks. I like routines if parent is trying to return to work soon. http://kidshealth.org/parent/growth/feeding/feednewborn.html# ...Read more

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Is it normal to an infant to squirm while feeding?

Is it normal to an infant to squirm while feeding?

Common finding: They do what they do.Some are lazy relaxed feeders and some are aggressive barracudas.Some are bored with the process and want to do something else. You just work through it. ...Read more

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Can you bottle feed an infant while hes laying down on his back?

Can you bottle feed an infant while hes laying down on his back?

Try not to: Feeding a baby in a slightly head up position will prevent any of the formula getting into the middle ear and causing ear infections. ...Read more

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At what age ahould I feed my infant cereal?

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At what age ahould I feed my infant cereal?

Between 4 & 6 months: Cereal is usually added as a complementary food any time between 4 and 6 months. ...Read more

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How can not feeding an infant honey help prevent botulism?

Spores: Infant botulism results from the ingestion of the c. Botulinum spores in the honey, and subsequent colonization of the small intestine. As the spores "hatch" the botulism bacteria grow and subsequently produce the toxin that causes botulism. ...Read more

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When breastfeeding, should you feed your infant on demand or establish a schedule?

When breastfeeding, should you feed your infant on demand or establish a schedule?

Both.: In the beginning, you should feed on demand - and more often - to help establish milk production. Once you and your baby have your technical skills down, it is a good idea to start to spread out your feeding to every 2-3 hours, gradually if needed, or you may find yourself with a baby who sips...very frequently. Feeding on demand is another model that works - find which fits best for you. ...Read more

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Why would an infant start vomiting after feeding on the mother's milk?

Why would an infant start vomiting after feeding on the mother's milk?

Infant vomiting: Causes include: a. Overfeeding - Breast milk production is based upon demand and if the breast is used as pacifier it can produce so much milk a baby will overfeed and vomit. b. GERD - if the baby is fussy and wanting to be fed a lot and vomits more, acid reflux can be the cause. c. Obstruction - yellow vomiting if present requires a doctor visit soon, as something is wrong. d. Normal ...Read more

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My infant is sweating during feeding, can this be a sign of pulmonary hypertension?

My infant is sweating during feeding, can this be a sign of pulmonary hypertension?

Possibly: Could be pulmonary hypertension. It could also be from a respiratory problem, heart problem, or in fact (and hopefully) nothing at all. I strongly recommend you take your child to see the pediatrician as soon as reasonably possible (not an emergency, but during day hours). ...Read more

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My baby seems fine but bottle of honey says not to feed it to infants does, know why not?

My baby seems fine but bottle of honey says not to feed it to infants does, know why not?

We don't in the US: I know some fare east cultures like to offer honey as a ritual celebration ; wish for success. However, there are often spores(seeds) of botulism germs in the product that can grow in a babies digestive tract and cause infant botulism.This can cause paralysis of the breathing muscle ; baby can die. We don't offer honey until after 1yr when it is no longer a problem. ...Read more

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It says right on the bottle of honey not to feed it to infants does anyone know why not or what could happen, what to do?

It says right on the bottle of honey not to feed it to infants does anyone know why not or what could happen, what to do?

We don't in the US: I know some fare east cultures like to offer honey as a ritual celebration ; wish for success. However, there are often spores(seeds) of botulism germs in the product that can grow in a babies digestive tract and cause infant botulism.This can cause paralysis of the breathing muscle ; baby can die. We don't offer honey until after 1yr when it is no longer a problem. ...Read more

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When can you start feeding solid foods to an infant?

When can you start feeding solid foods to an infant?

Food introduction: The general recommendation for food introduction in infants is rice cereal at 4 months, vegetables at 5 months, fruits and fruit juices at 6 months, finger foods & meats at 9 months. A three meal two snack schedule is the usual goal, but adapting this schedule to your family's normal routine should be fine as long as your baby is comfortable and gaining weight appropriately. ...Read more

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What size tubing is used for enteral feedings for children and infants?

What size tubing is used for enteral feedings for children and infants?

Depends: It depends on the age and the weight of the child as well as on where you are going to use them, what are you using them for and for how long. ...Read more

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11 week old health infant is almost always fussing& crying during forumla feeding?

Reply: Formula intolerance may be a possibility but make sure you are preparing the formula as directed. Keep am eye on his weight gain that shows you if he is gaining enough calories. ...Read more

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Is it safe to feed my 9 mos old baby yogurt for infants and toddlers labelled 6 mos and up, which contain cow's milk?

Is it safe to feed my 9 mos old baby yogurt for infants and toddlers labelled 6 mos and up, which contain cow's milk?

Safe if not allergic: Cow milk products like yogurt are ok for infants. I encourage use of those with living lactobacillus like danactive or activia when I use oral antibiotics as they help baby repopulate their digestive tract with healthy bacteria.The cow milk issue is not a prohibition but an understanding that it is designed for calfs not kids. Bovine products are ok when part of a balanced approach to nutrition. ...Read more

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My infant is 3 weeks old after each feeding he vomits no food is staying down . It came through his nose he is really fussy nothings working.

My infant is 3 weeks old after each feeding he vomits no food is staying down . It came through his nose he is really fussy nothings working.

Acid reflux vs other: This could be acid reflux which is common in infants. Reflux usually causes vomiting through the mouth or nose after feedings, with abrupt position change, or when pressure is placed on the abdomen. The severity of reflux varies. Projectile vomiting, green vomit, weight loss and lethargy are concerning for more serious GI issues and should be evaluated immediately. ...Read more

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My 8 week old infant has coughing fits mostly after feeding. No fever or congestion.

My 8 week old infant has coughing fits mostly after feeding.  No fever or congestion.

Follow up/advice: This symptom could be related to aspiration of liquid into the airway during feeding. I would advise feeding the baby at a 30 degree angle and having your pediatrician observe feedings. ...Read more

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Is pumping milk disadvantage for infants that are 1 month of age? I noticed that pumping reduce flow of milk. Baby stays hungry after feeding

Is pumping milk disadvantage for infants that are 1 month of age? I noticed that pumping reduce flow of milk. Baby stays hungry after feeding

Too some extent!: Natural sucking is better in increasing breast milk flow than a machine, in part neural. However, if enough milk is expressed with a pump, there is still some emotional aspects missing for both child and mother, even if caloric needs are met. I realize that there may be no alternative, but life causes some compromises. Women have a tougher road! ...Read more

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What are the stool's characteristics of a 3month old infant who is on a 100% milk formula feeding?

Varies some: Most develop regular stooling at a frequency of 1 or more daily.Color varies through shades of green to yellow to brown. ...Read more

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What are some statistics on the health of infants that were raised with bottle feeding and breastfeeding?

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What are some statistics on the health of infants that were raised with bottle feeding and breastfeeding?

Cognitive developmen: Breastfed infants have a potential to develop higher cognitive function, higher IQ by 4 points. ...Read more

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Why does formula runs/seeps from infants nose 15 min after feeding. Healthy. 7 days old. C-sec. Apgar 2 & 9?

Why does formula runs/seeps from infants nose 15 min after feeding. Healthy. 7 days old. C-sec. Apgar 2 & 9?

Reflux-see Dr. : If baby isn't coughing or having difficulty with feeding, he might be having reflux. Milk remains in the stomach thanks to the ge sphincter, a muscle that encircles the top of the stomach-opening when food comes down, and closing to keep the food in the stomach. If it is 'loose' milk can silently come up the 'food pipe' or esophagus. Keep baby upright in your arms 30" after feeds, and see dr. ...Read more

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Elecare and neocate and allimentium all caused skin rash and mucus in infant. What options are left to feed him?

Elecare and neocate and allimentium all caused skin rash and mucus in infant. What options are left to feed him?

Formula: Neutramigen, but it is similar to Alimentum. I have heard reports that sometimes using the ready to feed, not powder, helps. Have you considered that it might be soaps? There is corn in formulas, but I don't think there are any formulas without some form of corn syrup, corn maltodextrin, or corn syrup solids. An allergist may be able to see what it is. Banked breast milk might be another option. ...Read more

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Unusually more spit ups with resistance to feed .... After being fed on infant formula for my 2 month baby. Is this normal ?

See pediatrician: Formula you are using may not agree with the infant, hence the spitting and reluctance to drink the formula. Discuss the problem with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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My sister's infant having breath problems after feeding. Not frequently but i think it has to do with burping and nasal cleansing?

Feeding: Nasal congestion is a possibility but another important cause is esophageal reflux. Infants with reflux may choke with feeds. ...Read more

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Are night wakings in infants other than those for feedings common and should the infant be helped to fall back asleep or left to 'cry it out'?

Are night wakings in infants other than those for feedings common and should the infant be helped to fall back asleep or left to 'cry it out'?

Pediatrician: Touch base with your pediatrician. It's common, and reasons could include teething, increased need for food, etc. But if your baby was sleeping well, then maybe something else is going on. ...Read more

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If infant pukes up breast milk should you feed them again?

If infant pukes up breast milk should you feed them again?

Most of the time yes: Infants often normally reflux small amounts of milk after feeding, while burping, with motion or for no reason at all. They then can be hungry again very soon, and you can go ahead and feed them. But if the amount is unusually large or frequent, or their urine is dark, see your doctor asap. ...Read more