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Is there any hypoallergenic baby formula that tastes similar to breast milk? Any formula at all similar?

Is there any hypoallergenic baby formula that tastes similar to breast milk? Any formula at all similar?

Taste is subjective!: Most infant formula is modeled after breast milk. The nutrients and needs of the growing infant are the first importance. Hypoallergenic implies less likely to cause allergic response, but this too depends on the infant. Taste is a minor concern in providing quality nutrition for the growing infant. ...Read more

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My baby brother is 3 weeks old and refusing breast milk, is it okay to start using baby formula in a bottle?

My baby brother is 3 weeks old and refusing breast milk, is it okay to start using baby formula in a bottle?

INFANT FEEDING: I see mom is taking propranolol, carbamezipine and propylthiouracil. All these are l-2 drugs, means she can breastfeed without adverse effects to the baby. If baby refuses to nurse, mom can pump the milk with breast pump and feed baby in the bottle. If enough milk is not there, she can supplement with formula after breast milk. Best advise: talk to the pediatrician. ...Read more

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What infant formula is closest to breast milk?

What infant formula is closest to breast milk?

All try to be: If considering a formula, the primary difference in types is the source of protein, (cow milk vs soy bean) and type of sugar (lactose vs non-lactose). All are regulated a by the fda and required to have certain components. All claim to be similar to breast milk in their benefit to the kids. The major brands are supported by decades of continuing research. Find one baby likes and stick with it. ...Read more

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Dark green loose poop since 2 days for 2 month old baby. She is under nan 1 baby formula from birth since I have less breast milk. Is it ok?

Dark green loose poop since 2 days for 2 month old baby. She is under nan 1 baby formula from birth since I have less breast milk. Is it ok?

Yes: The color of the stool reflects how quickly it passes through her digestive tract. Loose is OK unless you are dealing with frequent diarrhea. White stool or blood in the stool are problems. Green and loose are OK. ...Read more

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Baby keeps puking a half hour later she went from breast milk, newborn formula to now ar. The baby was tested no reflux is on Zantac (ranitidine). Suggestions?

Baby keeps puking a half hour later she went from breast milk, newborn formula to now ar. The baby was tested no reflux is on Zantac (ranitidine). Suggestions?

Milk changes: Is your baby vomiting or spitting. If she is vomiting I would be concerned about an intestinal obstruction such aspyloric stenosis, especially if she is a month old. Changing formula frequently may mean your child is getting too much milk, or getting it too rapidly. Then again, your baby may be lactose intolerant. ...Read more

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Why is breast milk best for babies? Some formulas have added DHA & lutein..

Why is breast milk best for babies? Some formulas have added DHA & lutein..

See below: Breast milk has a lot more. Immunoglobulin a, pro- and prebiotics protects infant from developing infection. Iron in breast milk is easily absorbed. Breast-fed infants are less likely die from sids (sudden infant death syndrome) as well. ...Read more

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Infant fed similac pro advance formula and receives a minute amount of breast milk a day. Should we use a bovine colostrum product to boost immunity?

Infant fed similac pro advance formula and receives a minute amount of breast milk a day. Should we use a bovine colostrum product to boost immunity?

Do not use: No need to use bovine colostrum product. Bovine colostrum product not advised to be used in human infants. Infant getting immunity boost from breast milk even if amount is small. Also infant received colostrum via breast milk in first few days of life. ...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

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Does an infant develop the same if they were breastfed or bottle fed with breast milk?

Does an infant develop the same if they were breastfed or bottle fed with breast milk?

Breast milk: Breast milk whether fed by nursing or in a bottle is the same. However, most babies who nurse get more milk than they would when milk is pumped because your baby is the most efficient breast pump developed ever. ...Read more

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Is it ok to give babies breast milk straight from refrigerator.... Can they tolerate the chillness?

Is it ok to give babies breast milk straight from refrigerator.... Can they tolerate the chillness?

Probably: Babies can tolerate the temperature of occasional chilled feelings. They are more susceptible to temp changes than older children so be careful. ...Read more

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Can breastfeeding an infant or giving them breast milk prevent jaundice?

Can breastfeeding an infant or giving them breast milk prevent jaundice?

Newborn jaundice: No breast milk does not prevent newborn jaundice which will happen to most of newborn. Usually breast feeding newborns may have more jaundice than formula feeding babies. Because breast milk is the best nutrition for infants it is recommended that babies fed with breast milk. Neonatal jaundice should be followed closely and treated with photo therapy (bili light) if needed. ...Read more

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Can caffeine in breast milk affect intellectual development of the infant?

Can caffeine in breast milk affect intellectual development of the infant?

Possibly: Small amounts of caffeine taken in the morning are probably not harmful. But if a baby does not get adequate sleep due to excessive caffeine in the breast milk, the lack of sleep can certainly affect their intellectual development. ...Read more

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How many ounces of breast milk or fomula is a 3 week old infant supposed to drink and how many hours apart?

How many ounces of breast milk or fomula is a 3 week old infant supposed to drink and how many hours apart?

Depends on weight: For an average weighted newborn at 3 weeks age, approximately 3 oz every 3hours or 3 1/2 oz every 4 hours would be appropriate. ...Read more

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Can breast milk make my infant gassy and give him reflux?

Can breast milk make my infant gassy and give him reflux?

What you eat can: Breast milk won't make babies gassy usually, and most tolerate straight breast milk very well. However, there are certain foods that are famous for causing gas and bloating if mom eats them, then breastfeeds: cabbage, spicy foods, pepper, onions, garlic, caffeine, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots. I've had parents figure out almonds, tomatoes, and such. Scout recent meals and take notes. ...Read more

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What is the difference between bottle feeding breast milk and nursing an infant?

What is the difference between bottle feeding breast milk and nursing an infant?

Both give the same: Nutritional value, which is extremely important. Nursing allows a different, closer bonding of mother and baby. However, if nursing is not possible, it is certainly worthwhile and beneficial to the baby to give the expressed breast milk by a bottle. ...Read more

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How can I balance breastfeeding on demand and weaning my infant off of breast milk?

How can I balance breastfeeding on demand and weaning my infant off of breast milk?

Don't be in a hurry!: The simplest, most natural way to wean is when your child initiates the process, usually around when solids are started. But if you're ready and they're not, try slowly tapering the number of nursing sessions every two or three days by replacing a nursing session with an alternative meal from a bottle/sippy cup/other foods (if ready). With luck, she'll be too busy with new experiences to notice! ...Read more

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Is breast milk good for babies below 1 year for applying on eye's regularly or any kind of infection :) help me?

Is breast milk good for babies below 1 year for applying on eye's regularly or any kind of infection :) help me?

No: Breast milk is good for babies to drink. Not really for topical use in the eyes. Fresh breast milk may contain bacteria which may worsen an infection. Most eye infections are viral or allergies and will go away on their own. If the drainage persists all day or he has a fever, see a doctor. ...Read more

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Do babies get antibodies in breast milk after mom gets a flu shot?

Do babies get antibodies in breast milk after mom gets a flu shot?

Not enough: The antibodies in breast milk are predominantly IgA, otherwise called gut antibody, because they help prevent germs from attaching & invading the gut wall. Mothers make IgG after a flu shot, and a little comes across in BM but not enough to be considered protective. If the kid is 6 mo they can get a flu shot. Before then we encourage any of their contacts to get one to "cocoon" baby in protection. ...Read more

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I have 2 day old infant (2nd child) and I have extremely sore cracked nipples. I pumped milk and right breast milk had blood clots. Help please.?

I have 2 day old infant (2nd child) and I have extremely sore cracked nipples. I pumped milk and right breast milk had blood clots. Help please.?

Don't worry!: Some bleeding from the nipples is normal and if the baby gets a little of your blood in the milk it is ok. If there is a lot, you could dump it if it makes you feel better. Use a gentle barrier ointment like lanolin on your nipples after nursing. Make sure to vary nursing positions and alternate starting breast. See a lactation consult if things don't improve in a few days. ...Read more

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My breast milk drying up. Baby not taking formula, what to do?

My breast milk drying up. Baby not taking formula, what to do?

Increase milk: Try to increase your breast milk production by increasing fluids and nipple stimulation by the baby sucking or a breast pump. ...Read more

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Breast milk too less, baby is 16 days old and entirely formula fed is it safe?

Breast milk too less, baby is 16 days old and entirely formula fed is it safe?

Yes: While breast milk is the ideal form of nutrition for your baby, formula contains all of the nutrition he needs to grow and thrive. ...Read more

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What is the down side of giving formula food to a 2 month baby, compared to giving breast milk?

La leche: No comparison. Breast milk is just right. Safe, sanitary, perfect ingredients in the right amount and ratio. And convenient. I think you will kid it. And the bonding is delightful! ...Read more

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How can my 4m old baby transition from breast milk to formula? She's tried many and just won't take any and bottles are not the problem.

How can my 4m old baby transition from breast milk to formula? She's tried many and just won't take any and bottles are not the problem.

Weaning from breast: If you are willing to pump your own breast milk & freeze it for daily use sine the baby is refusing to drink any formula, other wise you just have to keep trying until the baby gets used to one of the formulas, very soon you will be introducing sold food & that will help but you still need to offer formula or pumped breast milk. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do breast milk and formula change a baby's poo?

How do breast milk and formula change a baby's poo?

Br. Milk: looser poop: Breastmilk-fed babies usually have looser, more watery, poops when compared to formula-fed babies. Breastmilk has ingredients that encourage the intestines to move the poop along, so the poop leaves the baby sooner (a faster transit time means the poop doesn't stay in the baby long, so the poop doesn't get drier nor firmer). Formula-fed babies have firmer poops and more easily get constipated. ...Read more

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How long does my baby need breast milk or formula?

How long does my baby need breast milk or formula?

About one year: After a baby is 12 months of age, and is eating a variety of baby foods, he can be weaned off formula and start whole cow milk. The weaning can be gradual over a week, in which more and more cow milk is mixed into the liquid formula each day. By the end of the week, the baby's drink will be mostly or all cow milk. Or one can wean suddenly, by making the formula disappear and just offering milk. ...Read more

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If a baby is preemie, does it need formula or breast milk more?

If a baby is preemie, does it need formula or breast milk more?

If you can breast: If your infant is to immature to be able to suck and coordinate swallow, a functions that develops around 34 weeks of gestational age, pump all you can so you can provide valuable nutrition and immunity to your baby. Breast milk is the perfect nutrition for almost any infant, it is much easier to digest than formula and besides it will give you the opportunity to be even more involved in his care. ...Read more

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Is it possible to breastfeed exclusively after feeding my child a mix of breast milk and formula?

Is it possible to breastfeed exclusively after feeding my child a mix of breast milk and formula?

Yes: Absolutely! If your milk supply is in but your are concerned you might not be making enough for your baby right now, try pumping for a brief period of time to increase your supply. If may take a few days to a week, but hang in there- your body will adjust to the increase demands. Be sure to drink plenty of water so that your body is well-hydrated. ...Read more

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What is the harm in feeding my baby breast milk and one formula milk at night?

Mixed feedings: I congratulate you on choosing to breastfeed your baby. There is no harm in your plan to give baby one formula feeding at night. Dad can feed him and bond with him too. Formula feeding will come in handy when the time comes that you cannot breastfeed e.g., taking off for several hours and more importantly, in the presence of infection or having to take medication that might harm the baby. ...Read more

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My baby has down syndrome. Which milk is good for him, breast milk or formula milk?

My baby has down syndrome. Which milk is good for him, breast milk or formula milk?

Breast milk: Breast milkhas the advantage of being the natural food for human babies. It also contains antibodies from mother that will be protective for many diseases. ...Read more

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Does a baby getting formula and breast milk still get all the advantages of breastfeeding?

Some: It's generally believed that the immunologic advantage gained is proportional to the % breast milk fed. So not 100% but still worthwhile. ...Read more

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I'm having a hard time feeding my baby to a formula milk, my baby use to drink breast milk?

What did your pediat: Pediatrician say, there are many different types and sometimes you have to try a few before u find the right one, but you should be using what your baby's doc recommends. ...Read more

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Is it ok to give some boiled water to 3 month old baby? She is under formula since I have less breast milk. And she drinks 2oz every hour.

No water!: We don't want to give your baby water at this age. She should have either breast milk or properly mixed formula. Water in small babies can result in a low sodium level in the bloodstream which can lead to seizures! Congrats on breastfeeding your baby! Even with formula supplement, breastmilk is giving baby very important immune system benefits and protection from infection! ...Read more

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I combine feed my baby breast and formula. Is this enough to give her the antibodies from breast milk (she gets about 1/3 breast milk per day)?

I combine feed my baby breast and formula. Is this enough to give her the antibodies from breast milk (she gets about 1/3 breast milk per day)?

Some: Although the baby benefits from any BM you give them, diluting it with formula begins to weaken the protective benefits of BM antibodies. ...Read more

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I am pumping to feed my baby breast milk but also using formula. (i'm not producing enough). Should I do breast milk only and formula only bottles?

I am pumping to feed my baby breast milk but also using formula. (i'm not producing enough). Should I do breast milk only and formula only bottles?

I would: I don't have science behind this, but I don't know if mixing breast milk and formula will break down the good proteins in either liquid.

I'm probably being overly cautious with this recommendation.

So, if it was my baby, I wouldn't mix.

Hope that helps! ...Read more

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2 month old baby drinks milk every hour. Having less breast milk so using formula. She drinks 2.5 oz at a time & she stops when she is full. Overfeeding?

2 month old baby drinks milk every hour. Having less breast milk so using formula. She drinks 2.5 oz at a time & she stops when she is full. Overfeeding?

Feeding: Nursing every hour is not unusual and hard to overfeed with nursing. 2.5 ounces of formula an hour seems to much for this age. But to know for sure you need to see the growth chart for her ...Read more