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Baby Formula Similar To Breast Milk
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
Is it ok to give babies breast milk straight from refrigerator.... Can they tolerate the chillness?
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
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
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
Very: It is the natural food for all infants. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
Breast milk overflow: Just stop as long as you have enough breat milk. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
How many ml's of expressed breast milk (not a formula)should a 6 month old baby eat per day? My baby's weight is 8.5kg
850 ml: 850 to 900 ml / day would be your baby's daily requirement, ...Read more
I feed my 16 days old baby entirely on NESTLÉ pro1 as breast milk is too less. Is this formula good or shall I use any other formula?
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