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My child has gastroenteritis, my breastfeeding increases his diarrhea. Should I stop breastfeeding?

My child has gastroenteritis, my breastfeeding increases his diarrhea.  Should I stop breastfeeding?

No: Breastfeeding is the best choice for your baby. However, if it persists, you should speak to the pediatrician to see if any further work up may be necessary to rule out any metabolic disorders. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


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Breastfeeding wife of 3 week old has food poisoning (diarrhea, some vomiting). Pediatrician said ok to breast feed. What can wife take?

Breastfeeding wife of 3 week old has food poisoning (diarrhea, some vomiting). Pediatrician said ok to breast feed. What can wife take?

Breastfeeding: Your wife should be staying hydrated most importantly. Drinking plenty of fluids/Gatorade is important. Don't take any Immodium, you want whatever is in you out of you, and not trap the organism in you. Bigger question is this a stomach bug or actual food poisoning, which if latter then what kind of food poisoning bc that will dictate if you need treatment or not. ...Read more

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8month old baby diarrheal 6-7times/day for 6 days. Diarrheal after breast milk fed. Now only fed baby breast milk. No virus. Y diarrheal for so long?

8month old baby diarrheal 6-7times/day for 6 days. Diarrheal after breast milk fed. Now only fed baby breast milk. No virus. Y diarrheal for so long?

Beware of dehydratio: Initially, the most important thing to worry about is not to allow your child to get dehydrated . Watch for urine production, presence of tears and moisture of the mouth, as well as signs of decreased activity and excessive somnolence. Continue breast feeding, offer additional oral rehydration fluids. If signs of dehydration or no improvement, seek medical attention as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Can my baby contract infant botulism if I eat honey while breastfeeding him?

Can my baby contract infant botulism if I eat honey while breastfeeding him?

No: Infant botulism occurs when the spores(seeds) of botulism hatch in the infants intestine and make the toxin that interferes with their nervous system. Adult systems do not have this problem and there is no way the spores of botulism can travel into or through your breast milk.Enjoy it if you wish, there is no risk to baby. ...Read more

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My baby is 11 weeks old, acid reflux, similac spit up for 5 weeks now. She has been vomiting curdled milk for 2 weeks now. Help!

My baby is 11 weeks old, acid reflux, similac spit up for 5 weeks now. She has been vomiting curdled milk for 2 weeks now. Help!

It's normal: As soon as milk hits the acid in the stomach it curdles and smells terrible, but if your baby is happy, growing and has soft poops she doesn't need any medicine or a change in formula. It is only when babies are in pain from spitting up that we give antacid medicine and unfortunately it does not stop them from spitting up. Sitting her up for a half hour after she eats and burping well does help. ...Read more

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Should I continue pumping breastmilk for a preemie baby in the NICU with shingles on my stomach?

Should I continue pumping breastmilk for a preemie baby in the NICU with shingles on my stomach?

Depends: Only the debris from your weeping sores have any potential to trigger varicella in your baby.You do not pass it in your breastmilk, saliva or from a cough. If you can manage to keep the area covered & be sure not to contaminate the milk you pump, it would be okay to continue.Sometimes the NICU will have access to banked milk to help you/baby but if you quit pumping you may dry up. ...Read more

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My baby is breastfeeding and drinking formula can i still give her water?

My baby is breastfeeding and drinking formula  can i still give her water?

It depends: It depends on what age. You don't need to introduce water into your infants diet until you introduce the sippy cup and you definitely don't need to give water before 6 months of age. You want to make sure the infant gets all the nutrition he or she can by drinking only breast milk or formula and not filling up on empty calories with water. ...Read more

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Hi. Will it effect breast feeding baby if her mother is enamic?

Hi. Will it effect breast feeding baby if her mother is enamic?

No: Breastmilk is of the same composition regardless if the mother is anemic. The problem is the mother must be treating her anemia as well as keeping herself well hydrated in order to effectively breastfeed the baby. ...Read more

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Is it okay to drink wine while breast feeding my child is 3 weeks old im breast feeding

Is it okay to drink wine while breast feeding my child is 3 weeks old im breast feeding

One opinion: It depends on how much wine. If you feel high or giddy it is likely too much for the baby. One small glass of wine might even be good for you and the baby. I think it depends, but everyone seems to agree it is less of a concern than during early pregnancy. ...Read more

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3 week old infant stomach making noises while I'm breastfeeding her, is that normal?

3 week old infant stomach making noises while I'm breastfeeding her, is that normal?

Yes: Everyone, including infants swallow air during feeding & this will enter the stomach and add noise to the mechanical processing in the organ. As processed food enters & moves into the intestines it may also make some odd sounds. Some infants are noisier than others. Normal. ...Read more

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4 month old baby given gerber purees. Has hard stools and hot body. No temparature. Breast milk not sufficient and baby refuses formula no matter what?

4 month old baby given gerber purees. Has hard stools and hot body. No temparature. Breast milk not sufficient and baby refuses formula no matter what?

Feeding: Some baby foods are more constipating-apples, bananas, sweet potatoes. Other foods like peaches, pears, prunes are more loosening. Extra water in your babies diet is also helpful to soften stools. Dilute juices are also good but usually not before 6 months of age. ...Read more

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Is it possible to over feed my 3 week old baby? He's breastfeeding, not bottle feeding.

Possible: Breast fed babies usually stop sucking when they feel full. If your baby is spitting up a lot, that could mean he is taking more than he needs, but at this age, don't worry about overfeeding. The baby needs lots of calories for growth. ...Read more

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Uffers from severe dry cough..Is lactogen the reason..As im feeding her lactogen since she was of 3 months..

Uffers from severe dry cough..Is lactogen the reason..As im feeding her lactogen since she was of 3 months..

Not from lactogen: Lactogen does not cause cough.Get the baby checked by your pediatrician as you say the cough is severe. ...Read more

Dr. David Cohen
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Stomach Flu (Definition)

Viral gastroenteritis is a viral infection of the GI tract. It can be picked up from contact with surfaces and foods that are carrying the virus. Symptoms include upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Sometimes ...Read more


Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

A condition in which a person has vomiting and diarrhea due to an infection with "stomach flu" viruses. It is contagious, and usually resolves without treatment except for over-the-counter Pedialyte or other ...Read more