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Is breastfeeding a Duarte Galactosemic (D/G) safe? Borderline 1st newborn screen, normal 2nd screen after 9 days of being breastfed exclusively.

Is breastfeeding a Duarte Galactosemic (D/G) safe? Borderline 1st newborn screen, normal 2nd screen after 9 days of being breastfed exclusively.

Probably fine: It is a rare disorder. Seems that those kids that have it present with mild jaundice. Controversy as to whether to keep them on a galactose free formula. Check for enzyme levels at 1 year. Speak to your local geneticist about recurrence risk and counseling. ...Read more

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We have a vacation to Florida planned in 2 weeks. We are flying. Is Addison at a higher risk for contracting measles? She is exclusively breastfed.

We have a vacation to Florida planned in 2 weeks. We are flying. Is Addison at a higher risk for contracting measles? She is exclusively breastfed.

Confusing question: Since you didn't list an age I must assume she is under a year of age. Most infants under 3 months will be protected by maternal blocking antibodies they gained in the womb. The breastfeeding will not make a difference. Over 6 months, they are vulnerable but the shot is only recommended if they are going into a problem area and would need to be repeated at a year. ...Read more

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My daughter 50 days has been exclusively breastfed. She'scranky after feeds &seem to be wanting more could be possible that I am not lactating enough?

My daughter 50 days has been exclusively breastfed. She'scranky after feeds &seem to be wanting more could be possible that I am not lactating enough?

Yes: She sounds like she is not getting enough to eat You can eat more about increasing your production or look into formulas or even some recommend some cereals to fill her up ...Read more

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3m old exclusively breastfed has Green Potty for almost a month. She does potty alternate days. Reason and remedy. Please help...

3m old exclusively breastfed has Green Potty for almost a month. She does potty alternate days. Reason and remedy. Please help...

Common finding: Breast babies can do a little poo smear every feed or a crib filler every 7-10 days. Breast milk is a well designed food source compared to formula, where more debris is left over after processing. If it is soft when they go it is considered ok, even if delayed. Green is just the color of bile which may eventually turn yellow or brown if the stool stays inside long enough. All sounds normal. ...Read more

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My 5 month old weighs 11.1kg! She's exclusively breastfed and seems healthy. Is she likely to be a massive child or is there hope she will slim down?

My 5 month old weighs 11.1kg! She's exclusively breastfed and seems healthy. Is she likely to be a massive child or is there hope she will slim down?

Being exclusively: Breast-fed the first year is actually a protective factor against obesity, even in the babies who appear to reach "maximum density" by 4-5 months. Once you start solids, it's all about genetics + environment. Just wean to an open-mouth cup as close to a year as possible. You may enjoy Satter's "How to Get Your Kid to Eat, But Not Too Much." available on Amazon. ...Read more

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Baby weighed 3.770 at birth (75th percentile) and weighs 6.340 at 4 months (20th percentile). Exclusively breastfed. Should I be concerned? Pees a lot

Baby weighed 3.770 at birth (75th percentile) and weighs 6.340 at 4 months (20th percentile). Exclusively breastfed. Should I be concerned? Pees a lot

Maybe: Is your pediatrician concerned? Some women can grow a big baby in utero and once born may drop a little because of genetics. Others may not be getting enough calories and that is why the drop. Discuss with your doctor...Do not quit breast feeding...It may simply be time to introduce more calories through food. ...Read more

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Six week old exclusively breastfed baby with insanely smelly gas, not appearing in pain, bm every few days. Normal?

Six week old exclusively breastfed baby with insanely smelly gas, not appearing in pain, bm every few days. Normal?

Normal: The difference in gas smell has to do with your diet and the different bacteria infants have in their guts versus what adults have. This leads to very different by-products after digestion and the fragrant diaper odors. Nothing to worry at all! ...Read more

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My exclusively breastfed 2 week old hasn't pooped in over a week. He seems very uncomfortable. Is there anything I can do? Or just wait?

My exclusively breastfed 2 week old hasn't pooped in over a week. He seems very uncomfortable. Is there anything I can do? Or just wait?

DO NOT WAIT: This sounds serious and you need to take your baby immediatelt to your pediatrician or to a ed nearest you. Breastfed babies poop usually with each feed. This could be a sign of a more serious condition called hirschsprung and can lead to a toxic colon. ...Read more

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Exclusively breastfed baby gained only 1 lbs from 2 months to 3 months old. Do I need to supplement? I gave him formula once and he guzzled 5oz...

Exclusively breastfed baby gained only 1 lbs from 2 months to 3 months old. Do I need to supplement? I gave him formula once and he guzzled 5oz...

Probably: It sounds like you are not producing adequate milk. Several measures can increase your milk supply. See http://www. Breastfeedingbasics. Com/articles/increasing-your-milk-supply
& http://www. Breastfeeding-problems. Com/galactagogues. Html
Try those measures but you can also supplement with organic formula after nursing. See http://foodbabe. Com/2013/05/28/how-to-find-the-safest-organic-infant-formula/ ...Read more

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1 y old baby was exclusively breastfed till 10 months. Still bf but refuses solids. Eats minimal amount. No weight gain for 2 months. What could be done?

1 y old baby was exclusively breastfed till 10 months. Still bf but refuses solids. Eats minimal amount. No weight gain for 2 months. What could be done?

Mgt: I would suggest supplementing with formula and discussing a nutrition evaluation with your PCP.
Very often poor weight gain may be due to a decrease in caloric intake. I would also suggest reviewing the results of her Newborn Screening panel, including a CF screening test. Offering a variety of baby food and reintroducing the same food multiple times is important. ...Read more

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I'm 36 yrs & my 3rd child is now 14 months. She was exclusively breastfed. She still nurses but not a ton. I still have not gotten my period. Normal?

I'm 36 yrs & my 3rd child is now 14 months. She was exclusively breastfed. She still nurses but not a ton. I still have not gotten my period. Normal?

Normal: This is quite normal, but also be aware you may be ovulating on and off if she is decreasing her nursing. That means there is a possibility of pregnancy. I would advise you at least check a pregnancy test if you are not using any other form of contraception. I never had a period between my first two children - became pregnant with #2 while still breastfeeding #1. Otherwise, not to worry. ...Read more

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One mth old continuously having green poop for 4 days. Tried block feeding. Exclusively breastfed. What can be wrong?

One mth old continuously having green poop for 4 days. Tried block feeding. Exclusively breastfed. What can be wrong?

Normal variation: The main agent adding color to the poo is the material made by the liver called bile. It starts out a dark green and goes thru the yellows to brown depending on the influences of various factors in the intestines. Rapid transit thru the system, as may occur with diarrhea or breast feeding may have a greenish yellow or yellow appearance. The slower, more likely browner. ...Read more

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I have a 4 month old who is exclusively breastfed. His stools always smell very bad. What may be causing this? Should I be concerned?

I have a 4 month old who is exclusively breastfed. His stools always smell very bad. What may be causing this? Should I be concerned?

Depends: The poo smell is determined by the digestive bacteria they all have. Use of a probiotic might change the balance of the kids gut germs and change the odor, but poo will always stink. The most stinky poo comes with kids that have malabsorption, where many nutrients and fat are left for the germs to a digest.Cystic fibrosis produce room clearing smells, but this is usually picked up in NB screens ...Read more

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I exclusively breastfed my daughter for two months during my maternity leave, now im back at work. I'm worried that my milk would disapear.

I exclusively breastfed my daughter for two months during my maternity leave, now im back at work. I'm worried that my milk would disapear.

BREAST FEEDING:: As long as you are mentally committed, not to worry. You can pump and store milk and give her while you are at work. While at home, nurse her directly. Make sure your nutrition intake is sufficient. Good luck. ...Read more

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My 5-month-old has green stool for the past few weeks. He's otherwise thriving and happy. Is this concerning? He's exclusively breastfed.

My 5-month-old has green stool for the past few weeks. He's otherwise thriving and happy. Is this concerning? He's exclusively breastfed.

Normal: The stool color is provided by the bile from the liver that is adds to fecal debris. It starts out a deep green ; slowly changes thru greens to yellows to browns as the germs in the intestines metabolize the bile. Green generally means the stool in question moved through faster or was subject to less change by gut germs. ...Read more

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My baby is 12 weeks. He keeps getting thrush. This is the third time. He is exclusively breastfed. What more must I do? I sterilise dummies every day.

My baby is 12 weeks. He keeps getting thrush. This is the third time. He is exclusively breastfed. What more must I do? I sterilise dummies every day.

Perhaps your nipples: Need to be treated. If your baby is not responding to the initial oral medication, he may need a stronger medication for thrush. You may have to treat your nipples as well with a topical (applied to the skin) anti-thrush medication. An old but effective treatment is a solution of gentian violet mixed with olive oil applied to the nipples and washed off before nursing. Check with your doctor or your baby's doc. Rather than sterilizing ‘dummies” I suggest you replace them.
https://www. Breastfeedinginc. Ca/informations/using-gentian-violet/ ...Read more

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My daughter is 6 months old and has been exclusively breastfed since she was born. She weighs 13lbs and I want to know should I put her on rice cereal?

My daughter is 6 months old and has been exclusively breastfed since she was born. She weighs 13lbs and I want to know should I put her on rice cereal?

Feeding babies: Certainly your baby is of the age where introducing pureed fruits/veggies and cereal are the norm. You can add rice cereal to her daily feeds. You can pump your breast milk to use to mix the cereal for her. The recommendation is to add ONE new thing about every 72 hrs. Continue to breast feed but start offering other foods as well. ...Read more

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Newborn exclusively breastfed - 2 months - dark Green stool for 2 weeks- is it a cause of concern?

Newborn exclusively breastfed - 2 months - dark Green stool for 2 weeks- is it a cause of concern?

Normal: The stool color is provided by the bile from the liver that is adds to fecal debris. It starts out a deep green ; slowly changes thru greens to yellows to browns as the germs in the intestines metabolize the bile. Green generally means the stool in question moved through faster or was subject to less change by gut germs. ...Read more

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Does iron in a prenatal vitamin pass into the breastmilk to be available to an exclusively breastfed baby?

Does iron in a prenatal vitamin pass into the breastmilk to be available to an exclusively breastfed baby?

No: But it will help the nutrition of the breast feeding mother
however the absorption of iron from breast milk is much more bioavailable in breast milk as compared to the cows milk formula so exclusively breast fed babies generally don't get aneamic till they are 6-9 months old and their iron requirment increases and they need extra iron in iron fortified cereals ...Read more

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He has high fever of almost 39 degrees after his 14 week vaccinations. I gave him panado at 6pm but the fever hasn't subsided. What can I do? He is exclusively breastfed

He has high fever of almost 39 degrees after his 14 week vaccinations. I gave him panado at 6pm but the fever hasn't subsided. What can I do? He is exclusively breastfed

Likely vaccine: This can be an expected response to the infant vaccine given, esp DTaP. You have to rule out coincidental causes of fevers, like viruses. Best is to assess baby if persistent fever beyond a day. Do call your pediatrician/doctor, since baby is very young right away ...Read more

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My 8months old boy is exclusively breastfed still. I'm trying to introduce solids. As he's just breastfed Is there any risk of vitamin deficiency?

Deficient for sure!: Beast milk is the ideal food for infants but this time of year I can guarantee your son is deficient in Vit. D. Everyone in most of the US becomes deficient in D in fall and winter unless they supplement; in spring and summer we can make it from sun. Official recommendations for infants are 400 iu/say; breast milk has 25 iu per liter. I advise 1000 iu/day as liquid drops. See comment for more: ...Read more

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What is a good first food to start my 6-month-old on? He's exclusively breastfed so far. Strong family history of severe food allergies (anaphylaxis).

What is a good first food to start my 6-month-old on? He's exclusively breastfed so far. Strong family history of severe food allergies (anaphylaxis).

Slow introduction: There are many recommendations regarding first foods. Rice cereal (major brand) mixed with breastmilk, and then introduction of one type of baby food every 3-4 days will allow you to closely observe for any possible reactions. Reactions to watch for at this age include very subtle changes in behavior, feeding, rash and breathing difficulty. If any of these occur, an ED visit is recommended. ...Read more

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My two week baby has greeny stool since birth he is crying loudly all the time. He is exclusively breastfed. He passes stool more than ten times a day?

My two week baby has greeny stool since birth he is crying loudly all the time. He is exclusively breastfed. He passes stool more than ten times a day?

Normal I some: Your typical breast fed baby can have a little poo smear every feeding or one giant blowout every 7-10 days. The green poo is normal & reflects the bile added to stool. Crying in infants is nonspecific & reflects their desire to feel better from whatever bothers them. This varies from hunger to tired & everything in between. Do what you can but good ear plugs are occasionally needed to survive. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a 10 week old infant who is exclusively breastfed to not have had a bowel movement in two days?

Is it normal for a 10 week old infant who is exclusively breastfed to not have had a bowel movement in two days?

Yes: Many exclusively breast fed infants poop as often as 10-12 times a day in the beginning but by two months can stool as little as once a week. When they go they will fill several diapers...Your child is wonderfully normal. ...Read more