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Can you give me advice!!! breastfeeding my preemie?

Can you give me advice!!! breastfeeding my preemie?

Great!: A premature baby has a much greater chance to be healthy if breastfeeding rather than formula feeding. I cannot easily give you further advice without knowing details or having a one on one consultation. ...Read more

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Dr. Cindy Juster
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Premature Baby (Definition)

Any newborn infant with a gestational age of less 37 weeks- since most pregnancies other than in vitro fertilization cannot determine exact dates of conception, several methods such as early ultrasound, last menstrual period, and the Ballard gestational assessment can ...Read more


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If I had a preemie, should I breast feed? He is too tiny to drink from me.

If I had a preemie, should I breast feed? He is too tiny to drink from me.

Absolutely: You should pump the milk to use until he is old enough to suck from the breast.It is still the best way to feed him. ...Read more

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Is breastfeeding also good and sufficient for a premature baby?

Is breastfeeding also good and sufficient  for a premature baby?

Yes!: Breastmilk is the easiest food for a premature baby to digest, and the mother of a premature baby will actually make milk that is even better for the baby than the milk of a woman who delivers at term. A premature baby may need lots of other help to survive, but providing breastmilk is a great way the mother can help her baby. ...Read more

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What normal weight/height gain for 7 months premature baby boy who born at birth 1.67 kg and height at 41 cm. Breastfeeding and now 3.5 months old. ?

What normal weight/height gain for 7 months premature baby boy who born at birth 1.67 kg and height at 41 cm. Breastfeeding and now 3.5 months old. ?

Needs more calories: You haven't mentioned how premature was your baby,but my guess he was born at 31-32 weeks gestation,at 1.67 kgs,now at age 7 months he is 3.5 kgs,doubled his birth weight,but still needs more,hope his other developmental milestones are fine.Usually premature babies catch up with normal growth after 2-3 months,I am afraid breastfeeding alone isn't enough,he needs more nutrition,see his doctor ...Read more

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Can I breast-feed my premature baby in the nicu?

Can I breast-feed my premature baby in the nicu?

Typically: They will want you to pump and use your milk if the the child cannot be nursed. ...Read more

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What foods should I avoid during the time that i will be breastfeeding? I've been told that alcohol, jalapenos, and onion are a danger to the baby?

What foods should I avoid during the time that i will be breastfeeding? I've been told that alcohol, jalapenos, and onion are a danger to the baby?

Not dangerous!: "classic allergenic foods:" cow's milk; eggs; peanuts; tree nuts; wheat; soy; fish. Some breast-feeding women say that avoiding these items or other spicy/gassy foods, such as onions/cabbage, can help — but this hasn't been proved through research. If your baby becomes fussy or develops a rash, diarrhea or congestion soon after nursing, these signs could indicate a food allergy & need to avoid. ...Read more

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Is it okay to drink a beverage with 8 percent alcohol while breastfeeding?

Is it okay to drink a beverage with 8 percent alcohol while breastfeeding?

Not a good idea: At one time alcohol was suggested to relax moms for feeds.Yet further research shows it reduces prolactin, the hormone that helps you make milk.It also can enter the milk and surpress babies blood sugar. It is one of thoes things you give up if you want to breast feed. ...Read more

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Is it ok for breastfeeding mom to use skincare products with alcohol in the ingredient list? The alcohol is the second ingredient in the list.

Is it ok for breastfeeding mom to use skincare products with alcohol in the ingredient list? The alcohol is the second ingredient in the list.

Should be OK: The amount of alcohol absorbed through the skin would be pretty small and any harmful effect to the infant is very unlikely. ...Read more

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Can I drink alcohol while breastfeeding?

Can I drink alcohol while breastfeeding?

No: In general, it is best not to consume alcohol while breastfeeding as alcohol can get into your bloodstream and then into your breastmilk. That being said, the alcohol does not stay there indefinitely. If you care to consume alcohol, a reasonable alternative would be to feed with expressed breastmilk and "pump and dump" the milk that you make for a couple of hours after drinking to be cautious. ...Read more

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How much alcohol while breastfeeding, is okay?

Little: Usually one cup of wine or bear is ok. If you will be drinking more, then pump and dump one time once sober, after you have been drinking. Make sure you feel sober before you resume nursing. There are commercially available "breast milk alcohol checkers" but it is usually not necessary to do this. ...Read more

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What must I avoid or limit in my diet while breastfeeding besides alcohol?

What must I avoid or limit in my diet while breastfeeding besides alcohol?

Tobacco and other : Drugs cause harm to the infant, most foods are quite safe. ...Read more

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Is it ok to drink alcohol while breastfeeding?

Is it ok to drink alcohol while breastfeeding?

Yes: Light drinking, generally less than 2 drinks per day, is allowed. However, moderate drinking causes irritability or excessive sleepiness, weak suckling in breast-fed infants, and decreases milk supply. Breast feeding should be avoided during and for 2-3 hours after moderate drinking. Chronic or heavy drinkers should not breastfeed. ...Read more

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I took a small amount of alcohol. How long do I have to wait for the alcohol to leave my body so that i can resume breastfeeding?

I took a small amount of alcohol. How long do I have to wait for the alcohol to leave my body so that i can resume breastfeeding?

Go ahead and feed: Small amounts of alcohol taken sporadically, like half a glass of wine or sips of a mixed drink hive minor effect.You can feed immediately. For a night of several, i would pump and dump as this has made it into the milk.Four hours later the level has dropped enough to resume. Over time alcohol exposure can decrease the milk promoting hormone and lead to decreasing production. ...Read more

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I eat out daily and can't be sure if abit of alcohol have been added to the food. Now that i'm breastfeeding, will that be a concern?

Alcohol in food: If you are eating food prepared with alcohol most of the time it is cooked- only the flavor remains not the alcohol. It is wise to limit alcohol intake while breastfeeding however cooked foods prepared with alcohol will not be an issue. However "jello shots" where the alcohol is not cooked, not a good idea. ...Read more

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Can i drink alcohol in small amounts when breastfeeding?

Can i drink alcohol in small amounts when breastfeeding?

Define small: Alcohol effects breast milk production by decreasing the prolactin hormone & decreasing flow. It also comes across into babies system where one of it's breakdown products is formaldehyde, a chemical not so friendly for the brain. A small amount might produce no noticed changes in baby but i'm not aware of any data that has found a safe exposure level. ...Read more

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Is it okay to drink alcohol while breastfeeding regularly.? Like ill drink alcholo today and wont breastfeed till tomorrow. Is it okay?

Is it okay to drink alcohol while breastfeeding regularly.? Like ill drink alcholo today and wont breastfeed till tomorrow. Is it okay?

Yes, OK to drink: but caution is always recommended regarding drinking responsibly, especially if you will continue to be caretaker of your infant. Unless on other medication, a healthy 120 pound woman can have 2 drinks and have alcohol free milk in 5 hours. See reference http://www.obfocus.com/calculators/alcoholinmilk.htm for more information. ...Read more

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Dr. Walter Husar
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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