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How often and how much should my newborn baby be eating?

How often and how much should my newborn baby be eating?

10 min per side: In the first month of age, if you are nursing, your baby should breastfeed about 10-15 minutes per side about every 2-3 hours. Breastfed babies typically feed about 8-12 times in a 24-hour period. If your baby is formula-fed, offer about 2-3 ounces (likely less the first few days to a week of age) every 3 hours on average. ...Read more

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Dr. Krishna Kumar
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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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Baby feeding should be how many once and how much?

Baby feeding should be how many once and how much?

Bottle Feeding: I'll presume since you are a man we are talking about bottle feeding! This depends on baby's age. If you have a newborn, baby should be having between an ounce and two ounces every several hours, on demand. The number of ounces gradually increases as the baby grows older and the feedings gradually space out longer. Ask again with the specifics of baby's age and we can help more. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take women to lose their weight after giving birth?

How long does it usually take women to lose their weight after giving birth?

Varies: The first week or so after delivery weight loss is rapid- of course you have the weight of the baby, placenta and amniotic fluid from the actual delivery, but there is also a natural diuresis which happens during this time. After this initial loss it is healthy to aim to lose 1-2 pounds per month. Eat a well balanced diet, but don't skip meals or diet as this can negatively affect breastmilk. ...Read more

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How to treat conjunctivitis in breastfeeding mother?

How to treat conjunctivitis in breastfeeding mother?

See Below: If treatment is needed, it is normally antibiotic eye drops. Which are safe with nursing. ...Read more

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How to stop diarrhea when breast feeding?

How to stop diarrhea when breast feeding?

Several things: First continue breast feeding, it is well tolerated & baby needs the energy. Second, offer things that slow the poo; apple sauce is my favorite followed by bananas & rice cereal.If over a year the breads help some as can steamed rice & plain macaroni ...Read more

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How to relieve constipation while breastfeeding?

Stool softeners : The safest thing would probably be stool softeners. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is theoretically safe but has not been studied enough to give it a higher than c rating for safety in bf. I would consult your gyn first before doing so. ...Read more

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How often is it healthy to poop?

How often is it healthy to poop?

Varies: it varies with individual sometimes two or three times a day and sometimes once a week If the stools are soft and you have no symptoms then that is enough. If you have sufficient fiber in your diet then I think you probably will go more often ...Read more

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Why do infants cluster feed during breastfeeding? How to get through it easily? It can be frustrating. Sometimes baby wants to eat every hour for 5 hr

Why do infants cluster feed during breastfeeding? How to get through it easily? It can be frustrating. Sometimes baby wants to eat every hour for 5 hr

A TestofYour Breasts: Well, if it's a baby boy, it needs no explanation. But overall, this is not a worrisome event. Probably means that the baby is taking in small amounts intermittently either due to low milk flow or small swallows or both. Best not to worry and use it as a time to "bond" with him (or her). Usually ends my 1-3 months. If it doesn't or if there are obvious problems feeding, check with your doctor ...Read more

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How long and how often to use echinacea for bacterial vaginosis?

How long and how often to use echinacea for bacterial vaginosis?

Never/never: Bacterial vaginosis is a synergistic infection involving gardnerella vaginalis and a number of other bacteria. It is treated with Metronidazole oral or intravaginal treatment. Tinidazole and Clindamycin are alternatives. Oral and intravaginal probiotics containing lactobacilli can help. Echinacea will have no beneficial effects for bv. ...Read more

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How to safely treat a bladder infection while breastfeeding?

How to safely treat a bladder infection while breastfeeding?

Inform doc: As long as you let the doc know you are breast feeding they can select an antibiotic that will not harm baby. A general rule is if i could treat baby at that age with the medication for some problem it is fine for you to take it while breastfeeding. ...Read more

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How much to feed my newborn mothers milk when she is away?

How much to feed my newborn mothers milk when she is away?

Estimated feed: The estimated feeding of an infant is about half their pound weight as ounces.For example, an 8lb infant will generally take 4 ounces & a 10 lb kid would take 5 ounces. ...Read more

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Why can some babies not breastfeed?

Many reasons: For example, babies born prematurely (< 34 weeks) can be neurologically immature and have trouble with suck and swallow. Various neurologic problems can cause trouble with all motor activities, not just breastfeeding. An anatomical problem such as cleft lip or palate or tongue-tie can also interfere with proper suck and swallow. These are just a few examples. ...Read more

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How effectively does breast feeding work as birth-control?

How effectively does breast feeding work as birth-control?

Poorly: It can suppress ovulation in some women for an unpredictable length of time. Your body can and will ovulate at some point about two weeks before your first period, and you can become pregnant if exposed with that first ovulation.That can lead you to believe you are not pregnant when you are. ...Read more

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How safe is unisom, and how often can it be used?

How safe is unisom, and how often can it be used?

OTC medications: Unisom is basically a sedating antihistamine marketed over the counter for sleep just like tylenol (acetaminophen) pm. These can have lasting hangover effects and should be used per fda recommendations listed on the box. They do cause tolerance to build so as per bottle, nightly use is not recommended. ...Read more

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How long for breadt milk to reproduce after pumping or baby nursing?

How long for breadt milk to reproduce after pumping or baby nursing?

Begins right away: Breast milk will begin reproducing right away after nursing or pumping. It may take 2-3 hours to produce enough for another feeding. ...Read more

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How long does Benadryl (diphenhydramine) stay in breastmilk? Would it be safe to take occasionally while nursing my 16 month old?

How long does Benadryl (diphenhydramine) stay in breastmilk? Would it be safe to take occasionally while nursing my 16 month old?

Yes: The 1/2 life, or time for half to be gone is 4 hours, but baby gets only 2% of your dose. Some concerns about reducing milk volume are raised but have not been proven. Alternatives like loratadine or cetirizine may have less impact. The main effect on baby might be some sedation, but at normal doses that would be unlikely to occur. ...Read more

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How often can we change infant formula?

How often can we change infant formula?

Depends: There are a multitude of formulas, and the differences between them are not always evident. Patients often change formulas, without guidance, and later learn that they have switched brands. Like changing heinz for hunt's ketchup. Discuss formula changes with pediatrician, to reap the greatest benefit and solve what ever led you to want to change the formula. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how and when to wean a breast feed infant?

Can you tell me how and when to wean a breast feed infant?

Weaning: Weaning your child is a personal choice,but the American Academy of Pediatrics that you breastfeed for at least a year ...Read more