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Caffeine Constipation In A Breastfed Baby
Depends: Straining or irregular stooling doen not mean constipation.The nb breast fed kid may go 7-10 days without a stool or poo a little at each meal. As long as it is soft, I don't consider that constipation. If the kid is putting out dry rabbit pellets or stool bigger than your finger you can sometimes tease a stool out using vasaline on a q-tip inserted to the length of the cotton & worked around. ...Read more
Yes, breast: Fed babies can get constipated. But not having a bowel movement is not = constipation! constipation refers to the consistency of the stools. If they are hard, round balls or firm with every diaper change, then I will agree with you otherwise it is not what you think it is. If concerned, please discuss this with your pediatrician. ...Read more
My baby is 8mnths, breastfed, doesn't sleep well through the night (every 2or 3 hrs he wakes up).I take one cup of caffeine before 2pm. M.What would help?
See below: I don't think the caffeine is your problem. At 8 months infants are now more "spoilable" and are begining to understand the concept of cause and effect-object permanence. This is also a time of more awareness of the surroundings and perhaps when breastmilk is giving way to more solid foods. You might allow self soothing during the night or delay attention to the night time cry if possible. ...Read more
My breastfed infant is a month old and for the last few days she has been having 1-2 bowel movements a day. Is she constipated if so what to give her?
Probably OK: It is not unusual for babies to have change in stool pattern as they grow.. Also, it is normal for breastfed babies to have longer periods of time with no stools. Breast milk is the perfect baby food, thus there is less "waste" so to speak. If the baby's stomach is not distended, and he has a large soft stool infrequently this is not constipation requiring intervention. ...Read more
Why is it necessary to give vitamin D supplements to my breastfed baby? Doesn’t human milk have all the essential nutrients for babies?
Yes: Human breast milk indeed is nutritionally complete - provided the mother is complete - if the mother has an adequate blood level of vitamin d so will her milk. Simply put - if she is a breastfeeding lifeguard who doesn't use sunscreen - her milk is perfect. If she stays inside - an oral supplement of at least 5000iu will provide adequate levels in her milk. ...Read more
Coffee, particularly caffeine is one of the culprits that causes constipation. But what about tea then?
Both ways: Caffeine usually stimulates the large bowel. Depending on the individual situation caffeine can actually cause, relieve, worsen or prevent constipation. Most tea also has caffeine. Tea also has theophylline which has a dehydrating effect on stools, resulting in worsening constipation. Good luck. ...Read more
1 breast very sore. Feels like whn I breastfed 3 yr ago. No idea why but very sore deep inside areola area. No lumps & I rarely drnk caffeine. Ideas?
Cyst: Cysts and fibroadenomas (benign tumors) are the most common cause of unilateral breast pain. I would see your doctor for a breast exam soon. They will likely order an ultrasound and/or mammogram to determine what the cause is. Sometimes there is no cause found. In those cases ibuprofen and evening primrose oil (pills) can be somewhat helpful. ...Read more
Me and a friend both pregnant and she told me no salt, not too much salads and no caffeine because it'll kill our babies from what her doctor said?
You really think her: Doctor said that? Be an adult. Try going to Medline Plus and look up prenatal care to get good tips. Remember everything in moderation. Follow the guidelines and see your OB soon. If that doctor speaks in that tone Killing etc I would advise your friend to seek a different doctor more humane. ...Read more
Can babies experience withdrawal symptoms after birth if mother drinks caffeine every single day during pregnancy?
What are natural ways to help your 2 month old breastfed and formula fed baby avoid constipation?
It is possible because although breast milk is the best milk source for newborns, it is lacking in vitamins D, A, and K,
Breast fed babies should receive supplemental vitamins and additional Vitamin D. Also in the beginning, babies should be monitored for weight gain to ensure adequate milk intake ...Read more
Yes: With breast-feeding, it is ok to give water, for a 7-month-old baby. It is recommended. ...Read more
VACCINATE: The limited antibodies babies get in breast milk help reduce the frequency of some viral/diarrheal illnesses in the first year, but do not transfer immunity you have to major diseases. Infants are the most vulnerable patients to meningitis or whooping cough as well as other illnesses. Failure to vaccinate on time can result in death or impairment. ...Read more
Yes: Infants can have food allergies early on to many items you may have consumed in pregnancy. Airborn particles are more likely to produce irritant effects (like smoke or fumes) than allergies. Washing the nasal menbranes in infants with saline will reduce some of their chronic congestion. If they have eczema &or chronic nasal drainage I often send kids for food allergy tests, >1/3 are +. ...Read more
It's ok: Exclusively breast fed babies can have stools that go from yellow and runny to green in color depending on what they are eating. The iron in vitamins or cereal will change the color of the stool. Black and tar like stools or frankly bloody stools are of concern. ...Read more
Milk intolerance: While this can happen it is hard to prove. The usually reported symptoms are fussiness after breast feeding, perhaps somewhat like colic, diarrhea, possibly vomiting (unusual). The test you can do is to eliminate cow's milk for a week and see if it makes a difference (but you will need to supplement the calories, vitamins, fats and proteins with something else). ...Read more
My 2.5 month old breastfed baby was in the same room as someone with a fever. Should I be worried?
Not necessarily.: Assuming that the person with the fever had an infection that was actually transmissible (through coughing, for example), there's still no guarantee that your baby caught any infection. Further, breastfeeding imparts useful antibodies to the baby not acquired through formula. Check for symptoms in two to three days, just to be sure. ...Read more
I'm having a hard time bottle feeding my breastfed baby. What should I do to make her drink from the bottle?
Have someone else: Offer the bottle. If she can smell you, she doesn't want the back up plan. Have your spouse or a friend offer the bottle when she is hungry & leave the area. After she figures out the idea you may get her to cooperate with you later. ...Read more
My 3-month-old breastfed baby won't take a bottle. Are there some special bottles or nipples he might take?
Experiment: You may have to try different types. Also, your baby may resist taking the bottle from you. He smells your breast milk and may be confused by the plastic bottle. Have dad or a grandparent give the bottle, and you get a break for a while. If the baby is hungry, he will probably take the bottle better from them. ...Read more
Is it ok to let my 3 month old breastfed baby sleep until she wakes up to feed? Or should I wake her to feed her?
At what age can you give fruit and veggie gerbers to a breastfed baby? He's currently 19 weeks old. Just started him on cereal
Start slow: The main goal of introducing solids today is to help baby learn a new feeding method & gradually get them to feed from the table. By 6m most have lost their tongue thrust & can sit & learn. A simple rice cereal made up as a paste is a good starter food & should be offered from a spoon, not in a bottle. Gradually introducing one new food every few days to a week, allows you to monitor food reactions ...Read more
Ordered sandwich and realized it had lettuce that had a brown spot that was slightly slimy. Removed it. Ate sandwich. Could this harm breastfed baby?
Very, very unlikely: The dangerous salmonella does not produce a visible sign. This was probably just a bit old or stored w/ moisture. Removal was good and if you are not ill - there's close to no risk of your milk being bad. Don't worry - that can be more harmful to both of you. Unless you know the restaurant well, eat home cooking to avoid risk, save $ and know the nutritional input if you really care about it. ...Read more
My baby is almost 2 months breastfed n formula fed as well. Does he need to be given water? He has not passed stool for a day. Is he constipated?
YES: Water is quite imprtant and in fact, may help with constipaqtion. ...Read more
Breast poopers: Breast fed babies can have a little smear with each feed or have one big blowout every 7-10 days It relates to the ability they have to process their feed. Bottle fed kids will poo more predictably & should go daily. If the poo is soft it is not considered constipation. I don't get hung up on babies timing, I like to look at them to see how they feel. ...Read more
Personal choice: If you are having to chase baby down at feeding time or they wiggle to get free after 5min/side, you have a baby who likes the nutrition but doesn't need the nurturing bf provides. Weaning or supplementing is your call but at that point it is likely to go well. Solids are unnecessary for nutrition, but fill the cultural expectation we have that baby will table feed at a yr. 6m is a good start point. ...Read more
Is there an age when a breastfed baby "needs" to be eating solid food to receive proper nutrition?
Culturally driven: There are some aboriginal cultures that totally BF to age 2. This is probably a good idea where safe water is rare. But these kids are often quite picky and resistant to new items. Studies show the benefits of BF begin to fade some by 8-9 mo, and our culture drives us to get the kid to the table when they can sit well. It is hard to maintain proper iron intake without some solids by that time. ...Read more
My 3-month-old, breastfed baby refuses to suck on a bottle of expressed milk. What can I do? I'm returning to work soon.
Breastfed baby having one blowout everyday for almost 2 weeks. Lots of wet diapers, no BM otherwise. She is teething. Can this be cause?
Probably not: Teething have been linked to several symptoms in infants, none of which have been properly studied scientifically. Teething gen. Causes irritation and inflammation, resulting in irritation and fever. While Diarrhea is more common probably due to erratic eating habits, constipation is rarer due to teething. BTW, no BM for a couple if days in an infant doesn't necessarily constitutes constipation ...Read more
My 5 month old breastfed baby keeps waking up 10+ times at night from discomfort for the past three months. What can I do to help him?
My nine month old nephew is a breastfed baby eats often but, hasn't had much interest in baby food he is a little small for age should I be concerned?
No: Just keep trying as directed by your pediatrician. If patient was born early or is small it may take a little longer for this patient to get good at taking solids. ...Read more
No: Mom's food choices should not upset her breastfed baby's tummy. However, if mom suspects that a particular food or drink causes fussiness or tummy symptoms in the baby, then mom can avoid that food/drink for 2 weeks and see if the baby is happier. If the baby is happier, then mom can resume that food/drink to see if the baby gets fussy again. If fussier again, then maybe there is a connection. ...Read more
If they act sick: A baby who is eager to feed and stays in their usual pattern is usually fine. Breast fed babies can have a little poo each feed or a big blowout every 7-10 days. If the belly is soft and baby happy, give it some time. ...Read more
Better not,: May be socially embarrassing to ban them from kissing your baby on the lips, but try ...Read more