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Can breast milk make my infant gassy and give him reflux?

Can breast milk make my infant gassy and give him reflux?

What you eat can: Breast milk won't make babies gassy usually, and most tolerate straight breast milk very well. However, there are certain foods that are famous for causing gas and bloating if mom eats them, then breastfeeds: cabbage, spicy foods, pepper, onions, garlic, caffeine, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots. I've had parents figure out almonds, tomatoes, and such. Scout recent meals and take notes. ...Read more

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Reflux (Definition)

Acid reflux is defined as the presence of acidic gastric contents in the esophagus causing irritation. It's cause is blamed on the a lax gastroesophageal shpincter that permits usch regurgitation. Vesicoureteral reflux is regurgitation (backing up) of urine in the bladder into the ureter ...Read more


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Can breast milk make my baby fussy?

Can breast milk make my baby fussy?

No: Breast milk is warm and tastes yummy to a baby. So, breast milk should not make a baby fussy. If a baby drinking from the breast seems fussy, but drinking formula seems fine, then the baby might be impatient (try feeding breast milk from a bottle to see what happens). On the other hand, a young baby might fuss on the breast when the let-down occurs because the milk is coming too fast! ...Read more

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If I pump and give the breast milk to my baby while I'm sick, will he get sick too?

If I pump and give the breast milk to my baby while I'm sick, will he get sick too?

DEPENDS: Some viral illnesses pass easily through the breast milk and would possibly infect the baby. If you were to have a more localized infection like strep throat (confirmed) or a UTI, it would not pass through the milk. ...Read more

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I am pumping to feed my baby breast milk but also using formula. (i'm not producing enough). Should I do breast milk only and formula only bottles?

I am pumping to feed my baby breast milk but also using formula. (i'm not producing enough). Should I do breast milk only and formula only bottles?

I would: I don't have science behind this, but i don't know if mixing breast milk and formula will break down the good proteins in either liquid. I'm probably being overly cautious with this recommendation. So, if it was my baby, i wouldn't mix. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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I combine feed my baby breast and formula. Is this enough to give her the antibodies from breast milk (she gets about 1/3 breast milk per day) ?

I combine feed my baby breast and formula. Is this enough to give her the antibodies from breast milk (she gets about 1/3 breast milk per day) ?

Some: Although the baby benefits from any BM you give them, diluting it with formula begins to weaken the protective benefits of BM antibodies. ...Read more

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Can a nursing mom pass beano through her breast milk and will it help the baby be less gassy?

Can a nursing mom pass beano through her breast milk and will it help the baby be less gassy?

Great question!: Sorry, but no. Gassiness in a baby is more due to swallowed air rather than indigestible foods for which the enzymes in beano work. So even if it passed through, your baby would still be gassy. Ask your pediatrician about this, as lactose intolerance usually occurs after weaning. ...Read more

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When can i give my babies cow milk and which is more safe for them whole milk or lactaid?

When can i give my babies cow milk and which is more safe for them whole milk or lactaid?

12 months: You can start whole cows milk. You can switch to skim after age 2 unless obesity is a significant concern. Discuss this with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Should i give my toddler soy milk instead of cow milk to reduce episodes of cough and cold?

Should i give my toddler soy milk instead of cow milk to reduce episodes of cough and cold?

You can: Soy milk is difficult to digest i would consider rice milk or almond milk if you find increased problems with the soy such as increased bloating, diarrhea or abdominal pain. ...Read more

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I'm pumping breast milk and giving my kid How to make 9 month kid forget direct breast feeding ?

I'm pumping breast milk and giving my kid  How to make 9 month kid forget direct breast feeding ?

Sometimes difficult: Wean gradually so your baby continues to feel the closeness or bonding. Changing to a sippy cup rather than an alternate nipple may help. It will take 1-2 weeks to change the process so lots of patience. All the best with this. ...Read more

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Can I nurse my baby when she gets hungry in between feedings, in addition to bottle feeding her pumped breast milk? Or is that feeding her too much?

Can I nurse my baby when she gets hungry in between feedings, in addition to bottle feeding her pumped breast milk? Or is that feeding her too much?

Nurture vs nutrient: Don't assume that willingness to latch & feed every hour is necessary hunger. You can unwittingly create a snacking baby if you assume every mouthing or rooting response is a need to feed. Babies can do this for the comfort. Hunger is an empty stomach. ...Read more

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Please advise if breastfeeding and suplementing feeds with formula upset babys tummy ?

Please advise if breastfeeding and suplementing feeds with formula  upset babys tummy ?

Breast feeding: Digestion of human milk is almost without symptoms or signs. Digestion of formula, which is made from cow milk will sometimes cause a baby to push and turn red when having a bm. Stools also look different with formula than what they do with breast milk only. ...Read more

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My 16 month daugther pediatritian ask me to give her soy milk or lactaid, can I give her enfamil prosobee or have to be another kind of soy milk?

My 16 month daugther pediatritian ask me to give her soy milk or lactaid, can I give her enfamil prosobee or have to be another kind of soy milk?

If you want, however: If she has progressed to the average toddler intake of solids, she does not need the extra additives that go into formula and make it more expensive. A simple lactose free product like lactaid or soy milk would cost less and achieve what the doc wants. You can always do this if you want. ...Read more

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Can I mix breast milk with whole milk for 10.5 month old baby? Can I give him a bottle of only whole milk?

Can I mix breast milk with whole milk for 10.5 month old baby? Can I give him a bottle of only whole milk?

Maybe yes, maybe no.: Your pediatrician should have checked your child's hemoglobin at their 9 months checkup to see if child anemic (low iron usually the cause). If this was fine, it's okay to start transitioning to whole milk along with your nursing. If child was anemic/low uron, should continue to supplement your nursing with iron fortified formula until at least a year of age. ...Read more

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I weaned my baby from breastfeeding. What will i give my weaned baby to make him eat food and be strong and healthy. Thanks?

I weaned my baby from breastfeeding. What will i give my weaned baby to make him eat food and be strong and healthy. Thanks?

Depend on baby's age: If your baby is younger than 12 months of age, i would recommend baby formula till 12 months. After that you can give homogenized milk, but limit the amount to no more than 24 oz a day. If you give more milk, chance of developing iron deficiency is very high. The baby also should eat jarred baby foods, increasing the volume gradually. Start with vegetables such squash, green beans, and liver, beef. ...Read more

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Is it okay for me to give my newborn breast milk and formula?

Is it okay for me to give my newborn breast milk and formula?

Yes: Many physician organizations have endorsed the idea that exclusive breastfeeding is the best for baby and mom for the first year after birth. But, it is more than ok to supplement with formula when you chose to. While we encourage breastfeeding, one should never feel bad or guilty for supplementing or switching to formula feedings. ...Read more

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Should I feed my baby bottle milk or give him food before he sleep?

Should I feed my baby bottle milk or give him food before he sleep?

Feed as baby wakes : Babies develop a better schedule if you feed as they wake up. Baby has strength from the rest & can take a good feed before tiring. Then do diaper changes & cleaning. Playing after cleaning allows good mommy time. As baby tires they will settle if you put them down. They do not sleep longer if fed before sleep, they have more night waking because they have been taught to need food to settle. ...Read more

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