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Can 7mo old breastfed babies drink soy milk?

Dr. Jay Park Dr. Park
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Can 7mo old breastfed babies drink soy milk?

You mean soy formula: Certainly yes. Soy formula is not really advantageous over milk based formula though. ...Read more

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Do exclusively nursed babies weigh less than formula fed babies?

Do exclusively nursed babies weigh less than formula fed babies?

No and Yes: They weigh more early in the first six months of life, then typically less by a year of life. More importantly, they then weigh less for the rest of their life. Breastfed babies have lower obesity rates for life, that is. ...Read more

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Formula fed baby spitting up clear fluid?

Formula fed baby spitting up clear fluid?

Not a problem: If it is happy and healthy and growing. Does it have a bit of a cold?? ...Read more

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Is similac advance baby formula harsh on babies stomach?

Is similac advance baby formula harsh on babies stomach?

not for most: As one of the most successful formulas today this could not be if it were harsh on babies stomach.There are numerous reasons a baby may not tolerate a specific formula, and these are specific to the child. ...Read more

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Can 7mo old breastfed baby drink silk soya milk ?

Can 7mo old breastfed baby drink silk soya milk ?

Breast or formula: Infants should drink breast milk or infant formula until their first birthday. ...Read more

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Are bottle fed babies just as healthy?

Are bottle fed babies just as healthy?

Unfortunately NO: Breastmilk is nature's perfect food for babies; formula is not nearly as good. Breastfed babies have better immune function (less infections), less chance of dying in their first year, lower risk of allergies, Type 1 diabetes and obesity and better cognitive development. Moms who breast feed lose more weight, have less depression & breast cancer! PLEASE BREASTFEED! See http://tinyurl.com/o85tl7j ...Read more

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Do formula-fed babies grow faster than breastfed babies?

Do formula-fed babies grow faster than breastfed babies?

No: I find it varies with the child. I have many bf kids that track 1-2 growth zones above their lenght zone for the first 2 years and settle back down as the get older to be consistent with healthy growth. Parents that confuse sucking activity with hunger are more likely to overfeed baby since volume not as limited as breast would be. ...Read more

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My baby is drinking pedialyte can she drink formula?

My baby is drinking pedialyte can she drink formula?

Sure: If she 's been on pedialyte because of gastroenteritis and been tolerating well, formula should be introduced, maybe smaller amount often to be sure she tolerates it. ...Read more

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Two-month old baby refuses expressed milk in bottle, how to encourage her bottle feeding?

Two-month old baby refuses expressed milk in bottle, how to encourage her bottle feeding?

Get out of the room: When you try alternative feeding it is best to let someone else do the offering.If baby is use to BF they will hold out as long as they can smell you. If hungry and you are not there to confuse her, she may begin the transition easier. ...Read more

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7 month old baby will not eat solids. She drinks approximately 16 oz of formula milk a day but refuses solids. Should I reduce her milk intake?

7 month old baby will not eat solids. She drinks approximately 16 oz of formula milk a day but refuses solids. Should I reduce her milk intake?

Needs 20-30 ozs form: Should be getting 20-30 ozs, plus introducing new textures ,start even with Cheerios for self-feeding. Make sure she is not anemic. ...Read more

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2 month old baby drinks 1.5 oz formula milk every hour. Less breast milk. At night 7 hours sleep and not fed. Is it proper? giving zincovit drops too.

2 month old baby drinks 1.5 oz formula milk every hour. Less breast milk. At night 7 hours sleep and not fed. Is it proper? giving zincovit drops too.

Overnight sleep! : Yes, a 7 hour stretch of sleep is appropriate for a 2 month old. Congratulations! On demand feeds are best while awake. Is she gaining weight well? This is the best indicator of her milk intake's adequacy. Best of luck! ...Read more

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When should babies eat baby food if bottle fed?

When should babies eat baby food if bottle fed?

Not necessary early: During the 50's & 60's when moms made their own cow milk based formula, it was important to feed solids to make up for the deficiencies of cow milk.Today the breast or commercial formula fed babies need no solids the first year. We have a need to teach them the different skills needed to feed solids & most are ready @ 6m when they start sitting with assistance. This is a good time to start. ...Read more

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Newborn had only 2 bowel movements. Taking simethicone after feedings. Lots of gas, fussiness, crying. Supplementing breast milk with similac.

Newborn had only 2 bowel movements. Taking simethicone after feedings. Lots of gas, fussiness,  crying.  Supplementing breast milk with similac.

Fussiness: Breast fe babies can have a stool with each feeding, once a, day or can go as pong as a week without having one. They maybet fussy as the week progresses. Try burping your infant frequently If he seems to be constipated you may give him formula with 1-2 tablespoons with dark Karo syrup ...Read more

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3 week old baby eats 2.5oz of breast milk every 2-4 hrs, with 2-3 supplemental formula bottles included in her daily feedings. Is she eating enough?

3 week old baby eats 2.5oz of breast milk every 2-4 hrs, with 2-3 supplemental formula bottles included in her daily feedings. Is she eating enough?

Hard to say: If she's playful, interactive and starting to fill out it is likely enough.Having her weighed to see is also an option but once a week is often enough to monitor weight.Most at her age will put on at least an ounce a day. ...Read more

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What baby formula for gassy babies taste best to breastmilk?

What baby formula for gassy babies taste best to breastmilk?

Wouldn't switch: I wouldn't switch from breast milk because of gassy baby. Typically babies are gassy because they swallow a lot of air. This should improve when the baby is more efficient at eating. Typically this is by 6 months of age. ...Read more

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Newborn feeds 3oz formula 8-10x a day using Nursery Water with fluoride. She's 4w old and has been taking formula since day 3. Fluorosis concern?

Newborn feeds 3oz formula 8-10x a day using Nursery Water with fluoride.  She's 4w old and has been taking formula since day 3. Fluorosis concern?

No: If you stop the water with flouride now, there is no concern. Use plain bottled water or boiled tap water. ...Read more

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My toddler has trouble with cow milk, and lactose free milk. He becomes constipated after a few cups. But cow based toddler formula gives him diarrhea?

My toddler has trouble with cow milk, and lactose free milk. He becomes constipated after a few cups. But cow based toddler formula gives him diarrhea?

Simplify: Most american children drink way too much milk and yes milk can result in a child who is very constipated. However formulas are filled with vitamins and ions and electrolytes that make you have a diarrhea in excess because it retains water in your intestines. Try to simplify his diet more water maybe some herbal tea that has no caffeine, and a lot less milk i preferred my kids eat their dairy. ...Read more

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4 month old baby given gerber purees. Has hard stools and hot body. No temparature. Breast milk not sufficient and baby refuses formula no matter what?

4 month old baby given gerber purees. Has hard stools and hot body. No temparature. Breast milk not sufficient and baby refuses formula no matter what?

Feeding: Some baby foods are more constipating-apples, bananas, sweet potatoes. Other foods like peaches, pears, prunes are more loosening. Extra water in your babies diet is also helpful to soften stools. Dilute juices are also good but usually not before 6 months of age. ...Read more

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10 month old poops 4-5 times a day and her stool is watery. She's formula fed and takes cerelac maize cereal. No temperature.

10 month old poops 4-5 times a day and her stool is watery. She's formula fed and takes cerelac maize cereal. No temperature.

Intolerance: Watery stools are sometimes a sign of difficulty processing the feed. A frequent cause is the lactose sugar in most traditional formulas.A scorch like diaper rash is often present.Substitution with a lactose free formula may solve the problem within 3-4 days.Other agents like juices can also do it. Discuss with the kids doc at a regular checkup. ...Read more

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Save to supplement 8 month. Old baby with goats milk instead of formula?

Save to supplement 8 month. Old baby with goats milk instead of formula?

Absolutely not!: Goats milk is great for baby goats, but not for baby humans. It does not have the right nutrition for babies and can cause health problems. ...Read more

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Do i really need to have my breastfed baby drink water?

Do i really need to have my breastfed baby drink water?

Yes: With breast-feeding, it is ok to give water, for a 7-month-old baby. It is recommended. ...Read more

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My 2 month old breastfed baby is pooping olive green liquid. It is the consitency of water and he poops 6-10 times a day. What could be wrong?

My 2 month old breastfed baby is pooping olive green liquid. It is the consitency of water and he poops 6-10 times a day. What could be wrong?

Diarrhea: A 2-mo-old baby who is having diarrhea 6-10 times/day should be seen by a qualified physician to ensure that the baby is not getting dehydrated and then evaluate for possible causes. ...Read more

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Do formula-fed babies grow faster than breastfed babies?

No: I find it varies with the child. I have many bf kids that track 1-2 growth zones above their lenght zone for the first 2 years and settle back down as the get older to be consistent with healthy growth. Parents that confuse sucking activity with hunger are more likely to overfeed baby since volume not as limited as breast would be. ...Read more

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What growth chart do you use for 12 month old breastfed babies? (cdc or who?)

What growth chart do you use for 12 month old breastfed babies?  (cdc or who?)

AAP approved chart: I belong to a pediatric ipa/our chart is based on american academy of pediatric recommendations. ...Read more

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Are breastfed babies less prone to ear infections? Why or why not?

Are breastfed babies less prone to ear infections? Why or why not?

Suckling: Breast feeding does reduce ear infections due to the force needed to nurse from a breast. This suckling helps drain eustachian tubes and is not accomplished by bottle fed babies. ...Read more

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Can 7mo old breastfed babies drink soy milk?

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You mean soy formula: Certainly yes. Soy formula is not really advantageous over milk based formula though. ...Read more

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How can breastfed babies go so many days without having bowel movements?

How can breastfed babies go so many days without having bowel movements?

Digestible: Breast milk is very easily digestible. Nearly all the nutrients are absorbed and there is very little fiber which passes into bowel movements. It is completely normal for breast fed babies to have soft bowel movements every 1-4 days. Call your doctor if the stools are very hard- like little balls- or if the stools are extremely watery. ...Read more

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What causes yellow noisy watery poop in breastfed babies? I know its normal but I'm just curious why it's not solid & brown.

What causes yellow noisy watery  poop in breastfed babies? I know its normal but I'm just curious why it's not solid & brown.

Breast milk: is the ideal food for babies. As such, most of it is absorbed in the GI tract, leaving little left over to form a solid stool. Color is dependant on the type of food ingested, how fast it moves through the intestine and the overall functioning of the gallbladder. ...Read more

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Why is it necessary to give vitamin D supplements to my breastfed baby? Doesn’t human milk have all the essential nutrients for babies?

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

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When can you start giving a breastfed baby gerber?

When can you start giving a breastfed baby gerber?

?????: It would be nice if you supply both the age of the kid and what Gerber product you have in mind.The Nestle corporation bought out Gerber years ago to so they could re-brand a Nestle formula for sale in the US. It is a big part of their infant nutrition lineup. ...Read more

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Why hasn't my breastfed baby pooped in a day?

Why hasn't my breastfed baby pooped in a day?

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

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What is the right time or age to introduce formula or solid food for a breastfed baby?

What is the right time or age to introduce formula or solid food for a breastfed baby?

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

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Is there an age when a breastfed baby "needs" to be eating solid food to receive proper nutrition?

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

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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.

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.

Try Several things: Try having dad feed the baby. Also a different nipple may work.Make sure the baby is truly hungry at the feeding.Talk to your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Breastfed baby having one blowout everyday for almost 2 weeks. Lots of wet diapers, no BM otherwise. She is teething. Can this be cause?

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

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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  5 month old breastfed baby keeps waking up 10+ times
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Could be reflux: It could be reflux of stomach contents into his esophagus. Try to prop up the head of the crib. Make sure the baby is burped well. Keep the baby upright for 20 minutes after feeding. If the symptoms persist, talk to your pediatrician. ...Read more

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My nine month old nephew is a breastfed baby eats often but, hasnt had much interest in baby food he is a little small for age should i be concerned?

My nine month old nephew is a breastfed baby eats often but, hasnt 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

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