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How long should I exclusively breastfeed my baby?

How long should I exclusively breastfeed my baby?

6 months: Ideally, a nursing infant should be exclusively breastfed for 6 months. However the aap guidelines call for introducing solids between 4-6 months, depending on the child's readiness for table foods. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Griggs
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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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How long does maternal immunity to chicken pox last in breast feed babies? Afraid as my 7 month baby exposed to his father diagnosed varcilla. Pl help

How long does maternal immunity to chicken pox last in breast feed babies? Afraid as my 7 month baby exposed to his father diagnosed varcilla. Pl help

Several weeks: The maternal transmitted immunity only is protective for several weeks. A 7 month old child is not protected. If he has been exposed to his Dad he may get chickenpox. This would happen up to 3 weeks after the exposure. It is unlikely an early immunization would help. All the best and I hope he escapes the illness. ...Read more

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Why can some babies not breastfeed?

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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Is there a way for a woman to breastfeed an infant not of her own ?

Is  there a  way  for  a  woman  to  breastfeed an infant  not  of  her  own  ?

Yes: This was more common in days past when women who regularly fed another child were called "wet nurses" today, many women work to develop the ability to partially breast-feed an adopted baby. Sometimes, friends babysitting each others infants, may nurse a friend's baby and vice versa. This is popular in varying degrees around the world. ...Read more

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Until what age do babies breastfeed?

Until what age do babies breastfeed?

Until you stop them!: Some mothers have breastfed well into childhood. Most happy breast feeders will continue until you stop them. If you can give them at least six months, you have provided many healthy benefits. ...Read more

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Is it ever better to not breastfeed an infant?

Is it ever better to not breastfeed an infant?

Yes, sometimes a mom: is on a medication that is not safe for the baby; in that case breastfeeding would be contraindicated. There are also some times that a woman isn't able to produce enough milk for physical or emotional reasons. There also may be some infections which could be passed onto a baby during breastfeeding. Sometimes, in those cases, the milk can be pumped and discarded until that is out of mom's system. ...Read more

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What are the main reasons why some women don't breastfeed their babies in the u.S.?

What are the main reasons why some women don't breastfeed their babies in the u.S.?

Cultural in the US: Pretty much all counties do more breast feeding , except the us. Here formula is more available. Here in the us there is stigma to breast feed in public, more mother work. Etc. ...Read more

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Can eating too much sugar effect my breastfeed babies poo?

Can eating too much sugar effect my breastfeed babies poo?

2much sugar!: First of all you should not over indulge in sweets, you child's bms are not dependent on your blood sugar levels but certain foods in mom's diet tend to cause diarrhea in babies. ...Read more

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Can women with diabetes breastfeed their babies?

Can women with diabetes breastfeed their babies?

Yes: I encourage all mothers with geatational or regular diabetes to breast feed. Your body has prepaired itself for the process & your body will make nutritious breast milk even as you struggle to keep your own levels normal. The bm you make will mobalize and transfer some of the pregnancy acquired fat into the milk helping baby grow & you stabalize your system. ...Read more

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Is it possible to breastfeed an infant after a partial hysterectomy?

Is it possible to breastfeed an infant after a partial hysterectomy?

Yes: The hysterectomy should have no direct impact on your ability to breast feed. You may need some help getting started if you took a few days off, but a breast feeding coach can help. ...Read more