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Dr. James Lin
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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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My baby is in his month six & doctor did not want to give him infant formula, can i continue breastfeeding him while fasting in ramdan now?

My baby is in his month six & doctor did not want to give him infant formula, can i continue breastfeeding him while fasting in ramdan now?

Breastfeeding/fastin: I am Jewish not Muslim. In Judiasm respect for preserving life is considered so high that you are allowed to break almost any commandment in order to preserve a life. If you came to me as a Jewess and I was your Rabbi, I would advice you to eat and breastfeed. But you should talk to your Imam and to Allah. That should be your guide. Happy Ramadan! ...Read more

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What statistics indicate that mothers should favor breastfeeding over using infant formula?

What statistics indicate that mothers should favor breastfeeding over using infant formula?

Too many to list: the benefits to both mom and baby are too numerous to list in less than 400 characters. Check out this link for more info: https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/breastfeeding/conditioninfo/Pages/benefits.aspx ...Read more

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Should I be giving my breastfeeding infant any vitamin supplements?

Should I be giving my breastfeeding infant any vitamin supplements?

Vitamin D: Breastmilk is a complete source of nutrition for infants with the exception of Vitamin D. Typically Vitamin D is obtained from sun exposure, but because dermatologists recommend avoiding sun exposure for infants, it is best to give them Vitamin D as a supplement. Infant Vitamin D drops or in 'tri-vi-sol' drops which also contain vitamins A&K are both available options. ...Read more

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Can breastfeeding an infant or giving them breast milk prevent jaundice?

Can breastfeeding an infant or giving them breast milk prevent jaundice?

Newborn jaundice : No breast milk does not prevent newborn jaundice which will happen to most of newborn. Usually breast feeding newborns may have more jaundice than formula feeding babies. Because breast milk is the best nutrition for infants it is recommended that babies fed with breast milk. Neonatal jaundice should be followed closely and treated with photo therapy (bili light) if needed. ...Read more

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Should I give my baby formula after breastfeeding?

Should I give my baby formula after breastfeeding?

No: After a baby has learned to be a good breastfeeder, it is ok to supplement breastfeeding with formula. However, supplementation is not needed unless the baby is very hungry after breastfeeding and cannot wait until the next breastfeeding; or unless the baby is not gaining weight properly. ...Read more

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Why might an infant vomit often after breastfeeding?

Why might an infant vomit often after breastfeeding?

Infants spit up: after eating when they have eaten too much. Other less common reasons include reflux, pyloric stenosis, milk intolerance and more rarely structural anomalies of the GI tract. ...Read more

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Do i need to inform infant doctor that i stopped breastfeeding?

Do i need to inform infant doctor that i stopped breastfeeding?

Not necessarily: I leave it up to moms to decide if & how long they breast feed baby.You should update the doc at your next checkup & call in if you have concerns about your alternative methods. ...Read more

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When breastfeeding, should you feed your infant on demand or establish a schedule?

When breastfeeding, should you feed your infant on demand or establish a schedule?

Both.: In the beginning, you should feed on demand - and more often - to help establish milk production. Once you and your baby have your technical skills down, it is a good idea to start to spread out your feeding to every 2-3 hours, gradually if needed, or you may find yourself with a baby who sips...very frequently. Feeding on demand is another model that works - find which fits best for you. ...Read more

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