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How Much Formula Should I Give My Baby If I Am Still Breastfeeding
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe: Breast milk may actually kill HIV virus, but babies have been infected while breastfeeding, possibly because of bleeding nipples. If the mother is on anti-retroviral meds, she may be allowed to breast feed. The world health organization has recommended it. Your HIV specialist, gynecologist, and pediatrician can consult together to decide what is best for you. ...Read more
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
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
It depends: It depends on what age. You don't need to introduce water into your infants diet until you introduce the sippy cup and you definitely don't need to give water before 6 months of age. You want to make sure the infant gets all the nutrition he or she can by drinking only breast milk or formula and not filling up on empty calories with water. ...Read more
Is it safe to take "baby" asprin while breastfeeding? I am worried about increasing the risk of reye's syndrome in my nursing infant.
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