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Doctor insights on: How Much Formula Should I Give My Baby If I Am Still Breastfeeding

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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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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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What if my baby is still hungry after breastfeeding? Should I give formula?

What if my baby is still hungry after breastfeeding? Should I give formula?

Switch: Switch to the other breast, or let baby suck - milk production depends on demand and you will not have the stimulation to produce more if baby is given formula instead. Even non-nutritive sucking is beneficial to baby and mother. ...Read more

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Does my baby need vaccines if I am breastfeeding?

Does my baby need vaccines if I am breastfeeding?

Absolutely: Breast milk is a wonderful source of immune factors for the infant. But, the transferred immunity is far from a perfect shield against infection. Immunizations safely help boost the baby's immune system to protect against serious life threatening diseases, such as whooping cough and hib disease. ...Read more

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Which formula I should use for my three weeks baby so she can gain wait quickly nd it won't cause gas I am giving similac but I am not satisfied..

Which formula I should use for my three weeks baby so she can gain wait quickly nd it won't cause gas I am giving similac but I am not satisfied..

Talk to ped: You really need to talk to your pediatrician before playing around with formulas. There are indeed higher calorie options or ways to mix regular formula to make them higher claorie. But i'm concerned if a 3 w/o isn't gaining weight fast enough. You ned to be sure that it's from inadequate calories and not some other cause that needs attention. So many things could be going on at just 3 weeks! ...Read more

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How do I get my baby to drink formula after being having been breastfed?

How do I get my baby to drink formula after being having been breastfed?

Usually easy: Formula is usually very satisfying to an infant and the delivery system produces more volume than the breast for a given period of time. It is usually an easy transition and difficult to reverse. Breast feeding is satisfying in number of other ways including bonding with the mom and providing warmth and security. ...Read more

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I just want to know if I take peritol and breastfeed my 3month old baby would it harm him??

I just want to know if I take peritol and breastfeed my 3month old baby would it harm him??

Unlikely: This med is considered relatively safe for breastfeeding mothers.We have no data on it's potential for transfer in breast bilk but we do use it in children.Some cite the need to monitor for sedative effects. Longer acting antihistamines like loratadine or fexofenadine have been studied more with less potential transfer. ...Read more

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Hello doctor, I have 14 month old baby and now I am pregnant. Can i continue breastfeed my baby? And i feel very much hungry every time doctor

Hello doctor, I have 14 month old baby and now I am pregnant. Can i continue breastfeed my baby? And i feel very much hungry every time doctor

Yes: You face the simple decision on how far into the pregnancy you want to bf or to just overlap.If this is a good nurturing time you both enjoy, continue.If you find yourself chasing baby down to feed & s/he makes it short & quickly gets off it is time to wean. Some older infants might feel displaced if the newborn begins to take there place either way, but if the older baby gives it up, it will be ok. ...Read more

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I have a 3 month old child to breastfeed, but I am losing to much hair.what should I do? Please help

I have a 3 month old child to breastfeed, but I am losing to much hair.what should I do? Please help

Telogen hair loss: Hair loss 3 mos after child birth often means new hairs growing and pushing out old, inert hairs. Probably it is self-limited and will be OK in a few weeks. Forget the omega-3 which is a waste of money. ...Read more

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How much should I be giving my baby to eat?

How much should I be giving my baby to eat?

Enough: Most babies will self regulate. They know when they are hungry and when they are satisfied. Establish a feeding routine after the newborn period and take cues from the baby. Confirmation of adequate intake will come at the check ups when the baby is weighed and measured. As far as overfeeding, two problems occur; one is sticking a bottle in the baby's mouth whenever he cries and feeding junk. ...Read more

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I am feeding baby on demand !but how do I know if he's getting enough?

I am feeding baby on demand !but how do I know if he's getting enough?

See Your Doctor: Your child's age is not given & this is a crucial piece of info needed to give a specific answer. By age 6 wks, infants are feeding on demand; have 6-8 wet diapers in a 24 hr period; 2-4 poopy diapers in 24 hrs. Your baby's weight gain is also important indicator & at age 3 mos should gain 4-7 oz per week. See your doctor for a weight check, complete review of baby's feeding history & guidance. ...Read more

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Would still have breastmilk for my baby if am pregrant?

Would still have breastmilk for my baby if am pregrant?

LACTATION: Usually you have enough milk to feed the baby. Ask OB for guidance. ...Read more

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How to increase milk supply for my baby. She is just 5 weeks old. I am just breastfeeding her?

How to increase milk supply for my baby. She is just 5 weeks old. I am just breastfeeding her?

Food and fluid: To increase production of milk, you need drink a lot of fluid, taking balanced food/diet, may increase some protein intake. But it is also varies in person. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am on augmentin and I am breastfeeding my two-week old baby. Is it safe to consider breakfast?

I am on augmentin and I am breastfeeding my two-week old baby. Is it safe to consider breakfast?

General rule: If we would give the baby the same type of med when needed it is okay for you to breastfeed while taking it. Augmentin fits this rule. ...Read more

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Can I get a mammogram if I am still breastfeeding my baby?

Can I get a mammogram if I am still breastfeeding my baby?

No: Most likely getting a mammogram while nursing will not be helpful, since you have increased size of the breast glands and you might get flagged as a false-positive. Also due to the nature of the machine (mashing on the breasts) it could be quite messy. ...Read more

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What to do if I have 18mnrh old baby. still I breastfeed but now I want to stop feeding. how can I stop it and how can I stop my milk production?

What to do if I have 18mnrh old baby. still I breastfeed but now I want to stop feeding. how can I stop it and how can I stop my milk production?

Nursing: Well, there's cold turkey. Just stop, he might be ready, too. but it can be tough. Introduce a cup, at traditional nursing times. Like, don't nurse in the morning, just get up and give breakfast. Have dad put baby to bed, if possible. I hope you're still not nursing at night. If so, then have him go in, too. If you cut back slowly, you'll make less milk. Cold cabbage leaves, on the breast, help. ...Read more

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Im 5wk pregnant.Till how much months i can continue giving my milk to 1.5year baby? She dunt sleep widout it n dun take bottle too. Pls advise.

Im 5wk pregnant.Till how much months i can continue giving my milk to 1.5year baby? She dunt sleep widout it n dun take bottle too. Pls advise.

Not much more: Most obstetricians do not want you nursing while pregnant because your new baby needs all the nutrition you can give. At 1 yr and a half your older baby is nursing for comfort not nutrition . Try to find other ways to comfort baby to sleep, like good close snuggles and a story? ...Read more

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Is it safe to breastfeed my baby if I am pregnant?

Is it safe to breastfeed my baby if I am pregnant?

Yes: Moms have done it for centuries. You can safely nurse a toddler through a pregnancy. As long as your health and the unborn baby's heath are fine, it is ok. If you are having problems or your unborn child is not growing, etc. Then you may need to stop. Your OB can assist you as your pregnancy progresses. ...Read more

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My son is 3 months n he is still breastfeeding he is not getting enough milk i tried similac advance but he just want take it what can I do?

My son is 3 months n he is still breastfeeding he is not getting enough milk i tried similac advance but he just want take it what can I do?

Feeding: You can enhance your breast milk by pumping and increasing your fluid intake. If you want to give the formula, similac is a good option, sometimes the children don't like the taste, try it first thing in the morn, when the baby is really hungry. ...Read more

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