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How likely is it that you have an infection related to breastfeeding if you have breast engorgement and ineffective infant feeding patterns?
Likely: If your breast is painful, red, swollen (besides engorgement) or you are feeling sick or have fever, do not delay - you could have mastitis and this needs prompt attention. Nurse VERY FREQUENTLY, massage breast to try and get the milk flowing, use pump if you have one to relieve engorgement. If those things aren't working , though, seek care today at an urgent care center or ER if you're ill. ...Read more
Why do infants cluster feed during breastfeeding? How to get through it easily? It can be frustrating. Sometimes baby wants to eat every hour for 5 hr
A TestofYour Breasts: Well, if it's a baby boy, it needs no explanation. But overall, this is not a worrisome event. Probably means that the baby is taking in small amounts intermittently either due to low milk flow or small swallows or both. Best not to worry and use it as a time to "bond" with him (or her). Usually ends my 1-3 months. If it doesn't or if there are obvious problems feeding, check with your doctor ...Read more
Not exactly: Breastmilk is notoriously low in iron, even if you take supplements. Similarly, although breastmilk is usually hight in calcium, the concentration of calcium in breastmilk is not really related to your calcium consumption. A nursing mother should have adequate intake of these nutrients to maintain her own stores, not to affect the milk's composition. ...Read more
Hi, wanted to know which is better - ready to use or powdered formula for feeding infants. Thanks :)?
Both are fine. Which: you use is a personal preference. Powdered formula can be easier to take for travel and less expensive, but you need to make sure you have a reliable, safe source of drinking water. Ready-to-feed is more expensive but you don't need to worry about adding safe water, and it's convenient. ...Read more
Hi, wanted to know which is better - ready to use or powdered formula for feeding infants and why. Thanks :)?
Convenience: I find mom's enjoy the convenience of RTF for travel or if they only need an occasional bottle to supplement breast feeding. For formula feeders, most use powder because it makes sense. Why pay the company to add water, use more storage space and spend the energy to carry all the extra weight home? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Formula: I'm sure it has to do with the manufacture and processing technique. But, you would have to contact the company to find out why. They may have information on their web site. ...Read more
Can anyone tell me if the Enfamil Reguline "ready to feed" infant formula designed for softer stools has a bitter taste?
1 month old, formula feed infant has dark green poop that smells like skunk (sometimes stringy looking)...baby is gassy as well. Is this normal?
Could be: The first thing I would want to make sure is that your child is gaining weight appropriately and thriving. If that is the case, there are numerous things that could be of help, such as different formulas. That decision can be best made with your child's doctor who will know what formula your child is and/or has been on. Good luck. ...Read more
A 3 week old breast feeding infant. Does this baby need extra water from a bottle if constipated? Does this baby need to take water from a bottle?
No!: Breast milk provides everything that infants need. In fact, babies under 4 months, who are given supplemental water may develop a condition called 'water intoxication' which is associated with seizures. Are baby's stools hard or just infrequent? Breast fed babies may have bms with every feed, or as infrequently as 1-2 times a week, soft/mushy stools. Talk specifics with dr. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
After every feed infant coughs as if dust is in his throat & he refuses to swallow. He brings up mucous & It irritates him until he does such.
Timing: I encourage parents to feed their infants every 3-4 days during the day. Breastfeeding will have a different pattern at times as infants will cycle through high demand days. Don't fall for the "you're not satisfying him" remarks. I like routines if parent is trying to return to work soon. http://kidshealth.org/parent/growth/feeding/feednewborn.html# ...Read more
Common finding: They do what they do.Some are lazy relaxed feeders and some are aggressive barracudas.Some are bored with the process and want to do something else. You just work through it. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Infant vomiting: Causes include: a. Overfeeding - Breast milk production is based upon demand and if the breast is used as pacifier it can produce so much milk a baby will overfeed and vomit. b. GERD - if the baby is fussy and wanting to be fed a lot and vomits more, acid reflux can be the cause. c. Obstruction - yellow vomiting if present requires a doctor visit soon, as something is wrong. d. Normal ...Read more
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