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Is constipation on a 5w old enough reason to run to the doctor? Baby strains and cries when pushing the stools. Clay consistency on soy formula.

Is constipation on a 5w old enough reason to run to the doctor? Baby strains and cries when pushing the stools. Clay consistency on soy formula.

Clay consistency: is not really constipation. Your baby is still adjusting to life and feels discomfort when this happens. Crying for help and expressing his feelings. Discuss with your pediatrician if this persist. May need to change formula, offer some water in between feelings. Help him push the stools out by pulling his legs up against abdomen and massaging gently below the navel. ...Read more

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My 9 month old baby girl is breastfed but not feeding well on solids. Any tips on best solid food that can be given to her and the quantity required?

My 9 month old baby girl is breastfed but not feeding well on solids. Any tips on best solid food that can be given to her and the quantity required?

Real foods: Some babies at this age are just not interested in purees; try very small pieces of soft, whole foods (banana, avocado, other fruits and veggies) to see if she's more interested in those. There's no quantity "required" at all - if the issue continues, consider having her checked for oral texture defensiveness by a speech/feeding specialist. ...Read more

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What is the best formula for my 3week old?He is currently feeding on breastmilk all times and on enfamil newborn premium when breastmilk is not there.

What is the best formula for my 3week old?He is currently feeding on breastmilk all times and on enfamil newborn premium when breastmilk is not there.

Breast milk: Your own breast milk will always be the best choice for your baby. Drink plenty of fluids and let the baby have the breast frequently to increase your supply. If you must supplement then use any of the commercial formulas that he tolerates. ...Read more

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Is almond milk heavy on the stomach?

Is almond milk heavy on the stomach?

Try it: Almond milk is an acquired taste and may not be for everyone. It is impossible to predict an individuals experience to the milk as that can vary from person to person. Best to try it for yourself! ...Read more

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Is it safe take omnitrition drops and the vitamins that come with the program while breastfeeding a 12 month old that prefers breast milk over food?

Is it safe take omnitrition drops and the vitamins that come with the program while breastfeeding a 12 month old that prefers breast milk over food?

Omnitrition drops: No it is not safe to diet while you are breastfeeding. Secondly it is time for your child to be eating a diet that is high in protein in the form of meat and eggs, carbohydrates in the form of pasta and cereals and fats in the form of avocado and whole milk. ...Read more

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My baby is 11 days old, breast milk not coming in satisfactory quantity so feeding him on NESTLÉ NAN PRO1, is it safe? Give tips to increase milk

My baby is 11 days old, breast milk not coming in satisfactory quantity so feeding him on NESTLÉ NAN PRO1, is it safe? Give tips to increase milk

Formula is safe: if you prepare with safe water and use refrigeration. To increase your breast milk, breast feed or pump and express milk every 2-3 hours. Make sure you are drinking enough fluids and nutrition and rest, as your body needs to take care of you before using extra fluids and calories to produce milk. Sometimes the baby is too weak to breast feed well and needs the extra calories to get stronger. ...Read more

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What is the down side of giving formula food to a 2 month baby, compared to giving breast milk?

What is the down side of giving formula food to a 2 month baby, compared to giving breast milk?

La leche: No comparison. Breast milk is just right. Safe, sanitary, perfect ingredients in the right amount and ratio. And convenient. I think you will kid it. And the bonding is delightful! ...Read more

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My 9 month old suffers from constipation and is on Lactrulose but it's not working? Would milk instead of formula help?

My 9 month old suffers from constipation and is on Lactrulose but it's not working? Would milk instead of formula help?

Constipation: Actually when you switch from formula to milk, I have found in general, that babies get more constipated. I like to use dark Karo syrup in the bottles and titrate to response. It is less expensive. If you do this, you need to stop the lactulose. Alternatively, call your doc and ask what to increase to on the lactulose.Obviously, add more fiber to the diet. ...Read more

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2 month old baby experiencing hard tube like stool (with fussiness). Is on milk base formula. Is offering about 2 oz daily of water+brown sugar ok?

2 month old baby experiencing hard tube like stool (with fussiness). Is on milk base formula. Is offering about 2 oz daily of water+brown sugar ok?

Constipation is: defined in infants 2 months old & older who have 3 symptoms: firm, dry pebbly stools, no bowel movement for 2-3 days in a formula fed baby & straining/crying while having a bowel movement or taking > 10 minutes to pass a stool. If these criteria are met & baby is over 2 months, give 1 oz./day of apple or pear juice, 1st diluted to ¼ strength with cooled boiled water, then ½ strength, if needed. ...Read more

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Can I go on optifast brand meal replacement diet 800cal while breastfeeding a 4 month old that is also eating solids and 1 bottle of formula a day?

Can I go on optifast brand meal replacement diet 800cal while breastfeeding a 4 month old that is also eating solids and 1 bottle of formula a day?

Need More Calories: This is a pretty severe calorie restriction if you are planning to eat only 800 calories a day! Remember while your baby is breastfeeding over the next several months, you will continue to make more and more milk and here is where the pounds usually really come off with breastfeeding. I would stick with a fruits and veggies with lean meats and three milk servings a day. Not less than 1500kcal ...Read more

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Is there a difference in the brands of formula for babies (similac, parents choice) my baby has acid reflux and throws up on PC formula not any other?

Is there a difference in the brands of formula for babies (similac, parents choice) my baby has acid reflux and throws up on PC formula not any other?

Minor difference: Most milk-based infant formulas are essentially the same, although different companies will sometimes make very minor changes such as a different amount of calcium. There are some formulas which are designed to be easier to digest, and some babies with acid reflux have less spitting with these formulas. Powder vs ready-to-feed can make a difference, too. ...Read more

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What is the diet of 6 m old baby for increasing weight he is on formula?

What is the diet of 6 m old baby  for increasing weight he is on formula?

Keep the formula: any other table food in small portions one item at a time would be fine, defer eggs, whole milk or dairy until after age one year, also defer honey till after first year of age, but keep full supply of formula as much as you can till age two, good luck ...Read more

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Green mucuosy specks on a 3 month old that has been feeding rice cereal exclusively because of intolerance to all formulas. Is it normal?

Green mucuosy specks on a 3 month old that has been feeding rice cereal exclusively  because of intolerance to all formulas. Is it normal?

No, rice cereal does: not provide the necessary nutrients for a 3 month old to be able to grow & develop normally. Your baby needs to be evaluated & treated by the pediatric specialists in gastroenterology (disorders of the stomach & intestines) & nutrition at the Hospital Infantil Dr. Robert Reid Cabral right there in Santo Domingo. I believe Dr. Milena Cabrera Maldonado heads the unit. Please don't delay. ...Read more

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