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Is it possible to breastfeed an adopted child?

Is it possible to breastfeed an adopted child?

Yes: It is difficult but possible with continued stimulation of the breast. This can be done with a breast pump. ...Read more

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Dr. James Dukelow
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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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Is it possible to breastfeed a preemie?

Is it possible to breastfeed a preemie?

Yes: It's actually, most of the time, the best way to feed a preemie. Ones who need a feeding tube still benefit from breast milk and intimate contact even if they can't actually suckle. ...Read more

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Is it ever better to not breastfeed an infant?

Is it ever better to not breastfeed an infant?

Yes, sometimes a mom: is on a medication that is not safe for the baby; in that case breastfeeding would be contraindicated. There are also some times that a woman isn't able to produce enough milk for physical or emotional reasons. There also may be some infections which could be passed onto a baby during breastfeeding. Sometimes, in those cases, the milk can be pumped and discarded until that is out of mom's system. ...Read more

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Is it normal for an autistic child to physically hurt another?

Is it normal for an autistic child to physically hurt another?

Not intentionally: Often children with autism spectrum do not understand social interaction. What may seem normal to them may seem aggressive to another. Often they do not understand their own strength. Often they explode with frustration rather than talk something out. These issues need to be part of behavioral therapy. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a mom to pass on an allergy to penicillin to her child?

Is it possible for a mom to pass on an allergy to penicillin to her child?

Generally no: A tendency to have allergies can be passed along in families. However, a specific allergy, such as to penicillin, does not. To become allergic to a substance, it usually takes repeated exposures to that substance. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get confirmed pedigree for a child you want to adopt?

Is it possible to get confirmed pedigree for a child you want to adopt?

Theoretically but...: ... I think unlikely. How far back to you expect records to be available. Often children up for adoption are from difficult socioeconomic situations where th pedigree is not accurate or available. ...Read more

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Is it possible to conceive a child with amenorrhea?

Is it possible to conceive a child with amenorrhea?

Maybe: There are many causes of amenorrhea. Evaluations by primary care doctors, ob-gyn doctors, and infertility specialists can determine if a woman with amenorrhea can become pregnant. If a woman had menses in the past, and now has "secondary" amenorrhea, she may be able to get pregnant if her menses return. If she was born missing some parts of her female organs, then pregnancy might not be possible. ...Read more

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Is it safe for an infant to be close to a child who had have nasal flu vaccine?

Is it safe for an infant to be close to a child who had have nasal flu vaccine?

Yes: It is safe for a child to be administered FluMist when they have close contact with an infant <6 months of age. ...Read more

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Is it okay to decide to not have child(ren) vaccinated?

Is it okay to decide to not have child(ren) vaccinated?

No, it's not: Thanks to recent events, there's a huge backlash against parents who are foolish enough to refuse immunization for their children. This is something you need to do as much for your neighbors as for your own child. Much of these folks' rhetoric boils down to, "I don't care of MY kid makes YOUR kid sick." ...Read more

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Is it possible for a vaccinated child to be carrying chicken pox and give it to an unvaccinated person?

Is it possible for a vaccinated child to be carrying chicken pox and give it to an unvaccinated person?

Very rarely.: You can only be contagious with chicken pox if you actually have the infection. People vaccinated against chicken pox have about a 90% chance of being immune. If someone was vaccinated and didn't become immune, that person could get infected with the chicken pox and then pass it on. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a baby to be sick after her immunization?

Is it possible for a baby to be sick after her immunization?

Vaccinations: Yes. Of course. The vaccinations cause a revving up of the immune system to make the appropriate antibodies to prevent deadly illness later. ...Read more

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What is done to treat an infant born to a gonorrhea-infected mother?

What is done to treat an infant born to a gonorrhea-infected mother?

Infant Gonorrhea mum: If mother had prenatal care then she has in all probability has been treated.But if the mother hadc no prenatal care and comes and deliver the baby and is diagnosed with gonorrhea, even then there is no risk to the baby as all babies born in us are treated with erythromycine opthalmic ointment to prevent gonococcal conjunctivitis.If there is coexisting chlamydia baby can be treated with azithromyci. ...Read more

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Does the offender have to be an adult for it to be considered child molestation?

State laws vary: You need to find out the statutes in your specific state in order to know the answer to this question. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a dwarf parent to have an average-sized child?

Is it possible for a dwarf parent to have an average-sized child?

Yes : Achondroplastic dwarfs have a 50% chance of having a child without this disorder if the other parent is of normal height. If both parents have achondroplasia, there is still a 25% chance that their child will not have achondroplasia. ...Read more

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Is it possible to over feed a breastfeeding baby?

Is it possible to over feed a breastfeeding baby?

Would be unusual: If you have a healthy supply of breast milk and baby is growing fast, it may seems that way. So, when baby is hungry, feed him/her..When he/she stops sucking, then stop. Regular follow-up with doc will help guide you how to ensure proper growth and development of your precious one. It is unusual to over feed a breastfed baby. Bottle-feed is a different story, as it is easy. Congrats and good luck. ...Read more

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How risky is it to adopt a child from europe?

It isn't: In my experience parents adopting from anywhere do get a lot of information about the child and informed decisions can be made if it is a good fit for you. Family history may be sketchy, but you can get lots of information from the foster parents and orphanages..This helps you see the child's development and or emotional development. They usually provide labs that let you know health status too. ...Read more

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Is there a way for a woman to breastfeed an infant not of her own ?

Yes: This was more common in days past when women who regularly fed another child were called "wet nurses" today, many women work to develop the ability to partially breast-feed an adopted baby. Sometimes, friends babysitting each others infants, may nurse a friend's baby and vice versa. This is popular in varying degrees around the world. ...Read more

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If exclusively breast fed, is it ok for a baby to be given a pacifier in the night?

If exclusively breast fed, is it ok for a baby to be given a pacifier in the night?

Yes: Although there are breastfeeding advocates that would disagree, pacifiers do not confuse a breastfeeding baby. You do not want to substitute the pacifier for nursing, but its use is fine between feeds, and especially at night. ...Read more

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Is it safe to give feeder bottle to a new born baby? Her mother has gone through an operation. Is it true feeder bottle can affect baby's lungs?

Is  it safe to give feeder bottle to a new born baby? Her mother has gone through an operation. Is it true feeder bottle can affect baby's lungs?

It's fine!: While breast feeding is best, if something has happened with mom and she can't breast feed, or chooses not to, it is perfectly fine to give breast milk or formula through a bottle. There are many types of bottles now, many that more closely mimic how a breast feeds and feels in the baby's mouth. If mom plans to go back to breast at some point, would recommend this type of bottle. Otherwise any ok. ...Read more