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Is my baby getting enough colostrum?

Is my baby getting enough colostrum?

Yes: If your baby is nursing every 2-3 hours during the first few days after birth, they will get all the colostrum they need. Average is about 5 ml per feed on day one, 10 ml per feed on day 2 and 15 ml per feed on day 3 (about 1/2 oz).......This is just enough to keep up the baby's blood sugar and provides a lot of antibodies. ...Read more

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Calorie (Definition)

A calorie is the amount of heat energy needed to increase a mililiter of water 1 degree centigrade, the calorie we talk about in foods is really a kilocalorie, that is the amount of energy needed to increase a liter of water 1 degree centigrade... So if you eat a food that is 500 calories that food if burned completely has enough energy to heat a liter of ...Read more


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My baby is 18 months old, and she is not drinking enough milk but is eating baby food all day. Is that healthy?

My baby is 18 months old, and she is not drinking enough milk but is eating baby food all day.  Is that healthy?

That's okay: Cow's milk is highly overrated, your child can get all the calcium she needs from cheese and yogurt. ...Read more

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Is my breastfeeding baby getting enough vitamin d?

Is my breastfeeding baby getting enough vitamin d?

Probably: The vitamin d in breastmilk is more bioavailable to the baby than in regualr milk. Make sure you are getting enough sunshine at this time of year. About 15 minutes a day, if it is warm and not too bright, your infant can benefit too. We've all become a little bit too overboard with sunscreen and that can lower the vitamin d levels too. Sun shine is not bad, sun burn is. Be cautious & limited ...Read more

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My newborn sleeping during feedings! How to tell if she is getting enough nutrients?

My newborn sleeping during feedings! How to tell if she is getting enough nutrients?

Weight gain: If your newborn is breast feeding and falls asleep, she is likely getting enough and will wake and cry when hungry Weight gain is the best measure of good nutritional status. On a day to day basis you should see about 5-6 wet diapers a day to assure adequate fluid intake. If you have any doubts, have your doctor check her weight and keep track of her wet diapers. ...Read more

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If I go on a low low calorie diet while I breast feed, is my baby not going to get enough vitamins?

If I go on a low low calorie diet while I breast feed, is my baby not going to get enough vitamins?

Maybe but maybe not: If you restrict calories but still maintain a balanced diet, your baby will be fine. Reduce the sugars you take in but not the fruits and vegetables. Be sure to keep on water though. If you are dehydrated at all you will make less milk. But calories doesn't equal vitamins. Good luck! ...Read more

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My 9 month old baby doesn't drink adequate amount of milk and is too fussy upon eating too . I breast feed him?

My 9 month old baby doesn't drink adequate amount of milk and is too fussy upon eating too . I breast feed him?

expand his diet: Avoid certain foods like eggs and sea food, and stay away from foods that are hard to chew and can cause choking. I was not sure if he is being breast fed or also takes formula, breast feeding is best, of course. ...Read more

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My nephew is gaining very little weight and does not drink enough milk. He is over 4 months and weighs less than 5kg. What is the danger?

My nephew is gaining very little weight and does not drink enough milk. He is over 4 months and weighs less than 5kg. What is the danger?

Doctor can check: All babies should grow, but they are all different sizes. That is why frequent check-ups during the first year of life are needed to see if any problems exist. The baby can just recheck with his pediatrician. For example, a baby born at 6 pounds normally weighs around 12 pounds at 5 months. However, a baby born at 9 pounds should be much heavier than 12 pounds by 5 months of age. ...Read more

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My 10wk old baby has started sleeping 6-7 hours at night. Im worried if shes getting enough calories (bottle-fed). What can I do to ensure shes ok?

My 10wk old baby has started sleeping 6-7 hours at night. Im worried if shes getting enough calories (bottle-fed). What can I do to ensure shes ok?

Enjoy the sleep!: This is a normal age to start sleeping longer at night. Offer your baby a bottle every 2-4 hours during the day, sooner if she demands it. As long she has lots of wet diapers, is pooping regularly and seems satisfied, then she is likely getting enough. Take her for her regular checkups with the doctor, where she will monitor the baby's weight. http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/tc/bottle-feeding-what-is-expected ...Read more

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I am a picky eater, how do I ensure that my baby gets the proper nutrition in the womb?

I am a picky eater, how do I ensure that my baby gets the proper nutrition in the womb?

Food groups: try to eat from all the food groups- fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, grains, protein, dairy, healthy fats- nuts healthy carbohydrates etc. Consult with your OB doctor about prenatal vitamins, Folic acid is usually given to prevent neural tube defects. Try to eat a variety of foods, variety of colors from different foods. Prepare you foods well- cooking to prevent infection from raw foods. ...Read more

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My 3mos baby usually drink breastmilk + formula,but lately he reject formula. I dont think my breastmilk is adequate but why my baby still fat??

My 3mos baby usually drink breastmilk + formula,but lately he reject formula. I dont think my breastmilk is adequate but why my baby still fat??

Breast feeding: when adequate will help baby gain weight and have a good urine output so I think your breast feeding is meeting his needs so he doesn't want more formula so you continue breast feeding every 2-3 hrs You are doing Great!! ...Read more

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I am 24 week pregnant and my afi is 10, 3 it is a value to concern about? Does drinking water help my baby is growing well with and i feel her active

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I am 24 week pregnant and my afi is 10, 3 it is a value to concern about? Does drinking water help  my baby is growing well with and i feel her active

Normal.: Afi of 10.3cm is within the normal range (5-20 or 5-25 depending on where you read). It's just on the lower end of normal. Drinking plenty of water is always recommended during pregnancy. I would recommend 8 to 10 glasses per day or until your urine is a clear to light yellow color. Speak with your obgyn if you have any other concerns. Good luck! ...Read more

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My baby is 3 weeks old , I feel my milk is not enough, is it fine to give her bottle milk as she feels hungry, also she is very thiny, is she ok. ?

My baby is 3 weeks old , I feel my milk is not enough, is it fine to give her bottle milk as she feels hungry, also she is very thiny, is she ok.
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Formula may help: At 3 weeks of age a full term baby should have gained about 12 oz over birth weight. Some mothers don't produce enough milk for a baby to grow. A lactation nurse may be able to help. Sometimes breast feeding, then giving formula will fill up the baby and give enough nutrition to gain weight. You should call your baby's doctor for an appointment. ...Read more

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My baby is 10 months and she is 15 pounds she is so tiny and not interrested in food what to do to make her eat well?

My baby is 10 months and she is 15 pounds she is so tiny and not interrested in food what to do to make her eat well?

Physical ASAP: Please have your child examined by a pediatrician asap. She is not that far off on the weight to age charts, but it would ease your mind to know that everything is ok or if there is something that needs to be done you will know. ...Read more

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My 1 mnth old prefers formula milk but i breastfeed is she getting enough nutrients even if i breastfeed a bit.

My 1 mnth old prefers formula milk but i breastfeed is she getting enough nutrients even if i breastfeed a bit.

Feeding: Many babies prefer formula because it is easier (less work) for them to get milk from the bottle than it is from the breast. Breastfeeding is highly encouraged as the best source of nutrition for the baby, however, formula will provide the baby sufficient nutrition. Keep on breastfeeding if you are able to. ...Read more

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26 wks pregnant. Lost 2 babies to anencephaly previously. This bubs ok so far. Extremely scared of losing this healthy baby. Will my bub make it?

26 wks pregnant. Lost 2 babies to anencephaly previously. This bubs ok so far. Extremely scared of losing this healthy baby. Will my bub make it?

Imaging? : So sorry about your loss! That is just devastating! Have you had an ultrasound with this baby? The anatomy of anencephaly is easy to diagnose on ultrasound. However, there are smaller more subtle neural tube defects which could be missed. Ask your ob about the details of ultrasound. Get ultrasound ASAP if have not had one yet! Good luck! ...Read more

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What is the harm in giving baby 2 oz of water after feeding for 1 hour? My son he is 26 days and I have enough milk but he likes to feed long time

What is the harm in giving baby 2 oz of water after feeding for 1 hour? My son he is 26 days and I have enough milk but he likes to feed long time

Water for baby: Babies are not intended to take any fluid except mothers milk or formula (which has been carefully formulated to mimic breast milk). It contains water, nutrients and electrolytes in an exact recipe. Free water is foreign to " baby " kidneys and may be incorrectly absorbed causing dilution of your baby's sodium level. This condition, hyponatremia, can cause seizures, . ...Read more

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Im 37 week pregnant and my doctor tell me that my baby weight 6 pound. She say the baby is smaller than her size from 1,5 week. is it dangerous??

Im 37 week pregnant and my doctor tell me that my baby weight 6 pound. She say the baby is smaller than her size from 1,5 week. is it dangerous??

No, but : Baby weights as estimated by ultrasound are just that -- estimates. Further, the baby can gain a half pound a week in the last weeks of your pregnancy. If your doctor saw nothing of concern on your ultrasound, I wouldn't be too worried. Keep your appointments for checkups, and good luck with your pregnancy! ...Read more

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My month old baby is healthy and growing healthy how much should he eat during the day if he is sleeping through night? Should I wake him?

My month old baby is healthy and growing healthy how much should he eat during the day if he is sleeping through night? Should I wake him?

Sleep consolidation: achieved between 1-4 mos. prevents behavioral sleep problems at 6 mos. & older. If he's gaining 2/3 o.-1 oz./ day, put him on his back in his crib in his own room, drowsy, but awake, to self-calm for sleep. It's not too early to set a bedtime, read, rock or cuddle in low light & wipe out his mouth with a soft cloth after his last feed, good habits to establish before 5 mos. when teeth erupt. ...Read more