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What can I do if my baby is biting me while breastfeeding?

What can I do if my baby is biting me while breastfeeding?

Re-latch: A very common reason for biting while nursing is the baby is not latched on correctly and much more obvious when baby get teeth. If a baby is properly latched, with the nipple far inside his mouth and vigorously nursing he can not bite you. It is when they stop and your nipple slides that they bite. Try to anticipate it, if he stops nursing, gently remove your nipple and have him re-latch. ...Read more

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Dr. Al Hegab
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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 ok to stop breastfeeding when the baby starts biting me? Seems like a sign.

Is it ok to stop breastfeeding when the baby starts biting me? Seems like a sign.

Sure.: You can stop if she is biting you but most babies will stop this with time. If she bites, pull her off for a few seconds. She will learn that when she bites you she will not get milk. This does happen more if you are latching her on when she is not really hungry. When the baby is hungry she will drink and not bite. When they are playing & just need pacification they tend to bite more often. ...Read more

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I am breastfeeding, and my newborn is now in his 4 month, can i fast during ramdan when my baby begins his 6 month?

I am breastfeeding, and my newborn is now in his 4 month, can i fast during ramdan when my baby begins his 6 month?

Yes: Your body will continue to make quality milk in spite of fasting, and will extract needed nutrients from your body creating a deficit if you don't replace them during your non-fasting intervals. Keeping the faith does not hurt the babies. ...Read more

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Can I take Hairfinity while breastfeeding my newborn?

Can I take Hairfinity while breastfeeding my newborn?

Probably: Hairfinity products are mostly vitamins, which are safe, but I would not combine it with other vitamins, so better to just take prenatal vits. Hair loss is VERY common after pregnancy. There's even a name for it- telegenic effluvium, affects up to 40% of women. Good news is that it will resolve on its own after 6-12 months. Peak hair loss is usually 3-4 months after delivery, so be patient! ...Read more

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How can I avoid making my toddler feel bad while I am breastfeeding my newborn?

How can I avoid making my toddler feel bad while I am breastfeeding my newborn?

Make him take part: By including your toddler during breastfeeding, he/she can become part of the team. Your toddler can hold your baby's hand, hand you the burp towel and even help pat your little one during the burping process. Praise and positive words will bring a smile as well. ...Read more

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What age should I let my newborn let me know when shes ready to eat I sometimes have to wake her to feed her other wise she'll sleep. Im breastfeeding?

What age should I let my newborn let me know when shes ready to eat I sometimes have to wake her to feed her other wise she'll sleep. Im breastfeeding?

Now! : Feed her every three hours during the day, let her fall asleep on her own.Get her into the habit so it is not something new that she has to do in case she wakes up in the middle of the night.Goal-for you & your baby to sleep thru the night at least 8 hours & no night feedings!you will enjoy your baby much better, always happy & work faster.If you want a life, do it. My moms are very happy! ...Read more

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What to do if I am not sure if I'm breastfeeding or not. what's the best formula for your newborn to be on?

What to do if I am not sure if I'm breastfeeding or not. what's the best formula for your newborn to be on?

Tough choice: There are SO many formulas on the market that it is tough for even pediatricians to decide what to use. Just out of familiarity I use either Enfamil or Similac. The formula reps come by frequently to give me information & samples of their products. If there is a family history of allergy, I might chose something else. I'd discuss it with your pediatrician and ignore the marketing. Congrats! ...Read more

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My newborn is one month now and im thinking of stopping me breastfeeding her. Don't have much anyway...advice?

My newborn is one month now and im thinking of stopping me breastfeeding her. Don't have much anyway...advice?

Breast feeding : Please go see your pediatrician before you give up. There are remedies that can help. The real test of effective breast feeding is your baby's weight gain. Let that help guide your decision too. Health departments can also help with breast feeding counselors who can give you some good coaching. Formula feeding is fine but breast milk is cheaper and comes ready to feed. Best wishes! ...Read more

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If breastfeeding how much does a newborn baby sleep?

If breastfeeding how much does a newborn baby sleep?

See below: There is no difference in sleep patterns between breast fed or bottle fed babies. ...Read more

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Can i give a water to 5weeks old newborn who is breastfeeding? he has mild diarhhea and i am afraid of dehydration

Can i give a water to 5weeks old newborn who is breastfeeding? he has mild diarhhea and i am afraid of dehydration

Yes,but: Mild diarrhea is often responsive to just breast milk.If baby is wetting diapers at least every 6 hours and eager at feedings dehydration is unlikely to set in. Pedialyte or similar rehydration supplement would better than water alone if you choose to go that route. ...Read more

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My newborn is breastfeeding for 20-30mins at a time then is hungry imediately after. I feed her 3times and she is still hungry, help.

My newborn is breastfeeding for 20-30mins at a time then is hungry imediately after. I feed her 3times and she is still hungry, help.

Lactation consultant: While lack of milk supply is certainly a possibility, it is also possible that she is not latching on correctly and/or sucking properly. For instance, if she is just getting the tip of the nipple in and not the entire aereola, you may not get let down and instead will just get sore nipples and a frustrated baby. If at all possible, ask your doctor about lactation consultants in your area. ...Read more

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How realistic is it to consider breastfeeding my 17 month old right after feeding my newborn? I didn't have much milk before and now with #2 I do.

How realistic is it to consider breastfeeding my 17 month old right after feeding my newborn? I didn't have much milk before and now with #2 I do.

Breast feeding for 2: That is amazing, God is providing you with enough breast milk for your 2 kids. It can be done if you can keep up with it, be careful, don't over do it, you have to take care of yourself, eat very healthy with plenty of proteins & drink enough fluids, you're eating for 3!, take your vitamins, your 17 mos old should suppliment with regular milk & solid food & start weaning . Good luck. Enjoy ...Read more

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How often should you breast feed your newborn baby?

How often should you breast feed your newborn baby?

On demand: It is advisable to feed your baby on demand, on his or her schedule. Consider breast milk may be digested in an hour to two hours as opposed to formula that can take 3 to 4 hours to become digested. That is why breast fed infants feed very frequently and it is not unusual for them to feed 10 t0 12 times in 24 hours. Newborns may loose a little bit of weight the first week and then start gaining. ...Read more

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What type of pain medicine can I take for a uti over the counter I am currently breastfeeding my newborn?

What type of pain medicine can I take for a uti over the counter I am currently breastfeeding my newborn?

UTI pain: Tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen would be safe pain medications in breastfeeding but may not be helpful if your pain is due to UTI. Drink large amounts of water, consider some cranberry juice (helps dislodge bacteria) and see your doctor if not better in a couple days. ...Read more

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Is breastfeeding a Duarte Galactosemic (D/G) safe? Borderline 1st newborn screen, normal 2nd screen after 9 days of being breastfed exclusively.

Is breastfeeding a Duarte Galactosemic (D/G) safe? Borderline 1st newborn screen, normal 2nd screen after 9 days of being breastfed exclusively.

Probably fine: It is a rare disorder. Seems that those kids that have it present with mild jaundice. Controversy as to whether to keep them on a galactose free formula. Check for enzyme levels at 1 year. Speak to your local geneticist about recurrence risk and counseling. ...Read more

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What probiotic(brand / form) can be used for my newborns reflux if I am attempting the natural route? I am breastfeeding and will take supplements .

None: Probiotics are not usually needed for healthy newborns. The best thing to do is breast feed your baby with frequent feedings. Raise her head after feedings and burp regularly to reduce the amount of air in the tummy. Breast milk is very digestible and filled with healthy antibodies. If she is spitting up often or seems really fussy, check with your baby's doctor. ...Read more

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Okay well my newborn isn't pooping been one day now or 2 days she hasn't peed or poop. Am worried.. Am also breastfeeding . & she is getting the milk?

Okay well my newborn isn't pooping been one day now or 2 days she hasn't peed or poop. Am worried.. Am also breastfeeding . & she is getting the milk?

Urine output: One of the ways we gauge adequate breast milk intake is by the number of wet diapers a baby makes in a 24 hour period ( should be at least 5). The other way is by weight gain ( at least an ounce per day). Stooling patterns are highly variable in nursed newborns as some stool every feed while others stool once a week! ...Read more

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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth.Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more