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Dr. Andrew Berry
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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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I want to stop breastfeeding my baby and start bottle feeding but she is refusing to take bottle feeds, what should I do?

I want to stop breastfeeding my baby and start bottle feeding but she is refusing to take bottle feeds, what should I do?

Different feeder: Baby will often refuse a bottle if she can smell you. If you enlist dad or another helper to start the process baby may accept the feed if hungry enough.After a few feeds by the other helper, baby may be willing to make the change. ...Read more

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How can my wife increase her milk production? We are supplementing with formula, but she wants to breastfeed exclusively.

How can my wife increase her milk production? We are supplementing with formula, but she wants to breastfeed exclusively.

Breastfeeding: The best thing a mother can do to increase milk production is to put the bay to suck more. Otherwise, increase the amount of fluid intake. Some even suggest o drink "malta". Exclusive breastfeeding for 4-6 months is appropriate if something else is added bay won't suck enough. You may consider consult la leche league or nurses specialized in breastfeeding. ...Read more

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When should I transition from nursing to bottle feeding?

When should I transition from nursing to bottle feeding?

8-15 months: Breast feeding is nutrition +nurturing & while baby needs the nutrition they may not want the cuddle time after they begin to explore their world. If baby cuts feeds short& wants to get down & explore, they are starting a natural weaning process. If able to handle a hard nose sippy cup, try to move to the cup rather than a bottle. Either way, baby may want to carry their feed while exploring. ...Read more

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Baby nurses for 2-3 min then starts crying and refuses to latch on again. Good milk supply. Dr evaluated baby and said healthy.

Baby nurses for 2-3 min then starts crying and refuses to latch on again.  Good milk supply. Dr evaluated baby and said healthy.

Not enought details: Is your baby growing well? If so, it's possible that you have an extremely rapid letdown, and baby is 'flooded' with milk in the first few minutes of nursing. If that's the case, baby doesn't want to latch on because he's full. If not growing, let down may be slow; pump a few minutes to get flow going, then put baby on. Have lactation spec. Or pediatrician watch you nurse-getting areola in? ...Read more

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3 month baby refusing to feed.I express milk.Sterday he refused even formula.Pushes away the bottle. Very depressed why? What to do. Baby very fuzzy.

3 month baby refusing to feed.I express milk.Sterday he refused even formula.Pushes away the bottle. Very depressed why? What to do. Baby very fuzzy.

See doctor ASAP: Feeding refusal is a warning sign for serious illness and is a significant warning sign. I'm not sure what "baby very fuzzy" means, but if the baby is lethargic and not acting well, then go to the er and get the baby checked immediately. These are warning signs of bad illness and should be checked asap. ...Read more

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Can I nurse my baby when she gets hungry in between feedings, in addition to bottle feeding her pumped breast milk? Or is that feeding her too much?

Can I nurse my baby when she gets hungry in between feedings, in addition to bottle feeding her pumped breast milk? Or is that feeding her too much?

Nurture vs nutrient: Don't assume that willingness to latch & feed every hour is necessary hunger. You can unwittingly create a snacking baby if you assume every mouthing or rooting response is a need to feed. Babies can do this for the comfort. Hunger is an empty stomach. ...Read more

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How to teach a child to switch his milk from feeding bottle to cup?

How to teach a child to switch his milk from feeding bottle to cup?

Put water in the Btl: Kids often resist change, but can be drawn to it if there is a reward. If you quit putting good tasting stuff in the bottle & only put in water, the kid will learn that the good stuff comes from the cup & decide to make the change. It can take several days to a week or so, but keep with it & it will happen. ...Read more

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Is it okay to feed 8 months baby whole milk and start feeding him solids ?

Is it okay to feed 8 months baby whole milk and start feeding him solids ?

Baby: 8 month olds can have solid foods. Full info on how to introduce solids is too long for a Heathtap response. Here is info from the AAP https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/feeding-nutrition/Pages/Switching-To-Solid-Foods.aspx --- you should not introduce whole milk yet. You should have a 9month check up soon with your pediatrician. Make sure to go over these ?'s with them. ...Read more

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When to start complementary feeding a child who drink formula?

When to start complementary feeding a child who drink formula?

Begin slow: I recommend you begin to introduce solid foods at 6 months. You begin with one food at a time for 3-5 days and if no allergic reaction add another. You can begin with cereal if not already thickening formula with it. Then vegetables alternating with fruits one at a time. Avoid any foods that triggers allergic reaction. Balance yellow and green vegetables. ...Read more

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Is it okay for me to give my newborn breast milk and formula?

Is it okay for me to give my newborn breast milk and formula?

Yes: Many physician organizations have endorsed the idea that exclusive breastfeeding is the best for baby and mom for the first year after birth. But, it is more than ok to supplement with formula when you chose to. While we encourage breastfeeding, one should never feel bad or guilty for supplementing or switching to formula feedings. ...Read more

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3 months baby is refusing to breastfeed, will i still have a good milk supply to continue to feed her till she is 6 months if i only pump all the time?

3 months baby is refusing to breastfeed, will i still have a good milk supply to continue to feed her till she is 6 months if i only pump all the time?

Yes, consider LLL: Continuous pumping will stimulate your breastmilk supply, however the baby is the best stimulator. You may need to increase your pumping frequency to meet her growth spurts at times. You may also want to consider consulting la leche league (lll) for help with why your baby refuses to breast feed and how to keep your supply up. Congratulations on breastfeeding for the 3 mos already! keep it up! ...Read more

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How to make 9months baby lay to sleep by himself., while breast feeding baby sleeps. How to make baby to sleep without direct breast feeding ?

How to make 9months baby lay to sleep by himself., while breast feeding baby sleeps. How to make baby to sleep without direct breast feeding ?

Sleep habits: Can start by teaching child to go to sleep by itself; Can feed but child should be put in crib tired but awake and allowed to go to sleep by itself; May involve some crying but habit of breast feeding to sleep can be broken. ALos child does not need to be fed during the nite. DO not subsitute pacifier or bottle to put infant to sleep. ...Read more

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Two-month old baby refuses expressed milk in bottle, how to encourage her bottle feeding?

Two-month old baby refuses expressed milk in bottle, how to encourage her bottle feeding?

Get out of the room: When you try alternative feeding it is best to let someone else do the offering.If baby is use to BF they will hold out as long as they can smell you. If hungry and you are not there to confuse her, she may begin the transition easier. ...Read more

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How can a breastfeeding and working mother increase her milk supply (other than nursing more often)?

How can a breastfeeding and working mother increase her milk supply (other than nursing more often)?

Breast milk supply: Natural ways to increase breast milk supply: drink plenty of water, reduce stress, Fenugreek Seeds. Mother's Milk Tea, pump (a pain but works), Blessed thistle; eat more carbs like oats/ drink beer; ; if absolutely need Rx: Reglan (metoclopramide) ...Read more

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Dr. Elisha Atkins
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