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What infections can I pass to my baby through breast milk?

What infections can I pass to my baby through breast milk?

Several: The most concerning ones that come to mind of concern are tuberculosis and cytomegalovirus. However each is dependent on you having these illnesses. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Is breast milk good for babies below 1 year for applying on eye's regularly or any kind of infection :) help me?

Is breast milk good for babies below 1 year for  applying on eye's regularly or any kind of infection  :) help me?

No: Breast milk is good for babies to drink. Not really for topical use in the eyes. Fresh breast milk may contain bacteria which may worsen an infection. Most eye infections are viral or allergies and will go away on their own. If the drainage persists all day or he has a fever, see a doctor. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you have a tattoo infection can it come through breast milk?

I'm just wondering, if you have a tattoo infection can it come through breast milk?

Possible: If you get a blood borne infection from the tattoo there is a slight possibility that it will cross into the breast milk. Try and make sure the infection in the tattoo is treated correctly and talk to your pediatrician about the risks to your child. ...Read more

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If infant pukes up breast milk should you feed them again?

If infant pukes up breast milk should you feed them again?

Most of the time yes: Infants often normally reflux small amounts of milk after feeding, while burping, with motion or for no reason at all. They then can be hungry again very soon, and you can go ahead and feed them. But if the amount is unusually large or frequent, or their urine is dark, see your doctor asap. ...Read more

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Does an infant develop the same if they were breastfed or bottle fed with breast milk?

Does an infant develop the same if they were breastfed or bottle fed with breast milk?

Breast milk: Breast milk whether fed by nursing or in a bottle is the same. However, most babies who nurse get more milk than they would when milk is pumped because your baby is the most efficient breast pump developed ever. ...Read more

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What infant formula is closest to breast milk?

What infant formula is closest to breast milk?

All try to be: If considering a formula, the primary difference in types is the source of protein, (cow milk vs soy bean) and type of sugar (lactose vs non-lactose). All are regulated a by the fda and required to have certain components. All claim to be similar to breast milk in their benefit to the kids. The major brands are supported by decades of continuing research. Find one baby likes and stick with it. ...Read more

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Can breast milk make my infant gassy and give him reflux?

Can breast milk make my infant gassy and give him reflux?

What you eat can: Breast milk won't make babies gassy usually, and most tolerate straight breast milk very well. However, there are certain foods that are famous for causing gas and bloating if mom eats them, then breastfeeds: cabbage, spicy foods, pepper, onions, garlic, caffeine, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots. I've had parents figure out almonds, tomatoes, and such. Scout recent meals and take notes. ...Read more

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Can caffeine in breast milk affect intellectual development of the infant?

Can caffeine in breast milk affect intellectual development of the infant?

Possibly: Small amounts of caffeine taken in the morning are probably not harmful. But if a baby does not get adequate sleep due to excessive caffeine in the breast milk, the lack of sleep can certainly affect their intellectual development. ...Read more

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Is it ok to give babies breast milk straight from refrigerator.... Can they tolerate the chillness ?

Is it ok to give babies breast milk straight from refrigerator.... Can they tolerate the chillness ?

Probably: Babies can tolerate the temperature of occasional chilled feelings. They are more susceptible to temp changes than older children so be careful. ...Read more

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How many ounces of breast milk or fomula is a 3 week old infant supposed to drink and how many hours apart?

How many ounces of breast milk or fomula is a 3 week old infant supposed to drink and how many hours apart?

Depends on weight: For an average weighted newborn at 3 weeks age, approximately 3 oz every 3hours or 3 1/2 oz every 4 hours would be appropriate. ...Read more

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