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What Kind Of Bottles To Use When Breast Feeding
No: While breastfeeding is the preferred method of infant feeding, we are fortunate to have a variety of safe and effective approved infant formulas that can be used when necessary. Some infants require specialized formula because they have rare conditions that impede absorption of nutrients and growth. Your pediatrician is the best source of information about infant feeding. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
When transitioning a baby from formula to cow's milk, what is the best way to do it? stop the formula altogether or gradually? What quantity per feed?
Either is fine: There are several ways to transition...One has been shared. Another is to just stop formula and give cow milk. Some babies do not like this and then you can gradually transition ...Start with example- 1 oz milk /4 oz formula; then 2 z milk/2 oz formula and so on til it is all milk. You can also transition to almond milk or rice milk and be sure child is eating solids well. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Weaning: Wean slowly. Cut one breastfeeding session every few days. Replace it by giving the baby a bottle or cup. I recommend cutting the first morning and bedtime feedings last. If you get too engorged to cut a session completely, pump just enough to feel comfortable. Remember the more milk you remove, the more milk your breasts will make. If you remove less milk, the supply will go down. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
1wk post-partum, chose to breastfeed baby. What can I use to naturally relieve the soreness of breastfeeding in between feedings?
Lanolin: One natural remedy is lanolin ointment. It is produced from sheep skin and a very good protective barrier that helps sooth skin and is not harmful to your baby. ...Read more
Breast is filling with milk After stopping breast feeding for my 1year kid, how to stop secretion of milk my breast is hard and sometimes red in color?
Several: Coleus, fenugreek, and asparagus have all been used for hundreds of years to promote breast milk production. I have known many women who used fenugreek and said it helped somewhat. Scientific evidence showing any of these work, however, is lacking. ...Read more
I can't breast feed my newborn baby. Is there a way to give him all the antibodies breast milk contains? Is it safe to buy breastmilk?
Not reproducible: Modern science has been unable to re-create human breast milk. If pumping your own breast milk and bottle feeding it is not an option, choosing an infant formula will still give your baby proper nutrition for growth and development. Many infant formulas now have probiotics, felt to be beneficial for the digestive tract. Buying breast milk is a personal decision, but know your source. ...Read more
How many minutes am i supposed to breast feed on each breast? For some reason my left breast is producing more milk. How can I even them out?
10-15 minutes: 10 -15 minutes on each breast is more than adequate to empty the breast. Baby actually gets 90% of the milk in the first 5 minutes.If one breast is significantly producing more, start your nursing always on the side that produces less. Baby's suck is more vigorous at the start of the feeding and will be more stimulating to that breast. Also can use warm compress to increase blood flow to that side. ...Read more
10 to 12 months: No need to give water until 10 months. Give the water in a sippy cup. If a baby is constipated then small amounts of water can be given earlier after checking with the pediatrician. Breast milk and formula provide plenty of water. Also baby foods such as fruits and vegetables have a high water content. ...Read more
Fridge or freezer: Breastmilk can be stored in the refrigerator for several days and in the freezer for 3-4 months. The white blood cells in the milk die in the freezer lessening the milk's anti-infective properties slightly so if you're pumping at work for the next day's use, store the milk in sterile bags or bottles in the fridge. But if you're not sure when it will get used it's best to store it in the freezer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It is possible: Most current shields are made of soft silicone. While usually not allergenic, it is possible to develop allergic contact dermatitis. Older shields were of harder silicone or latex, both of which are more likely to cause local reactions. If you have sensitive skin or are dermatographic (pressure on the skin causing a welt), just the pressure of the shield may cause local welting. ...Read more
Robs your body: Initially your body will rob your body's stores of nutrients and calories by breaking down your tissues to try and get the calories needed to make the appropriate milk for your baby. It will steal calcium out of your bones and make them weaker if your intake of calcium isn't enough. Eventually, though, the quality of your milk will suffer and you won't make good and/or enough milk for the baby. ...Read more
What happens if your breastfeeding and bottle feeding and drink one bottle of mikes lemonade something like a sminoff can I pump the next day?
Yes: There is essentially never a need to "pump and dump". Your "milk alcohol level" is essentially the same as your blood alcohol level. So within 1-2 hours after 1 drink, the alcohol is gone from your milk. The amount of alcohol that gets into the milk is very small, and should not affect a baby under normal circumstances. So the occasional drink is fine. ...Read more
Is it possible to breastfeed exclusively after feeding my child a mix of breast milk and formula?
Yes: Absolutely! if your milk supply is in but your are concerned you might not be making enough for your baby right now, try pumping for a brief period of time to increase your supply. If may take a few days to a week, but hang in there- your body will adjust to the increase demands. Be sure to drink plenty of water so that your body is well-hydrated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the cons of exclusively pumping breast milk and feeding baby using bottle versus breast feeding?
Efficency: It's more efficient to breast feed than to pump & then bottle feed. You also avoid any risk of less than perfectly sterile bottles causing the milk to carry an infection. In addition, baby's nursing tends to trigger you to produce more milk than pumping. That said, having breast fed both my kids, pumping when i was away & nursing when i was with baby was a very effective compromise. ...Read more
What are some vitamins I can take to increase the production of milk in my breast. Im wanting to store milk and am not pumping enough to store?
Consider : Some women have had success with fenugreek ...Read more
Only a few things: At first, i couldn't think of any, the designer really knew what babies need & it's worked for hundreds of thousands of generations. The only exceptions i could think of are if mom has HIV or untreated tuberculosis.Moms on bizarre diets can also be a problem but that is also rare. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can my 4m old baby transition from breast milk to formula? She's tried many and just won't take any and bottles are not the problem.
Weaning from breast : If you are willing to pump your own breast milk & freeze it for daily use sine the baby is refusing to drink any formula, other wise you just have to keep trying until the baby gets used to one of the formulas, very soon you will be introducing sold food & that will help but you still need to offer formula or pumped breast milk. Good luck. ...Read more
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