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What should I know about formula feeding?

What should I know about formula feeding?

Bottle feeding: This is a huge topic: here's a good place to start: http://www.Healthychildren.Org/english/ages-stages/baby/feeding-nutrition/pages/amount-and-schedule-of-formula-feedings.Aspx. ...Read more

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of breastfeeding and formula feeding?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of breastfeeding and formula feeding?

Breast Feeding Perks: For baby: improved immunity, superior brain&eye development, fewer allergies& GI problems, enhanced cognitive functioning, reduced risk of obesity/all obesity related diseases, etc. etc. etc. etc. For mother: lose weight faster, saves time, money and environmental resources, bonds more readily, reduces risk of breast/ ovarian cancer&multiple systemic diseases. Risk is low weight gain in infant. ...Read more

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What to do about excessive formula feeding during growth spurt?

What to do about excessive formula feeding during growth spurt?

Feeding: Babies are growing rapidly and usually double their birthweight by 4-6 months old. How much they need is based on age, birth to 6 weeks is 2-4 oz every 3 hours while a 4 month old may take 6 oz every 4 hours. Ask to see the growth chart when you go for well baby visits and this will let you see if your baby is on track or gaining too fast. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of breastfeeding and formula feeding?

What are the pros and cons of breastfeeding and formula feeding?

Breast Feeding Perks: For baby: improved immunity, superior brain&eye development, fewer allergies&GI problems, enhanced cognitive functioning, reduced risk of obesity/all obesity related diseases, etc. etc. etc. etc. For mother: lose weight faster, saves time, money and environmental resources, bonds more readily, reduces risk of breast/ ovarian cancer&multiple systemic diseases. Risk is low weight gain. ...Read more

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of breastfeeding as compared to formula feeding?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of breastfeeding as compared to formula feeding?

Breast Feeding Perks: For baby: improved immunity, superior brain&eye development, fewer allergies& GI problems, enhanced cognitive functioning, reduced risk of obesity/all obesity related diseases, etc. etc. etc. etc. For mother: lose weight faster, saves time, money and environmental resources, bonds more readily, reduces risk of breast/ ovarian cancer&multiple systemic diseases. Risk is low weight gain in infant. ...Read more

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Should I be giving my baby fruit and vegetable juices if I am also formula-feeding him?

Should I be giving my baby fruit and vegetable juices if I am also formula-feeding him?

No: The answer is no.If breast-feeding is not possible, infant formulas contain all of the required nutrients needed by healthy infants. Juices have no nutritional value and should not be used.They provide unneccessary calories and will probably interfere with normal feeding.Occasionally pediatricians will use juice as a natural laxative for a constipated baby, but otherwise juice should not be used. ...Read more

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What should be the interval between formula feeding n food to a 7 month old baby..I give him 6 to 7 oz..Exactly how many hours should I offer him food?

What should be the interval between formula feeding n food to a 7 month old baby..I give him 6 to 7 oz..Exactly how many hours should I offer him food?

Variable: There is no proven answer to this question.I recommend aiming towards 3 meals per day followed by the bottle/breast immediately . And a bedtime milk feeding. But this can greatly vary depending upon the baby's needs. ...Read more

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How does the cost of breastfeeding compare to the cost of formula feeding?

How does the cost of breastfeeding compare to the cost of formula feeding?

On is free on is not: Breast milk is free and better for the baby , formula has to be bought and therefore more costly. ...Read more

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How long does it take to loose weight after giving birth if formula feeding?

How long does it take to loose weight after giving birth if formula feeding?

Depends : Since you are not breastfeeding, weight loss will depend on your activity level and caloric intake. If you are very active and watch your diet, you should lose the extra pounds quickly. ...Read more

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What are the statistics behind the benefits of breastfeeding compared to formula feeding?

What are the statistics behind the benefits of breastfeeding compared to formula feeding?

Many: First of all breastfeeding creates a special bond between mom and child. Antibody's pass over with BM and keep the child healthier. Studies have shown less asthma and food allergies in breastfed children. Not to mention it is cheaper. ...Read more

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Has there been any recent research on the impact of breastfeeding as opposed to formula feeding?

Has there been any recent research on the impact of breastfeeding as opposed to formula feeding?

Breast feeding perks: For baby: improved immunity, superior brain & eye development, fewer allergies & GI problems, enhanced cognitive functioning, reduced risk of obesity/all obesity related diseases, etc. etc. etc. etc. Mother loses weight faster, saves time, money and environmental resources, bonds more readily, reduces risk of breast & ovarian cancer, and risk of multiple systemic diseases. ...Read more

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My 2month old baby popping a little every formula feeding .he is on both.i have changed his formula milk 2 days ago?

My 2month old baby popping a little every formula feeding .he is on both.i have changed his formula milk 2 days ago?

Formula Change: Frequent stools can occur after a formula change. This should resolve in a few days. If it does not it may indicate a formula intolerance. If this occurs the child should be evaluated by his doctor. ...Read more

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I am exclusively breastfeeding my 6month old baby, and now i want to switch to formula feeding. But everytime i offer her a bottle she fusse?

I am exclusively breastfeeding my 6month old baby, and now i want to switch to formula feeding. But everytime i offer her a bottle she fusse?

Have someone help: In the beginning of a switch, if baby can smell you she is unlikely to take a bottle. Have dad or a friend offer the bottle & leave the area. She may fuss from separation anxiety, but if she is hungry, she should tale a bottle from them. After a while she should be willing to take one from you. ...Read more

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I am formula feeding my 11 month old son but he finds it hard to drink and drinks very less. He eats solid food thrice a day well. What to do?

I am formula feeding my 11 month old son but he finds it hard to drink and drinks very less. He eats solid food thrice a day well. What to do?

11-12 months: is a good time to start transitioning to table food. Just be sure to offer a varied diet of pureed or very well chopped fruits, vegetables, and meats. You can give formula as well in a sippy cup (easier to drink from). As long as he is gaining weight, and is happy and thriving, all is probably well. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What are the stool's characteristics of a 3month old infant who is on a 100% milk formula feeding?

What are the  stool's characteristics of  a 3month old infant who is on a 100% milk formula feeding?

Varies some: Most develop regular stooling at a frequency of 1 or more daily.Color varies through shades of green to yellow to brown. ...Read more

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6 mos old bby. 3x watery stool today. Yesterday no stool. Only milk formula feeding. Is it nrmal?

6 mos old bby. 3x watery stool today. Yesterday no stool. Only milk formula feeding. Is it nrmal?

No: Is he is eating normally? No vomiting? Bring your baby to a pediatrician for eval. He is might developing stomach virus and need a close follow up. ...Read more

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5 week old baby is constantly hungry. I've been breastfeeding him all day between 2 hour interval formula feeding.

5 week old baby is constantly hungry. I've been breastfeeding him all day between 2 hour interval  formula feeding.

Hungry baby: First of all do you have enough breast milk. Give your baby the breast. After20-30 minutes, if he takes more than 1-2 ounces you dont have enough breast milk. Secondly are you burping frequently, and third at five weeks he may have colic, in which case swaddle him or put him in a swing after feeding. ...Read more

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8.5w post c-section, still waiting for period & just lost what looked exactly like my mucus plug. Formula feeding since bub was 4w. Whats going on?

8.5w post c-section, still waiting for period & just lost what looked exactly like my mucus plug. Formula feeding since bub was 4w. Whats going on?

Call your OB MD: It is impossible for any MD to speculate as to what the problem is without your detailed history and an examination. Give your OB MD a call and go see him/her. ...Read more