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3 month infant suddenly sticking out tongue when trying to breast feed - refusing nipple.Cries when trying to feed bottle. He's on 2ml of ranitidine. ?

3 month infant suddenly sticking out tongue when trying to breast feed - refusing nipple.Cries when trying to feed bottle. He's on 2ml of ranitidine. ?

Need PCP evaluation: not enough information for reason why ranitidine prescribed. Infant needs a thorough PE to evaluate problem. I suggest stopping the ranitidine to exclude possible side effects, unless aspiration following feeding has occurred. Many babies erp up a lot but grow normally. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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My baby is two months n breastfeeding. Her tongue is white due to milk. Is there anyway to remove it.?

My baby is two months n breastfeeding. Her tongue is white due to milk. Is there anyway to remove it.?

Yes: It could be thrush, also known as yeast in the mouth. Usually true thrush is almost impossible to "scrape off" the tongue. Try wiping the tongue with a clean wet wash cloth. If if comes off it probably isn't thrush and is just milk deposits from feeding. If it is whitish, velvety and doesn't come off you will need to seen medical attention for a prescription to kill the yeast. ...Read more

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When i first started breastfeeding, my nipples were peeling and some got on my baby tongue. He is 3 weeks old now. How can I get it off his tongue?

When i first started breastfeeding, my nipples were peeling and some got on my baby tongue. He is 3 weeks old now. How can I get it off his tongue?

Epithelial cells: Your epithelial (skin) cells will not hurt the baby's tongue. However, make sure that you do not have a developing breast infection which will cause nipples to crack and peel by seeing a md. ...Read more

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My 2 weeks old baby girl makes some clicking sound while breastfeeding and 4rm bottle. Has it anything to do wit tongue tying?

My 2 weeks old baby girl makes some clicking sound while breastfeeding and 4rm bottle. Has it anything to do wit tongue tying?

Tongue tie: A tethered tongue can cause unusual sounds during breast feeding, but as long as she is gaining weight (feeding effectively) and not choking or gagging, this is likely not an issue that needs to be addressed in the short term. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I saw some gel crystals on my baby's mouth after breastfeeding. This is actually from my breast pad. I am worried she ingested some. What should I do?

I saw some gel crystals on my baby's mouth after breastfeeding. This is actually from my breast pad. I am worried she ingested some. What should I do?

Non toxic: These are non toxic but are present in many materials. Explain your problem to the retailer and change your breast pads. All the best. ...Read more

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Breastfeeding and baby and i both have a red, flaky, scaly rash. Baby around mouth-me around mouth, eye, forehead, forearm, and nipple?

Breastfeeding and baby and i both have a red, flaky, scaly rash. Baby around mouth-me around mouth, eye, forehead, forearm, and nipple?

MD visit: The rash may be due to a number of conditions, including infections, contact dermatitis or allergic dermatitis. Since you both have a rash, this raises the possibility of an infection that has been transferred to the baby. If you are applying topical lotions or perfumed products this may lead to a contact dermatitis. Your physician will be able to determine the treatment for the underlying cause. ...Read more

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Breastfeeding. Had a local anaesthetic injection during dental filling work. Had distorted vision, numb tongue immediately after injection. Why?

Breastfeeding. Had a local anaesthetic injection during dental filling work. Had distorted vision, numb tongue immediately after injection. Why?

Likely two different: things happened, injection directly into a small artery can cause a vision change temporarily; injection very close to or into part of the lingual nerve route will cause the side of the tongue to go numb immediately. All should resolve with time. ...Read more

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When do babies get the hang of breastfeeding?

When do babies get the hang of breastfeeding?

Instinct: Babies are born with the instinct to breast feed. Even in the womb they have sucking action. Some are born with sucking blisters on their thumbs! moms must learn how to hold their infants in a position that is conducive to the rooting reflex, and to resist the temptation to let baby suck on just the nipple, vs areola. A lacation consultant or pediatrician is invaluable in the early days of brf. ...Read more

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What are Nexium (esomeprazole) effects on a breastfeeding infant?

What are Nexium (esomeprazole) effects on a breastfeeding infant?

See below: There are no data on the excretion of Nexium into human milk. There is a potential for tumorigenicity with "omeprazole" -prilosec-administration has been seen in rat carcinogenicity studies. Because esomeprazole is the s-isomer of Omeprazole which is excreted into human milk, & because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants, a decision should be made to discontinue. ...Read more

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Can my baby contract infant botulism if I eat honey while breastfeeding him?

Can my baby contract infant botulism if I eat honey while breastfeeding him?

No: Infant botulism occurs when the spores(seeds) of botulism hatch in the infants intestine and make the toxin that interferes with their nervous system. Adult systems do not have this problem and there is no way the spores of botulism can travel into or through your breast milk.Enjoy it if you wish, there is no risk to baby. ...Read more

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Effect of ciprofloxacin 250 bid, to a breastfeeding infant ? Thanks in advance.

Effect of ciprofloxacin 250 bid, to a breastfeeding infant ? Thanks in advance.

Rare complications: At regular doses Ciprofloxacin is considered relatively safe during breast feeding. Rare cases of a colitis in an infant & tooth staining have been recorded. The relative transfer in small (2-6%) and with short term treatment any effect can be minimized. See hall t, "medications and mothers milk" 15 ed.2012. ...Read more

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What statistics indicate that mothers should favor breastfeeding over using infant formula?

What statistics indicate that mothers should favor breastfeeding over using infant formula?

Too many to list: the benefits to both mom and baby are too numerous to list in less than 400 characters. Check out this link for more info: https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/breastfeeding/conditioninfo/Pages/benefits.aspx ...Read more

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I have EoE. Will extended breastfeeding increase my babies chances of getting eoe? Should I still introduce top allergens by 8 mths old? Thank you!

I have EoE. Will extended breastfeeding increase my babies chances of getting eoe? Should I still introduce top allergens by 8 mths old? Thank you!

No data: There is no data regarding whether delayed introduction of table foods increases the risk for EoE. However introduction of table foods beyond 6 months will increase the risk for the baby to develop food allergies. ...Read more

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Why did the number of american women breastfeeding their babies drop dramaticly after wwii?

Why did the number of american women breastfeeding their babies drop dramaticly after wwii?

Overlapping issues: This era saw many changes in family life.Many women worked outside the home & needed an easier way to feed the child. Soon after the first antibiotics (wwii), we had staph outbreaks in nurseries with germs that weren't killed by penicillin.Many thought breast feeding spread the germs so babies were wrapped in sterile blankets & bottle fed. A home made formula was promoted & the rest is history. ...Read more

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"drug transfer to the fetus and to the breastfeeding infant: what do we know?"

Not a lot....: These studies are very difficult to do, especially on which drugs are transferred to the developing fetus. Animals models can tell you some information, but it is hard to interpret effects into people. ...Read more

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Why might an infant vomit often after breastfeeding?

Why might an infant vomit often after breastfeeding?

Infants spit up: after eating when they have eaten too much. Other less common reasons include reflux, pyloric stenosis, milk intolerance and more rarely structural anomalies of the GI tract. ...Read more

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Do i need to inform infant doctor that i stopped breastfeeding?

Do i need to inform infant doctor that i stopped breastfeeding?

Not necessarily: I leave it up to moms to decide if & how long they breast feed baby.You should update the doc at your next checkup & call in if you have concerns about your alternative methods. ...Read more

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What can I take by mouth for ringworm while breastfeeding?

What can I take by mouth for ringworm while breastfeeding?

Fluconazole: But Lamisil (terbinafine) at twice daily may work just fine and have less effect on your breast milk. ...Read more

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Should I be giving my breastfeeding infant any vitamin supplements?

Should I be giving my breastfeeding infant any vitamin supplements?

Vitamin D: Breastmilk is a complete source of nutrition for infants with the exception of Vitamin D. Typically Vitamin D is obtained from sun exposure, but because dermatologists recommend avoiding sun exposure for infants, it is best to give them Vitamin D as a supplement. Infant Vitamin D drops or in 'tri-vi-sol' drops which also contain vitamins A&K are both available options. ...Read more

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When breastfeeding, should you feed your infant on demand or establish a schedule?

When breastfeeding, should you feed your infant on demand or establish a schedule?

Both.: In the beginning, you should feed on demand - and more often - to help establish milk production. Once you and your baby have your technical skills down, it is a good idea to start to spread out your feeding to every 2-3 hours, gradually if needed, or you may find yourself with a baby who sips...very frequently. Feeding on demand is another model that works - find which fits best for you. ...Read more

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I am breastfeeding my 20 months old twin babies. What should be the proper diet plan for me?

I am breastfeeding my 20 months old twin babies. What should be the proper diet plan for me?

The proper diet...: ...For a breast feeding mother is the proper diet for anyone. Eat lean meats, lots of vegetables, plenty of fruit, and whole grains. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water. Continue your prenatal vitamins as long as you're nursing, and a lot of those vitamins will be passed through the milk. Breast fed babies, newborn or 20 months, should be on a vitamin d supplement daily. ...Read more

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Why did the number of american women who chose to breast feed their babies drop so dramaticly after wwii?

Combination : I would think that it was because there were more women going to work outside the home, as well as the improved availability of infant formulas. Breast milk is still the best nutrition for babies. ...Read more

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Hello i'm breastfeeding can I drink chamomile tea ? And also when can you give directly to the babies ? Thanks

Hello i'm breastfeeding can I drink chamomile tea ? And also when can you give directly to the babies ? Thanks

Chamomile Tea: Yes, you can drink it but limit the amount since some can be transferred through breast milk. And you should not give to the infant/baby. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take "baby" asprin while breastfeeding? I am worried about increasing the risk of reye's syndrome in my nursing infant.

Is it safe to take "baby" asprin while breastfeeding?  I am worried about increasing the risk of reye's syndrome in my nursing infant.

Caution advised: Aspirins use during breast feeding viewed with caution. Ibuprofen has a similar anti -platelet effect as baby Aspirin but is considered safe. ...Read more

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My baby is in his month six & doctor did not want to give him infant formula, can i continue breastfeeding him while fasting in ramdan now?

Breastfeeding/fastin: I am Jewish not Muslim. In Judiasm respect for preserving life is considered so high that you are allowed to break almost any commandment in order to preserve a life. If you came to me as a Jewess and I was your Rabbi, I would advice you to eat and breastfeed. But you should talk to your Imam and to Allah. That should be your guide. Happy Ramadan! ...Read more

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My wife is breastfeeding 10 months old daughter. Now she is again pregnant. Could she continue breastfeeding and what will be the effects on babies.

Generally safe: She may continue breastfeeding, keeping in mind that the milk production may decrease and fatigue may be a factor in keeping up with the feeds. Rest and extra hydration are a must. ...Read more

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My breastfeeding infant has blue green poop, is this normal?

My breastfeeding infant has blue green poop, is this normal?

Poop Colors: The color of stool is not usually concerning, as it reflects a lot of things we eat. Dark black, red or white stools are the only colors that are worrisome. ...Read more

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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


White Patches On Tongue (Definition)

Leukoplakia describes a white patch, however it is not a diagnosis. Often the white patch is a fungal infection. See your physician ...Read more