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Will I be able to breastfeed my baby if she is premature?

Will I be able to breastfeed my baby if she is premature?

Yes: Yes. You can breastfeed your infant no matter what the age of prematurity. Sometimes higher calories are needed for increasing weight when only limited amounts of feedings are tolerated. You can add calories to the breast milk as well if needed. Consult your pediatrician and neonatologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Chevies Newman
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Premature (Definition)

Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more


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If my baby is refusing to breastfeed, does it mean she could be ready to wean already?

If my baby is refusing to breastfeed, does it mean she could be ready to wean already?

Yes: A baby that is refusing to breastfeed or take anything else should be seen by a doctor for illness. However, if your baby doesn't seem sick and is taking other liquids/foods then she may just be weaning herself. I would continue to offer her the breast for as long as you wish and give her the choice. ...Read more

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When will I be able to tell if my baby has allergies?

When will I be able to tell if my baby has allergies?

2 years and up: Most children need at least 2 years of exposure to environmental allergens before becoming allergic to them, especially in the case of seasonal pollens. Therefore, in regards to environmental allergies causing nasal and ocular symptoms these rarely occur in children less than 2. However, food allergies are different and can occur much earlier. ...Read more

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Will I be able to bond with my baby if I bottle feed?

Will I be able to bond with my baby if I bottle feed?

Yes: Absolutely. Feeding your baby is a warm, emotional experience whether breast or bottlefeeding. Remember we dads have done it this way forever.It is the overall contact that generates the emotional ties. Do not worry! ...Read more

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What can happen to my baby if i pass bacterial vaginosis to him while giving birth? Will he be ok

What can happen to my baby if i pass bacterial vaginosis to him while giving birth? Will he be ok

Best to treast: Most doctors, especially if you are preterm, would wish to treat the BV to help prevent preterm birth. If you were to have BV during delivery it wouldn't likely cause any harm (so long as not group beta streptococcus which is something your doctor likely tested/will test you for at 35-36 weeks). Bv is typically normal vaginal flora (bacteria) that's grown out of proportion to the lactobaccili. ...Read more

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Baby has low hemoglobin.She's breastfeed only.At resent time she refuses to breastfeed.What can I do to not to loose milk? How fast can baby be cured?

Baby has low hemoglobin.She's breastfeed only.At resent time she refuses to breastfeed.What can I do to not to loose milk? How fast can baby be cured?

Pumping/expressing: First, you should consult your child's pediatrician for the lack of appetite and low hemoglobin. That being said, expressing or pumping your breastmilk is one way of maintaining your milk supply so you can continue to breastfeed. However, pumping or expressing breastmilk is not a natural process; we are not meant to be hooked up to a machine! so it does take time and a bit of learning curve... ...Read more

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Will I be able to breast feed if my nipples continue to be cracked after my birth?

Will I be able to breast feed if my nipples continue to be cracked after my birth?

Yes: Sometimes nipples are cracked before delivery because the skin is dry and rubbing against irritating clothing. After delivery you can try wearing breast shells to prevent chaffing from clothing or you can use hydrogels to soothe cracked nipples. After delivery cracked nipples is often a sign of a poor latch so see a lactation consultant asap. ...Read more

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What happens if a woman decides not to breastfeed her child? Will her baby still be well nourished?

What happens if a woman decides not to breastfeed her child?  Will her baby still be well nourished?

Nourished, yes: Human milk is the optimum specialty item, designed so specifically that your own milk is better for your child than any other. There are transiently alive components, immune factors that reduce risk of infection that can not be replicated in the lab. We are blessed to have dozens of nutritious alternatives to help baby grow when BF in not chosen.You must do what you must do, but baby will do okay ...Read more

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Adopted a three day old baby and i want to be able to feed her breast milk, can I do this without getting pregnant?

Adopted a three day old baby and i want to be able to feed her breast milk, can I do this without getting pregnant?

Contact OB: You can contact your OB for assistance in inducing lactation. ( hormonal manipulation) you may want to contact the la leche league @ 800-525-3243 or lactation consultants affiliated with the OB services of area hospitals. These groups can get you started. ...Read more

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Will I be able to breastfeed my twins?

Will I be able to breastfeed my twins?

Yes: Most women with twins find this entirely do-able but it will take some practice and help to get started. ...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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My baby is 1week 1day old I been using formula is it to late to switch over to breastfeeding? Will I still be able to make milk? Formula make him sick

My baby is 1week 1day old I been using formula is it to late to switch over to breastfeeding? Will I still be able to make milk? Formula make him sick

Yes but ....: You may want to discuss what baby is doing with the doc or his/her nurses. Babies often spit up/ become gassy with anything you feed them (breast or bottle) and sometimes a change in formula,technique or bottles can reduce what you see as a problem. ...Read more

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If my wife and i are able to have a baby through iui, how long should we try to have a baby naturally for baby #2. My wife will probably be 34 for #2?

If my wife and i are able to have a baby through iui, how long should we try to have a baby naturally for baby #2.  My wife will probably be 34 for #2?

Far to say: Generally, if you needed assistance getting pregnant with the first pregnancy, you probably will need assistance again with the second. Although, couples "get lucky" all the time, you should not count on that; and when you are ready for the second child, consider repeating what worked for you the first time. Hope this helps. Good luck. ...Read more

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When will my baby be able to see?

When will my baby be able to see?

At birth.: They may not know what they see then, but they will react to light, and by 1-2 months should focus on your face. When they answer your smile with theirs, then you'll know for sure! ...Read more

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Will me being a premature baby affect my baby when I try to have kids?

Will me being a premature baby affect my baby when I try to have kids?

Shouldn't matter: There are a number of issues that can give rise to premature birth, and those effect the mother having premi babies. It is not transmitted as a genetic trait. That said, an evaluation by an OBGyn at the first sign of pregnancy, along with consistent medical care during pregnancy is the best way to get your best possible outcome. ...Read more

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My baby is not breastfeeding since birth, I am feeding her lactogen no.1 is it good for him. He wil gain weight and he will not have problem in futhur?

My baby is not breastfeeding since birth, I am feeding her lactogen no.1 is it good for him. He wil gain weight and he will not have problem in futhur?

Formula: Lactogen is not available in the USA. I see, however, that it is a Nestle product. You may want to go to their website. Also, your pediatrician will also have this information. ...Read more

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I have a daughter, she is 13, she still has eight baby teeth and shes tried to wiggle them but they wont budge, will she still be able to have braces?

I have a daughter, she is 13, she still has eight baby teeth and shes tried to wiggle them but they wont budge, will she still be able to have braces?

Ortho evaluation : Start by taking your daughter for a consult with an orthodontist. The orthodontist will work with your dentist to establish a treatment plan and the best time to start treatment. Sometimes baby teeth need to be removed if they are impeding the eruption of the permanent teeth. Many orthodontists do not charge for this initial consultation. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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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