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Bottle Feeding

While breastfeeding is the best nutritional choice for babies, breastfeeding may not be possible for some women. In those cases, bottle-feeding may be the best alternative to breastfeeding. Usually, 60 to 90 milliliters bottles are given to the newborn; quantity may increase or decrease depending on the baby's hunger.

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My baby takes only bottle feed while sleeping and not breastfeed. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My baby is 6 weeks now and born preterm at 35 weeks of birth weight 4.19 lbs. My baby was in NICU initially, and she was fed with Katori (bowl) and spoon. I tried breast milk feeding for a week, but the doctor advised me to continue Katori feed with formula feed. Then I got admitted fo...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your issue. You can do for now to give the child the breast to feed on, and then also, if the child is hungry, then only give top feeds. This should become a usual practice for at least a week to two weeks until the child latches on. This way, the child...  Read Full »

Is it fine to spoon feed formula milk for a three weeks old?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a newborn of three weeks old. She is not able to get breastfeed because my nipple size is smaller and thus less milk supply. And also because she is not ready to suck correctly. She was born at 37 weeks of gestation. I am feeding her formula milk through the spoon. I want to know...  Read Full »

Dr. Vijaykumar Mundeshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Breastfeeding is the best for your baby until six months completion. Since you are facing problems with it, you can give expressed breast milk with a spoon. Never use a bottle. You need to take extra calories while lactating. Drink enough fluids so that you secrete m...  Read Full »

Is it advisable to add sugar to baby formula?

Query: Hi doctor, My baby is 6 weeks old. I am not able to breastfeed her properly due to pain in the breasts. I have expressed milk, but she is not taking that milk and even the formula milk. She wants direct breastfeed milk, and I tried adding some sugar in the formula milk, and she drank the milk. I als...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is advisable to use a bottle with a nipple for feeding. Also, you can add honey instead of sugar to milk. It will make it sweet. All formula feeds have more or less the same taste, so there is no use changing formulas. Please give your expressed milk with bottle...  Read Full »

My 7-year-old has fever, loose motion, and vomiting. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, My 7-year-old son is suffering from fever (100+), loose motions and vomiting, headache, backache. He still uses a bottle for milk and once in six months we have to face this situation. Now, we firmly decided to discontinue feeding him by a bottle. Please advise medicines. He has no all...  Read Full »

Dr. Amit Kumar Modi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As your child is suffering from acute gastroenteritis, it is a good decision that you have decided to stop bottle feeding. I suggest: Syrup Zinconia (Zinc acetate) 5 ml once daily for 14 days. Enterogermina (probiotic) suspension twice daily for three days. OR...  Read Full »

How can I make the child wean from breastfeeding to bottle feeding?

Query: Hello doctor, My 7-month-old baby does not want to feed on the bottle. I am currently breastfeeding and I want to feed her Enfamil. What can I do about it? She is not gaining weight. Her weight is consistent at 16.53 lbs since she was 4 months old. But she is good. No illness. But my main complaint ...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhaisara Baraturam Bhagrati

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Bottle feeding is not recommended to any child for long term. You can try spoon feeding. Yes, it will not be easy to shift from breastfeeding to top feed. Should try gradually. As per WHO, the baby should be continued on breastfeeding for a mi...  Read Full »

My 14-month-old baby has been passing loose stools since three months. What could be the reason?

Query: Hello doctor, My 14-months-old baby had diarrhea for a few days three months ago. Since then, he has been passing soft or creamy stools. He was advised to take probiotics and a fruit-based diet (he does not drink milk because of the intolerance), but it did not make any difference. He is cheerful, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sajeev Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Before giving any medication or thinking about sophisticated diseases, if you are feeding anything to the baby, be it milk or water from the feeding bottle, stop it immediately. Feed the baby using a cup and spoon, and loose stools will stop. This is based on a pract...  Read Full »

My baby does not feed when given an advanced formula. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,My baby is one and a half years old, and taking formula milk. Now we changed to stage two of the same brand, but he is not drinking it. I think it is a problem in swallowing the formula feed. What to do? Can I change the milk to one that suits him? Please advise.Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Amit Kumar Modi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Your child, who is around 18 months old, is formula-fed through a bottle and nipple. But now he has a problem accepting the same. Since you are giving formula feed, you always have a choice to shift to other formula feed available from di...  Read Full »

What are the signs and symptoms of colic?

Query: Hello doctor, Kindly tell me the following: 1. What is colic? 2. What are the signs and symptoms? 3. What are the causes? 4. What are the remedies? With experience, kindly tell how parents can deal with colicky babies.   Read Full »

Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Colic is abdominal discomfort or pain mostly seen in the evening in bottle-fed babies. A consolable cry which improves with particular positioning of the infant. Most of the time, the cause is not known. Mostly associated with formula feed, improper burping practices. N...  Read Full »

Please suggest tips to make my 9-month-old sleep well throughout the night.

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 9 months old and weighs about 18.74 lbs. He has reached all his milestones in time. But the problem is he does not sleep well at night and maximum at a stretch sleep is only one hour. He keeps waking up and only a bottle can soothe him. During the day he is active but nights are...  Read Full »

Dr. Edula Prasanna Lakshmi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Do not worry. It is a common problem among children aged between 6 months to 2 years. Baby is asking for the bottle because it pacifies him. So to put him to sleep follow these steps. 1. Wake him up at morning 7 AM. 2. Do not allow the baby to take more than two naps ...  Read Full »

Please suggest the best milk formula for 3-month-old baby.

Query: Hello doctor, My baby girl is 3 months old and her weight is 9.92 lbs. The cesarean was done at 37 weeks. She was 5.51 lbs at the time of birth. I am using Lactogen 1, as the breast milk of my wife is very very low. I informed the pediatrician who takes care of my baby that we are giving 3 oz but my...  Read Full »

Dr. Prashant Kumar Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to No need to change the formula milk, continue the same formula milk, as the baby grows there is no hard and fast rule that the baby takes milk every two hours. The feeding should be on demand, whenever the baby wants milk she will cry. The best method to see whether m...  Read Full »

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