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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Is it necessary to use G-tube for oral aversion in a baby?

Query: Hello doctor, My 7 months old daughter was on NJ tube for four months and now asked to change to G-tube. All her tests came normal including swallow study, abdomen ultrasound, etc., came normal. She developed oral aversion about one month back. When she was having bottles, she used to vomit all the...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You can use NJ tube in the meanwhile till the problem persists. With the growing age, eventually, things should be fine. The other options that you can discuss with your treating physician are: 1. Thickening of feeds. 2. Using Gaviscon (an antacid medication that creates ...  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 »

Why are my son's upper four teeth look rough and crumbling?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a very concerned father of a 14 months old boy. His first six teeth came in, but the top four teeth look quite rough and are crumbling. His bottom two teeth seem fine. He is still almost exclusively breastfed, as he does not like to eat food, and seldom opens his mouth. I believe...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the attached photos (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The upper front teeth show early childhood caries lesion resulting in decay. You need start giving him other semi-solid food and reduce exclusive breastfeeding. After every breastfeeding,...  Read Full »

Will bottle-feeding cause nipple confusion in a newborn?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a 4 months old baby boy. For 20 days, my baby is refusing breast milk. He cries whenever I bring my breast near him and turns his face away. He is not resuming breastfeeding even after many different methods I tried searching online for help. So, I am feeding him with Nan pro form...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Radheshyam Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Are you latching your baby properly? Also, look for oral thrush, etc., which causes pain while feeding. If you are using a bottle to feed your baby, this can also cause nipple confusion, and the baby would not take direct feeding. Please answer the questions so that...  Read Full »

Please suggest the best formula milk for my baby.

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter is 5 months old. Since I had less milk, she was formula fed. But, she developed a gas problem. We keep on switching the brand of formula milk, but it did not suit her. Her doctor advised Colicaid, but she still has issues. Can you please advise which formula milk is good for ...  Read Full »

Dr. Prashant Kumar Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The problem is not with the formula milk and it is with the way you feed the formula. Generally, gas formation is more if the baby is on bottle feed and somewhat little when baby is breastfed. The problem of gas formation is a common thing as babies tend to take in air...  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 8.5 kg. He has reached all his milestones in time. But the problem is he does not sleep well at night, maximum at a stretch it is only one hour. He keeps walking up and only a bottle can soothe him. During the day he is active but nights are really...  Read Full »

Dr. Edula Prasanna Lakshmi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Do not worry. It is a common problem among children aged between 6months 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 p...  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 4.5 kg. The cesarean was done at 37 weeks. She was 2.5 kg 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 3oz but my baby...  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 »

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 feed...  Read Full »

Please suggest ways to control loose motions in a baby.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a 1 month old boy baby, his mother died during the delivery. We feed him cow's milk, but he is having loose motions. How to control the loose motions?  Read Full »

Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is so sad to hear about his mom. First, we need to clarify whether he has diarrhea, because sometimes, increased frequency of stools due to gastrocolic reflex may be considered as diarrhea. If he has diarrhea, then we need to look at the causes, for example, infecti...  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 mo...  Read Full »

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