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Breast Feeding

Breastfeeding is the process of feeding a baby with milk from a woman's breast. WHO (world health organization) recommends breastfeeding your child exclusively for the first 6 months of their life. It reduces the risk of the child developing diarrhea, asthma, food allergies, diabetes, leukemia, etc., later on in their life.

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My 2-month-old son is irritable during breastfeeding and has decreased frequency of passing stools. What could be the reason?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is around 2 months old and irritable during breastfeeding. The stool is yellow and frothy but decreased in frequency since birth; it comes once every two to three days. His abdomen is distended and passes a lot of gas with a very bad odor, and he seems in pain when passing the g...  Read Full »

Dr. Sajeev Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Newborn babies pass motion every two to five days and can go up to one week. If you are feeding well, then there is no need to worry. However, the abdomen will look full, and the gas will be smelly. But, again, there is no need to be conce...  Read Full »

My newborn baby girl is not feeding, not pooping, and is continuously crying. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a newborn baby girl born a week ago. It was a normal delivery, and both mother and daughter are doing fine. But for the last two days, she has denied feeding, and I am unsure what to do. She did not poop in the last few days, and when I tried to feed her, she continually cried. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please try to give top feeds with formula milk if the child is not taking breastfeeding that well. Please note that it is normal for children below the age of 6 months to pass stools 10 to 20 times a day or once in two to three days. Both are fine and are not labeled as...  Read Full »

What should I do to stop loose motion in my newborn due to cow's milk?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is 2 months old. He always cries and sleep very less and always demand milk as I produce less milk. I gave him cow's milk with a little bit of sugar into it. And from the last two days, he is having losse motion. What should I do?  Read Full »

Dr. Hardika Kothari

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I suppose you are taking a lot of tension. Milk output has a correlation with maternal emotions. Positive outlook will stimulate the release of oxytocin that enhances milk production. You need to worry less. Have a good diet and maintain good hydration. Spend more ti...  Read Full »

Why is my 4-month-old baby refusing to breastfeed while active?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a 4-month-baby exclusively on breastfeeding. But for the past more than a month, she refuses to breastfeed when in an active mood. She only drinks when she is sleepy (after a nap), not before the nap also. After the birth, she has lactated correctly without any issues for three mo...  Read Full »

Dr. Manu Chandarashekhara Bharadwaj

Answer: Hi, Welcome to For normal babies, what we usually prescribe is - breastfeeds ‘on-demand.’ That is, feed the baby only when the baby cries with hunger or cries for milk. Do not attempt to feed by the clock. Normally, babies of this age feed once every two hours, but that does not ...  Read Full »

Please suggest the best milk for a newborn baby other than breast milk.

Query: Hello doctor, My child is 1 and a half month old. Which milk is better for him, cow's milk or artificial milk (as breast milk is not enough)?  Read Full »

Dr. Manu Chandarashekhara Bharadwaj

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please know that until the baby is 6 months of age, there is nothing better than mother’s milk. If you feel mother’s milk is not enough, there are medications to increase mother’s milk. Has it been tried? How frequent are you breastfeeding? What exactly is the...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for newborn avoiding breasts while feeding?

Query: Hello doctor, My 3 months baby is avoiding breast while feeding. Is there any other option to make her drink breast milk without direct feeding?  Read Full »

Dr. Sumeet Sharma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You can express breast milk (either manually or by using a breast pump) and give that milk to the baby using a spoon. But the reason for avoiding breastfeeding needs to be evaluated. Nose block is a common cause for refusal to feed. If the child is having a nose bloc...  Read Full »

What to do if periods are missed after taking an emergency contraceptive pill?

Query: Hello doctor,We had sexual contact on the last day of her period without ejaculation, and after 48 hrs exactly, she took emergency contraceptive pills, and in the next expected period, it did not happen. Four days after, we did the quantitative and qualitative tests. Ten days after the scheduled tim...  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I fully understand your concern and will surely help you. See let me explain that to you, for getting pregnant, and the sperms have to be ejaculated inside the vagina of the female. The sperms then need to fertilize an egg which then should get implanted in the uteru...  Read Full »

How to make my baby to take feed in both the breasts?

Query: Hello doctor, My baby is 7 weeks old and she is on exclusive breastfeeding. She prefers the right breast than the left and cries to latch on the left. So I started to pump and bottle feed from left and direct feed from the right. I pump three to four times a day and make around 100 ml from the left...  Read Full »

Dr. Farhana Yasmin

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is normal for a baby that he or she chooses any one side of the breast on its own. But if you feel that your breast lopsided then you need to take some tricks. Start to feed your baby from the small one. Let him suck more and more from the small one. After some da...  Read Full »

What are the solid foods that can be given to a 6-month-old baby apart from breastfeeding?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a 5-month-old baby boy. I feed him mother's milk only till now. By next month I need to join my job. So this month I want to start other foods. Which food can I give to him?  Read Full »

Dr. Swati Pandey

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As your baby reached five months, great that you only gave exclusive breastfeed. Now once he approaches six months you can start giving weaning diet. All homemade stuff along with breastfeeding until 2 years of age. It is always better to introduce baby with rice potat...  Read Full »

Is it normal for a newborn to pass loose stool during or immediately after breastfeeding?

Query: Hello doctor, My new born baby passes loose stools during breastfeeding or just after breastfeeding for the past three to four days. Sometimes it is very small amount. But he passes stool daily for about 10 to 15 times. Sometimes it is in the form of foam. Yesterday onwards, I am giving him probioti...  Read Full »

Dr. Vijaykumar Mundeshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Newborn babies may pass stools immediately after feeding. This is a normal reflex. If your baby is passing stools quite often and is feeding well, has got sleep after feed and passes enough urine, i.e., six to eight times in a day and gaining weight, then you need n...  Read Full »

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