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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How can I prevent reflux in an 18 days old baby?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 18 days old. Yesterday she vomited out milk three times in a day. Also sometimes she coughs for four to five seconds several minutes after the feed. She arches her back and folds her leg when I lay her on the bed. She is more comfortable lying on my chest and tummy all t...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhaisara Baraturam Bhagrati

Answer: Hi, Welcome to This usually happens due to inadequate burping after the feed. After every feed, you should keep baby upright, at least for 15 to 20 minutes. Make sure baby is latching to the breast properly as improper latching leads to air swallowing, which can lead to gas or colic p...  Read Full »

Is it normal for one month old baby to sleep longer than usual?

Query: Hello doctor, My 1 month old baby girl is sleeping for seven hours and five hours long stretch at night from last two days. And today, she is very sleepy taking feed for just 10 minutes almost every one to one and a half hours before falling asleep again. Is this normal? Should I let her sleep at ni...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepak Patel

Answer: Hi, Welcome to A 1 month old baby can sometimes sleep for five to six hours without a feed, this is a normal thing. If the baby is passing urine more than six times in 24 hours, then the child is getting adequate feed. If the child is on some medication like cough drops or syrup, then...  Read Full »

Why is my baby having continuous watery stools?

Query: Hi doctor,My baby child is of one month and 10 days old. Actually, she had fever two days earlier but fever is fine now after consulting doctors. Now, she is having a continuous watery stool for last two days. But watery stool is continued. She is not sleeping at all.Please help.   Read Full »

Dr. Amit Kumar Modi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As your baby is only one month 10 days old, very less medication is recommended in this age. Continue to breastfeed, watch for adequate urine output. ORS (oral rehydration solution) solution to be only given if urine output is low. You can also give Econorm (Saccharo...  Read Full »

How can I increase milk intake of a 6 month old baby?

Query: Hello doctor, My baby is six months old and drinks only 200 ml of formula milk and an unknown quantity of breast milk per day. It is recommended to drink 600 ml per day. I am worried. How can I increase the quantity of milk in his diet?  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Do not worry about how much the baby is taking. As long as the child is getting adequate weight gain and is passing adequate amounts of urine, the feeds taken by the baby are sufficient. The baby decides how much to take and how much not to. There are no set guidelines fo...  Read Full »

I am having breast engorgement and pain in my breasts, what could be the reason?

Query: Hi doctor, I have just weaned off my two-and-a-half-year-old toddler fully, it is about a week, and I am having breast engorgement and pain in my breasts, especially in my left breast. Sometimes suddenly, the breasts are tight and engorged, and the tightness releases in less than one minute on its o...  Read Full »

Dr. Priyadarshini Tripathy

Answer: Hi Welcome to I went through your query. Breast engorgement is quite common after stopping breastfeeding. As in your case, conservative management is not working; you need to take the below medicine to stop leaking. If you still leak breast milk, you need to do an ultrasound of both b...  Read Full »

Does chickenpox spread through breast milk?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 31 years old and a mother of 7 months old baby. Recently, I have got infected with herpes zoster virus on my back. It is a small patch above my waist. Doctor told me to stop breastfeeding for a week. But, my baby is exclusively breastfed till now and not taking bottle feed after seve...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepak Patel

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. If you have chickenpox or herpes zoster virus infection and you are breastfeeding, then your baby does not get infected with the chickenpox virus through your breast milk. However, if you still have blisters on your skin, then it is possi...  Read Full »

Why is my 32 days old daughter not pooping regularly?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 32 days old and is a breastfed baby. She normally passes stool two to three times a day. For the past seven days, she is not regular in pooping. She pooped four times throughout seven days that too like a paste. We consulted a doctor three days before and were told that ...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhaisara Baraturam Bhagrati

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, It is normal for the baby to have irregular pooping for at least three months. If you are saying that the baby was passing stool two to three times a day before, then, I will say increase breastfeeding frequency and duration. Baby passing paste like motion can be ...  Read Full »

What treatment is there for tongue tie in an 8 weeks old baby?

Query: Hello doctor, My 8 weeks old baby girl has a lip tie and posterior tongue tie. She is gaining weight adequately as I have a good supply but I have noticed latching problem. Her latch is shallow and makes a clicking sound on breastfeeding. It pulls on and off frequently. As she is nursing frequently...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to What do you mean by a lip tie? Is it a cleft? Is it possible that you take a picture and send? If your baby is taking breastfeeds adequately and gaining weight adequately, then do not worry about the tongue tie now. We shall wait. If there is any problem with speech...  Read Full »

Can breastfeeding cause jaundice?

Query: Hi doctor, Our baby is 16 days old and is suffering from jaundice. Both mom and son have same B positive blood group. TSH level is normal and vitamin D oral drop is given. I have attached the bilirubin test report for your reference. Does breastfeeding affect jaundice in any way? Please advise us. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepak Patel

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen the reports that you have attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is day 16 of the baby. Bilirubin levels have increased to 15 and it is mainly indirect bilirubinemia. Thyroid-stimulating hormone levels are normal, so hypothyroidi...  Read Full »

While breastfeeding, which medicine can I take for cold?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 31 years old. My height is 5'9", and weight is 68 kg. Currently, I am not taking any medication. I am breastfeeding my nine months old on demand during the night and three to four times during the day. My classic symptoms of cold started at the weekend. I had a mild sore throat, bloc...  Read Full »

Dr. Lokesh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The only safe drug that you can take while breastfeeding is tablet Paracetamol 500 mg thrice daily for three days after food. You can do hot water vaporization for nasal congestion. You should avoid taking any other medications till you are breastfeeding. Yes, ...  Read Full »

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