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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What kind of foods can be given to my 6-month-old daughter?

Query: Hi doctor, My baby has turned 6 months today. For the last 20 days, I have been giving her ragi and half a banana. Now that she is 6 months old, what cereals, vegetables, and fruits can I give her? Can I give her rice? Can I give her ghee and curd?  Read Full »


Dr. Prashant Kumar Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Firstly, congratulations on your baby turning 6 months. You can now start her on complementary feeding. You have already started ragi, and that is good. You can give her rice and other cereals and pulses. You can start her on simple rice and keep on adding one ingredie...  Read Full »

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 two 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...  Read Full »


Dr. Sajeev Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »

Does unprotected sex with my wife after the child's delivery suggest a pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife delivered a baby on the 8th of last month. On the 13th of this month, we had unprotected intercourse. The delivery was a normal delivery. My baby was formula-fed for the first two days as my wife did not have milk and now, is completely on breastfeed. Is it possible that she co...  Read Full »


Dr. Meeta Airen

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. During the first few weeks after delivery, ovulation is unpredictable. Ideally, until six weeks there is no chance of pregnancy, but only if totally breastfed. I suggest she get a serum beta hCG test done. For more information consult an obstetrician and gynaecologist ...  Read Full »

Is it good to use a breast pump simultaneously while breastfeeding?

Query: Hi doctor,Can one pump and breastfeed simultaneously? Why or why not? Please provide the explanation or suggestion on how this can be done. Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Neha Singh Rathod

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. In case you have nipple problem in one or both the breast, there is no harm in using the breast pump. Even if the mother has an excess of breast milk which is causing discomfort, then breast pump plays an important role. If the mother feels like storing the milk becau...  Read Full »

Why does my 10-week-old baby refuse her feed after vaccination?

Query: Hi doctor, My baby is 10 weeks old, and I had her vaccinated yesterday (Pentaxim and Hepatitis B). Since the vaccination, she is refusing to breastfeed. She takes a suck and starts crying. Even when I pump and give her milk, she drinks hardly 15 ml and falls asleep. Is it normal? What can I do?  Read Full »


Dr. Preeti Puranik

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Pentaxim is Diphtheria vaccine, which causes comparatively less pain and fever. But the same can cause pain and discomfort in few babies. Maybe your baby is having pain and discomfort due to which she is refusing to breastfeed. Sometimes, rotavirus vaccine can also...  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 icliniq.com. 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 six months to pass stools 10 to 20 times a day or once in two to three days. Both are fine and are not labeled ...  Read Full »

My 9 months and 14 days old baby refuses pureed food and only wants breast milk. Is it sufficient?

Query: Hello doctor, My baby is 9 months and 14 days old. She is not eating pureed food and only needs breast milk. Is that enough for a ten-month-old baby? Her weight is 8 kg now.  Read Full »


Dr. M.l. Kothari

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. In my opinion, you should stop feeding milk from 8 am to 8 pm and give her a semisolid diet like lentils, broken wheat, khichdi (salty porridge), rice, apple, upma (semolina porridge), halwa (sweet porridge), patolia (wheat dessert), kadi (gravy), idli (steamed rice ...  Read Full »

My friend tested positive for COVID. Can she breastfeed her 1-year-old baby?

Query: Hi doctor, My friend tested positive for COVID. She has a 1-year-old baby. Could you please suggest to us if she can feed her baby? Also, prescribe some medicines. Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your concern in detail and will surely help you out. Ideally, your friend should not breastfeed the baby, but I can understand it is impossible to leave the baby unfed for days. The best method is to keep her away from the baby for one week and only bri...  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 icliniq.com. 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 »

Is it safe to breastfeed two weeks after chicken pox?

Query: Hello doctor, It has been 16 days since my sister was diagnosed with chickenpox. All the scabs have vanished. She had temporarily stopped breastfeeding her six-month-old baby. Can she start feeding the baby again?  Read Full »


Dr. Salah Saad Shoman

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, she can start feeding her baby again, as she no longer carries the infection.   Read Full »

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