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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 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 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 »

My 15-days-old son is crying continuously. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 15-days-old. Everything was fine until today. But today, he started crying a lot. I am not sure what happened to him. Usually, he never cries. He sleeps for a few minutes, and suddenly he starts crying continuously and uncontrollably. Please help. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Sajeev Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The general proclamation is that the crying infant is hungry and so try breastfeeding. If not controlled, check if the panties are wet and soaked in the urine passed. Then all the babies get colicky pain and make him to burp properly by putting him on your shoulder in ...  Read Full »

How to increase breast milk supply?

Query: Hi doctor, What to do to increase breast milk?  Read Full »

Dr. Gowrimeena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to First of all, we have to objectively find out whether breast milk is really less than what is required for the baby as I find this to be uncommon. If the baby is active, wetting nappy at least four to six times in a day and gaining weight adequately, these are the indi...  Read Full »

Why has my infant not passed motions for two days?

Query: Hello doctor, My 49-day-old son has not passed motions for the past two days. The last time I used Glycerin for three consecutive days as he did not pass motions for three days. He is only breastfeeding. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Simy Mathew

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is very normal for a newborn or infant to not poop every day. Some of them pass motions only once in five days also and some even extend beyondthat. We should intervene or treat babies who have discomfort or straining to stool else no treatment is required. Babies...  Read Full »

My baby passes frequent thin and smelly stools. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My baby is five months old. When she passes stool, it is very thin and smelly. She passes stool five to six times a day. This problem has been for two days. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Bhaisara Baraturam Bhagrati

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I need to get answers to the following questions. Does the baby have any other complaints? like fever, vomiting? If no other complaints, then you should not worry. I would suggest continuing breastfeeding. Passing stool five to six times is normal if the baby passin...  Read Full »

Our baby seems to have continuous weight loss. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, Our baby is 2 weeks 1 day old. Her weight at birth was 3.2 kg, after 1 week it was 2.9 kg and today it is 2.6 kg. She seems to have continuous weight loss. We are really worried. She has been completely breastfed. She used to have 3 to 4 wet diapers during daytime and 2 to 3 wet diap...  Read Full »

Dr. Nagasirisha Naredla

Answer: Hi, Welcome to To begin with, 3.2 kg at birth is good weight for your baby. Being exclusively breastfed is beneficial for the baby in many ways, nutritionally better and immunity boosting when compared with formula milk. Usually babies lose 10% of their birth weight in the first week o...  Read Full »

Is it safe to breastfeed while taking antibiotics?

Query: Hello Doctor, I am 38 years old and I am breastfeeding my 1 year old child. I have been diagnosed with bacterial vaginal infection and prescribed metronidazole vaginal cream daily at bedtime for 5 days. Is it safe for me to continue nursing while using that medication?  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You have been diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis (bacterial vaginal infection). Metronidazole cream has to be applied vaginally for cure of the infection. Vaginal application leads to absorption of metronidazole, but it is only 2% of the oral dose. Only a small amount...  Read Full »

Though I am well hydrated with good diet, my breast milk is not enough for my baby. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I gave birth to my child before four weeks. I am providing breastfeeding to my child from her birth. My breastfeeding was fine before three days. But now, my milk supply has got dropped. My baby seems to have a loss of weight, and she is not peeing often. Yesterday, she pooped a light gr...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Start giving top feeds to the child for some time and take some days off from breastfeeding. Weight loss and a reduced urine output of the child is because of low milk intake. Low milk production may occur due to many reasons, the most common one being stress. So take r...  Read Full »

My baby is 5 months old and has loose motion. Please help.

Query: Hi, My baby is 5 months old. In the past 24 hours, when she passes stools, it is semi-thin and very less quantity. She passes stools for around 6-7 times a day instead of once or twice. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. E. Venkata Ramana

Answer: Hi, Thank you for your query on Is your kid on exclusive breast feeding? If she takes exclusive breast feeds, there is nothing to worry and you can continue to give breast feeds frequently. If the stool frequency continues or is loose, you can give an oral probiotic after m...  Read Full »

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 »

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