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 to wean naturally from breastfeeding?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a 2.3 years old baby girl. She is still breastfeeding. It was my decision to breastfeed her till she turns 2 years. I can breastfeed her a few times a day, but she seems to obsess over it now. Especially when she is sleeping, while she is awake, I tell her the milk is not coming a...  Read Full »


Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your issue. It is common at this age. You may try the following methods. 1. Using a bottle at night- Let the child keep feeding on the bottle itself. Do not breastfeed the child at night, even if she keeps crying. The child may initially cry and get angry ...  Read Full »

My baby is having loose motion from the third day of his birth. Can I give cow's milk?

Query: Hello doctor, My baby is 12 days old. He is having loose motions from the third day of birth. I gave him cow's milk for the first and the second day and he was fine. When I started breastfeeding him on day 3, he started having loose motions. His stools are not the same all the times; sometimes, it i...  Read Full »


Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please do not give cow's milk to the baby. You can either breastfeed or give him formula feed, but not cow's milk as it does not contain nutrition in the required amounts. It is normal for the children below the age of 6 months to pass stools up to 15 times a day or once ...  Read Full »

Please help me to breastfeed my baby who is on formula feed.

Query: Hello...I am mother of 4 months old baby boy but unable to feed from the very first day....will I start breastfeed now?  Read Full »


Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Yes you can start breastfeeding. However you have to be balanced and gradual. Latch the baby on the breast for 5 to 10 minutes before top feeding. And then top feed as much as the baby wants. Continue this for 2 weeks till gradually milk starts coming and baby refuses top feeds. You can consume Sata...  Read Full »

How often can Bandy plus syrup be given to a 20-month-old?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter is 20 months old and her weight is only 10.5 kg. She is not increasing her weight. But, she is very active. We had given Bandy syrup for worm problem, but still she keeps her fingers near anus. I would like to know the reason for such behavior. Could you please suggest me wh...  Read Full »


Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Weight of 10.5 kg for 20 months old child seems a little bit less, but not that much of a cause to worry. Syrup Bandy (Albendazole and Ivermectin) can be given every six months once for worms. I would advise that all people living with the child should take a tablet or sy...  Read Full »

What food to give a 6 months old baby?

Query: Hello doctor, My baby is 6 months old. I am a working mother and joining office soon. As a new mom, I am not sure about a healthy food and diet plan to be given to my baby at and after 6 months. Can you advise what all food can be given to a baby initially? Currently, she is having formula milk.  Read Full »


Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Weaning with homemade mashed food should be started after 6 months of age. You can give the child mashed potatoes and other kinds of mashed fruits for at least four times a day along with mashed biscuits or other mashed snacks twice a day and breast milk. Please note t...  Read Full »

Can I continue breastfeeding for my 17 months old boy?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 17 months old. I am a working mom. My son was on breastfeed till two days back. Of late, my son has stopped eating breakfast, because he sucks milk the whole night. For the past few days, he eats only two mouths of food in the afternoon and night. We tried everything like changi...  Read Full »


Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Mother's milk should be continued till 2 years of age. So, the breast milk is supposed to be continued. However, along with breast milk homemade food is also supposed to be given for weaning purpose. Please try and find out what he likes at home and provide him that, so t...  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 icliniq.com. 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 »

Is Paracetamol safe for breastfeeding mothers?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife is 32 years old. We have a 5 month old baby girl. My wife is still feeding our baby. From yesterday, my wife has a fever, cold and throat infection. Can she take Paracetamol? Will it affect baby in any way? My wife's temperature is 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit.  Read Full »


Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. First of all, temperature above 100 degrees Fahrenheit is regarded as fever and not below that. Baby is supposed to be breastfed at all times. However, if the mother is suffering from a disease, it is advised for her to wear a mask and feed. Because, that is the route b...  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 icliniq.com. 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 »

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

Query: Hello doctor, My baby is 6 months old and drinks only 200 ml of formula milk and unknown quantity of breastmilk 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 icliniq.com.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 as pe...  Read Full »

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