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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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How to increase the milk intake of a 6-month-old baby?

Query: Hello doctor, My baby is 6 months old and drinks only 6.67 oz of formula milk and an unknown quantity of breast milk per day. It is recommended to drink 20 oz 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 fo...  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...  Read Full »

My twin babies motion color is eiether dark green or yellowish green. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I have twin babies with one boy and one girl. They are four months old now. Breast milk is very low for them. So we are using formula. During the first two months, we used Simyl LBW and Lactodex LBW. Then the doctor told us to use Dexolac 1 powder. Now, my babies motion is in dark green ...  Read Full »


Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The color of the stools that you have mentioned is normal. Any color of the stool is normal, except when the color is red or white. All the children up to the age of six months pass stools either 10 to 12 times a day or once in two to three days. It is normal. So as per...  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. 1. Weaning with homemade mashed food should be started after 6 months of age. 2. 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. 3...  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 »

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. 1. 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. 2. It is normal for the children below the age of 6 months to pass stools up to 15 times a day ...  Read Full »

How to shift my baby from bottle feed to breastfeed while sleeping?

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 icliniq.com. 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 »

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 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 »

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. 1. Mother's milk should be continued till 2 years of age. So, the breast milk is supposed to be continued. 2. However, along with breast milk homemade food is also supposed to be given for weaning purpose. 3. Please try and find out what he likes at home and provide him...  Read Full »

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 »

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