Breast Milk

Breast milk is produced by the mammary glands present in the female breast. This process begins during pregnancy. Colostrum is the first breast milk, and it is used for feeding newborns. Breast milk is composed of protein, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and other hormones. Its composition varies from mother to mother.

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Does Perinom increase the breast milk output of a mother?

Query: Hi doctor, We have an 11 weeks old daughter whose weight is 14.7 pounds and height of 2 feet. She was born full-term. She was breastfed from day one. Over her first eight weeks, she started rejecting direct breastfeeding. For the last two weeks, my wife has been only pumping, and we give her a bottl...  Read Full »

Dr. Sudhakar Palanisamy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. It is a common complaint, but it is so frustrating for parents. First, we will try to improve breast milk output. 1. Baby sucking from the breast is the best stimulus, but few reasons when the baby does not suck, like flat or inverted nip...  Read Full »

My 6 days old baby is having loose motion. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, My baby is 6 days old and he is suffering from loose motion since today.  Read Full »

Dr. S. Riaz Ahmed

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Basically, if it is watery loose motion, either it is viral induced or milk intolerance. In a 6-day-old baby, if mother's milk is exclusively given, not to worry about it as it can stimulate loose motion. You have to worry only when the baby becomes weak, dehydrated and...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest the best mode of transport for two weeks old baby.

Query: Hi doctor,My baby is 2 weeks old. I want to know whether is it safe for my baby to travel after three weeks as I wish to drop mother and baby in my wife's place. Which is the best mode for the trip?  Read Full »

Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is one the most common suggestions requested by parents. You can travel by any mode depending on where you want to travel if there are no specific contraindications for both mother and your baby such as in air travel high altitude sickness, etc. The only thing is to ke...  Read Full »

I swallowed two to three drops of milk from a girl whose HIV status was unknown to me. What are the chances of getting the infection?

Query: Hello doctor, I had an intimate encounter with someone whose HIV status is unknown to me. We had no intercourse, but somehow I swallowed two to three drops of milk since the girl was lactating. She had a year-old child. I read that mother's milk carries HIV. In a panic, I consulted multiple doctors ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder K. Manchanda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I would like to share a few facts which are important to conclude - 1. A mother who is lactating with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) can transmit HIV to a newborn if the mother has not received sufficient antiretroviral therapy during pregnancy and postpartum (p...  Read Full »

Is it safe to take Carbamazepine while breastfeeding?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a mother of 1 month old baby, who is exclusively breastfed. My baby is healthy and gaining normal weight. The problem is that he sleeps a lot. I have been taking Carbamazepine and Eslicarbazepine tablets for partial seizures. Are these tablets safe while breastfeeding? When I consul...  Read Full »

Dr. Sonal Prasad

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your doctor is right. Carbamazepine can get secreted in breast milk and it is the safest antiepileptic during lactation. 1 month old baby sleeps a lot. They can sleep for about 18 to 20 hours a day. They will wake up only for feeds. As long as the baby is gainin...  Read Full »

How to know if a baby is getting the right amount of milk?

Query: Hi doctor, How to know if a baby is getting the right amount of milk?   Read Full »

Dr. Simy Mathew

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The ways to know if the baby is getting an adequate amount of feed are as follows. The baby sleeps well for two hours post an adequate feed. Baby passes 6 to 8 times urine. Baby has a weight gain of 25 to 30 gm per day. These are the three main points determining the adeq...  Read Full »

For how long do women lactate after delivery?

Query: Hi doctor, I gave birth to a baby almost two years ago and still have milk in my breasts. I do not breastfeed. I also have gained weight and have hair on my face. My neutrophil level is low, and bilirubin and hemoglobin levels are high. They said that my spleen is deformed. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from facial hair, weight gain, and continuous breast milk production. I have gone through your investigation reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's i...  Read Full »

Does myomax help in stopping breastfeeding?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife wants to stop breastfeeding our ten months old daughter because our daughter is healthy and weighs 12 kg. We gave her store-bought milk so that she does not form a habit of sucking mother's milk. My wife's breast milk quantity is enough to satisfy our daughter's needs. But ou...  Read Full »

Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Mymox (Amoxicillin) is an antibiotic and has nothing to do with lactation or milk production. Sudden weaning of baby may lead to both physical and emotional effects on both the mother and her baby. Gradual weaning is good. Medical suppression of lactation is n...  Read Full »

What should I do to make my little one take breast milk?

Query: Hello doctor, My 10 months old baby is refusing to breastfeed suddenly. What can I do to feed him again?  Read Full »

Dr. Hardika Kothari

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Since when is your baby refusing breastfeeding (specify the duration)? Are there any other symptoms associated with refusal to feed? If yes, please specify. How is the activity of your baby? What are the complementary feeds you are giving to your baby apart from your br...  Read Full »

My baby feeds on formula milk mainly and not on breastmilk, and his weight has not improved. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I delivered my son at 36 weeks; his birth weight was 2.53 kg. He was 2.33 kg during discharge. He was given breastfeeding and 15 ml water, 1 scoop of Dexolac special care two times a day for the next 11 days. His weight was 2 kg on the 12th day. He pees three to four times a day and passe...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Radheshyam Gupta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Babies tend to lose around 10 % of the initial weight during the first 10 days and gain weight thereafter. You can give breast milk and Dexolac ( partially skimmed milk, Lactose, Edible oils, Whey and whey solids, Emulsifier< Taurine, antio...  Read Full »

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