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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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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 »

How can I increase my breast milk?

Query: Hello doctor, My 2 months old son is 4.2 kgs now. At times, the baby is fussy on the breasts and not able to get enough milk. I tried changing breasts during feeding, but still, he starts crying and unable to settle him. It takes one hour for breasts to become hard and finally feed the baby without...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It may be possible that the breast milk may be less as per requirement, or there may be some issues with latching on. You need to find a balanced way to feed the baby. Please do the following: 1. Top feed the baby with a bottle and nipple after every breastfeed so t...  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 »

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 »

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 »

My kid does not take anything except breastfeed. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, My 15 months old baby girl does not eat anything at all and does not take a bottle or sippy cup, only breastfeed. I have tried everything but all in vain. I am very much worried now because she is very weak.  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 1. It is a slow and painful process for weaning off milk. The best way is to keep trying. 2. In some instances,you may withdraw the milk completely so that the child is made to feel that she will not get any milk now and only food. Try to find out which particular fo...  Read Full »

My 45-day-old baby seems fussy. Please advise.

Query: Hi doctor, My baby girl is 45 days old. She is fully breastfed. At many times, she seems to be fussy and aggressive while I nurse her. I rule out either the possibility of milk being too fast or too slow since on both occasions she seems to react the same. After being fussy, she appears to be on and...  Read Full »

Dr. Vijaykumar Mundeshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 1. This is a common problem most mothers will face. The success of breastfeeding involves the participation of both mother and baby. Both of you have to learn to feed. I suggest you a few tips for a successful breastfeeding. 2. Let your baby lie in a straight line. B...  Read Full »

Is it advisable to exclusively pump breast milk?

Query: Hello doctor, Why more mothers are choosing to exclusively pump their breast milk? How does it work for them? Kindly explain.  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Mostly breast pumps are used by mothers who need to prepare for the child in advance due to their business. Most of the working ladies are using breast pumps to empty the breast in advance and to have milk as per need. Breast pump helps to maintain breast production by ...  Read Full »

My 40 days old daughter is crying day and night inspite of having Colicaid. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 40 days old and she is crying a lot day and night. When consulted a doctor he prescribed Colicaid, and I am giving the same till now but there is no difference. Why?  Read Full »

Dr. Sajeev Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I hope your baby is fine. The dictum you have to follow in baby care is to remember, a crying infant is a hungry infant. Secondly, neve ever bottlefeed and give only breast milk. If you still decide to give formula feeds, feed it with a spoon or baby sipper and give ...  Read Full »

How to make raw and unpasteurized A2 milk safe before giving it to a one-year-old baby?

Query: Hello doctor, Our baby girl is about 1 year and one month old. We just started giving cow milk two days back. A packet of A2 unpasteurized milk was bought, boiled and cooled down. We gave about 300 ml per day once. Her motion looks affected a little. It is not solid. At night, she suddenly started c...  Read Full »

Dr. Preeti Puranik

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Unpasteurized milk is not advisable to be given, as pasteurization is required to kill all the bacteria or germs in the milk. I think the baby does have some issues with cow milk and is crying due to colic (abdominal pain). Formula milk (any stage 3) is alwa...  Read Full »

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