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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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What could cause white discharge in both nipples with blisters?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 17 years old. and have a littl bit of white nipple disharge in both breasts but one has it a little worse and the skin on my nipple appears to be white and has little blisters on it. It does not really itch or anything but it is sore to the touch.  Read Full »

Dr. Prathish Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I see that you are worried about discharge from both your breasts and you are telling it has blister-like appearance. White discharge with blister-like appearance and sore to touch generally points towards an infection, but an infection occurring simultaneously in both...  Read Full »

How does stress influence breast milk production?

Query: Hi doctor, My baby girl is around 15 days old. I have had a normal delivery. At first, when she was three days old till the eighth day, I had engorged breasts with full milk but later there was a sudden drop in the supply. What might be the reason? Will the hot summer influence breast milk productio...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandeep Rama Thute

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand the problem which you are going through. During the breastfeeding period if there are any stressors (like excessive worry regarding the baby, or sudden demise in the family) it decreases the prolactin reflex in the body and hence reduces the milk output. ...  Read Full »

Why is my 4-month-old baby not passing stools?

Query: Hi doctor, My baby is 4 months old and is vomiting in between while having breast milk. His belly is not much hard, but there is more swelling when compared to the breastfeeding days. He has been switched to formula feed from Sunday night and till now he has not passed stools. I am worried about thi...  Read Full »

Dr. Lalit R. Bansal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is common to have a decrease in stool frequency or constipation after switching from breast milk to formula feed. As long as your child is feeding well, passing gas from below, has no vomiting and has a soft belly, there is nothing to worry about. It is normal to pa...  Read Full »

I am unable to breastfeed my 4-month-old son as I am on medications for my gallstones. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I am a mother of a 4-month-old. I have gallstones and I sometimes take Novaminsulfon to control the pain. Due to this medication, I could not breastfeed my baby for up to a week. When I try to breastfeed my baby he rejects my breast due to which my milk supply has reduced to what it was...  Read Full »

Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. It is understandable that you need to manage your pain, but it is also important to prioritize your baby's nutrition and bonding through breastfeeding. I suggest you to follow a few instructions mentioned below. Skin-to-skin contact: Hold...  Read Full »

How to improve breast milk supply in case of an inverted nipple?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a query regarding my low breast milk supply. I delivered a baby boy last month. At first, he could not latch because of my inverted nipple. However, he gradually started sucking, but I felt my breast milk volume to be low. I am not feeling breast tightness. I checked with a brea...  Read Full »

Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Congratulations on your new baby boy. It is common for new mothers to experience challenges with breastfeeding, such as an inverted nipple or low milk supply. It is important to keep in mind that feeling breast tightness i...  Read Full »

Can breastfeeding cause jaundice?

Query: Hi doctor, Our baby is 16 days old and is suffering from jaundice. Both mom and son have same B positive blood group. TSH level is normal and vitamin D oral drop is given. I have attached the bilirubin test report for your reference. Does breastfeeding affect jaundice in any way? Please advise us. T...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepak Patel

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen the reports that you have attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity). 1. It is day 16 of the baby. Bilirubin levels have increased to 15 and it is mainlyindirect bilirubinemia. 2. Thyroid-stimulating hormone levels are normal, so hypot...  Read Full »

I had a girl’s milk whose HIV status is unknown. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I had an intimate encounter with someone whose HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) 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...  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I would like to share a few facts which are important to conclude - 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 (post-de...  Read Full »

My breast milk supply does not satisfy the baby. Need help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have a 2-month-old baby. My breast milk supply is very poor and does not satisfy the baby. I give the baby formula milk, but I want to increase my breast milk supply. I have tried everything, but it was not successful. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Bhaisara Baraturam Bhagrati

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. I suggest you do the following to improve breast milk output. Take adequate rest. Lack of rest (sleep) affects milk output. Do hydrate adequately. Take a nutritious meal. Ensure the baby empties one side of breast milk (foremilk and h...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest ways to improve the breast milk quantity.

Query: Hello doctor,My 3-month-old baby boy is fed half breast milk, and half formula milk powder as the mother does not have enough milk.1. Can we continue to feed the baby with formula milk powder for the additional need?2. When can we start feeding the baby with infant cereal powders?3. Any suggestions ...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhaisara Baraturam Bhagrati

Answer: Hello,Welcome to read your query and understand your concern. May I know the reason for decreased milk output? Mother's milk is always the best for the baby; you can use, Satavari powder for the mother to improve breast milk. You can continue using infant formula powder till six months...  Read Full »

Will milk production stop if you do not pump breast milk for 15 days?

Query: Hi doctor, I underwent a C-section and delivered a baby a month ago. My baby had a weight of 5.51 lbs and had a full-term birth. I do not had milk supply for a week even tried doing it by hand. So I started to give a bottle feed for my baby. After a week, I took Lactate tablets and so I got 0.33 fl ...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, you can start pumping. The trick for getting the child off the bottle is to try and put the child onto the breastfeeding for ten to fifteen minutes before giving top feeds. Please do not give it immediately before breastfeeding. This is the way to train the child t...  Read Full »

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