A baby should get its feeding in a good feeding position. During feeding, the baby will latch deeply on the breast so that milk moves forward from the breast to its mouth. The common breastfeeding techniques are licking, sucking movements, rooting, bobbing head against the mattress, and squawking. Faulty breastfeeding technique causes difficulty in latching, coordinate sucking, swallowing, and breathing.
All the answers published in this website are written by verified medical doctors, therapists and health experts. The Content has been moderated by iCliniq medical review team before publication. Post your medical clarifications on iCliniq by choosing the right specialty and get them answered. Your medical queries will be answered 24/7 by top doctors from iCliniq.
Why is my breast paining while breastfeeding?
Query: Hello doctor, I am having severe pain in breast while breastfeeding. The pain is present only in the right breast while feeding. My son is 24 days old and I had started feeding since day 3. From then, I have been suffering from this pain. Though it is painful, I am still feeding him. Please advic... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have not mentioned the specific site where you get the pain. Is it in and around the nipple or is it deep inside? If the pain is in and around the nipple, then it is most likely due to faulty technique while feeding. These are the instructions for proper breastf... Read Full »
My baby is gassy and fussy all the time. Kindly help me.
Query: Hello doctor, My baby is only 43 days old. He is on breastfeeding only. I think he is having severe acid reflux as he is gassy and fussy almost always. He spits up and swallows it too. At night, his nose gets congested. While feeding him, he gags and chokes too. Whenever he does not fart, he arches ... Read Full »
Dr. Bhaisara Baraturam Bhagrati
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I think, you just have to make sure proper time duration, and frequency of feeding. Make sure the baby is breastfed on one breast completely and then attached to another breast (frequently changing one breast to another breast or inadequate ... Read Full »
Query: Hi doctor, Our baby is 1 month old. My wife is facing problem in breastfeeding as the baby is not taking the feed properly. This is our first baby and my wife is using a breast pump to take off her milk and giving it in a bottle. I want to know whether the use of a breast pump for a long time cau... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. First of all, tell your wife to at least try to breastfeed for 15 minutes. Yes, it is difficult to feed first baby, but with experience it will become easy. Tell her to put the nipple completely in his mouth by making a V-shape in her hand. No, breast pump w... Read Full »
My wife's muscles on the upper right ribs below the breast get pulled while moving. Why?
Query: Hello doctor, My wife delivered a baby boy last month, which was a normal delivery. Whenever she moves, the muscles on the upper right ribs below the breast gets pulled. Also, she has a severe lower back ache, which is unbearable. Can you please suggest some medicines for it? For now, we are puttin... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The back pain post-delivery is mainly related to lack of calcium, inadequate rest, and poor hydration. Please see to it that you take calcium supplements and calcium-rich food. Take plenty of fluids. The back pain and catch in the ribs could also be related to faul... Read Full »
Baby feeds only five minutes at a time. Is she getting proper feed?
Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is two months old. She feeds only for five minutes at a time. I am worried if she is getting proper feed, and if not, what should I do? My milk let down is too fast. So, every time she feeds, and gets choked. Please suggest how I can help her. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please note the following points: 1) Monitor the child's weight to see if he or she is getting proper feeds and gaining adequate weight. 2) You can feed the baby with a bottle or with a sipper to monitor how much feeds the child is taking, and this will also regula... Read Full »
My 28 days old daughter has been crying a lot since morning. What to do?
Query: Hello doctor, My 28 days old daughter has been crying a lot since morning. Even when she sleeps, she gets up within half an hour crying. Her body temperature is 98.4 F. She does not have a cough or cold. I have a minor throat infection. Is it possible that she might have caught my throat infection... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sorry to hear that your little one is not in good spirits today. A neonate can be upset for a variety of reasons ranging from tummy upset, colic, nose block, ear ache, tiredness, etc. Since you are having a minor infection and she is waking frequently, there may be ... Read Full »
Will bottle-feeding cause nipple confusion in a newborn?
Query: Hi doctor, I have a 4 months old baby boy. For 20 days, my baby is refusing breast milk. He cries whenever I bring my breast near him and turns his face away. He is not resuming breastfeeding even after many different methods I tried searching online for help. So, I am feeding him with Nan pro form... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Are you latching your baby properly? Also, look for oral thrush, etc., which causes pain while feeding. If you are using a bottle to feed your baby, this can also cause nipple confusion, and the baby would not take direct feeding. Please answer the questions so that... 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 »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »
Why is my 4-month-old baby refusing to breastfeed while active?
Query: Hi doctor, I have a 4-month-baby exclusively on breastfeeding. But for the past more than a month, she refuses to breastfeed when in an active mood. She only drinks when she is sleepy (after a nap), not before the nap also. After the birth, she has lactated correctly without any issues for three mo... Read Full »
Dr. Manu Chandarashekhara Bharadwaj
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. For normal babies, what we usually prescribe is - breastfeeds ‘on-demand.’ That is, feed the baby only when the baby cries with hunger or cries for milk. Do not attempt to feed by the clock. Normally, babies of this age feed once every two hours, but that... Read Full »
I feel weak after pregnancy. What diet should I follow?
Query: Hi doctor, I am a lactating mother. I feel dizzy and weak. My BP is 100/60. What should I do for this? What diet should I follow? Please guide. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your blood pressure (BP) is absolutely normal. There are various reasons for your tiredness and weakness which are as follows. The wrong position of breastfeeding may cause back pain and tiredness. You should not bend your back while breastfeeding. Put some pillows beh... Read Full »