Formula Feeding

Feeding your baby with man-made milk or formula milk is called formula feeding, which is used along with breastfeeding or used when breastfeeding is difficult. It is usually given in bottles which are available in different styles. Ready-to-feed liquid form and powdered form are the two available forms on the market. It is the best alternative to breast milk, and babies can be healthy.

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My 3.5 months old baby vomits after we feed him formula milk. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, Hope you are doing well. I want to ask a question about my 3.5 months old baby. I feed him both breast milk and formula milk. But whenever I feed him formula milk, after 20 to 30 minutes, he starts to cry a lot, becomes fussy, and vomits that milk. After vomiting, he feels relaxed. I ...  Read Full »


Dr. Deepak Patel

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concerns. Breast milk is easier to digest, and as a result, there is no problem of abdomen pain or vomiting. The reasons of vomiting after formula milk could be the following: You are giving more than the appetite of the child. Since you are also gi...  Read Full »

My baby is taking less milk than before. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is 14 weeks old. His weight is 15.4 pounds and length is 2.1 feet. He is formula fed since birth. I noticed that in the last month he began to take significantly less milk than before and I cannot understand why. Between 1 to 2 months of age, he used to drink around four cups pe...  Read Full »


Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can put it across in these words. Let the child decide how much milk to drink. No forcing, please. Also, you do not need to worry at all. The weight of your child is excellent. The weight of 15.4 pounds for a 3 months old child is superb. Also, there are no other sympto...  Read Full »

Is noisy breathing in newborn an alarming symptom?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter is 50 days old now. Her birth weight is 6.3 pounds and her current weight is 9.2 pounds approximately. At the time of her birth it was noticed that, some type of snoring noise suddenly arose with her breathing. Child specialist suggested me that nothing to worry about as it wi...  Read Full »


Dr. Deepak Patel

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your question and listened the recordings (attachment removed to protect patient identity) in detail. By listening to the audio, it seems to be laryngomalacia. In laryngomalacia, the muscles of larynx are weak and so the child makes this type of noisy sound...  Read Full »

My 3-month-old baby is drinking less formula than normal, but seems to be gaining weight and has constipation. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,My baby is eating less formula than normal but seems to be gaining weight still at a good rate. She is three months old, and other than occasional constipation is perfectly healthy. Is there any reason why she has suddenly not been eating as much? She normally eats 4 to 5 oz, on demand of ...  Read Full »


Dr. Bhaisara Baraturam Bhagrati

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. If she is gaining weight, then that should not be a concern. Babies usually have various feeding patterns, and a lot of factor matters, like gastric emptying, feeding duration, gaps, etc. Often, overfeeding or indigestion can be a cause of decre...  Read Full »

My 25-day-old baby shows signs of discomfort after being fed formula milk. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, From my reading, I understand that on average a newborn will feed on two ounces of milk every two hours. My 25-day-old baby seems to be demanding more. His mother will directly breastfeed him on demand but most of the time he will cry for more after every feeding session. We will top u...  Read Full »


Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please do not calculate the feeds and give the child. Let the child take how much he wants. Nothing is too much for the child. It is a growing child. Coming to the discomfort part, it mostly looks like reflux. You will have to keep the child in an upright position af...  Read Full »

My baby often chokes while drinking formula milk and pees a lot. Is the formula not suiting her stomach?

Query: Hello doctor, My baby is feeding on formula milk. But she often chokes while drinking formula milk. We have increased the scoops of formula milk. She has been peeing a lot and she has not passed the stools since then. Is the formula not suiting her stomach? Should I be concerned? Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and understood your concern. It seems the child is having reflux issues. I suggest you get the child evaluated physically by a specialist doctor for the same. Further management will depend on a physical examination by the doctor. It may also...  Read Full »

Can I provide infant formula to my 4-month-old baby without depriving him of the benefits of breastfeeding?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a 4-month-old son. I was advised to top feed 20 days after delivery, as my baby did not regain his birth weight. However, I was told to top feed each time after breastfeeding. I only gave top feed once in the night. I have always tried to keep the quantity less than 100 ml. Now ...  Read Full »


Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. It is more important to feed the child (be it with breast milk or top feeds). In this situation, I would advise you to give top feeds to the child if your breast milk is insufficient to prevent damage to the child. ...  Read Full »

What are the long-term effects of slow weight gain pattern in babies?

Query: Hello doctor, I am worried about the weight gain of my baby. She was born three years back and had weight: 3.36 kg, length 51 cm and head circumference 35 cm. We started exclusively breastfeeding. On the 30th day appointment she had weight 4 kg, length 56 cm, and head circumference 38 cm. 60th day ...  Read Full »


Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The weight of your baby is slightly less. See it is not about the quantity, it is about the frequency of the feeds and the calorie content of each feed. 1. Feeding should be done every two hourly. Even at night. 2. Fortification of the milk can be done by using Sim...  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 icliniq.com. 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 »

My breast milk is not sufficient for my 33 days old son. Can I give him powder milk?

Query: Hi doctor, My second baby boy is 33 days old. I am¬†breastfeeding him from birth, but now the breast milk is not sufficient for him. What should I do now? Shall I go for milk powders? Or is there any other way to increase breast milk production? Kindly advise.  Read Full »


Dr. Preeti Puranik

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There are two definite methods to ensure that the baby is getting adequate milk or not. They are: If the baby is gaining weight of 150 g or more per week, then the baby is getting sufficient milk. If the baby is passing urine more than 6 to 8 times a day (larg...  Read Full »

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