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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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Why does my 7-week-old daughter always poop after having formula milk?

Query: Hi doctor, My little one is 7 weeks old, and the last two days, I have had difficulty feeding her to her demands. Sometimes, it happens, and I substitute with milk formula, which has happened maybe six to seven times in the past. But the last two days, I had to supplement twice a day. Since she wou...  Read Full »


Dr. Bhaisara Baraturam Bhagrati

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. 1. Feeding difficulty may arise because of two reasons: a. Improper latching. b. Improper position. 2. Usually, those baby who latches correctly do not require formula milk. The mother's breast milk is sufficient. 3. Mix feeding (breast m...  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 icliniq.com. 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 »

Though I am well hydrated with good diet, my breast milk is not enough for my baby. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I gave birth to my child before four weeks. I am providing breastfeeding to my child from her birth. My breastfeeding was fine before three days. But now, my milk supply has got dropped. My baby seems to have a loss of weight, and she is not peeing often. Yesterday, she pooped a light gr...  Read Full »


Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Start giving top feeds to the child for some time and take some days off from breastfeeding. Weight loss and a reduced urine output of the child is because of low milk intake. Low milk production may occur due to many reasons, the most common one being stress. So take r...  Read Full »

My baby is 5 months old and has loose motion. Please help.

Query: Hi, My baby is 5 months old. In the past 24 hours, when she passes stools, it is semi-thin and very less quantity. She passes stools for around 6-7 times a day instead of once or twice. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. E. Venkata Ramana

Answer: Hi, Thank you for your query on icliniq.com. Is your kid on exclusive breast feeding? If she takes exclusive breast feeds, there is nothing to worry and you can continue to give breast feeds frequently. If the stool frequency continues or is loose, you can give an oral probiotic after m...  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 »

What are the foods that I can introduce to my 5-month-old baby?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a working woman and would like to resume my job when my son turns 5 months old. What are the foods that I can introduce to my baby? Can I start with formula feed or ragi porridge? Kindly advise.  Read Full »


Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Breastfeeding is recommended for the first six months. In cases where the mother is working, expressed breast milk or freshly prepared formula feeds can be given. Foods like ragi (finger millet) porridge have to be started from the seventh...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest a good brand of infant formula for baby constipation?

Query: Hi doctor, My 2 months old baby is on Dexolac Premium from 1 month. The growth is good, but he is constipated. Can I switch to Nan Pro or kindly advise any other good brand.  Read Full »


Dr. Deepak Patel

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concerns. If child is constipated on Dexolac premium, then you can switch to Nan Pro 1, lactogen 1 or similar advance. All are equally good. Nan Pro 1 is more preferred.  Read Full »

Please explain whether changing formula can cause gas in a baby.

Query: Hello doctor, My baby is 4 weeks old. I fed her a combination of breast milk and formula milk. I changed her formula to Enfalac from Friscolac slowly, and started solely on Enfalac yesterday afternoon. I changed the milk (upon consulting with the pediatric clinic) because she was having constipation...  Read Full »


Dr. Prakash Chandra Girdhar Lal Nagar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Breast milk is definitely best and first choice but as it is insufficient and you need to supplement with formula feeds, all these formula milk are cow's milk. It is not clear from your query- which Enfalac formula you are giving as there are so many different types a...  Read Full »

I changed my baby’s formula milk, and it led to vomiting, and diarrhoea. Is this normal?

Query: Hello doctor, I changed my 4 weeks old baby’s formula milk, and it caused him to vomit after feeds and he had diarrhea. Should I change it to thick formula milk because he has reflux? Is this a normal side effect?  Read Full »


Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From the reflux point of view, the first thing that is to be done is to keep the baby at an angle of 35 degrees to the ground level after feeding. This will reduce the chances of reflux more than any medication. The next thing to be done before feed thickening is to ...  Read Full »

Which formula milk should I use for weight gain?

Query: Hi doctor, My baby has completed four months. Please suggest the best formula milk for weight gain and overall development.  Read Full »


Dr. Bhaisara Baraturam Bhagrati

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I am assuming you are asking for formula milk for a four-month-old baby. The best thing will be to continue breastfeeding until six months of age. Give breastfeeding as a priority. For overall development, no formula feed can replace it. Every child is different. So,...  Read Full »

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