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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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Is it advisable to add sugar to baby formula?

Query: Hi doctor, My baby is 6 weeks old. I am not able to breastfeed her properly due to pain in the breasts. I have expressed milk, but she is not taking that milk and even the formula milk. She wants direct breastfeed milk, and I tried adding some sugar in the formula milk, and she drank the milk. I als...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is advisable to use a bottle with a nipple for feeding. Also, you can add honey instead of sugar to milk. It will make it sweet. All formula feeds have more or less the same taste, so there is no use changing formulas. Please give your expressed milk with bottle...  Read Full »

How to manage gas problem in my 5 months old baby?

Query: Hi doctor, My baby has just completed 5 months. We are giving her formula milk since my wife had less milk. She has constant problems with gas. I have given her Colicaid before a feed and burp her 15 to 20 minutes after every feed and gas gets released as well. Even after that, she cries due to gas ...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 1. As per your history, this is an absolutely normal phenomenon in this age group. The child will pass gas like a big person. Do not worry. 2. Regarding the use of Colicaid (Simethicone), it is an absolutely safe medicine. Please stick to it only when necessary. 3. A...  Read Full »

My 2-year-old baby is constipated for past four months. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, My baby is 2 years old. For the past four months, she gets constipated. She has to move her bowels daily because if she does not have it more than 24 hours, she will get constipated. We tried changing her milk, but it only made her stools harder. She is currently on similac go and gro...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Instead of using 30 ml water with each scoop, please add 45 ml water to each scoop for making the formula. Also, reduce the consumption of milk and simultaneously increase the consumption of fruits, vegetables, chicken, etc., whatever the child likes. As of now, you ca...  Read Full »

I am worried about my 7 days old daughter as we are feeding her with formula milk instead of breastmilk, and we would like to know the quantity she can sustain. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,Seven days ago, my wife gave birth to a daughter. Her birth record is as follows:Gestation period more than 37 weeks.The baby's weight was around 6 pounds.DFC - 32cms.Four days after her birth, we took her to the breastfeeding clinic (since my wife has difficulty breastfeeding due to in...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understood your concern. Firstly I would like to inform you that you can feed her more if the child is demanding more. You cannot keep the child hungry. Some children take up to 90 or even 100 ml per feed. As long as the child is not having any ...  Read Full »

Can I formula-feed my baby with jaundice?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter was born a week back. Upon leaving the hospital her jaundice levels were at 10.2 mg/dL. The follow-up appointment was yesterday and after doing a bilirubin test it went up to 11.2 mg/dL. The doctor stated I should start supplementing with formula as I am breastfeeding. Howe...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You need to check the weight of the child and the hydration status of the child to comment on the reason for icterus. Also the blood group of the baby and mother should be known along with G6PD status. Another important factor that comes to play is breast milk jaundi...  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: 7.41 lbs, length 20.08 inches and head circumference 13.78 inches. We started exclusively breastfeeding. On the 30th day appointment she had weight 8.82 lbs, length 22.05 inches, and head circu...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 often chokes while drinking formula milk. Why?

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 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 giving formula remove 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 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 »

How can I stop daytime breastfeeding?

Query: Hello doctor, I am exclusively breastfeeding my 7 months old baby. My baby has started solids. I give her two meals and two snacks. I am planning to go back to work now. My question is how do I stop daytime breastfeeding? Should I breast pump and bottle feed her or should I start Formula?  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is better to breast pump and store the milk rather than Formula feed. The breast milk should be stored in hygienic conditions in the fridge separately from other food items. The milk need not be heated again before consumption but the bottle in which it is kept shoul...  Read Full »

Can incorrect mixing of Formula with room temperature water cause a problem in weight gain?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is going to be 6 months next week and weighs about 14.42 lbs, birth weight was 6.68 lbs. Is weight fine? I am giving him Formula with room temperature unboiled water. Is that a problem? Can incorrect mixing of powder with room temperature water be a problem for weight gain? He d...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Weight for age is fine. Please use filtered and clean boiled water to avoid infections. Incorrect mixing will lead to improper concentration of the product and may cause either indigestion or reduced nutritional content of the Formula. Hence, always mix in concentrat...  Read Full »

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