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How many times to breast feed a baby - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi,
User :   Hello Doctor
User :   I have few doubts, regarding my 4 month old baby
Doctor :   Ok, please proceed
User :   how many times should the baby be feed(mother feeding) in a day?
Doctor :   when in 4 months the baby should be exclusively breast fed
Doctor :   the frequency of the breast feeding depends on the babies comfort , the more the better
User :   ok. One's in every 2-3 hours. but during night time i dont know whether baby is geting sufficient milk or not, the reason is she is crying when i try to feed her at nite.
Doctor :   May i know with what you try to feed her in the night ?
User :   mother feeding only
Doctor :   Ok, night the frequency of the feeding can be less , but it would be better to feed every 3 to 4 hours atleast
User :   ok
Doctor :   Do not feed the baby with any other feeds
Doctor :   it may cause stomach upset and the babies often present with late night cry
User :   oh ok.
User :   Initially during night, while sleeping also, she was drinking milk without any trouble. But now we have observed she is crying. Thats why we asked.
Doctor :   It could be due to gastric upset do not step back , stomach ful feed and patting on back after every feed will solve this
User :   yes we do follow it. one more doubt is
Doctor :   yes,
User :   what type of food should i take to increase the milk capacity?
Doctor :   Proteinacious food is the mainstay,
User :   because some time i feel milk flow is less during night
Doctor :   you can also take protein powder supplements
User :   can you give some example of Proteinacious food items?
Doctor :   yes, ENSURE for lactating mother is the best as i know
User :   currently i am taking mother horlicks
Doctor :   i would recommend ENSURE over horlicks
User :   ok
User :   will milk secretion reduce as the months passes?
Doctor :   yes,
User :   My baby increases about 500-750 gms only.what do i do for it?
Doctor :   Wait til 5 months , as til the only you could do is by improving your nutrition
Doctor :   after 5 months since you will start weaning the baby will gain better weight
User :   Ok.She sleeps for more than 5-6 hours continuously during nights.Is it a normal sleep pattern for 4 month old baby
Doctor :   4months old may not have fixed sleep patterns , do not worry til 6 to 8 months about the same
User :   Shall i allow to sleep without feeding or distrub her and feed every 3 hours?
Doctor :   better feed her even if needs waking her up
User :   thanks doctor, one last question
Doctor :   yes, please
User :   she is started sucking her thumb and fingers, i dont know how to stop it?
User :   Can i assume she is feeling hungry?
Doctor :   yes, it could also be of hunger or due to dentin roots developing
User :   oh ok, but how to stop this habit?
Doctor :   as for of now keep pulling the hand away
Doctor :   do not try any medication or artificial nipples
User :   ok
User :   Thank you very much Dr.
Doctor :   You are welcome
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me
Doctor :   Kindly provide your feedback
Doctor :   Bye for now'
Doctor :   Take care
User :   Bye
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