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How to start bottle milk feeding? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 25-Mar-2014
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User:I wanted to start bottle milk along with breast milk
User:my baby is 8 weeks old now
User:how should i start
User:how many times a day i should give him formula
User:i want to breastfeed as well as formula feed my baby till one yr
Doctor:Why do you want to give formula feeds in first place?
User:my breast are very tender i am not feeling that heaviness
Doctor:I would suggest exclusive breast feeding for first 6 months
User:so i think i am not getting much milk for my baby
User:i know. but i feel i am not getting good amount of milk. as i dont feel heaviness in my breast
Doctor:it is wrong assumption
Doctor:Please feed your baby every 2 hrs and on demand
Doctor:you will produce enough milk for the baby
User:how do i know whether he is getting good amount of milk or not
Doctor:He is 8 weeks now
Doctor:by now you can know it by his needs
Doctor:based on your baby's weight gain
User:ya. some time after feeding he wont seems to be satisfied
Doctor:adequate growth
Doctor:Then you must re-feed him again
Doctor:your intuition works better here
User:his wt was 2.97 at birth and he was 2.6 at the time of discharge
Doctor:A mother would know best about the baby's needs
User:but now at 8 weeks he is still 2.9 kg
User:not even gained his birth weight yet
Doctor:Was he born preterm?
User:no, ful
User:full term
User:i delivered at 39 weeks 3 days by normal veginal delivery
User:his wt gain is the concern now
Doctor:you need not worry much then
User:is it normal
User:to gain weight slowly
Doctor:only breast milk is sufficient for babies in first 6 months
Doctor:it is normal to gain weight slowly as well
Doctor:no cause foralarm
User:thanks a lot. let me wait than
Doctor:also, do not start formula feeding now which may introduce infections unnecessarily
Doctor:Continue to breastfeed the baby
Doctor:By 5 months, he would gain adequate weight
Doctor:do you have any more queries for now?
Doctor:it seems like you are done with the chat for now
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