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Breastfeeding. Can I start work? Can I give her semi solid food? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 30-May-2013
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Doctor:Good evening
Doctor:Please proceed with your query
User:Good evening Doctor.. I had question about my 4 month old baby
Doctor:please proceed
User:she was born underweight 2.25 kgs
User:i recently joined back work
Doctor:It is still fine
Doctor:It is not bad at all
User:i am still breast feeding completely...
Doctor:Very good
User:i am expressing around 210 ml of milk and leaving for her to feed
User:i am away for around 7 hours - time for 2 or 3 feeds
Doctor:I understand
User:she cries through while feeding
User:my family at home feel she is not full - milk is not sufficient
User:should i start semi solids now?
Doctor:It is too early to start other foods
User:when is right to start solids?
Doctor:ideally at 9 months
User:how do i know the baby is getting sufficient milk?
Doctor:You can start at 7 months too
User:u mean after completing 6 months?
Doctor:whether the baby is hungry or not, it should be fed every 2 hours and on demand
Doctor:Yes, start weaning at 7 months
User:ok... how do i know how much milk to feed per feed?
Doctor:30 ml should be average and good intake every 2 hours
User:she is now taking around 75 ml per feed every 2 hours
User:but weight is still 5 kgs only
Doctor:That is good enough
Doctor:She will improve
Doctor:Give her some time to grow
Doctor:She will do well
User:if 220 ml is not sufficient can i give NAN?
Doctor:I personally do not suggest it
Doctor:Continue to give expressed milk as much as you can
Doctor:NAN does not give much benefit as compared to your milk
User:ok..but NAN fed kids look healthier/fatter :(
Doctor:It is not true
User:another question is that my baby's poop is still watery only
Doctor:Good pediatricians do not prescribe artificial food
Doctor:It is normal, no need to worry
User:thanks doctor..that is all
Doctor:Feed her as much as you can, it will help her in her catch up growth
Doctor:Thank you too
Doctor:Take care
Doctor:Bye for now
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