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New born baby. No breast feeding. Ask a doctor about a good diet chart.

Hi my baby is 2 and half month,she will be 3months by end of this month,she was born 1.6 kg due to which she was kept in nicu for11days,she is on powder milk and not taken my milk. I want to know a good diet chart to increase her weight,for how long can she be only on milk,when can I start other things,when can I take her out,her weight is now 3.7kg,length is56cm,kidly help I'm very worried
Asked On : Tue, 23 Apr 2013
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Feb 2013

Thank you for your query on Healthcare Magic.

Exclusive breastfeeding is the best method of feeding in infants till the age of 6 months.

If breast feeding is not possible you can give formula milk till the age of 6 moths with taking care of hygienic feeding and appropriate reconstitution of the formula feeds.

As she is preterm she can be supplemented with calcium, iron, and multivitamin supplementation with the advise of your Pediatrician.

From the age of 6 months onwards she can be started weaning food in addition to breast milk to formula milk.

Weight gain is good and monitor her weight on every well baby visit and on the day of vaccination to look for weight gain.

Hope I have answered your query.

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Pathologist and Microbiologist Dr. Shailja Puri 's  Response
Hello and welcome to HCM,

Since. your's birth weight was low, supplements are required for quick recovery of the weight.
As you have mentioned that your baby is on formula feed, there is nothing to worry.
The formula feeds has nutrients is correct balance as per baby's requirement.

Breast milk is best for the baby, however if the baby is not taking your milk you can continue on the formula feeds.

Weaning (giving food other than milk) can be started after six months.
This includes rice-dal, daliya, soups, coconut water, mashed potatoes, etc.
Right now (your baby is only three months old) only milk should be given.

Thanks and take care.
Dr Shailja P Wahal
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General & Family Physician Dr. J Kingson John David's  Response
Welcome to health care magic (HCM)

There is no such thing called diet for a 3 month old infant.

The main thing is that you should be assured that your infant is properly fed. You can find this if your baby seems alert and active, her weight is growing steadily and takes the feed 6 – 8 times a day. bottle-fed babies usually eat less frequently, perhaps every 3 to 4 hours.

No other foods can be started till 4months of age.
Approximatly child should be5-6kg in 3rd month.
The pediatrician should be consulted in any case as the infant is in a very tender age. Cereals are added only after the completion of 4 months.
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Pediatrician Dr. Y V Siva Sankara Murty's  Response

Thanks for writing to helath care magic.

Exclusive breast milk is the ideal diet chart for baby.

Feed on demand when ever the baby cries.

Breast feeding improves immunity, best for brain growth and has got the right things needed in right quantity and at the right time.

Since you baby is low birth weight LBW supplements can be given.

Hope this helps.
Take care.
Answered: Tue, 23 Apr 2013
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