Frequently Asked Questions (Part 2)

Should I give water to my baby, as it is very hot?
Babies do not need other drink (of water) before they are 6 months old, even in hot climate. Babies get a large amount of water from foremilk, this is all that the baby needs.

I have had a caesarian section so I am in pain. How do I breast feed?
You can breast fed in whatever position you and the baby are comfortable

Till when should exclusively breast feed?
Breastfeed exclusively for 6 months, Break milk is adequate for the baby till the age of 6 months if the baby is growing well.

I have flat / inverted nipples can I breast feed successfully?
Tell the mother after delivery before you start breastfeeding you should try to make the nipples stand out by using finger thumb/ pump / syringe. If the nipples cannot be made to stand out even after manipulation and the baby is unable to suckle give the baby expressed milk.

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Is it necessary for me to breast fed at night? What difference will one bottle feed (at night) make?
Breastfeeding at night gives the baby extra time for suckling. More Prolactin (which is a hormone that helps in milk production) is secreted at night than during the day. So it is always better if you breast feed the baby during the day and night. This helps to keep up the milk supply. Moreover even one bottle feed at night may cause infection. The easiest way to do so is to let the baby sleep with you so that he can breast feed without disturbing you.

How do I know that my baby is getting enough milk?
An exclusively breast fed baby who is getting enough milk usually passes dilute urine 6-8 times in 24 hours. Also for the first 6 months babies will again 125 grams (500 grams / month) if adequately breast-fed. If the baby is gaining enough weight and passing urine 6-8 times a day he / she adequately breast-fed.

My baby is passing watery stools is it because I am breast feeding him?
Breast milk is safe. Some exclusively breast fed babies pass frequent watery stools at times green or with mucus but they are normal, active and pass urine frequently. This is physiological and breast feeding should be continued. Similarly some normally thriving breastfed babies pass a motion once every 3-5 days this too is normal.

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