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 Frequently Asked Questions

Q: My daughter is six months old. She sleeps at 9:30 and keeps waking up for a feed every couple of hours. Should I follow some feeding schedule? At what time should I give her a solid feed? I feed her Ceralac. Is that okay?

Noopur (Udaipur, India)

A: Generally for milk feeds you let the child decide the timings. As far as solid feeds, 2 to 3 feeds per day is Okay. Instead of cerelac, I would prefer you to give porridge, kichdi etc.

Dr. Subba Rao

Q: I am still breast-feeding my son. How much milk should my child dink in a day? I want him to start drinking outside milk too.

Prerna (St. Louis, USA)

A: While the child is on breast milk there is no need to give any other milk. What the child needs is milk plus solids, after he is 5-6 months old.

Q: My baby was three weeks premature. I am unable to breastfeed her. What should I do? She has been having gastric problems for the last two days. Is this due to the lactogen I feed her?

Alifiya (Nasik, India)

A: I think you should stop feeding her lactogen. Put your baby to your breast. She will automatically start sucking. This is a good stimulus for milk production

Dr. Subba Rao

Q: My baby keeps making sucking movements in her sleep. Should I feed her when she is sleeping, or only when she wakes up? How often should I feed her? I don't want to overfeed her.

Pratibha (Calicut, India)

A: You should feed your child on demand. Do not feed your child while she is sleeping. Sucking movements during sleep are normal and do not mean that your child is hungry.

Dr. Subba Rao

Q: My baby is 5 months old and is breastfeeding. From when should I start giving her water, fruit juices and water of dal and rice?

Asha (New Providence, USA)

A: Breastfeed your daughter exclusively till she is 6 months. You may then add cereals (dal). In the 7th month you may give her boiled vegetables, 8th month fruits and fruit juices, 9th month egg and non-vegetarian soup. From the 10th month onwards, you can give her regular family food.

Dr. Balasubramanian

Q: My baby is six months old. Is it okay to breastfeed my son in the middle of the night? He wakes up twice or thrice every night and is breastfed to sleep. How can I remove this habit?

Tabu (New Delhi, India)

A: At six months, he still needs 1-2 feeds in the night and it is OK to breastfeed him at that time. However, it is a good idea to break the association of feeding to fall asleep, if that exists. Once the association is removed, it is easier to put him to sleep, even in the middle of the night, without feeding him. By the age of 9 months he will probably not require any night time feeds.

Q: My baby finds it difficult to feed from the left breast. Is it alright if I give her milk from one side alone?

Anusha (Kanpur, India)

A: It will take a few days for the baby to get used to suck from both breasts. Till such time, express the milk from the other breast and feed her.

Dr. Subba Rao

Q: My 8 month old daughter is breastfeeding and is not gaining any weight. She doesn't like to eat any other baby food. My breastmilk is clear, and sometimes it is white. Why is this so? Is it because I am not eating as much as I should?

Jasmine (Chicago, U.S.A)

A: 1Your child's weight appears to be fine for her age. Try different varieties of food. Do not give your child very bland food.

Dr. Subba Rao

Q: My baby boy splutters at least once a day while feeding. (He is being exclusively breastfed.) Is it dangerous in any way? When will he start feeding without spluttering? I am very worried about this.

Manisha (Jaipur, India)

A: This is called regurgitation. It is a normal process in small babies.

Dr. Subba Rao

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