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Q: My baby is 10 months old now. But she refuses to take my milk any more. In my childhood, we had only cow's milk. But today people speak about Formula milk. What is the difference between the two and which is the best for my baby. Also, how should I feed him the milk? Should I give him in a glass or a bottle? Please advice.

Nishita (Atlanta, India)

A: Don't worry if the child does not take milk. Give the child semisolid feeds like ragi porridge, kichdi, and what ever else you eat at home. If at all you still feel like giving milk give fresh cows milk, undiluted and in glass and spoon. Nutritive value of all milks except buffalo's milk is same.

Dr. Subba Rao

Q: My daughter is almost twent-seven months old now. She is very attached to me and does not go to anyone else in the house. I want to stop breastfeeding her. How can I stop?

Mahika (Delhi, India)

A: Firstly put her on adequate solid foods so that she does not need to breastfeed. Then take medicines to stop the milk flow and also apply some bitter tasting stuff to the nipples so that she would not want to be breastfeeded. Also, once you stop, don't restart. This will be harmful to him. Encourage your child to spend time with children of her age and also with other family members. Do not be around during his breastfeed times so that he does not remember it. Ensure that he is full before the breastfeed time so she does not feel hungry at that time.

Dr. Asha Paranjpe

Q: My baby is 4 months old. When should I stop breastfeeding my child and start him on solids?

Parinita (London, England)

A: Do not stop breastfeeding until your child is at least a year old. Generally, we advise solid feeds by 6 months of age. Depending on what is locally available, you may start on commercially available cereal foods. If you have the time, prepare Ragi porridge or Khitchdi at home.

Q: My baby is eleven months old. I have been trying to bottle feed her since a month, but she refuses to drink it. What should I do so that she starts drinking bottle milk?

Jessy (Mumbai, India)

A: While the child is on breast milk there is no need to give any other milk. What your child needs now is milk plus solids.

Dr. Subba Rao

Q: I still breastfeed my baby. I tried to start her on semi-solids like mashed bananas, but she completely throws it out. What ahould I do to start him on semi-solids?

Grusha (Banglore, India)

A: Please wait until your baby is 6 months before starting him on solid feeds.

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