Childhood Diseases

Posted by: New Mom | 2009/07/05


3 Week old baby feeding query

Dear Dr,

I have a 3 week old little girl that up untill 3 days ago was only fed on breastmilk. (She didn' t latch on properly so I express all of her feeds). About a week ago she seemed to be more hungry (wanting more milk after each feed, only having a dirty nappy every second day), almost as if my milk isn' t enough for her, my production also went down a bit, so I am currently supplementing her feeds with approx. 2 bottles of NAN H.A per day. Is this the correct thing to do, or should I consult her paediatrician? She seems a lot happier and also have more regular stools, I just don' t want to " overfeed"  her. One more question, with the formula I noticed that there aree a slight build up on her tongue, Should this be cleaned and is so how.

Many thanks

Expert's Reply



You seem to be doing the correct thing, but why are you using NAN HA and not the regular NAN1? NAN HA is for baies who have a family history of allergies or have a mild cow's milk allergy.

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Posted by: happy | 2009/07/06

dear new mom. speak to your doctor about Eglonyl. It stimulates milk production. I used it and almost every mom I know too. Made such a huge difference. Also consult a breastfeeding consultant to help your little one latch properly. I did that, she came to our home so its very private (and only a couple of hundred rands) and now my little girl is a champion feeder and I dont suppliment with formula at all. good luck.

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Posted by: Eze | 2009/07/06

Hi New Mom.
We are in a very similar position as you. We have a 2 and a half week old baby and she also does not latch properly. We give her NAN HA as well. From what I have read on many articles/books, babies normally go through growth spurts at ages of 10 to 14 days after birth, then 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months and then 6 months. This means that babies will suddenly want to feed more at these ages. Our little girl used to have just 50 ml of NAN HA, but after 13 days suddely went to 90 ml. I think the build up on the tongue is normal. I' ve been told to clean the tongue with guaze and glycerine, but not sure how to. Doc, pls confirm what I' ve said here.

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