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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: LL | 2004/12/10

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doing wrong?

Hi Ladies

i am ew mom of 12 weeks girl during the first month i struggle to breast milk my baby as i did not have enoug milk and i was very sick. i had to give her bottle, Nan and i changed to infasoy as she was throwing up when i give her Nan. ( i ami stll breast feeding)
At 6 weeks she started to cry from hunger and i introduce 1 teaspoon of rice cereal in he formula. My problem is at night she wake up a lot because i only breastfeed her. I dont want to give her bottle becuse i enjoy brestfeeding and do not want to wean her yet

2nd problem how do i make my baby drink water, she cry or throw up. i try to use a spoon but no luck. at first i was mixing it with glucose powder, iam now mixing it with brown sugar when i am luck i manage to feed her 50ml per day. what must i do?

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

You do not have to give your baby water at this age, especially not if it is sweatened. Rather offer her the breast if she is thirsty it is sufficient. The most important proof that your baby is getting enough is that she is growing well. You may also ask your local breast feeding clinic or the SA Breast feeding assoc for advice.

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Posted by: LL | 2004/12/14

Hi Purple

Thank you, you are so great. Keep on helping us. now i know what is meant by the joys of motherhood. it is sometime difficult but i know i am not alone.

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Posted by: Purple | 2004/12/13

For the first 6 months your baby doesn't need anything other than breast milk.

So long as your are demand feeding and not giving water or formula you will have enough milk for your baby.

Giving water and formula will reduce your milk supply.

A baby feeds very often during growth spurts and many mothers think they don't have enough milk. This is not true, baby is feeding more often to increase the milk supply.

When baby feeds really often each evening, this is also not because you have too little milk, it is called cluster feeding and baby does it to build up your milk supply. This is also why babies that aren't demand fed, but are fed on a schedule cry so much in the evenings - they are hungry! Babies also cluster feed in the mornings, but it is not as intense as in the eveining. At about 3 months, they stop cluster feeding.

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