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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: Sharon | 2004/02/06

Q.

Mother's Diet & Breastfeeding

My beautiful granddaughter was born on 22/1/04. Her mom tried & succeeded in breastfeeding. Baby initially slept for up to 6 hrs! between feeds. The last few days (mainly from 16h00 up to 23h00) she is quite restless, not crying but 'looking' for a feed, her litle mouth grasping at any-thing in the vicinity. My daughter in law has lost her appetite, and has for eg. 2 provitas for breakfast, cream crackers for lunch & perhaps some jelly-beans. She is slim alraedy (48kg) so she is not trying to lose weight!! Baby is unhappy, mother is frustrated, father is at his wits end. (Mother wont hear of bottle feeding)

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

It is definitely best to persist with the breast, especially if the initial difficulties have passed and the baby is settled on the breast. There should be a breat feeding clinic nearby who can give support and advice to the mother. The SA Breastfeeding Assoc also has a 24-hr help line that may be of value.

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