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Why is my week old child not wanting to breast feed?

Q: My 6 days old daughter is just not interested in breast feeding. She is more interested in being spoon fed or bottle fed. What should I do? She was 3.5 kg at birth.

A:Your 6-day-old baby is thankfully at an age where development of interests is governed by the parent, spoon feeding is passive for the baby and is simple. Do not feed by spoon even if the baby howls. Give only the breast. Breast feeding involves work on the part of the baby and at 3.5 kg birth weight; your baby is bonny and healthy. Breast milk is the best gift you can give your baby. It protects lifelong against diseases and obesity, makes your baby have a higher IQ and has a host of other benefits. Please work towards breast feeding.

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