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Women - formula feed vs. breast feed

Q: My baby is now one month old and healthy. My worry is I do not have enough milk to feed him. He cries a lot for milk but I do not have that much flow of milk. So I give him cerelac for the time being, to satisfy his excess need. Inspite of taking apple juice 15 minutes before feeding him, I feel the the flow is not satisfactory. But it seems my child is now fond of cerelac's taste and he is not showing interest in breast feeding, he is taking cerelac by the feeding bottle. What should I do now to enhance the milk flow as well as I would like?

A:Breast milk being sufficient or not is hard to judge. If the baby is gaining adequate weight, then consider that the milk is enough. It is too early at one month, to introduce cerelac. If you have to use a substitute for breast milk, it should be any standard formula milk. I would suggest that you stop giving cerelac and if needed, give him formula feeds till 4 months of age, when cereals can be introduced. Please continue to breast feed as well.


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