Learn some health advice for new parents, such as when to switch from breastfeeding to bottle.
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Wendy Turner: Its start time again to go through the mail back and answer some of the many, many questions that you sent in toward Doctors in mid wise. Today Su Laurent consultant pediatrician at Barnet Hospital and baby channel medical advisor is going to answer all your baby queries. Hello, Doctor Su. Dr. Su Laurent: Hi! Wendy. Wendy Turner: Alright, let’s crack on. First of Charlotte from Kent has got in touch with us. Could you please tell me the best way to transfer from breast to bottle feeding, my baby is five months old? I was advised by the way to go completely cold turkey on that, painful as it works for a few days. What you think? Dr. Su Laurent: I think it depends very much on why you want to transfer and how you want to do it. For example, if you’re going back to work and you want to do some bottles during the day, but some breast feeds morning and evening as many women do then you might want to do it in one way where she just want to go cold turkey that’s another way to do it. Now how to do it, the bottom line is that your baby, if your baby has been fully breast fed and he has never had a bottle would probably not likely idea, I’m going to bottle to begin with. My recommendation is to get someone else to do it for you. Wendy Turner: Oh, really? Dr. Su Laurent: So in other words, if you got a partner, if you got a friend, parent around, say, I’m going out. It’s a great opportunity to go out with a bit of time off as well and to say, here is the bottle and if you’re not there and the baby can’t see you and smell you and know there is always going to breast as an option, then the baby will get hungry and thirsty and will have no option let’s take the bottle. Wendy Turner: For the poor mother, of course, who physically is suffering in his delicate area, what sort of tips have you got? So that sort of less in the pain? Dr. Su Laurent: Where I personally have always reduced gradually, so I’ve always gone from sort of fully breast feeding to maybe going to down to say, two feeds a day because I was like to kind come and drag it out of it particularly, when I went back to work I like the idea of coming back in breast feeding at night, and first thing in the morning. So, I don’t think that I’ve ever suffered from suddenly being all full to busting and then pain and I think I did it gradually. Wendy Turner: You’ve always, you never had the cabbage leaves? Dr. Su Laurent: Oh, well -- no, early on the cabbage leaves are fantastic, the ones that you stick in the fridge or freezer, and then you stick them in your bra that really good for early on when you got those big really, when you’ve actually weaning off, I don’t never used cabbage leaves when you’re weaning off breast feeding. Wendy Turner: I think I do scientific. Dr. Su Laurent: Alright, yes that’s helpful. Yeah. That certainly helps just get a lot sort of pressure away and the pain away or it is a bit smelly cabbage leaves. Wendy Turner: Oh, absolutely that’s disgusting. Dr. Su Laurent: Yeah. Wendy Turner: Alright, sure let’s take that time bit of -- made a bit of sense to you. Alright, next off. My son is seven months old and he is sick after every bottle, he brings up about three ounces of his feed. Can you tell me why he is so sick and what I can do? I mean that presumably isn’t right, but a baby would you know throw up a lot of the milk back again? Dr. Su Laurent: Well, it’s very common. Some babies are just what we call sicky baby’s they’ll always bring up some of their milk. Now the common course condition is it causes vomiting in babies after every single meal, something we call Reflux or to give it a proper name Gastro-oesophageal reflux. What happens is that normally milk goes down in the mouth through the oesophagus into the stomach and most of it stays down there, but not all of it stays down there with all of us, we can all vomit if we need to and we can all bark, if we need to. So, we need to able to have some capacity for milk to come backup agai