Myrtle Hodge RN Lactation Consultant DrMDK.com
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Host: You should look at, if the kid urinates four, five, six times in a day, is it a good sign? Guest: Urination is a good sign, but most important thing we tell moms, in the stooling in the beginning because breast milk is digested in one and half hours and most of it is digested. So babies pass very small amount of stool. It is more watery than solid. They wet their diapers and we look for clear diapers and this idea of six or more wet diapers, that comes later on in life. In the beginning you tell mom, it's like one to two wet diapers, that they may have one stool and then it increases gradually. Then later on in life, some babies may not pass stools everyday they may do it every other day, every third day or whatever it. So you have to look at your babies pattern. Host: If you really consider, some pediatricians might even weigh the kids on the regular basis. Guest: We encourage moms when they leave hospital to get a week check, within a week that they leave hospital. It's a very good measurement. So we have something to go by. Then we follow the babies weight gain which is approximately about an ounce a week or two or three ounces a week, they gain. Host: A few ounces per day in the first month? If you going to breast feed it, do you advise before you see the pediatrician, you would want some of that would be on your side, not against you so you should interview the pediatrician and ask the question. Would you encourage breast feeding or not? Guest: That's correct, I always tell moms, even without -- moms were not even talking about breast feeding. I do the talking of that, visit some of the hospitals sometimes and I would tell mom and ask them, have you selected a pediatrician, to see your baby? And those of you who are breast feeding you talk to your doctor, let him or her know that you are planning to breast feed, how does he feel about it? How supportive would he be? So you have an idea of who you are dealing with and how much support you will be getting form. Host: When we say support, you will hope that your husband and your family and everybody around you would give you support. Is that true? Guest: That support comes from everyone. Host: And don't refuse anybody that you know that will give you some help to take care of your kid. Guest: That's it and what another thing you want to be careful with the advice that you get from some of your support because everybody is an authority on because they go by their experience and they may want to show that on you but you have to really be selective about the advice that you get from and be aware of the pros and cons of it. Host: Now, also be very careful if you take any medication, that can get into the breast milk and there are some drugs that are okay and some are not, that your pediatricians or your gynecologist should be aware of what you are taking to advice you correctly about, what you should take. Is that correct? Guest: That's correct, that's again here the support comes in because you would have consulted with your secretion, let him or her know that you are breast feeding and whenever you have to go to a doctor and you have medications or so you are --. Host: If you do breast feeding, we want to emphasis, you should try to only breast feed for the first six months. Is that correct? Guest: Yes. Host: And most people don't want to give salt foods for at least months. Some variation may be at four, but most people try it to push it to six months. Babies seem to do very well. Guest: Yes, they getting nature's food. Host: And the only other thing we should bring up is, that if the child, when a new born, we will see later on gets a little yellow. Do you have any cons of breast feeding the kid gets a little jaundice? Guest: So many studies have been done. Whether it is breast-feeding and jaundice. There is no reason to stop a baby from breast-feeding if that baby is jaundiced. Host: But only tell me whatever your question be, this is extremely high which
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