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Do I Have To Supplement With Formula?

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QUESTION

Dear Lactation Consultant,
Our baby is 4½ months old and was breastfeeding exclusively (from birth) until about 2 weeks ago, after she had her 4 month check up and shots. Our pediatrician told us after her first appointment out of the hospital that because she would be breastfed exclusively, that between 4 and 6 months of age, we would need to start supplementing with cow's milk formula, which we've done.

Breastfeeding After Returning to Work

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QUESTION

Dear Lactation Consultant,
I was wondering how women continue to breastfeed after returning to work. I have read that it is healthiest for baby to breastfeed for at least 6 months. However, I will need to return to work after only 6 weeks. (My husband and I are just starting to try to conceive, but I am trying to plan ahead.)

Thank you for your response.

Ideas For Introducing Soya Milk?

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QUESTION

Dear Lactation Consultant,
Hi. Coral has started this strange thing while nursing. It just started a month ago and I am not sure if it's do to the heat or she is just too busy now. I will lay her on her side in my lap to nurse and she wiggles off and stands at the foot of the couch in front of me and nurses while standing. I am sitting on the couch and she is standing in front of me. The first time she did it all I could do was laugh and say this is now a self serve pump. I am not worried about it. I just think it's funny.

Is Too Much Milk Aggravating Reflux?

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QUESTION

Dear Lactation Consultant,
I'm nursing my 21-month-old along with my one-month-old. I've noticed that my milk lets down fast and furious. It seems like it's way too much for my newborn. How can I nurse her so that she's not choking on the milk? My 21-month-old certainly enjoys all of the milk, and I'm wondering if it's his nursing (twice daily) that's causing my milk to come in so fast. My daughter also has reflux, and I have the feeling that all of the milk is aggravating it (because her tummy fills up so fast). Do you think that's a possibility?

Thanks,
Gwen

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