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Dr Shipra Mathur

Breastfeeding Special: Get your queries answered & clear all your doubts

Dr Shipra Mathur Paediatrician


Aug 01, 2017 | 5 : 00 PM to 6 : 00 PM

You and your baby, both have a lot to benefit from breastfeeding. But as they say "no gain without pain". All new moms (especially first timers) would agree that breastfeeding is not an easy experience. It is hard work and a lot of trial and error - and you just don't know whether you are getting it right or not! 

What could go wrong with breastfeeding? 

Plenty we would say. If you are expecting, we are not trying to scare you, but trust us - being forewarned is forearmed. And the new moms who are already into it, you know what we are talking about!  Issues like proper latching, low supply of breast milk (though that's a myth), and lactation issues are common concerns. Then, how to pump and how/when to wean, come next on an almost endless worry list...

Here's a typical scenario...

You are breastfeeding your baby for 25 minutes each from both the breasts and after another 20 minutes the baby is again hungry and crying for feed. You start thinking – your milk is not sufficient for your baby, he or she is not latching properly or is not able to suckle properly. Whatever, the reason, the baby is hungry… and you have no clue what is happening!

Hey! That does not mean you are less of a mom...

So how do you ensure that your baby is full and satisfied? It simply means that you need to get “Breastfeeding-smart”. You need to know how much feed your baby needs; understand that initially the feed would be high-on-demand; learn how you can lactate your baby better (master the latching technique) - and so on...

If you are keen to know more, here's your chance: 

REGISTER NOW for a LIVE CHAT with Dr SHIPRA MATHUR, and get "breastfeeding-smart" in 60 minutes. 

What you stand to gain?

1. Knowledge on how to breastfeed your baby better; expert breastfeeding tips; reassurance on various lactation issues (such as how you can increase your breast milk  supply)



2.  You'll also learn about (or clear your doubts about) breast milk, breast pumping techniques, and how/when to start weaning 



3. Learn from queries from other breastfeeding mommies and the solutions powered by the Expert.

Yes, all good things come at a price and are not easy – but here's your chance to make breastfeeding easy! Reach out to an expert and become "breastfeeding-smart". Click and queue up your questions, right away!



Registration fee : INR 50

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Are there really any food that increases breast milk supply or is it a myth?

Are there really any food that increases breast milk supply or is it a myth?

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Shipra Mathur
Hi Hina, there have been some foods that are traditionally said to help...not much scientific evidence though. Its more important to eat healthy and regularly and drink adequate amount of water in the day. 2017-08-01 17:08:51
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ok. so my inlaws have given me some herbs to eat should i eat them doctor or avoid 2017-08-01 17:10:37
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Shipra Mathur
if they are the regular ones, like fenugreek etc that we have in our daily diet - fine to do so. 2017-08-01 17:11:44
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ok doctor another small question i have a issue for sitting long in one posture other than sitting posture is their a healthy way to feed 2017-08-01 17:13:33
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Shipra Mathur
yes, you may lie on your side and feed too. Keep a pillow between your legs to be comfortable. 2017-08-01 17:14:22
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Hope this has been useful ! 2017-08-01 17:14:46
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yes doctor it is indeed. thankyou for your kind suggestions 2017-08-01 17:15:09
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How many times should i feed in a day?

How many times should i feed in a day?

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Hi Nishtha! Babies are best demand fed. when they are young and just starting to get the hang of feeding, they may feed every 2 hours. As they get older, the interval may increase to 3-5 hours. 2017-08-01 17:17:37
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What is breast abscess? Is it a serious issue

What is breast abscess? Is it a serious issue

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Shipra Mathur
Hi Saroj, breast abscess is a painful infected collection of pus in the breast. It develops due to an infection that may enter through cracked Health Drink or in painful engorged breasts. Its actually quite rare but yes, requires quick medical attention - ultrasound scan , medication and drainage as needed. 2017-08-01 17:24:05
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ok doctor does after treatment it can come back too 2017-08-01 17:24:48
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or any precaution that one need to take 2017-08-01 17:25:04
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Shipra Mathur
The treatment is effective to take care of that episode. To prevent recurrence, take medical advise early if the breast develops mastitis which will present as a painful lump initially. Cracked Health Drink need to be treated and the babies latching technique should be corrected to avoid this problem. 2017-08-01 17:29:57
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*cracked Health Drink 2017-08-01 17:30:32
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Take care ! 2017-08-01 17:31:26
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How will i know that my baby is well fed?

How will i know that my baby is well fed?

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Shipra Mathur
Hi Shilpa, you will know if your baby is well fed if - 1. The baby sleeps well after a feed and demands again after 2-3 hours 2. Has at least 6-8 wet nappies in a day as milk is the fluid as well the food for them 3. The most objective marker is weight gain. If the baby is gaining weight adequately, then the milk intake has been satisfactory. 2017-08-01 17:34:18
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What is the correct position and duration of each feed?especially in 1st month of baby.am a second t....

What is the correct position and duration of each feed?especially in 1st month of baby.am a second time mom I was a failure in breast feeding for the first one.now my delivery is juz 2 weeks away.what yo do if the baby is not satisfied n crying even after the feeds

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Hi Sindhu, the ideal position is of mother sitting up and baby across tummy to tummy, to be held in the crook of the arm..right arm for left breast and vice versa. duration is variable...some babies may take 20 to 40 minutes initially till they get the hang of it. feeds are usually frequent ...8-10 times even in the first few weeks. 2017-08-01 17:04:02
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if the baby is still crying after a feed, is probably hungry...feed from the other breast and try to get a good latch. best of luck for your delivery and breast feeding ! 2017-08-01 17:05:47
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Please suggest natural food to increase breast milk.

Please suggest natural food to increase breast milk.

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Shipra Mathur
Hi Shailja, the current thinking among doctors regarding this is that there is no actual food that works like a magic potion to increase milk production. It is more important to eat a healthy , balanced diet regularly that includes vegetables and fruits/ dairy products/ nuts/ porridge etc. Drink plenty of water during the day, keep stress free ...this works well. 2017-08-01 17:41:08
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ok mam actually i have started eating green leafy veggetables and also dairy items 2017-08-01 17:43:28
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i also do yoga in the evening 2017-08-01 17:44:07
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Shipra Mathur
Fantastic... will surely help. Take care ! 2017-08-01 17:44:33
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thanlyou mam 2017-08-01 17:44:50
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Hi My sister's baby demands feed every 20 mins. Is it normal?

Hi My sister's baby demands feed every 20 mins. Is it normal?

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Shipra Mathur
Hi Nisha, perhaps the baby is not getting adequate amount ..therefore feeding often. In the initial days, this is not unusual. Ask her to make sure that the baby is latching well...and taking in milk - can see milk in the mouth/breast emptying feeling...can change to other breast and see if the baby feeds better from that one. Eventually, both mother and baby are able to work it out and it improves! 2017-08-01 17:49:36
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I am not able to nurse my baby as well as with my left breast as I do with my right breast. Is that....

I am not able to nurse my baby as well as with my left breast as I do with my right breast. Is that ok? or do I need to feed him with both the breast

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hi Kalpana, ideally yes ..from both breasts. If he finishes all his feed from one breast, offer the other one next time. You could express also if needed. Sometimes babies do seem to have a natural preference for one. As long as the baby is feeding well and gaining weight, its not so much of a concern. 2017-08-01 17:54:44
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Take care ! 2017-08-01 17:55:20
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I have sore Health Drink and hence are not able to breastfeed but I don't want to give formula milk?....

I have sore Health Drink and hence are not able to breastfeed but I don't want to give formula milk? so what do I do?

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Hi Zara, for sore Health Drink...you could use a cream as per your doctor's recommendation in between feeds to help with the healing. Continuing to feed is actually helpful - with correct latching. If its not possible to feed at all, you could express the milk so that the baby still benefits from getting your breast milk. 2017-08-01 17:58:34

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