Can A 35 Day Old Baby Be Fed Formula?
morning, my name is Yesika Putri..rnI want to ask my son, he is only 35 days old. Is it okay for my child to be given formula milk for a while because my breast on the left is infected, he is leaking pus. but I still give the breast on the right. Please solution, thank you.
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Infection of the breast (mastitis) is often one of the obstacles in breastfeeding. This infection generally appears due to the entry of bacteria through the opening in the nipple. The trigger can be due to poor personal hygiene, the presence of wounds in the breast, and decreased body resistance. As a result of infection, the breast can be painful, swollen, secrete abnormal secretions (like pus), and sometimes a lump (abscess) appears. In severe enough infections, patients may also experience fever, muscle and joint pain, and various other systemic complaints.
As long as there is another side of your breast that is healthy and not infected, you should not give your baby additional food or drink, especially at the age of 35 days. Exclusive breastfeeding has a very important role to increase endurance and also ensure nutritional adequacy. Giving formula milk that is not right has the potential to cause your child to experience nausea, vomiting, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, malnutrition, excess nutrition, allergies, and so on.
You should breastfeed your baby on the other side of your breast. You don't have to worry about your breast milk lacking because you only breastfeed from 1 breast. Because, the production of breast milk actually depends on the needs of the baby. The more often your baby breastfeeds, the more your breasts will produce milk.
Check with your doctor immediately so that the infected breast can get the right treatment. Generally, doctors will give medicines, both which can be given topically (ointments) or also taken by mouth (oral drugs). This drug is of course given taking into account the safety aspect for the baby you are breastfeeding.
In addition to treatment, express your milk on the side of the infected breast every 2 hours to maintain production. That way, you can resume breastfeeding on that side of the breast once the infection has cleared. Always keep your body and breasts clean, by diligently bathing, wipe your breasts before and after each feeding with a towel that has been moistened with warm clean water, and also use a bra and clean clothes.
Hope it helps ya..
dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah