Sunshine and Stethoscopes

Answers Provided By Dr. Ashraf Affan

Advice given by Dr. Affan is not intended to replace your physician’s advice or opinions. Parents should always contact their person pediatrician regarding their child’s health and well-being.

dr affan sunI am unable to breastfeed, but I want my baby to have the benefits of breast milk. What can I do?
If you are unable to breastfeed, there is always the option of purchasing breast milk from a milk bank. Milk banks follow strict screening, processing and dispensing guidelines established by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America to ensure the safety of donor human milk. They also provide information on where to purchase and the cost of human milk.

I know babies are supposed to sleep on their backs, but my 3-month-old keeps turning on his tummy while sleeping. What should I do?
Place your baby on his back when you put him down to sleep for the first year. If you notice he has rolled over onto his belly, place him on his back again. At 3 months of age, if the baby is strong enough to roll onto his belly by himself, do not stress if he does not stay on his back all night.

My breast-fed baby hasn’t had a bowel movement in five days. She seems fine, but I am worried. What should I do?
It is completely normal for breast-fed babies to go a week to 10 days between bowel movements. The long period between stools in a baby who is thriving is not a cause for concern if the baby’s abdomen remains soft, the baby is content and alert, and the stool is soft.… Read the rest