Artificial Feeding

Nutrition for Special Groups 3(3+0)

Lesson 18: Feeding the Infant

Artificial Feeding

Circumstances Under Which Artificial Feeding is Essential are:

  • Mother suffering from serious illness.
  • Another pregnancy intervenes during lactation.
  • Child is too weak to nurse or cannot because of harelip or cleft palate.
  • Breast milk has completely stopped or insufficient for child.
  • Mother is not available to feed.
  • If mother is on anticoagulants, steroids and radioactive drugs.
  • Death of mother.

Feeding Problems

  • Tooth decay (fig)
  • Under feeding
  • Diahorrea
  • Constipation
  • Colic
  • Contamination/improper sterilization of bottles etc.

Advantages of bottle feeding

  • Creates no additional requirements in mother
  • No problems in establishing milk supply
  • Volume of milk given is visible
  • Feeding in public is acceptable.
  • Creates no problem for working mothers
  • It will be nutritionally adequate, provided correct amount is given
  • Other members of family also can feed the baby
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