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Dear Dr,

My infant is 7 months old. He is so dependent on breast milk that he needs to drink it fall asleep. also, when he is crying excessively, he will be immediately calm after having breast milk for a few seconds. At night, he refuses to drink formula milk and sleeps only after drinking mothers milk. We tried to reduce his dependence on mothers milk but we have been very unsuccessful. Everyone is saying that this is not a worrying sign..So, is there anything that we should be worried about and is there any remedy for this situation. We look forward to hearing from you. Thanks.

Best Regards,
Vimal

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Hi Vimal,

Your baby is very intelligent. He knows what is best for him. "Breast milk is best for your baby": Every pack of formula you buy declares so clearly. Why don't you try to give BEST and only BEST to your baby? Why do you want to replace BEST with something that is not so good?

Please continue with breastfeeding only (and NO Formula)

I hope you have started complementary feeding in addition to milk. Here again, home-cooked food is better than commercial formulae.

Please feel free to ask for any further clarification.



Best wishes,
Dr. Puneet Kumar,
Kumar Child Clinic, Dwarka,
New Delhi, India

www.KumarChildClinic.com

+91-9818356846

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Expertise

I would be happy to answer general queries on prevention and treatment of ailments in newborn, infant, toddler, child or an adolescent. Needless to say, it will not be possible to answer any query requiring specific diagnosis of a particular subject.

Experience

I have worked in various capacities (medical officer, resident, senior resident, consultant) in public as well as private sector in Pediatrics and Neonatology. Today, I have over 15 years of experience in the field.

Organizations
Currently, I am running my own clinic (Kumar Child Clinic) in Dwarka, New Delhi and am attached to Lifeline Hospital, Dwarka as consultant pediatrics and neonatology. I am also developing my clinic website into a comprehensive child health/ parenting website (http://www.kumarchildclinic.com)

Publications
(a) Chapter "National Immunization Schedule" in Frontiers of Social Pediatrics, Jaypee Publishers: 2nd edition, 2016. (b) Article, "All about Pertussis vaccines" in special issue of Indian Journal of Practical Pediatrics, July-Sept 2015 (c) Three chapters (DTP vaccines, Pneumococcal vaccines and Poliovirus vaccines) in "Textbook of Pediatrics for Post-graduates" First edition: 2015. (c) Chapter: "Alternative delivery methods of vaccines" in IAP textbook of Vaccines, First edition, 2014 (published by IAP/ Jaypee Brothers) (d) Special Article: "50 years of Immunization in India: Progress and Future" in January 2013 issue of Indian Pediatrics (e) Four chapters in "FAQ: Book on Vaccines and Immunization Practices" First edition, 2011 AND 2nd edition, 2015 published by Jaypee Brothers. (f) Three articles in special issue of Journal of Pediatric Sciences on “Controversies and Challenges in Pediatric Vaccination Today" in Sept, 2010. Co-edited the series also. http://www.pediatricsciences.com/issue/view/1050000010 (f) Regular column, “How do I treat” in Pediascene (www.pediascene.com) (g) Review article, “Role of Anti-Poliovirus Agents in Polio eradication and beyond” in Polio Pulse, April, 2008. (h) Chapter on “Acute Infectious Diarrhea” in Textbook of Infectious Diseases in Children. (An IAP Publication), 2007. 2nd edition in 2011. (i) Book-Review (IAP Pediatric Drug Formulary, 2004) in Pediascene, March 2005 (http://www.pediascene.com/page.php?cid=6&catid=9&id=132 ) (j) Case-report on Osteopetrosis. Jharkhand Journal of Pediatrics, Dec-2002.

Education/Credentials
After MBBS, I have done DNB residency in Pediatrics.

Awards and Honors
Winner of IAP practising pediatrician's quiz in 2001.

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