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Five most asked questions for pediatrician and AAP spokesperson— Dr Amna Husain

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Meet our pediatrician: Dr Amna Husain

Hi! My name is Dr. Amna Husain. I’m a board-certified pediatrician, board-certified lactation consultant, and mom to two girls. I own a pediatric practice in New Jersey and also serve as an American Academy of Pediatrics media spokesperson. I love being able to connect with families on the parenting challenges we face today, educating and empowering them with knowledge and evidence based pediatric and breastfeeding medicine. 

What I love most about my job:

I love that my job allows me to connect with families not only within the exam room, but on a broader scope, impacting thousands more especially in this difficult time of misinformation.

Five most asked questions for a board certified pediatrician and lactation consultant:

1- If I’m not able to get pump breaks, is it OK to start supplementing with baby formula?

You can and absolutely should advocate for pumping at work and if you work with in the US, then it is your right. No, it should not be in a bathroom stall! 

And it’s ok to supplement with baby formula. There is no right age that formula is best for. Formula is life-saving and can be a form of nutrition for infants from day one of life.

2- How do you treat a baby’s dry skin?

I like to keep baths on the shorter side, use warm or lukewarm water, and moisturize within 2 to 3 minutes of getting out of the bath with Ceramide containing cream.

3- What’s the best way to take a baby’s temperature?

In the newborn, rectal temperatures are the gold standard. Thereafter, I prefer an axillary (under the arm) digital thermometer as I find that the forehead or temporal thermometers are never consistent. They can also vary by a lot of factors- wearing a hat, sweat, hair in the face, etc.

What is an axillary temperature and how do you take it?

An axillary temperature is one taken under the arm. Hold the small end of the thermometer under the child’s armpit and wait for the digital thermometer to beep.1

4- Is there some point that babies settle into their growth curve?

Most rapid growth is from newborn to three months. Infants put on or should put on a certain number of ounces per day whether they are formula fed or breast fed. That trajectory does start to slow down after three months of age and definitely after 2 years of age, as your child continues to get older. So, growth velocity is a little less rapid after one year of age.

5- What are the first foods you recommend for baby?

I personally like to start with veggies. You can also do oatmeal cereal— one of my favorites— with breastmilk or formula starred in. I’m not a big fan of the old-school rice cereal. Personally, I recommend doing veggies before fruit so the pallet doesn’t become accustomed to preferring sweets only.

Bonus questions for pediatrician, Dr Amna:

Should I still be pumping if the baby only feeds from the breast? 

Continuing to pump depends on your needs! This is what you would do if you are triple feeding— which is often recommended if baby is low in weight, premature, or not gaining sufficient weight. If baby is gaining fine, pumping after may create an oversupply which comes with issues, too.

Can breast-feeding protect my baby from developing eczema or other food allergies? 

There are a really limited number of studies that examine the impact of breast-feeding and the development of food allergies. The results are often affected by other varying habits like the length and extent of exclusive breast-feeding plus the presence of eczema and asthma. What we do know is that breast-feeding can significantly lessen the risk of eczema and we know that severe eczema is a risk factor for food allergy development.

Amna Husain, MD, FAAP, IBCLC, is a board certified pediatrician and Bobbie Medical Advisor.

Sources:

1- Thermometer Use 101 | AAP

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