Will milk feeds make acute diarrhoea worse?

Although continuing milk feeds in infants may appear to make the diarrhoea worse, it is important to continue feeds as it helps to provide energy and replace fluid and electrolyte losses. Infants recover from diarrhoea faster if milk feeds are continued. Breastfeeding or full-strength formula should be used. There is no need to dilute feeds. The aim of feeding during diarrhoea is to maintain nutrition. Rehydration solution should be given in addition and not be used to replace feeds.

Milk feeds must not be stopped in infants with acute diarrhoea.

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