Q and A

Should I delay clamping my baby’s umblilical cord?

BFB Umbilical Cord

Ask Anne… Question: My first baby is due in a few weeks, and I’m working on my birth plan. I know the basics of what I want to do to get breastfeeding off to a good start- like nursing immediately after birth, delaying the baby’s bath and rubbing in the vernix, frequent feedings, etc. – but I have a question ... Read More »

Do I have to ‘pump and dump’ my breast milk after surgery?

BFB Woman hospital bed feet

Ask Anne… Question: I’m exclusively nursing my 4 month old. I have get have a D&C next week. I’m wondering if I can still breast feed right after having anesthesia, or if I should use the milk in my freezer and pump and dump. I’m planning on pumping right before I go in, so she can still eat while she ... Read More »

Nursing Nook

BFB Nursing station cartoon 2013

Ask Anne… Question: I have a two week old baby who nurses around the clock. We co-sleep, and I don’t have any problem with that, but I feel really tied down during the day. He nurses for 45 minutes at a feeding,  and it’s hard to get anything done. I had a c-section, and I know I need to move ... Read More »

Will ‘placenta encapsulation’ increase my milk supply?

FB placenta box

Ask Anne… Question: I’m due in two months, and I’m afraid I won’t have enough milk, because I had a hard time with my milk production when I went back to work after my first baby was born. I’m considering having my placenta encapsulated, but it’s expensive and I’m not sure we can afford it. Will ‘placenta encapsulation’ increase my ... Read More »

Is my baby eating too many jars of Stage One baby food?

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Ask Anne… Question: “My five  month old eats two jars of Stage One baby food with cereal each day. Is that too much?” Answer:  In a word, “yes”. A five month old baby doesn’t need any food besides breast milk. Baby food is  less nutritious than breast milk, so you are  substituting an inferior food for a superior one. Even ... Read More »

My baby uses me as a ‘human pacifier’

BFB Hispanic baby nursing closeup

Ask Anne… Question: My baby is now just over 5 months old, and I seem to have reached a bit of a ‘mental hurdle’ where breastfeeding is concerned. She refuses to take bottles, so  it’s been complete hell if I leave her with a sitter - she screams the whole time. Fortunately, now  she will at least take some milk ... Read More »

Is my baby nipple confused?

BFB Nipple Confusion

Ask Anne… Question: I gave my baby  several bottles of expressed breast milk when he first came home from the hospital because he was jaundiced and too sleepy to nurse well. Now, at 3 days my milk has com in and he’s not sleepy anymore, but I can’t get him to nurse.  He takes the bottle fine but cries when ... Read More »

How can I get my newborn to latch on and nurse?

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Ask Anne… Question: My 4 day old refuses to latch on and nurse. When she was born she was jaundiced and very sleepy. She slept for 7 hours her first night home.  Now she is more lively, but she cries and pulls off my breast and won’t latch on at all. While waiting for my milk to come in, we ... Read More »