Q and A

Does Drinking Beer Increase Milk Supply?

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Ask Anne…  Question: I’m exclusively breastfeeding my three month old. Breastfeeding is going well, but I feel like my supply has gone down since I went back to work a month ago. My friend told me that drinking a beer at bedtime will increase my milk production. Is that true? Will beer increase my milk supply? Answer: Unfortunately, no. I ... Read More »

How can I lose weight while I’m nursing?

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Ask Anne… Question:  I’ve  gained weight since my baby was born. I use to work out at the gym regularly, but can’t do this now because I stay at home.  I feel hungry and tired all the time. I don’t want to crash diet like I used to do. I am starting to feel depressed and take an “I don’t care ... Read More »

Do breastfeeding babies need to burp?

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Ask Anne… Question:  My baby is three days old, and my milk is really coming in. He is nursing well, and I know he’s getting enough milk because he has already gained two ounces and is having lots of wet and poopy diapers. The only problem I’m having is with burping. I try to burp him after every feeding, but ... Read More »

How Often Should My Newborn Nurse?

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Ask Anne… Question: My baby boy just turned 2 weeks old, and breastfeeding is going well. He seems very healthy and contented. Here’s why I’m worried: I read that newborns should nurse at least 8 times a day, or they will become dehydrated.  My little bub nurses on demand, about every 2-4 hours. However, he sometimes sleeps a 6 hour stretch ... Read More »

Will eating lactation cookies increase my milk supply?

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Ask Anne… Question: I’m worried that I’m not producing enough breast milk. My friend told me that ‘lactation cookies’ would help. Will eating oatmeal cookies really increase  milk  supply? Answer: In a word, no.  Although you can Google “lactation cookies” and find tons of recipes, there isn’t any evidence based research that they do anything at all to increase your ... Read More »

What are the benefits of breastfeeding more than a year?

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Ask Anne… Question: I currently have a wonderful nursing relationship with my seven-month old son. People are starting to ask me how long I plan to breastfeed. To be honest, I don’t know how long I plan to nurse. My question is, what are the benefits of breastfeeding more than a year? I understand the benefits of nursing your baby ... Read More »

How do I switch from breast milk to formula?

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Ask Anne… Question: My baby is a month old and my nipples are  so sore that I want to stop nursing and switch from breast milk to formula.  How do I keep myself from becoming engorged or getting mastitis when I wean? Answer: Before beginning the weaning process, I would really want to find out why you’re still having problems with ... Read More »

Why did I start my period? I’m still breastfeeding!

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Ask Anne… Question: Why did I start my period? I’m still breastfeeding! I am currently nursing my third child. She is seven months old and still nurses 4~6 times a day. The problem? I started my period today! Yuck! With both of my other babies it took MONTHS after they weaned to get my period back. So what is going ... Read More »