Q and A

Can men breastfeed?

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Ask Anne… Question: I’m expecting our first child next month, and my partner and I are thrilled. However, I’m concerned because I  have to go back to work full time (including some overnight travel time) when she is six weeks old. My partner is self employed, and  wants to be involved in every step of the birth/bonding process, so he plans to be ... Read More »

Why does my nipple turn white after nursing my baby?

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Ask Anne… Question: I’m nursing my 3 month old and haven’t had any nipple soreness since the first few days after she was born. However, for the past week  my right nipple has been very sore. At the end of every feeding, the tissue at the center of my nipple is white. There isn’t any pus or discharge, but it is very painful.  ... Read More »

Trying to Relactate

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Ask Anne… Question: I am currently trying to relactate. I work full time Monday thru Friday from 8-5, and my job doesn’t allow me much time to pump. I hand express whenever I can, and then I try to latch her on as soon as I get home. The problem is that she gets really mad when not much milk ... Read More »

Medicine safe while breastfeeding?

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Ask Anne… Question: I’m nursing my three month old baby, and I’m having a hard time getting over a head cold. I’ve been using a Neti pot a few times a day and taking extra vitamin C. Now I’m developing a cough. Is there any medicine that’s safe to take while breastfeeding? Answer:  Most medications are safe for breastfeeding mothers. In  nearly all cases, the ... Read More »

Lump in Breast

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Ask Anne… Question: I‘m breastfeeding my two year old daughter and don’t plan to stop until she’s ready to wean. We both still enjoy nursing, and she is allergic to cow’s milk, which is another reason I want to continue breastfeeding.  I’ve had a small, painless lump in my right breast for two months. During my yearly physical today, I asked ... Read More »

Leaking Breast Milk Months After Weaning

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Ask Anne… Question: I stopped nursing my baby six months ago, but my breasts are still leaking milk. Is this  normal? Answer: Many moms find that their breasts continue to leak long after they stop nursing. They may be able to express drops of fluid for months or even years after their baby weans, especially during a shower. The fluid ... Read More »

My doctor says I should wean

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Ask Anne: Question:  My baby girl weighed five pounds when she was born. Now she is fifteen months old and weighs only seventeen pounds. The doctor (who I have since dropped) told me she is not gaining enough weight and that I should give her formula. She is walking and stays very busy. She nurses in short spurts during the ... Read More »

Milk comes out of baby’s nose

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Ask Anne… Question: Sometimes when she’s nursing, my three month old will cough and cry and I notice that breast milk comes out of her nose.  Is this just a reaction to  my milk letting down too quickly, or could it be a physiological problem  with the baby’s nose & throat? This is my fifth breastfed child and I  have never encountered ... Read More »