Q and A

Trying to Relactate

Infant Grasping Mother's Finger

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?

BFB Woman Sneezing II

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

BFB Nursing Toddler II

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

BFB Statue leaking 2014

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

BFB Scientists

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

BFB Fussy baby swoosh mom

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 »

Breastfeeding and Lovemaking

BFB Kissing Dark II

Ask Anne… Question: I have a question about breastfeeding and lovemaking, and I am too embarrassed to ask any of my friends. I had my first child six months ago and I’m breast feeding her. My partner says he would like to suckle at my breast when we make love. This was always part of our lovemaking before our  baby ... Read More »

Should I wake my six week old baby to nurse during the night?

BFB Mother setting alarm clock

Ask Anne… Question: My baby is 6 weeks old. I’ve been setting an alarm for every  4 hours since the start of each feeding every night. Usually he wakes up before that to nurse, but occasionally he will still be asleep after 4 hours so I will wake him to eat. Is it best to continue waking him, or should I wait for ... Read More »