Q and A

Can I save my frozen breast milk during a power outage?

Ask Anne… Every time I hear about a natural disaster or weather emergency,  I think about how hard it must be for formula feeding moms to make sure their baby has formula and clean water to mix it with during the crisis. Having a safe, built in food supply for your baby is yet another advantage of breastfeeding, but one …

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My toddler’s teeth scrape my nipples when she nurses

Ask Anne… Question: My daughter is 12 months old and still breastfeeding several times a day.  For the past 2 months, my nipples have been very sore. She doesn’t bite me, but I have sores on the bottom of my nipples, and they crack and bleed when she nurses. I’ve tried changing positions and applying lanolin, but nothing helps. I …

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Is my baby nipple confused?

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 come in and he’s not sleepy anymore, but I can’t get him to nurse.  He takes the bottle fine but cries when I …

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My Milk Supply Drops During My Period

Ask Anne Question: My baby girl is five months old and exclusively breastfed. She feeds every three hours during the day for short times (10-15 minutes), and sometimes I feed her once during the night if I can’t get her back to bed. I’d like to nurse for twelve months, but recently I noticed a drop in my production. I …

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Will eating my placenta increase my milk supply?

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 …

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Will eating lactation cookies increase my milk supply?

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 …

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My Baby HATES Bottles

Ask Anne… Question:  I have a six month old baby that, due to personal reasons, I need to wean. She is definitely NOT a self soother as she doesn’t take a bottle or a pacifier. We have been trying for about a week to give her a bit of formula instead of the breast but it seems to be a “no …

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How Often Should My Newborn Nurse?

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 …

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