Q and A

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 …

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What the heck is “vernix”?

Ask Anne… Question: When my baby was born at 38 weeks, I wanted to breastfeed her immediately after birth. I had written into my birth plan that I didn’t want her to be taken away to be washed before I held her, but when she was laid on my chest after birth, she was covered with this weird creamy stuff …

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Are e-cigarettes safe for breastfeeding moms?

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 Ask Anne… Question: I started smoking when I was in high school, and smoked 10-15 cigarettes a day until I found out I was pregnant and I quit cold turkey. Now my baby is 6  months old and exclusively breastfed. Over the past few months, I have gradually started smoking again. My husband still smokes, and it’s hard not to have a hit …

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Do breastfed babies need extra water?

Ask Anne… Question: I successfully nursed my first baby. I am now expecting my second child and plan on breastfeeding her as well.  I was told by a pediatric nurse that breast fed babies need water – about a cup a day. Is this true? I never gave my son water. Answer: It sounds like your nurse needs a refresher course …

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


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 …

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When will my breasts start leaking colostrum?

Ask Anne… Question: This is my third pregnancy. Even though all have been drastically different from each other, I am quite sure that with the past two I started “leaking” breast liquid by now. I’m approximately 23 weeks along. Is there a set time for this to happen, or is it different for every pregnancy? Answer: There is no set …

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My baby only wants to nurse on one breast

Ask Anne… Question: I have a one month old baby who only wants to nurse on one breast – is that normal? Also, about once a day, she spits up after she nurses.  Please let me know what to do. Answer:  Is this something that just started recently, or has she had a preference for the right side from the …

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Does Drinking Beer Increase Milk Supply?

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 …

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