Q and A

Blood In Breast milk

Ask Anne… Question:  I  delivered my baby girl three days ago. My breast milk came in yesterday, and today I pumped for the first time because my breasts were so full. When I pumped, there was blood in the milk and it looked pink.  I don’t know what’s  wrong, and I’m afraid to feed the milk to my baby. Help! Answer: Although …

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Why are my breasts still engorged a week after I stopped nursing?

Sore Nipples

Ask Anne… Question:I stopped breastfeeding a week ago. My breasts are still swollen, extremely painful and rock-hard, after seven days. How long will this last? Answer: I don’t know any details about your weaning, but if you are still experiencing the symptoms you described after a week, then I have to assume that you stopped nursing rather abruptly rather than …

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How can I schedule feedings for my nursing baby?

Ask Anne… I’m trying to figure out how I can schedule feedings for my nursing baby. He’s five months old, and just started two servings of rice cereal per day.  He used to nurse every 2-3 hours, then changed for a few days to every 3 hours, but now it is hard to guess when he’ll eat. Shouldn’t this be easier? …

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My nipples are cracked and terribly sore

Ask Anne… Question: I am currently breastfeeding my fourth child and he is four weeks old.  Breastfeeding was going well until a week ago. Now when he latches on to eat it causes me tremendous pain. It even  hurts just to stretch my arms up. I bought a tube of lanolin because I was told it would work wonders, but …

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Is it safe to drink diet soda while I’m breasteeding?

Ask Anne… Question:  I am currently breastfeeding my one month old daughter. Everything is going wonderfully. My question is this: Is it safe to drink diet soda sweetened with Nutrasweet while nursing? My daughter’s pediatrician said it is fine but I find a lot of contradicting information on the internet. Your help would be appreciated. Answer: Drinking diet sodas sweetened …

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