Ask Anne… Question: Hi, I have a 2 1/2 year old daughter who who shows no sign of weaning anytime soon. I’m almost 16 weeks pregnant and expect I will tandem nurse after the baby is born. I have some questions about colostrum. Should I prevent my almost 3 year-old (at the time) from nursing for a few days, while …Read More »
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How do I prepare for breastfeeding?
Ask Anne… Question: I am currently eight weeks pregnant with my second child. I didn’t breastfeed my first, who is nine. I want to breastfeed this one but I am totally clueless. Do I need to do anything to prepare my breasts? Should I use a breast pump or hand express the milk? Which is better, the electric pump or the …Read More »
How do I become a lactation consultant?
Ask Anne… Question: My daughter is now 19 months old and still nursing all the time. I don’t have any plans to stop nursing her at the moment, especially since she doesn’t seem to have any plans to wean herself any time soon! Anyway, my question is more geared towards becoming a lactation consultant. I’ve given it a lot of …Read More »
Do I really need a breast pump?
Ask Anne… Answer: Hi Cheryl! How lucky you are to be able to stay at home with this baby. I know there must be nursing mothers out there who miss their jobs and look forward to going back to work, but I think they are in the minority. Most working mothers would love to stay at home, but just can’t afford …Read More »
How long can you store breast milk?
Ask Anne… Question: I am going to be storing some breast milk for times that I might not be at home so that my son’s father might be able to offer him a bottle. The question that I have is how long can you store breastmilk in the refrigerator and or freezer… Thank you in advance for your help. Answer: …Read More »
Breastfeeding And Pregnant – Changes in my milk?
Ask Anne… Question: I’m still breastfeeding my 18 month old son and recently found out I’m pregnant. I’d like to wean him before the new baby comes, but I’m not in a hurry to do it, since he is definitely not ready to be “cut off” yet. My question is concerning the changes in my milk because of the pregnancy. …Read More »
Breastfeeding After Breast Reduction
Ask Anne… Question: Is there any early way to tell if a woman will definitely be able to breastfeed? I had a breast reduction three years ago, and although I seem to have slight sensation around my breasts, the nipple/areola area has always been more sensitive then before my operation. Curious if that is a good sign? I’m hoping to …Read More »
Should breast milk be stored in bags or in bottles?
Ask Anne… Question: How long can breast milk be stored and should it be stored in a bag or in a bottle? Answer: Breast milk can be safely stored in glass, hard plastic bottles, or polyethylene milk storage bags especially designed for storing human milk. Avoid any plastic containers made with bisphenol A (BPA),an estrogen-mimicking industrial chemical . In 2012, …Read More »