Q and A

How do I remove the hair around my nipples?

Ask Anne… Question: I am five months pregnant and want to breastfeed my baby, but I have several long coarse black hairs around my nipples.  Could you suggest a safe method of removing them? I have tried to trim them using scissors, but they grow back even thicker. I don’t want to use depilatory creams as the chemical components in them …

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My toddler wants to nurse more frequently at night

Ask Anne… Question:  My daughter is 15 months old, and I am a SAHM who nurses her through the night. Lately she has been wanting to nurse MORE frequently.  She used to just nurse once or twice a night for about 5 minutes or so. Now it’s 2 or 3 times and she nurses for 10 minutes or more. I …

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Breastfeeding and Birth Control Pills

Ask Anne… Question: I have been taking Micronor while breastfeeding my 12 month old. I know that this method has been known to suppress having one’s period, but for how long? I am only nursing 2-3 times a day at this point. Also, since she is nursing less frequently do I need a “stronger” birth control pill? Answer: You don’t need …

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How can I prevent frequent breast infections?

breast infections and plugged ducts

Ask Anne… Question: I had plugged ducts and breast infections 5 times when I was nursing my first baby I lived on antibiotics and ultrasounds.  Nothing I tried worked, and the pain was excruciating.  How can I reduce the chance of this happening again with my second child? Answer: I hate that you had so many problems with soreness and breast …

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How can I get my baby to take a bottle?

Ask Anne… Answer: Getting an older baby to take a bottle can be challenging. Babies often get pretty set in their ways after the early weeks of nursing, and may decide that milk is supposed to come out of breasts, not bottles, and they just won’t accept a substitute for the real thing. Will he take juice from a bottle? …

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Older Sister Still Wants To Nurse

Ask Anne… Question: My daughter is 2  1/2 and usually only asks to nurse at bedtime. Sometimes I don’t mind, but other times I feel resentful because I have just finished nursing my one year old son and I feel like she’s manipulating me. I like the closeness with her, but at times I feel so touched out and would …

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Will I be able to nurse my baby with breast implants?

Ask Anne… Question: I am expecting my first  child. Is there any way of telling if I will be able to nurse my baby with breast implants – or is it a wait and see? Answer: Any woman who has had breast, chest, or cardiac surgery should check with her surgeon to see if any functional breast tissue was affected …

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Can I give formula during the day and breastfeed only at night?

Ask Anne… Question:  I started back to work this week, and I am giving formula during the day and breastfeeding only at night. How much benefit is  my baby losing? Answer: Your baby will continue to get the benefits of breastfeeding for as long as he nurses. Any amount of breast milk is beneficial, and your baby will continue to receive …

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