Ask Anne… Question: What is a good position to breastfeed a baby for a large breasted woman? My sister has been using the football hold, but at four weeks her daughter is getting harder to support in this position. Any other ideas? Answer: The mother with large breasts (DD or above) may find that she has to experiment a little …Read More »
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Can I breastfeed my adopted baby?
Ask Anne… Question: We are in the process of adopting a baby girl, and I want to breastfeed. Most articles I read are discouraging, and they say she will not make enough milk. Is is possible to get a full supply of milk? If so, is there something I should be doing now? Answer: It is possible to breastfeed an adopted …Read More »
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 …Read More »
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 …Read More »
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 …Read More »
How can I prevent frequent breast infections?
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 …Read More »
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? …Read More »
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 …Read More »