Q and A

Do breastfed babies need extra iron?

Ask Anne… My pediatrician told me that breastfed babies need extra iron, and should start eating fortified cereal at 6 months or they will become anemic.  I told her I was nursing and she said “especially when they are breastfeeding.”I am currently taking my prenatal vitamins , and feel my baby is  getting the best nutrition possible from my breast  …

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I have no interest in sex since my baby was born – will weaning help?

Ask Anne Question: I have a two year old son and a seven month old baby girl who is still breastfeeding. She started solids last month, but still nurses a lot day and night. Here’s my problem: I have practically no sex drive anymore, and it’s causing problems in my marriage. I love my husband, but we keep getting in …

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What are the benefits of breastfeeding more than a year?

Ask Anne… 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 until …

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Is it safe for nursing moms to scoop cat litter?

Ask Anne… Question: I know that during pregnancy I was not supposed to scoop cat litter. How about while breastfeeding?  Is it dangerous? Should I get rid of my cat? Answer: The concern about cleaning out litter boxes is the transmission of a nasty parasite called ‘toxoplasma gondii’. You don’t need to get rid of your family pet, but you do need …

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How can I keep my baby from pulling away from my nipples?

Ask Anne… Question: My 4 1/2 month old daughter has started to pull away and yank on my nipples when nursing. As a result my nipples are getting sore. I used to enjoy nursing and would like to continue. What can I do to break her of this bad habit? Answer: There are a number of reasons for babies to …

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Are e-cigarettes safe for breastfeeding moms?

 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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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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