Q and A

Does Drinking Beer Increase Milk Supply?

Ask Anne…  Question: I’m exclusively breastfeeding my three month old. Breastfeeding is going well, but I feel like my supply has gone down since I went back to work a month ago. My friend told me that drinking a beer at bedtime will increase my milk production. Is that true? Will beer increase my milk supply? Answer: Unfortunately, no. I …

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Is it safe for breastfeeding mothers to get a flu shot?

Ask Anne… Question: I’m nursing my three month old. I usually get a flu shot every year, but I’m wondering – is it  safe for breastfeeding mothers to get a flu shot? Answer: It’s safe for nursing moms to get the flu shot, or any other vaccine. The CDC (US Center for Disease Control) says “Influenza vaccine does not affect …

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Why does my frozen breast milk smell bad?

Ask Anne… Question: My baby is 3 months old and I’m getting ready to return to work in a few days. I’ve been pumping every day for over a month to build up a freezer stash.  I introduced a bottle of expressed milk when he was 6 weeks old, and he’s always taken it with no problem. Here’s what I’m worried …

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How can I lose weight while I’m nursing?

Ask Anne… Question:  I’ve  gained weight since my baby was born. I use to work out at the gym regularly, but can’t do this now because I stay at home.  I feel hungry and tired all the time. I don’t want to crash diet like I used to do. I am starting to feel depressed and take an “I don’t care …

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Do breastfeeding babies need to burp?

Ask Anne…   Question:  My baby is three days old, and my milk is really coming in. He is nursing well, and I know he’s getting enough milk because he has already gained two ounces and is having lots of wet and poopy diapers. The only problem I’m having is with burping. I try to burp him after every feeding, …

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I can’t do this anymore! How do I switch from breast milk to formula?

Ask Anne… Question: My baby is a month old and my nipples are  so sore that I want to stop nursing and switch from breast milk to formula.  How do I keep myself from becoming engorged or getting mastitis when I wean? Answer: Before beginning the weaning process, I would really want to find out why you’re still having problems with …

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How long does my baby need to nurse in order to receive the benefits of breastmilk?

Ask Anne… Question: How long do you need to nurse in order for your baby to receive the brain-growth and immunological benefits of breast milk? And, though I’m sure it varies widely from mom to mom, how seldom can you nurse and still maintain a milk supply? Is it possible to maintain a steady-state of milk, or does the supply gradually, …

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How long should I wait before introducing a pacifier?

Ask Anne… Question: I nursed my first child for a year and plan on breastfeeding my new little bundle of joy. However, I can’t remember when I first gave him a pacifier, so that it would not interfere with breastfeeding and cause “nipple confusion.” How long should I wait before introducing a pacifier? Answer: Many babies switch forth effortlessly between …

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