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 …Read More »
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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 …Read More »
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 …Read More »
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 …Read More »
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 …Read More »
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 …Read More »
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, …Read More »
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 …Read More »