Q and A

What the heck is “vernix”?

Ask Anne… Question: When my baby was born at 38 weeks, I wanted to breastfeed her immediately after birth. I had written into my birth plan that I didn’t want her to be taken away to be washed before I held her, but when she was laid on my chest after birth, she was covered with this weird creamy stuff …

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Lump in Breast

Ask Anne… Question: I’m breastfeeding my two year old daughter and don’t plan to stop until she’s ready to wean. We both still enjoy nursing, and she is allergic to cow’s milk, which is another reason I want to continue breastfeeding. I’ve had a small, painless lump in my right breast for two months. During my yearly physical today, I asked my family …

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Leaking Breast Milk Months After Weaning

Ask Anne… Question: I stopped nursing my baby six months ago, but my breasts are still leaking milk. Is this  normal? Answer: Many moms find that their breasts continue to leak long after they wean. They may be able to express drops of fluid for months or even years after their baby weans, especially during a shower. The fluid that leaks …

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My doctor says I should wean

Ask Anne: Question:  My baby girl weighed five pounds when she was born. Now she is fifteen months old and weighs only seventeen pounds. The doctor (who I have since dropped) told me she is not gaining enough weight and that I should give her formula. She is walking and stays very busy. She nurses in short spurts during the …

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Milk comes out of baby’s nose

Ask Anne… Question: Sometimes when she’s nursing, my three month old will cough and cry and I notice that breast milk comes out of her nose.  Is this just a reaction to  my milk letting down too quickly, or could it be a physiological problem  with the baby’s nose & throat? This is my fifth breastfed child and I  have never encountered …

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Breastfeeding and Lovemaking

Ask Anne… Question: I had my first child six months ago and I’m breast feeding her. My partner says he would like to suckle at my breast when we make love. This was always part of our lovemaking before our  baby was born, and I enjoyed it, but now I’m worried that it will take away milk that my baby …

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Should I wake my baby to nurse during the night?

Ask Anne… Question: My baby is 6 weeks old. I’ve been setting an alarm for every  4 hours since the start of each feeding every night. Usually he wakes up before that to nurse, but occasionally he will still be asleep after 4 hours so I will wake him to eat. Is it best to continue waking him, or should I wait for him …

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