Ask Anne… Question: I am still breastfeeding my eleven month old who nurses several times a day, but she isn’t interested in eating solid foods. I love breastfeeding her, and it seems like the natural thing to do rather than force her to eat several meals a day. I want to know if it is okay to breastfeed her and only …Read More »
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Will nursing my toddler keep me from getting pregnant again?
Ask Anne… Question: I am currently breastfeeding my one year old baby three times a day. In the last few months I have had two very light periods, spaced seven weeks apart. I’m trying to get pregnant, and I’m wondering if this means I am as fertile as I was before breastfeeding, or if I’m only partially fertile since my …Read More »
Will breastfeeding affect the results of a pregnancy test?
Ask Anne… Question: I’m nursing my one year old, and I haven’t had a period yet, but I’m having signs of pregnancy – breast tenderness, nausea in the morning, light spotting – and I feel unusually tired all the time. I hadn’t planned to have another baby so soon, but hubby and I will be thrilled either way. I really …Read More »
Can stress decrease my breast milk supply?
Ask Anne… Question: I have been under a lot of stress lately and no mater what I do, I’m still depressed. I am afraid that my milk will dry up before I am ready to stop breastfeeding my daughter. I’m looking for ways to maintain my milk supply, and I was wondering if Fenugreek would help. My daughter is only 24 days old and …Read More »
Should I delay clamping my baby’s umblilical cord?
Ask Anne… Question: My first baby is due in a few weeks, and I’m working on my birth plan. I know the basics of what I want to do to get breastfeeding off to a good start- like nursing immediately after birth, delaying the baby’s bath and rubbing in the vernix, frequent feedings, etc. – but I have a question about …Read More »
Do I have to ‘pump and dump’ my breast milk after surgery?
Ask Anne… Question: I’m exclusively nursing my 4 month old. I’m going to have a D&C next week. I’m wondering if I can still breast feed right after having anesthesia, or if I should use the milk in my freezer and pump and dump. I’m planning on pumping right before I go in, so she can still eat while she …Read More »
Ask Anne… Question: I have a two week old baby who nurses around the clock. We co-sleep, and I don’t have any problem with that, but I feel really tied down during the day. He nurses for 45 minutes at a feeding, and it’s hard to get anything done. I had a c-section, and I know I need to move …Read More »
Is my baby eating too many jars of baby food?
Ask Anne… Answer: In a word, “yes”. A five month old baby doesn’t need any food besides breast milk. Baby food is less nutritious than breast milk, so you are substituting an inferior food for a superior one. Even if your baby was six months or older, two jars of food with cereal is way too much. The baby food …Read More »