Ask Anne… Question: My 4 day old refuses to latch on and nurse. When she was born she was jaundiced and very sleepy. She slept for 7 hours her first night home. Now she is more lively, but she cries and pulls off my breast and won’t latch on at all. While waiting for my milk to come in, we …Read More »
Q and A
What are stork bites and angel kisses?
Question: My baby was born with a red spot on her neck. My doctor called it a “Nevi Simplex” birth mark, and my grandmother called it a ‘stork bite’ and said that it would go away with time. Is this true? Answer: Nevi Simplex, also referred to as “Salmon patches”, are birthmarks that show up as small reddened flat marks …Read More »
Why does my breast milk change colors?
Ask Anne… Question: My milk seems to look different every time I pump. Sometimes it looks thin and watery, and sometimes yellow and creamy. At times it has a bluish or greenish tint. What could be causing that? Answer : Unlike formula, which always looks the same, the composition and appearance of human milk changes from day to day, from feeding …Read More »
Does my breasted baby need extra fluoride?
Ask Anne… Question: My doctor just told me that my 3 month old exclusively breastfed baby needs to drink several ounces of water a day in order for her to get enough fluoride. Does she really need extra fluoride? Answer: Breastfeeding provides dental health benefits for babies, including fewer cavities and better oral development, decreasing the need for braces later in life. …Read More »
Cluster Feedings and Growth Spurts
Ask Anne… Question: My seven week old baby girl wants to nurse constantly from the hours of 5:00 pm until she goes to bed, which is normally around 11:00 pm. What is causing the constant eating? Is she getting enough from me to satisfy her? She wants to nurse again 45 minutes to an hour after she finishes eating. Please …Read More »
Does my breastfed baby need Vitamin D drops?
Ask Anne… Question: My baby just went for her two month checkup. I am exclusively breastfeeding her, and she is healthy and gaining weight well. My pediatrician told me to give her Vitamin D drops every day, and I’m wondering if that’s necessary. Why would she need anything besides my breast milk? Answer: Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin produced by …Read More »
Baby’s Bowel Movements: Poop Happens
Ask Anne… Question: I have a a 6 week old baby who has had a bowel movement in just about every diaper since she was born. A few days ago she didn’t poop for 24 hours, and then she went for 48 hours. Her poop was kind of greenish instead of mustard yellow. My pediatrician told me she was fine, …Read More »
Should I switch my fussy baby to soy formula?
Ask Anne… Question: My 2 month old baby is fussy and spits up a lot. My doctor said she has milk allergies and recommended switching her to a soy formula. What do you think? Answer: We know that cow’s milk is a very allergenic substance, because it isn’t ‘species specific’. In other words, human milk is designed for human babies …Read More »