Tag Archives: breastfeeding benefits

What It’s Like to Breastfeed a Toddler

Breastfeed a baby and you’ll get stares because you’re doing it in public, but most people will think it’s a normal way to feed your baby. (Except for those crazy “Ew, breastfeeding is gross!” people.) Breastfeed a toddler in public, and you’ll get everything from looks of horror and revulsion to comments about it not being “right” to people even …

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Why Breastfeed?

Advantages to baby Advantages to mother Advantages to the family Advantages to society   With nearly 79% of women in the United States currently choosing to breastfeed their infants  (as opposed to around 20% in the seventies), it is obvious that the majority of women are aware of the many benefits of breastfeeding. When asked why they chose to nurse …

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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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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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Breastfeeding Blunders

Breastfeeding is beautiful and beneficial and best for baby and a whole host of other “B”s, I’m sure. But it can also be very embarrassing. I don’t mean that it’s shameful, or that you should have to feel awkward if you’re doing it in public. I mean that, when you’re dealing with a hungry, determined baby or toddler with no …

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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 …

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Do sick breastfeeding babies need Pedialyte?

Ask Anne… Question: My six month old baby has the stomach flu. Her doctor says she needs to stop breastfeeding and drink Gatorade or Pedialyte until the nausea and diarrhea stop. The problem is that she wants to nurse even more now than she did before she got sick. She doesn’t understand why she can’t nurse to sleep like she …

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Can I give formula during the day and breastfeed only at night?

Ask Anne… Question:  I started back to work this week, and I am giving formula during the day and breastfeeding only at night. How much benefit is  my baby losing? Answer: Your baby will continue to get the benefits of breastfeeding for as long as he nurses. Any amount of breast milk is beneficial, and your baby will continue to receive …

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