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Do breastfed babies need extra iron?

Ask Anne… My pediatrician told me that breastfed babies need extra iron, and should start eating fortified cereal at 6 months or they will become anemic.  I told her I was nursing and she said “especially when they are breastfeeding.”I am currently taking my prenatal vitamins , and feel my baby is  getting the best nutrition possible from my breast  …

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My toddler refuses to eat solid food.

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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How can I schedule feedings for my nursing baby?

Ask Anne… I’m trying to figure out how I can schedule feedings for my nursing baby. He’s five months old, and just started two servings of rice cereal per day.  He used to nurse every 2-3 hours, then changed for a few days to every 3 hours, but now it is hard to guess when he’ll eat. Shouldn’t this be easier? …

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How often should a toddler nurse versus eating solid foods?

Ask Anne… Question: My daughter is 11 months old. Extended breastfeeding is in my plan. She still nurses a couple times during the night. How many times a day should a toddler  nurse versus eating solid foods? Answer: How wonderful that you are aware of the many benefits of extended breastfeeding and plan to continue nursing after a year! Your …

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Starting Solids: Waiting Is Worth It

Getting Started Good First Foods Foods To Avoid Foods To DEFINITELY Avoid (because babies can choke on them) The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) officially recommends that mothers breastfeed their babies exclusively for the first six months in order to “to support optimal growth and development”. “Optimal” means the very best, no matter how you look at it.Deciding what to …

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