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How Often Should My Newborn Nurse?

Ask Anne… Question: My baby boy just turned 2 weeks old, and breastfeeding is going well. He seems very healthy and contented. Here’s why I’m worried: I read that newborns should nurse at least 8 times a day, or they will become dehydrated.  My little bub nurses on demand, about every 2-4 hours. However, he sometimes sleeps a 6 hour stretch …

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Will eating lactation cookies increase my milk supply?

Ask Anne… Question: I’m worried that I’m not producing enough breast milk. My friend told me that ‘lactation cookies’ would help. Will eating oatmeal cookies really increase  milk  supply? Answer: In a word, no.  Although you can Google “lactation cookies” and find tons of recipes, there isn’t any evidence based research that they do anything at all to increase your …

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How Can I Tell if my Baby is Getting Enough Milk?

Women have two breasts instead of one so that they can nurse twins, so it stands to reason that the average mother with two breasts will be able to produce enough milk for one baby (at least). Since breast milk intake can’t be measured without using  scientific equipment or expressing it and putting it in bottles, it’s important to know …

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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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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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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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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 …

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