Author Archives: Anne Smith, IBCLC

What Parents Say You Do And Don’t Need For A Baby

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Expecting a little one in the near future?  There are so many items they say you need when you have a baby that it can be overwhelming. More than 100,000 parents were asked what items they really needed when their babies were born.  From Boppies to bottle warmers, from bath thermometers to boogie wipes – find out which items new moms and dads think are ... Read More »

Can I save my frozen breast milk during a power outage?

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Ask Anne… Question: Help! We had a big storm here and the power went off. I’m afraid that I might lose my freezer stash of breast milk. I’m going back to work next week, and it took me  months of pumping to store up all that milk. Is there anything I can do save my frozen breast milk during a ... Read More »

How long should I wait before introducing a pacifier?

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Ask Anne… Question: I nursed my first child for a year and plan on breastfeeding my new little bundle of joy. However, I can’t remember when I first gave him a pacifier, so that it would not interfere with breastfeeding and cause “nipple confusion.” How long should I wait before introducing a pacifier? Answer: Many babies switch forth effortlessly between ... Read More »

When will my breasts start leaking colostrum?

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Ask Anne… Question: This is my third pregnancy. Even though all have been drastically different from each other, I am quite sure that with the past two I started “leaking” breast liquid by now. I’m approximately 23 weeks along. Is there a set time for this to happen, or is it different for every pregnancy? Answer: There is no set ... Read More »

Are babies sensitive to what mom is eating?

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Ask Anne… Question: How common is it for babies to be sensitive to what a nursing mom is eating? Also, what is the usual time frame for a baby to get gassy after mom has eaten something “wrong?” Answer: Substances from the foods you eat can appear in your milk anywhere from 1-24 hours after ingestion, with the average being ... Read More »

Will Fenugreek increase my milk supply?

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Ask Anne… Question: My baby is 3 months  old and I have just returned to work. I’m afraid I’m losing my milk because she isn’t gaining weight well. Will Fenugreek increase my milk supply?  Is it really safe to use while I’m nursing? If so, how much do I need to take?  Answer: Fenugreek is a herb that has been ... Read More »

Is This Normal? Ten Common Conditions in Newborns

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Here are ten common conditions (including baby acne, swollen genitals, and jaundice)  that are sure to elicit a “What is THAT?!” from new parents, along with facts to calm the fears. Read More »