Author Archives: Anne Smith, IBCLC

Feeding Solid Food Too Early Could Lead to Problems for Babies

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At least 40% of moms are feeding their infants solid foods far too early, according a new study published in the medical journal Pediatrics, and that may lead to health problems like obesity, diabetes, and allergies later in life. Read More »

How Often Should My Newborn Nurse?

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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 ... Read More »

Breastfeeding the Premature Baby: Nursing in the NICU

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  Worldwide, more than 15 million babies are born prematurely each year. In the US, that number is close to 500,000. Due to the increased incidence of multiple births resulting from fertility treatments, as well as medical technology that has increased the survival rates for extremely preterm babies, the numbers are rising. Between 5% and 18% of babies worldwide are ... Read More »

Crazy Birth Stories You Won’t Believe

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From moms who spent weeks—and even months—in labor to those who gave birth without ever knowing they’d been pregnant; moms who delivered some of the tiniest of babes to those who delivered (naturally!) some of the biggest, we can’t get enough of these unique birth stories! Read More »

15 Weird Ways Breastfeeding Messes With Your Mind

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It may not be that way for all mothers, of course, but for me, breastfeeding has definitely not just been the physical act of feeding my child. It’s an literal pouring out of self, mentally, physically, and emotionally. I admit that there are some pretty strange ways that breastfeeding can affect you, such as … Read More »

11 Photos That Show Birth Is Beautiful, No Matter What Method You Choose

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The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers recently announced the winners of its annual “Image of the Year Competition.”  From water births to C-sections, all the contest entries show that despite the different birth plans parents follow, the moment a child comes into the world is beautiful, emotional and indescribable. Read More »

What Would Happen If Hackers Leaked Photos From Moms’ Phones?

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Recently, dozens of celebrities were the victims of #Celebgate, a hacking scandal that leaked tons celebrities’ personal (and often scandalous) photos. Here’s a funny look at  what hackers would find if they leaked photos from moms’ phones: Read More »