Author Archives: Anne Smith, IBCLC

Trying to Relactate

Infant Grasping Mother's Finger

Ask Anne… Question: I am currently trying to relactate. I work full time Monday thru Friday from 8-5, and my job doesn’t allow me much time to pump. I hand express whenever I can, and then I try to latch her on as soon as I get home. The problem is that she gets really mad when not much milk ... Read More »

Medicine safe while breastfeeding?

BFB Woman Sneezing II

Ask Anne… Question: I’m nursing my three month old baby, and I’m having a hard time getting over a head cold. I’ve been using a Neti pot a few times a day and taking extra vitamin C. Now I’m developing a cough. Is there any medicine that’s safe to take while breastfeeding? Answer:  Most medications are safe for breastfeeding mothers. In  nearly all cases, the ... Read More »

15 Cool Facts About Breastfeeding

BFB Baby nursing big eyes

Did you know that breast milk changes its nutritional profile as your baby grows? Milk made for a 3 month old is different than for a 9 month old or a preemie.  Milk can even change day to day - water content may increase during times of hot weather and baby illness to provide extra hydration. Read here to find out ... Read More »

Lump in Breast

BFB Nursing Toddler II

Ask Anne… Question: I‘m breastfeeding my two year old daughter and don’t plan to stop until she’s ready to wean. We both still enjoy nursing, and she is allergic to cow’s milk, which is another reason I want to continue breastfeeding.  I’ve had a small, painless lump in my right breast for two months. During my yearly physical today, I asked ... Read More »

September Newsletter

  Newsletter September 2014 As an IBCLC with over 25 years experience counseling nursing moms and babies, I can’t make motherhood easy (because it’s not), but I can help you with the breastfeeding part. You’re embarking on a lifelong adventure, one that’s worth every single sleepless night, every stretch mark, and every poopy diaper. From the first time you see ... Read More »

Oh Sh*t, I’m So Tired (A Poem for New Mothers)

BFB Sleepy mom rocker

In a post on her blog Mammalingo, writer and mother Melissa Sher shares a poem for new mothers – especially those who are awake and nursing their babies during the wee hours of the morning… Read More »

Leaking Breast Milk Months After Weaning

BFB Statue leaking 2014

Ask Anne… Question: I stopped nursing my baby six months ago, but my breasts are still leaking milk. Is this  normal? Answer: Many moms find that their breasts continue to leak long after they stop nursing. They may be able to express drops of fluid for months or even years after their baby weans, especially during a shower. The fluid ... Read More »

Breastfeeding and Lactose Intolerance

BFB Baby fussy at breast

Mothers are often told that their fussy or gassy babies are ‘lactose intolerant’, but this is rarely the case. Lactose intolerance has become a catch all label for any baby who is fussy, or gassy, or has any kind of intestinal upset. Formula companies love to use this label to their advantage, with ads for products like “Similac Sensitive®: For ... Read More »