Anne Smith, IBCLC

Anne Smith, IBCLC
As the mother of six wonderful breastfed children, three perfect breastfed grand babies, and an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) with over twenty-five years experience in lactation counseling, I can offer you professional support, as well as information and advice based on my personal experiences over the years.

Will eating lactation cookies increase my milk supply?

Homemade Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Ready to Eat

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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Zika and Breastfeeding

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If you’re pregnant and haven’t been living in a cave for the past year, you’ve probably heard about Zika. Chances are you’ve been concerned (okay, more like worried sick) about it. Almost all the news about Zika is bad, but there are a few  (sort of positive) things to keep in mind: not all mosquitoes carry the virus (only females …

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Tongue-Tie

BFB Tongue Tie III

When we hear the term “tongue-tied”, most of us have a mental image of someone who is struggling to speak in public, but is stammering nervously and is at a loss for words. In reality, tongue -tie is a medical condition  that affects many people, and has special implications for the breastfed baby. The medical term for the condition known as …

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Oversupply: Too Much Breast Milk

Breastmilk oversupply

Although concern about not having enough breast milk is the number one reason that mothers wean their babies early, having too much milk can also be a problem. When you consider the fact that a small percentage of women don’t have the capacity to produce enough milk for their babies no matter what they do, then having too much milk is …

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Breastfeeding Benefits: How They Add Up

BFB Breastfeeding Benefits 2015

Many new mothers wonder how long they should breastfeed their baby. While the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends nursing for at least the first year of life, this may not be a realistic goal for all mothers. It is important to know that even if you only nurse your baby for a few weeks or even a few days, you will both …

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My baby uses me as a ‘human pacifier’

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Ask Anne… My baby is now just over five months old, and I seem to have reached a bit of a ‘mental hurdle’ where breastfeeding is concerned. She refuses to take bottles, so  it’s been complete hell if I leave her with a sitter – she screams the whole time. Fortunately, now  she will at least take some milk from a …

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Breastfeeding and nipple shields

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Ask Anne… Question: I  have larger than average nipples and my baby girl is tiny. She is just now approaching five  pounds. When she was in the NICU they started her on bottles of formula and now she is very confused when I try to offer her my breast. Any advice would be appreciated. I feel like a slave to …

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Baby Spitting Up: Is it Reflux?

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Almost all babies will spit up after some feedings, whether they are breastfed or bottle-fed. In a healthy baby who is gaining weight well and has good  urine output (6-8 wet cloth diapers or 5-6 disposable) and at least 3 bowel movements in 24 hours (in babies over 6 weeks old, stooling less often is normal), then spitting up is …

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