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.

Breastfeeding Mythbusters

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Over the past forty years of working with nursing moms and babies (first as a La Leche League Leader, and then as an IBCLC),  I’ve seen a lot of changes come and go in the lactation world. There has been a lot of old school advice about breastfeeding that was not only incorrect, but also sounds more than a little crazy …

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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 …

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My toddler’s teeth scrape my nipples when she nurses

Ask Anne… Question: My daughter is 12 months old and still breastfeeding several times a day.  For the past 2 months, my nipples have been very sore. She doesn’t bite me, but I have sores on the bottom of my nipples, and they crack and bleed when she nurses. I’ve tried changing positions and applying lanolin, but nothing helps. I …

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How can I keep my baby from pulling away from my nipples?

Baby Girl Distracted From Breastfeeding

Ask Anne… Question: My 4 1/2 month old daughter has started to pull away and yank on my nipples when nursing. As a result my nipples are getting sore. I used to enjoy nursing and would like to continue. What can I do to break her of this bad habit? Answer: There are a number of reasons for babies to …

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I have no interest in sex since my baby was born – will weaning help?

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Ask Anne Question: I have a two year old son and a seven month old baby girl who is still breastfeeding. She started solids last month, but still nurses a lot day and night. Here’s my problem: I have practically no sex drive anymore, and it’s causing problems in my marriage. I love my husband, but we keep getting in …

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Facebook’s War on Nipples

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I originally posted this in 2012, but although Facebook has lightened up on its censorship policies since then, their censorship of breastfeeding photos still crops up way too often, so I’m sharing it again after a little editing to reflect how Facebook’s  policies have changed since I wrote this 3 year ago. This article explains Facebook’s new policy on breastfeeding photos …

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Boob Nazi? No.

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Once again, I came across a biased breastfeeding bashing article that demonized lactation consultants, and I’m royally pissed. I’ll cut straight to the chase:  There is a huge difference between a “Breastfeeding Nazi”, and a “Lactavist”. As an IBCLC, I’m insulted by being called the former, and proud to be called the latter. I am NOT a Boob Nazi, or a …

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What are the benefits of breastfeeding more than a year?

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Ask Anne… I currently have a wonderful nursing relationship with my seven-month old son. People are starting to ask me how long I plan to breastfeed. To be honest, I don’t know how long I plan to nurse. My question is, what are the benefits of breastfeeding more than a year? I understand the benefits of nursing your baby until …

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