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?

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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“Fed is Best”: Fake News

The article below is the first in a series of articles which will examine social media discourse of an organization whose stated purpose includes informing parents of the dangers of exclusive breastfeeding. The message within a message: Examining a Fed Is Best meme. It is a lucky happenstance when the acronym of an organization reflects its purpose, but the the …

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Babywearing: What’s In It For Mom?

  Babywearing as the Biological Norm My focus as a mother supporter, aka doula, is with the needs of the mother. For when we address the needs of the mother we by default address the needs of the baby.  So what is in a sling for the mother? Many years ago a history professor made an off the cuff remark …

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Breastfeeding Twins: Yes You Can!

I have always wondered why women, myself included, get such odd looks and negative comments when we say we are going to breastfeed our expected twins, triplets or more. Because once a mother and her babies get the breastfeeding “down,” it’s actually easier to breastfeed. Also, each multiple and his/her mother has as much right to the breastfeeding relationship (and …

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Calming Fussy Baby: Is It Colic?

One of the hardest things for new moms to deal with is a cranky, inconsolable baby. There will be times when you have done all the ‘right’ things: feeding, burping, changing her diaper, making sure she’s not too hot or too cold… And she still isn’t happy. This will happen more than once. It happens more when your baby is …

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My Baby HATES Bottles

Ask Anne… Question:  I have a six month old baby that, due to personal reasons, I need to wean. She is definitely NOT a self soother as she doesn’t take a bottle or a pacifier. We have been trying for about a week to give her a bit of formula instead of the breast but it seems to be a “no …

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How Often Should My Newborn Nurse?

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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Do breastfed babies need extra water?

Ask Anne… Question: I successfully nursed my first baby. I am now expecting my second child and plan on breastfeeding her as well.  I was told by a pediatric nurse that breast fed babies need water – about a cup a day. Is this true? I never gave my son water. Answer: It sounds like your nurse needs a refresher course …

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