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.

What makes my breasts so itchy?

Ask Anne… Question: I have been breastfeeding my 10-week-old son exclusively, and we both love it. My problem is that I have occasional intense itchiness on the skin of my left breast. When I scratch it, it brings on red welts that go away a little later. The itching does not involve the nipple, and it has no effect on …

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Can I smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol while I’m nursing?

Ask Anne… Question: I am 35 weeks pregnant with my second baby. I went back to work early with my first baby and didn’t try to nurse,  but this time I’ll be a SAHM and I plan to breastfeed. I like to occasionally have  a beer or glass of wine, but I’m not drinking while I’m pregnant.  What about after my baby …

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Breastfeeding In Public

Ask Anne… Question: My husband is concerned about my breastfeeding in public. What can I say to him to reassure him that it’s okay? Answer: As far as your husband’s feelings about nursing in public: this is something that the two of you will have to work out between you. Some dads are uncomfortable with the idea of their wife …

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Breastfeeding problems due to flat nipples

Ask Anne… Question: With my first son I successfully nursed until he was 12 months old, at which time he weaned himself. The beginning was very rough and I almost gave up many times. The main problem I had was flat nipples. Neither my doctor or I thought to check before my baby was born.  Now that I am expecting …

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What can I do to prevent my baby from weaning too early?

Ask Anne… Question: My daughter weaned herself when she was six months old. She would cry and scream at the breast, refusing to nurse.  I tried everything under the sun to get her to start nursing again, but she just wouldn’t. After a week I gave in and started feeding her formula since she had to eat, and I was …

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I have eczema on my breasts, making them itchy and sore

Ask Anne… Question: I have recently developed eczema on my breasts. It itches a lot and has  made my nipples sore.  My dermatologist just started me on a topical cream.  When she latches on, it itches, and I’m worried that the breastfeeding is irritating it and making it worse. Is this unusual? Answer: Eczema on the nipples is not uncommon. …

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Large Breasted Women and Breastfeeding

Ask Anne… Question:  What is a good position to breastfeed a baby for a large breasted woman? My sister has been using the football hold, but at four weeks her daughter is getting harder to support in this position. Any other ideas? Answer: The mother with large breasts (DD or above) may find that she has to experiment a little …

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Can I breastfeed my adopted baby?

Ask Anne… Question: We are in the process of adopting a baby girl, and I want to breastfeed.  Most articles I read are discouraging, and they say she will not make enough milk. Is is possible to get a full supply of milk? If so,  is there something I should be doing now? Answer: It is possible to breastfeed an adopted …

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