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.

Should breast milk be stored in bags or in bottles?

Ask Anne… Question: How long can breast milk be stored and should it be stored in a bag or in a bottle? Answer: Breast milk can be safely stored in glass, hard plastic bottles, or polyethylene milk storage bags especially designed for storing human  milk. Avoid any plastic containers made with bisphenol A (BPA),an estrogen-mimicking industrial chemical . In 2012, …

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Why are my baby’s bowel movements green?

Ask Anne… Question: Yesterday my daughter’s stools were bright green. Neon green, actually. What could be causing this? The only thing I can possibly think of is that I have been drinking caffeine-free diet Mt. Dew and that maybe could be it, because it is almost that color. Also, her stools have been very pasty in consistency. Can breastfed babies get …

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How often should a toddler nurse versus eating solid foods?

Ask Anne… Question: My daughter is 11 months old. Extended breastfeeding is in my plan. She still nurses a couple times during the night. How many times a day should a toddler  nurse versus eating solid foods? Answer: How wonderful that you are aware of the many benefits of extended breastfeeding and plan to continue nursing after a year! Your …

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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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