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by Anne Smith, IBCLC
Anne Smith, IBCLC became a certified La Leche Leader in 1978, when her first of six children was a toddler. She breastfed all six and had a wide range of nursing experiencs including cracked nipples, mastitis, engorgement, colic, slow weight gain, jaundice, etc.
Besides her twenty plus years of personal experience, Anne has a BA in education and received her IBCLC in 1990 which is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, a health professional who offers extensive training, experience, and knowledge in the area of breastfeeding, and who has passed vigorous board exams to ensure professional expertise. She has led support group meetings, taught breastfeeding classes, trained breastfeeding peer counselors to work with low income mothers, worked one-on-one with mothers to solve breastfeeding problems, helped thousands of mothers with breastfeeding questions over the phone, held workshops for health professionals on various breastfeeding topics, taught OB, Pediatric, and Family Practice Residents breastfeeding at Bowman Gray School of Medicine, and runs a breast pump rental station with over 100 pumps, scales, and nursing bras for the past eleven years.
Also visit our interview with Anne Smith and her own website, Breastfeeding-Basics.com.