Andrea J. Blanco
Andrea J. Blanco is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in private practice in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area. She realized the need for caring, consistent and evidence-based breastfeeding support and information through her own experience with her first born. Shortly after the birth of her 2nd, Andrea began her career as a WIC Peer Counselor for one of the largest agencies in the nation, helping families from multicultural backgrounds further their breastfeeding goals. In 2010 and 2011, she worked on lowering obesity rates by increasing breastfeeding exclusivity and duration through the federally funded Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant. Her work under the grant focused on helping local hospitals begin the lengthy process towards achieving Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative status. Most recently, she has enjoyed writing for the San Diego Breastfeeding Center, sharing her expertise and memories on toddler nursing as a guest blogger. In addition to her daily work supporting families and their new babies, she co-leads an active monthly breastfeeding support group for moms and their nurslings of all ages. She lives in the Greater Miami area with her high school sweetheart-turned-husband and is the very proud mom of two funny, spirited, Lego loving boys full of mini-ninja power, ages 5 and 7. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @AndreaBlancoLC.
Episodes for this expert
You had so many questions about breastfeeding toddlers that we had to release another episode! Learn more about nursing strategies at night and during naptime as well as ways to gently wean your toddler.
Breastfeeding toddlers can be drastically different than breastfeeding a newborn. What does nursing a toddler really look like? And how much breast milk does a toddler really need?
We know there are many benefits to extended breastfeeding. However, breastfeeding an infant or toddler can look drastically different than nursing a new baby. Hear what our moms say about what their breastfeeding routines look like with their older children.
Many women mistakenly believe that they cannot conceive if they are breastfeeding a child. This is simply not true. How can you make this experience as safe (and comfortable) for everyone involved?