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Ann is an experienced lactation consultant with over 27 years of experience in maternal-child healthcare. She started her private practice, Baby and Me Lactation Services, in Howard County Maryland in 2007. Ann is also a mentor to aspiring lactation consultants and breastfeeding medicine physicians across the US, Europe, New Zealand, and Georgia.


Ann and Baby and Me Lactation Services is an award-winning birth preparation and lactation support provider in Columbia, consistently recognized as the best since 2011. Ann has also been selected as the preferred provider for the LGBTQ+ community every year since 2013.


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Ann has lived and worked in England, Wales, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Syria, Turkey, and the United States.

She emigrated from Sheffield, UK to Maryland, USA in 2000. Since finishing medical school in Liverpool, UK, she has worked with; Royal Liverpool Hospital, North Yorkshire NHS Trust, The United Nations (UN), The World Health Organization (WHO), LRMC (Landstuhl Regional Medical Center), Mt Washington, and Howard County General Hospitals, Ludwig Maximillian University, Center for Breastfeeding Information, and the La Leche League.

She is a fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society for Medicine.

Ann is still working with WHO as an International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes “Code Keeper” and works as part of the team to improve Maternal Child Healthcare around the world. Ann worked as a La Leche League Leader for over 10 years with the Columbia, MD group.

Ann has been working as a research assistant and visiting professor (Lehrbeauftragter) at the Ludwig Maximillian University of Munich (LMU) since August 2017.

She is a current member of the CBM who works on reviewing breastfeeding books and studies. Ann has been elected as Consumer Representative for the Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition in 2010.

She regularly gives talks and hands-on demonstrations at national and international breastfeeding conferences, universities, hospitals, government, and private institutions. She has appeared in major national, and local media and documentaries as an expert and advocate for maternal childcare. She was recognized by the World Health Organization for promoting breastfeeding, and its impact on both mothers and babies. Some of her appearances; the World Health Organization video to advocate breastfeeding in India, CNN, NBC, BBC World Service, BBC Look North, MSNBC, Fox 45, Doctors Without Borders’s publication, Baltimore’s Child, Discovery Health, BBC Radio 4, Associated press, and NPR.

Ann is a current member of

  • Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM)
  • United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA)
  • Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition (MBC)
  • Lactation Consultant Association of Greater Washington (LCAGW)
  • Royal Society of Medicine (RSM)
  • Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS)
  • La Leche League International (LLLI)
  • Baby Milk Action

Some fun facts

Ann and her husband live with their four children, along with Jewels the Siamese scaredy cat, Tessu the guide dog, and a hand-nurtured house-sheep called Lady Georgiana of Faust House in Howard County. Her four happily breastfed children taught her as much, if not more, than many of the textbooks she has ever read, and emphasize that every mother and baby pair is unique. Ann’s other interests outside healthcare are traveling with her family, organic and bio-dynamic gardening (especially herbal and medicinal plants), fencing, swimming, and rock climbing. She also officiates for USA Swimming as a stroke and turn official since 2012 and volunteers with the Maryland Youth Rugby. Ann is also a proud rugby union and Leeds Tykes fan and usually watches all England games with passion.



Moira Thomas BA(Hons)

When they have had their first twins in 2000, and immediately told by the hospital that she shouldn't even think about breastfeeding her babies as it was very difficult, Moira and her husband felt somehow, they let their baby sons down. Luckily Moira met Ann through her husband, and with Ann's help, they exclusively breastfed all her babies for months to come. (So don't ever give up because someone doesn't believe in you)

After working for over 15 years in diplomatic service with her husband and travelling around the world, in 2009 Moira joined Baby and Me Lactation Services to support the whole team as the Practice Manager. She has a degree in Business Studies and uses her knowledge to ensure the practice runs as efficiently and smoothly as possible. Moira married with 5 children; two sets of twin boys and a daughter in between. After taking early retirement, they decided to raise their children and few animals including a small flock of rather hardy Boreray Sheep in the Scottish Isles.

She is committed to providing the best customer service to Baby and Me Lactation Service’s families.

Anna Biganishvili

Anna Biganishvili, MD

Anna Biganishvili is a pediatrician in Tbilisi, Georgia. Anna is passionate about all things birth and newborns related. When she finishes her training and pass her exam, she will be the first IBCLC and breastfeeding medicine expert in her country. Anna lives with her two sons age Alex (4) and Nicolas (10 months) and her husband who is also finishing his OBGYN residency. Her biggest wish after finishing her lactation training is to own a golden retriever.

Meagan Williams

Meagan Williams, MSPH, LC(CBI)

Meagan has been working with children and families since 2013 and received her lactation counselor certification in May 2022. She has a public health degree in maternal, fetal, and perinatal health and specializes in working with LGBTQ-identified individuals and trauma survivors. Meagan is the first lactation professional to be certified to offer the Survivor Moms' Companion (SMC) program and is the only SMC tutor in the DC/Maryland area. In her work with families, she cares deeply about providing an inclusive and affirming space to promote positive parent and child mental health, support healing and post-traumatic growth, and connect clients with the resources they need in their pregnancy and parenting journeys.

Ronna Waddell

Ronna Waddell (she/her) RN, BSN

Ronna is a military spouse and registered nurse with experience mainly in Neonatal Intensive Care Units. She took a few years off to stay home with her two breastfed boys. The physiology behind breastmilk and breastfeeding has always fascinated Ronna, but her interest in lactation increased after working through a tongue tie with her youngest son. She recently completed her Craniosacral Therapy 1 certification and seeks to combine her lactation and Craniosacral Therapy practices to help mothers and babies get the best start possible.