Why To Find A Lactation Consultant
Breastfeeding has so many health benefits for you and your baby but pain, discomfort, and slow weight gain for baby may be making breastfeeding harder than you ever thought. Just like with natural birth, we think that nursing will be easy and intuitive but for most first-time moms (and even experienced moms), it is extremely challenging at first. If you find yourself having trouble nursing, do yourself and baby a favor. Before you give up, see a lactation consultation. In nearly all cases, she will teach you how to continue nursing (comfortably!) for as long as you and baby want.
Why choose me?
My background in general medicine provided the basis of a continuing interest in infant and maternal health. Then my personal interest in breastfeeding, also my own child-led to more formal education in lactation and breastfeeding.
I have extensive knowledge about breastfeeding, I am qualified, experienced, insured, independent International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) and also an Allopathic Medical Doctor, Homeopathic Doctor at European level, Nutritionist and Professional Ear Piercing. I am fully insured and a member of Lactation Consultants of Great Britain and International Lactation Consultant Association.
In addition to my private lactation practice, I update myself regularly by attending national and international conferences.
My aim is to provide high-quality care to all mothers, babies and children with whom I consult. My advice is based on valid evidence and many years of clinical experience.
If you are struggling with breastfeeding (or just feeling a bit overwhelmed) – don’t go at it alone.
I’m here to help.
A 90 minute to two hour home visit or office consultation where a thorough medical history for mother and baby will be taken, the baby’s tongue action and breastfeeding technique will be assessed, the mechanics of breastfeeding and milk production will be explained, and a plan of action will be put in place to get breastfeeding back on track.
What is a lactation consultant?
A lactation consultant is a trained healtcare professional who can help women learn how to feed their babies. Hopefully, she has met the qualification for, and passed the exam given by, the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBCLE).
IBCLE is an international organization, the standards and scope of practice for IBCLCs are the same worldwide.
IBCLC’s are the gold standard for providing evidence-based lactation support for you and your baby and are especially important if you are having significant problems with milk supply or have a baby that is preterm or has medical challenges.
You may want to see an IBCLC if you are experiencing:
any nipple or breast pain – breastfeeding shouldn’t hurt, although a little soreness and discomfort early on may be normal;
sore nipples that are not improving;
redness, pain or swelling in the breasts;
anxiety about breastfeeding.
Or the baby is experiencing:
inadequate weight gain;
squirms, fusses or cries at the breast;
clicking sounds, hiccups or excessive spit up or vomiting;
long feeds (45 minutes or longer) and/or frequent feeds (every hour or less) for more than just cluster feeding periods at specific times of day;
short feeds (5 minutes or less);
no interest in nursing for long periods of time;
incredibly sleepy and won’t wake for feedings or stay awake during feedings;
Also, if mom feels like something just isn’t right it probably isn’t and it’s time to call the lactation consultant.
Breastfeeding is the best!
At The Practice: £150.00
Home Visits: £150.00*
*We are happy to travel up to 50 miles to your home for all treatments, other than ear piercing where we will travel up to 10 miles. Mileage is charged at 50p per mile
(one-way only). No mileage charged for locations within 10 miles.
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