I have been working as an NHS midwife for 18 years in a South East London Hospital, and for the last 8 years I have been a Specialist Infant Feeding midwife. This role allows me to support mothers and babies with breastfeeding challenges both antenatally and postnatally, as well as providing general midwifery care. In addition, I am an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and will see clients outside the NHS as necessary. Click here to find out more about a Lactation Consultant. Over the years I have gained extensive midwifery and lactation skills, and I understand well the struggles that can arise. Breastfeeding is brilliant if you can do it, but it is hard if you struggle. My role is to help you iron out any difficulties and find a way to fit feeding into your lifestyle rather than the other way round. For your piece of mind I hold full professional liability insurance and have passed an enhanced CRB check. I offer several packages with a choice of personal consultations or a group workshop (see Fees page for more details).
I will visit you at your home at a time convenient for you and your baby. I will review your pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding history, as well as your goals, expectations and concerns. Observation of a full breastfeed will enable me to offer specific suggestions to enhance your breastfeeding experience, and give you confidence to breastfeed for as long as you choose. Included in your consultation is follow up phone support.
I will facilitate an evening of discussion amongst local parents- to- be focusing on practical tips and helpful hints to prepare you for the management of breastfeeding. This is an ideal opportunity to meet local new parents – and it is reassuring to know that the ‘hiccups’ you may experience in life with a newborn are the same as those of your friends.