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I am able to offer support to you in a variety of ways, whether that be at home, hospital visits, WhatsApp/Facetime calls or email, I can provide guidance, consultation and follow-up for mothers and babies to ensure a successful breastfeeding experience.

Dependant on the type of journey for your baby's birth, some babies can have some initial issues such as latching and learning to suck on the breast. Although this is a natural instinct some babies may have a delay and struggle to get breastfeeding going, and sometimes mothers are not quite sure or confident how to go about helping their baby learn. With my experience and knowledge, I can determine early breastfeeding issues through various assessments, observations and discussions. It doesn't matter whether it is your first baby or fifth, most mothers - in my experience - value the support I give with their breastfeeding, even if it is to reassure that all is going well. 

Research tells us that preparation for the birth of your baby is essential as it helps you to understand the process of labour, self-help measures and how your partner may help. Mothers who have that initial knowledge understand the process more surrounding breastfeeding. 

During Pregnancy (Antenatal) - Before the baby is born
This consultation will enable expectant mothers and partners to explore and learn more about breastfeeding. Antenatal preparation aids the breastfeeding journey if parents are prepared and know what to expect with regard to breastfeeding, the likelihood of succeeding is maximised. Topics covered include:

  • Benefit of breastfeeding

  • How to get off to a good start

  • How breast milk is made

  • How to position and attach your baby to the breast effectively

  • Types of birthing and their effect on breastfeeding

  • Feeding cues

  • How to be confident your baby is getting enough milk

  • The skill of expressing

  • Family support and the partner's role

  • Potential problems and how to avoid or overcome them

 

Post Pregnancy (Postnatal) - After the baby is born
I can offer home or hospital consultation that would include:

  • A kind, compassionate and understanding ear

  • A comprehensive breastfeeding assessment

  • Problem-solving to breastfeeding difficulties

  • An infant oral anatomy and sucking assessment

  • Support with positioning and attachment

  • A feeding plan tailored to meet your needs and goals

  • Answers to any breastfeeding questions which you may have

  • Referencing essential breastfeeding websites for self-research

  • Signposting to onward local breastfeeding support groups in your area

  • Agreed follow-ups regarding your feeding plan, email, text, etc

Additional Services
An IBCLC can assist you with breastfeeding challenges both simple and complex, including:

  • Adjusting to life with a newborn

  • Adoptive nursing

  • Anaesthesia

  • Babywearing

  • Biting

  • Bottles that complement breastfeeding avoiding confusions

  • Breast refusal

  • Breast refusal post frenulotomy

  • Choosing a pump

  • Colic

  • Dealing with criticism

  • Dental and oral health

  • Dummies

  • Elimination patterns

  • Failure to thrive

  • Frequency of breastfeeding

  • Getting enough sleep

  • How to tell a baby is getting enough milk

  • How birthing affects breastfeeding

  • Introducing solids

  • Introducing a bottle

  • Losing weight after childbirth

  • Low milk supply

  • Medication and breastfeeding

  • Milk banking and milk sharing

  • Milk storage

  • Nipple confusion

  • Normal newborn behaviour

  • Nursing multiples

  • Nursing outside the home

  • Nursing strikes

  • Overactive letdowns

  • Postpartum depression and recognition of

  • Premature babies

  • Preparing to breastfeed

  • Pumping issues

  • Reduction and augmentation surgery

  • Reflux

  • Relactation

  • Returning to work or school

  • Sick mother or baby

  • Sore breasts - mastitis, plugged ducts, abscesses

  • Suckling difficulties

  • Sore nipples

  • Surgery

  • Tandem nursing

  • Tongue-tie

  • Too much milk

  • Weaning including night weaning

  • Yeast/Thrush

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