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Lactation Consultancy

I offer a range of free and paid consultations and services. These include one to one private lactation support face to face in your home or via a video call, generally using Zoom. The video session is recorded and sent with your notes after the consultation.  The face to face consultations during this Covid-19 pandemic are offered on a limited basis in special circumstances. In this case I will ensure all equipment is thoroughly cleaned and sealed in a plastic bag prior to visit.  I will take my temperature on your doorstep and will take yours.  If either are above 38ºc I will have to revert to a Video Call.  I will ensure I wash my hands and wear a fresh pair of gloves prior to touching you or your baby and will wear a mask at all times.

I am an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and am therefore certified to offer the highest level of lactation and infant feeding support. I was a trained tongue tie practitioner but no longer perform the procedure but am happy to assess, diagnose and refer you to a practitioner where appropriate. I ensure I keep up to date with the evidence and activity in this discipline but will not be retraining in the clinical procedure.

 

  • I am a member of the Lactation Consultants of Great Britain, the Association of Tongue Tie Practitioners and the Royal College of Midwives.

  • I am a registered midwife Pin: 09B575E renewal due May 2023

  • I am a certified IBCLC L-69117

  • My Professional and Public Indemnity and Medical insurance is with Hiscox N0. PL-PSC10001981380/00

  • I am a qualified Mindful Breastfeeding Practitioner - trained at the Mindful Breastfeeding School

  • I qualified to teach the 3 Step Rewind process, a form of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) using deep relaxation and visualization techniques to help you reframe your feelings and move forward after a traumatic event such as Breastfeeding Grief, Birth Trauma, or if you are suffering from PTSD to name a few.

A private consultation will work with you and your baby/babies to establish what has been happening, what you would like support with and what you want to achieve. When you book you will be asked to complete a history form but we may explore further details during our consultation.

I use the ATLFF scoring tool, to assess baby's tongue function and appearance. I will consider other factors when assessing such as mode of delivery, in utero positioning and medication during labour.  

 

Antenatal consultations will also be available for whatever your needs may be regarding infant feeding and your mental preparation for the birth and beyond.  A counselling package of appointments are available for those who wish to unpick or understand previous breastfeeding issues; perhaps you thought you were unable to breastfeed, or wish you had breastfed for longer, or bottle fed but would like to know about breastfeeding.  Whatever your concern I will endeavour to help or signpost to further support.  

ONLINE TRIAGE: 15 mins- free

This is a brief conversation to establish the best form of consultation to meet your needs and your pocket. You will be sent a Zoom invite or if you prefer we can have a WhatsApp call.

BOOBIN' MAMA'S ZOOM CAFE

A support group for pregnant or postnatal parents who would like support with infant feeding or just a chance to meet other Mums and socialise. 

You will need to book in for this to ensure the Zoom access details are kept private to prevent any Zoom Bombing.
There will be a maximum of 10 tickets available each week to ensure everyone has time to ask their questions and all to have a chat.
If the session is fully booked you can always book a 15 minute triage Zoom call with me.

(This will be a real life in person support group when lockdown restrictions are lifted so watch this space)

HOME VISIT LACTATION CONSULTATION up to 2 hours - £120*

This appointment is in the luxury of your own home. A thorough initial one to one consultation to assess you and your baby. I will follow hand hygiene measures and will wear appropriate PPE where necessary. I will look at your baby's behaviour. body posture and suckling function to establish where there may be restrictions. If necessary, this will include an assessment for tongue tie if this is suspected as a cause of any latch issues.  I use the Hazelbaker Assessment Tool for Lingual Frenulum Function™ (ATLFF). I will examine your breasts if necessary and watch how you handle baby. I will then give you suggestions to improve the issues, signpost to other professionals where required and will then write a plan.

It may be necessary to book further follow ups until the issue is resolving but we can discuss this at the appointment.

During this Covid-19 pandemic these are offered on a limited basis in special circumstances. In this case I will ensure all equipment is thoroughly cleaned and sealed in a plastic bag prior to visit. I will ensure I wash my hands and wear a fresh pair of gloves prior to touching you or your baby and will wear a mask at all times. I will take my temperature on your doorstep and will take yours.  If either are above 38ºc I will have to revert to a Video Call which will be held over 2 1 hour calls and a Zoom invite will be sent.

HOME VISIT FOLLOW-UP LACTATION CONSULTATION up to 1 hour - £60*

A follow up to your initial consultation to review the plan, make changes where necessary, or just to give you support to continue with the techniques already shown.

During this Covid-19 pandemic these are offered on a limited basis in special circumstances. In this case I will ensure all equipment is thoroughly cleaned and sealed in a plastic bag prior to visit. I will ensure I wash my hands and wear a fresh pair of gloves prior to touching you or your baby and will wear a mask at all times. I will take my temperature on your doorstep and will take yours.  If either are above 38ºc I will have to revert to a Video Call which will be held over 2 1 hour calls and a Zoom invite will be sent.

ONE TO ONE VIDEO CONSULTATION - 1hr

A 1 hour Zoom or other video call option discussing your issues, with the same format as the face to face consultations expect the thorough examinations. However I have managed quite well to identify as possible issue and refer or plan accordingly. As above I will watch you you handle baby I may examine your breast s if necessary and I may ask in advance for some pictures of videos of baby. I will follow this up with an email outlining any information discussed and links to further support. A link to the recording of the call will be sent along with the notes and paln.

ALL DOCUMENTATION AND MEDIA WILL BE SAVED ON A SECURE iCLOUD STORAGE AND AS PER GPDR REGULATIONS CAN ACCESSED OR DELETED AT YOUR REQUEST. 

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