Pregnancy, Breastfeeding and Birth are my thing!
I’ve been lucky to help thousands of families, from all walks of life, in the home and in 8 very different hospitals, across 3 continents.
It’s been 11 years and I still love my job, I still learn something every day and the more I travel, the more I’m exposed to, the more people I meet, the more I love it.
Bringing a new baby home can be intimidating, and scary and unexpected and suddenly you’re the one responsible for this tiny person, they didn’t come with a manual and they are completely dependent on you! Let’s just say the learning curve can be pretty steep!!!
When trying to explain why I love this job I find it really hard to be concise! After years of trying to summarize I usually come back to this:
“It doesn’t matter how old you are, how much money you have in the bank, what you believe in or where you come from, we all face the same problems in the early days, we feel shocked and scared by the same things and just need support”
Support is why people like me exist. As an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) I consider myself an extension of your support network. It is recognized throughout the world that professional support can not only increase the duration and exclusivity of breastfeeding for women but have a hugely positive effect on mental health (Cocrane 2017).
The work of a lactation consultant is broad and could be broken down into hundreds of bullet points specific to everything I’ve ever seen. I don’t find long lists helpful so instead I split everything I do into 2 categories…
You don’t have to wait until you have a problem to see a lactation consultant.
Throughout my career families have told me on a daily basis they wish they’d known more about life after birth. I wish they had too! The difference this makes is huge.
Learn about this process, know what’s coming, and why, before it happens.
I’ve seen this work time and time again.
By understanding a little bit of the science behind what your body and baby are doing in those first few days and most importantly, why, you can approach breastfeeding in a completely different way. A knowledgeable and prepared one.
A lot of the issues you may be having with breastfeeding are shared with millions of other new families across the world. Breastfeeding tends to be a little different than most people imagined. Unfortunately, by different I mean harder!
Get support by from a health professional. Get support early. And take the time to find the person you feel is right to support you.
Some things are simple to fix, some things take a little longer and some can be avoided altogether if you learn a little bit about the process beforehand.
By assisting families with practical, non judgemental, realistic and friendly advice I know we can reach solutions together.
Personalised In-Home Care
I offer a wide range of services but can also work with you to come up with the a completely customizable plan. My typical services include:
- Single prenatal consults
- Single postnatal consults
- Package deals (best deal!)
- Skype video consults
- Gift certificates
- Email and phone support