Is breastfeeding painful and difficult?
Does your baby cry and/or vomit a lot?
Do you think your baby has tongue or lip tie?
Have you been told this is all normal, but you know that something is not right?
I know you’re struggling and I’d love to help!
I am an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), Endorsed Midwife, Certified Lamaze Childbirth Educator and Microbirth Approved Educator.
Today’s parents face difficulties and challenges when negotiating the current medical and obstetric system, where the “normal” care is often fragmented and very medicalized.
I will walk alongside, or abreast of you, through your pregnancy, early parenting and breastfeeding journey, sharing the knowledge and expertise that I have gained as a midwife and lactation consultant over the last 35 years.
I will give you evidence based information and education that will empower you to confidently make informed pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding choices so that you are more likely to give your baby a breast (best) start in life.
I am a Certified Lactation Consultant, endorsed midwife, and a member of these organisations:
Worried about breastfeeding, that it might hurt? Worried about your breast size, or had problems breastfeeding previous children? We’ll make sure you’re prepared, before baby arrives.
We know that breastfeeding is natural but we also know that it is not always easy. I’ll watch you feed, chat about your history, and help make breastfeeding work for you.
Are you struggling with painful nipples, recurrent mastitis or blocked ducts?
Does your baby have a shallow latch, or is unable to maintain latch?
Does baby fall asleep quickly at breast, are the feeds very frequent or maybe they are prolonged?
Does baby sleep with an open mouth?
Does baby click or gag when feeding, leaks milk when feeding at breast or bottle, is unable to hold a dummy in his mouth or hates the car seat?
Does your baby cry a lot? Does your baby vomit and struggle with daily pain and discomfort? Are you feeling sick and tired because nobody listens? I’ll listen to your story, look at mum’s and baby’s history, observe a feed and examine baby in order to establish the likely root cause of baby’s distress. Together we will formulate a plan to help reduce your baby’s symptoms and distress.
Feeling anxious as a new parent? Discharged from the hospital, with limited or no support? I’ll walk alongside you during these early weeks so you’ll feel empowered to trust your innate parenting instincts.
The Premium Post Natal Care Package will include up to 6 in home visits and/or up to 8 hours of in home post natal midwifery support until baby is 6 weeks of age. The package includes text or email support for 6 weeks.
Are you struggling as new parents? Are you unsure if baby is getting enough to eat or is baby’s behaviour normal? Is mum feeling uncertain about the changes in her body since the birth. Do you worry if you are healing. Are your breasts and nipples sore? Are you feeling teary and wonder how you will cope going forward?
Do you feel let down by the hospital system because you are only able to access 1 or two in home Post Natal visits from a hospital based midwife?
Do you wish you could have in home support from an experienced Midwife and Lactation Consultant who will listen to your concerns, give you evidenced based information about parenting and breastfeeding which will lead to empowered, intuitive and resilient parents and a happy content infant.
I will take time to listen to your concerns, take a detailed history of your medical, pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding journey to date, and observe and assess a full breastfeed. I will carry out a physical and oral assessment on baby.
Then, I will use my 35 years of knowledge and skills as a midwife and Lactation Consultant to help find a solution to your problems.
As required or indicated, I will also do an assessment for post natal depression and/or refer you to other health professionals and/or discuss what other resources may be available for you.
Together we will work out solutions to your feeding challenges and formulate an individualized feeding plan that will leave you feeling confident and empowered.
Does your baby cry or scream a lot? Is he struggling with daily pain and discomfort? Does he vomit or does he fight the breast or sometimes refuse to feed? Does he need to be carried most of the time and does he have trouble sleeping? Does he have rashes or allergies? Are you only sleeping a few hours each night?
Have you been told “It is just reflux and he’ll grow out of it” or “It is normal”. Have you been told “you are spoiling him by holding him all the time.”
Are you feeling sick and tired because NO ONE LISTENS and you feel so alone!
I believe you when you say these things happen and I want to be able to help. I believe that Infant Colic and Reflux is not a disease in itself but is a symptom of something else. I want to help you find that “something else”.
Over this 6 week period I will walk alongside of you to support, guide, nurture and encourage you as you, your partner and baby get to know each other and develop your family unit.
I will share my years of midwifery knowledge and lactation expertise to give you evidence based information about breastfeeding and parenting which will lead to empowered, intuitive and resilient parents with a happy content infant.
Usual schedule of visits: Read More…
Preparation, education and planning is the best way to get your breastfeeding journey off to a good start.
During this consultation I will listen to your needs and concerns and I will tailor the examinations, information and resources to meet your individual needs.
This consultation may include, as needed: Read More…
Often the IBCLC needs to work in collaboration with other practitioners to achieve the best outcome for the breastfeeding dyad. I will refer to these specialists as indicated