The consultancy offers one to one private lactation support via a video call, generally using Zoom. The session is recorded and sent with your notes after the consultation. Usually I offer face to face consultations, however 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 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 and am therefore certified to offer the highest level of lactation support. I am 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 am a member of the Lactation Consultants of Great Britain, the Association of Tongue Tie Practitioners and I am a registered midwife.
The private practice gives you a chance to have a one to one consultation with your baby/babies to resolve any breastfeeding issues or answer any questions you may have. I take a full history that will include your gynaecological and obstetric history, we may also cover yours and your partner's medical and allergy history.
I use the ATLFF scoring tool, can assess sucking function and will consider other factors when assessing such as mode of delivering in utero positioning and medication during labour. All these elements can affect the rooting and suckling reflexes.
Antenatal consultations will also be available to prepare to get breastfeeding off to a good start, considering any medical or physiological issues. 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. I am also available to support any bottle feeding issues you may have.
OONLINE CONSULTATION: 30 mins - £35*
Firstly, you can book a ZOOM® consultation for 30 mins, giving you an opportunity to speak to a lactation consultant for a reasonable fee to help you unpick any problems. This cannot replace a face to face meeting but can be helpful for reassurance or identification of any problems. I may be able help you fully with your problem during this triage call and can then signpost you to other practitioners or services or book a 1 or 2 hour consultation to performa full and thorough consultation culminating in a feeding plan.
HOME VISIT LACTATION CONSULTATION up to 2 hours - £120*
This appointment is in the luxury of your own home. A full length one to one consultation to assess you and your baby, to include an assessment of your breasts and your baby’s mouth and feeding technique and effectiveness. 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).
HOME VISIT FOLLOW-UP LACTATION CONSULTATION up to 1 hour - £60*
This will be an appointment following your initial consultation to assess how a plan has gone. Make changes where necessary, or just to give you support to continue with the techniques already shown.