FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant?
Why use a lactation consultant?
What happens at a consultation?
What kinds of issues do you address?
Why should I prepare for breastfeeding?
Why am I struggling with breastfeeding?
What geographical areas do you cover?
How much does a visit cost?

What is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)?

An IBCLC is a breastfeeding support professional who has met the requirements of the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) and passed an independent examination. The credential confirms specialist breastfeeding knowledge and a high level of experience in helping breastfeeding mothers. I became an IBCLC in 2001 and recertified in 2011 and most recently in August 2016.

Read more about my training and experience.

Why use a lactation consultant?

It’s important to have your questions and concerns about breastfeeding addressed before your baby arrives. It also matters that you know you’ll have the support you need after giving birth. A lactation consultant can be key to easing the start of your breastfeeding journey. IBCLCs are uniquely placed as breastfeeding specialists to help you work through breastfeeding difficulties, however complex, should they come up. If I think you require more assistance than I am able to provide, I can put you in touch with someone with relevant expertise.

What happens at a consultation?
I build up a picture of the breastfeeding situation by asking appropriate questions. I assess mother and baby individually and then observe mother and baby feeding. I’m likely to need to touch mothers’ breasts for which I ask permission. In discussion with parents, we will develop a strategy so that mother can move forward with her infant feeding in ways which are appropriate and sustainable.



What kinds of issues do you address?

I offer a range of antenatal and postnatal services to parents as well as training for helpers. Some of my work involves helping women who are expecting twins, exploring induced lactation, preparing to breastfeed after breast surgery, facing weight gain issues, dealing with low milk production and seeking to remedy breast pain and sore nipples. These are only a few of the reasons you might get in touch with me. See my services for full details.

Why should I prepare for breastfeeding?

So many of us don’t see babies breastfed before we have our own. Our culture, combined with heavy marketing, has created an atmosphere in which breastfeeding does not always get off to the start that it should. Many women lack confidence when it comes to breastfeeding and feel uncertain about how well their bodies work. The right preparation can make a significant difference.

Why am I struggling with breastfeeding?

Every baby is different and your breastfeeding experience is individual to you and your baby. Hardly any mother-baby pair fits the textbook model of breastfeeding. Basic principles are universal but what they look like in practice will vary. Understanding and resolving any difficulties is best done in a one-to-one consultation.

What geographical areas do you cover?

I cover Bristol, Bath, North Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. Visits take place at your home or at my home in Bristol. We’ll discuss travel costs when you get in touch.
A Skype consultation is without geographical limits and only requires that you have adequate Internet connectivity.

How much does a visit cost?

Face-to-face visits cost £40 for the first hour with £15 for subsequent half-hours. A postnatal visit involves observing a breastfeed and usually requires an hour and a half to adequately meet your needs, sometimes a little longer. E-mail and telephone follow-up is available for up to ten days following your consultation at no added fee. Please call to discuss rates if you are experiencing financial difficulty.
A Skype consultation costs £20 for the first 30 minutes, £27.50 for 45 minutes and £33 for 60 minutes. Please call or e-mail to arrange a time. Paypal is in operation for payment before the consultation takes place.



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