Research shows that 63% of women who stop breastfeeding say they would have liked to have continued to breastfeed for longer (1). The main factor that these women stated would have helped them to continue to breastfeed was more support and guidance.
Unfortunately, with women leaving hospital more quickly after birth, and reduced visits from healthcare staff, many women feel they have not had the support they need. Struggling with breastfeeding, even for a day or night can be hard, especially with tiredness after giving birth, the hormones that make a woman feel emotional, and the cries of a new baby.
Anxieties run high, with many questions running through your mind – How do I know if the baby getting enough milk? Why can’t I put the baby down? How should I latch the baby?
The support sessions I offer aim to provide you with evidence-based information on feeding your baby, what to expect in terms of sleep, and help provide evidence-based answers to the most common breastfeeding questions and problems, or, suggest when professional help is sought.
Evidence-Based Care for the Breastfeeding Mother, Maria Pollard, 2018
I have completed a one-year breastfeeding course certified by the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) and am currently a student NCT 1:1 Breastfeeding Counsellor.
I offer private antenatal breastfeeding preparation sessions which will give you the opportunity to chat before the birth of your baby about breastfeeding and learn the answers to some of the questions that you might already have, or that I find often arise once baby arrives. Such as:-
What are the benefits of breastfeeding?
What is in breastmilk?
Skin to skin
First feed after birth
What makes a good latch?
How often should I feed my baby?
How will I know if the baby is getting enough milk?
How to hand express and store colostrum
How the partner can be involved
Sleep in the early weeks
Positions for feeding
I use a range of teaching methods including handouts, online resources and practical demonstrations.
Available as a stand-alone service at a cost of £50 online and £60 in person. Included in birth and postnatal doula package.
I offer postnatal breastfeeding support, aiming to provide one to one care in the comfort of your home. I could sit with you and chat while you feed, talking through what you are experiencing, or suggest strategies to manage common breastfeeding problems. I could also help you to identify if more professional help (from an IBCLC or lactation consultant) might be needed, and how to find one.
This can work in two ways, the first is that I come to your home as soon as practical after you contact me to provide support for your immediate breastfeeding needs. The second way is that you can book a session or more in advance, so you know that you have support in place. Once the baby has arrived I can meet with you either in hospital or once you come home after the birth.
This is offered as a stand alone service at a cost of £60 or is included as part of my birth and postnatal doula support.