Specialist Lactation Support

As a qualified lactation consultant (IBCLC-International Board Certified Lactation Consultant), I am able to offer professional, and personalised lactation support for you and your child.  This is tailored to your individual feeding needs and goals, and is held at my home clinic, to ensure a comfortable, and safe environment.

This appointment will involve an initial medical, birthing and feeding history taking, and feeding assessment (which will include observation of a full feed).  Whilst assessing the feeding challenges, I will be able to support and guide you to addressing these and putting measures in place to overcome and resolve them where able. 

I also offer antenatal discussions with parents at the benefits and expectations for infant feeding.  This may include discussion around those first precious hours feeding, feeding positions and latch techniques.

My experience in lactation as a specialism is widely varied, and has been both a professional and personal journey. You may have already read about my personal feeding struggles with regards to tongue-tie in the 'About Me' section, this is what drove me into developing professionally into the world that is infant feeding.

Since 2013, I have been trained as a 'Mother-Supporter', and 'Breastfeeding Counsellor' with the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers.  During this period I offered my skills to support mothers as a volunteer at weekly support groups, and also took calls on the National Breastfeeding Helpline 0300 100 0212 (and still do!). I then progressed my knowledge in further training as a lactation Specialist (LEARCC approved) and then as a Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)-which is the highest qualification, globally recognised in lactation. This training is also alongside my Neonatal Nursing specialism, and Tongue-tie assessment and division training.  

See the remit of an IBCLC compared to other breastfeeding support specialisms here: 

 https://www.lcgb.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Whos-Who-2017-Oct-17-1.pdf

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Local Breastfeeding Support Groups

Local breastfeeding support groups are a great way to get both professional advice, suggestions and support by people that are and have been going through what you are too, or just for a chat in friendly surroundings.

Groups tend to be a drop-in service, with no appointment necessary.  Some are free of charge and donations are welcomed as refreshments tend to be provided from the personal pockets of the volunteers providing the venue and support.  Many also have facebook pages too, so definitely are worth a look!

Many Local Authorities also provide infant feeding support, and contact details can be found on local council websites, children’s Sure-Start Centres or your local post-natal hospital ward.  Advice may also be sought from your GP, Health Visitor or Community Midwife.

 

There are also infant feeding support charities such as NCT (National Childbirth Trust), ABM (Association of breastfeeding Mothers), BfN (breastfeeding network) and LLLi (La Leche League International) who provide support via their helplines, websites or any of their local support groups also.  The most up to date times and dates are found on their websites, and provide professional support by either qualified breastfeeding counsellors or peer supporters who have received training to help support mothers throughout their infant feeding journey.

Breastfeeding Support

  • National Breastfeeding Helpline (funded by the Dept of Health and run by the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers and Breastfeeding Network) 0300 100 0212

  • La Leche League national helpline number available 24/7 365 days of the year. 0345 120 2918

  • National Childbirth Trust 0300 330 0700. Practical and emotional support with feeding your baby and general enquiries for parents, members and volunteers.

  • The ABM Breastfeeding Helpline number is 0300 330 5453 (9.30am -10.30pm). Our volunteers are happy to talk to mums, partners, families – anyone who has a question or concern about breastfeeding. 

       www.abm.me.uk    https://abm.me.uk/find-a-local-breastfeeding-support-group/

Leicestershire & Rutland

Breastfeeding Support Venues can be located here:

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Support Organisations:

 

NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

PANDAS Foundation is to help support and advise any parent and their networks who need support with perinatal mental illness. Also to inform and guide family members, carers, friends and employers as to how they can support someone who is suffering. FREE helpline 0808 1961 776 Email info@pandasfoundation.org.uk

   MIND: Provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem 0300123 3393, email info@mind.org.uk or text 86463

For forced marriage and honour crimes anyone may call Karma Nirvana on 08005999 247 or 020 70080151 to speak to GOV.UK forced marriage unit.

  ‘Women’s Aid’ provides information for women on a wide range of issues, such as housing, money, helping your children, and your legal rights

020 7251 6577

Family Lives offers a confidential and free helpline service for families in England and Wales (previously known as Parentline). Please call

0808 800 2222 or parentsupport@familylives.co.uk for emotional support, information, advice and guidance on any aspect of parenting and family life.

The Mix-For information and support for those under 25 years old:

0808 808 4994

Samaritans-116 123

CRY-SIS for support with a crying, sleepless baby 08451 228669

 

National Domestic Abuse helpline 0808 2000247 www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk

'999' EMERGENCY SERVICES

© DIANA WARREN IBCLC, RGN