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 the new parent’s 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 answers to the most common breastfeeding questions and problems, or, advise when professional help is needed.
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.
- 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.
Fee £50 per session (approximately 2 hours).
I have completed a one-year breastfeeding course certified by the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) and am a current member of ILCA, which includes subscription to The International Journal of Human Lactation.
I am currently undertaking a clinical instruction program during which I work alongside a trained International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), learning from her and receiving one to one teaching.
Sept 2013 – Skin to Skin and Breastfeeding Knowledge update day
September 2015 – Breastfeeding in the first hour after birth
January 2017 – Anatomy and Physiology of Breastfeeding
February 2017 – Breast Milk Composition
March 2017 – Breastfeeding Position and attachment
April 2017 – Breastfeeding Breast and Nipple pain
May 2017 – Breastfeeding Insufficient milk supply and over supply
June 2017 – Breastfeeding: Legal and Ethical Issues
July 2017 – Breastfeeding: Tongue Tie
September 2017 – Breastfeeding Expression and Storage of Milk
October 2017 – Breastfeeding Jaundice and Hypoglycaemia study day
November 2017 – Breastfeeding Weaning and Suppression of Lactation
December 2017 – Breastfeeding Psychological and cognitive development
February 2018 – Lactation in the Presence of Mood or Personality Disorders(ILCA)
March 2018 – Behaviour of the New-born during Skin to Skin – Latest Research Update
April 2018 -Breastfeeding Babies with Cardiorespiratory Issues (ILCA)
June 2018 - Non-prescription Drugs and Lactation: Helping Families Make Informed Decisions (ILCA)
June 2017 – Cleft lip and Palate (ILCA)
July 2018 – Responsive care and feeding (ILCA)
April 2019 – Using Herbs during Lactation (ILCA)
August 2019 – Multidisciplinary Approach to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Breastfeeding Pain (ILCA)
September 2019 – Twisted Babies: How Fetal Constraints Impact Feeding (ILCA)
September 2019 – Optimising Brain Development for the Late Preterm Infant (ILCA)
September 2019 – Breastfeeding Knowledge for Non-BFC’s (NCT)
September 2019 – Domestic Violence, Sexual Abuse and Healing Through Breastfeeding (ILCA)
I also offer postnatal breastfeeding support, aiming to provide one to one care in the postnatal period. I could sit with you and chat while you feed, talking through what you are experiencing and reassuring you that what you are doing is right, 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 part of my postnatal doula role, so please see the postnatal doula tab for details of current fees.
- Evidence-Based Care for the Breastfeeding Mother, Maria Pollard, 2018