Lactation Consultant | Perth
An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is an expert in breastfeeding assistance.
Poor attachment, tongue ties, low supply, over supply, mastitis, bad advice....any issue that may disrupt the breastfeeding relationship you want to have.
I want to help you make an individual and positive plan to make sure you and your baby are happy and healthy
Medicare rebates are available if you are less than 6 weeks post birth - click here for more information
Video consults are also available
Help your breastfeeding journey get off to a good start with a Newborn and Breastfeeding Preparation Class - a 2hr class for the parents-to-be, to discuss all things baby and breastfeeding (click here for more information)
Or maybe your first journey didn't go as planned and you would like an individual plan to help get your next journey off to a good start
I have been there - desperately looking for answers with a baby that needs to be fed, but can't. It's heart breaking.
Or maybe you would just like some clarification or reassurance.
Whatever the reason - I would love to help you have a positive breastfeeding journey
Reasons to have an appointment
Poor attachment causing sore/damaged nipples
Exclusively expressing or expressing to increase supply
Mastitis* or breast pain (*please see your GP asap if you have a fever and/or feel 'achy')
When to start solids
Information on allergies or intolerances
You want to know if something is 'normal'
Information on returning to work
You are pregnant and want more information, or you had a previous bad experience and want advice on what you can do next time
Information on weaning at any age and for any reason
Any other information/issue related to breastfeeding, regardless of the age of the child
Initial consultation up to 1.5hrs
Includes 2 weeks of follow-up emails/texts
(phone calls can be arranged if needed)
In home - $150
Includes another 2 weeks of follow-up emails/texts
In home - $100
Reduced prices are available for overseas visitors and Health Care Card holders
Medicare and private health fund rebates might be available
Reduce stress and increase your confidence before baby is born...
Do a Breastfeeding and Newborn Class before your baby is born. A 2 hour class with all the information I think new parents need to know about breastfeeding and their new baby - based on the most common issues and questions I see my clients have
Why I became an IBCLC
As a midwife and nurse working in neonatal ICU I thought I knew everything I needed to about breastfeeding before I had my daughter. Then she came along with a tongue and lip tie, and I developed low supply, and realised I actually knew very little!
I couldn't afford to see a private lactation consultant, so I went through the public system and ended up seeing a total of 5 different lactation consultants. I was given different information by each of them. The conflicting information, coupled with incorrect advice from other health professionals, saw me exclusively expressing for 10 months for a baby who developed a breast aversion. To read my full story go to 'My Story'
For the exam applicants with my qualifications are required to have have 90hrs of lactation specific education and 1000hrs of practical experience. Note - there is no formal registration process for lactation consultants, anyone can call themselves one. The IBLCE is the highest recognisable certification available and only those who have passed can call themselves an 'IBCLC' (whereas anyone can call themselves a 'lactation consultant')
Qualifications & Experience
I am a nurse who has worked in Neonatal ICU since March 2007 and I graduated as a midwife in December 2012 (having worked for the year as a student midwife). Despite my work experience, I struggled with breastfeeding my daughter in 2014, going through low supply, ties, and exclusively expressing - you can read my story here.
In early October 2017 I sat the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiner's Exam and passed - meaning I am an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. In May 2019 I became an Endorsed Midwife which means I can pass on Medicare rebates for those less than 6 weeks post birth.
In July 2020 I started my Master of Midwifery (by Research), which is currently in the data analysis phase. I hope to be finished by the end of 2022