Lactation Consultant | Perth
Postnatal packages with Medicare rebates are available if you are less than 6 weeks post birth - click here for more information
An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant is the expert in breastfeeding
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
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 - desparely 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.
I would like to help you have a positive and long lasting breastfeeding journey
Why I become 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'
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). I struggled with breastfeeding with my daughter in 2014, going through low supply, ties, and excluisvely 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 I became an Endorsed Midwife which means I can pass on Medicare rebates for those less than 6 weeks post birth.
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
Reasons to seek help:
The majority of parents or parents-to-be know the importance of breastfeeding and that it should be baby's only source of nutrition for the first 6 months, but it can sometimes be a very difficult or trying experience. Generations ago women and girls would sit around and watch each other breastfeed the next generation, and provide support and information. But we have lost that support and knowledge
Now we get our information from the media, well meaning friends and relatives, and social media. But sometimes their information is out of date or based on their own experience, which doesn't necessarily have to be your experience. Sometimes even the advice of health professionals can be just plain wrong
Poor attachment causing sore/damaged nipples
Exclusively expressing or expressing to increase supply
Mastitis* or thrush (*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
The first 3 months after birth is sometimes referred to as the 'Fourth Trimester'
This class is perfect for first time parents-to-be (although anyone is welcome). The aim is to prepare parents for their newborn baby and breastfeeding
In this class we will discuss 'normal' newborn behaviour from a biological and practical point of view, up to 3 months old. So you can understand what they need from you, and prepare for the changes that will hapen in your life, and how to look after yourself
Things we will discuss:
What should be done immediately after birth to optimise breastfeeding and bonding
Good positioning and attachment
What is normal, and what is not
How to know baby is getting enough
Expressing for work or time away
What your baby needs from you
Why they behave like they do
How to maximise opportunities to sleep
Parents self care
Fourth Trimester, and Breastfeeding Preparation Class
Fees per consultation
In your home
Initial consultation up to 1.5hrs
Includes 2 weeks of follow-up emails/texts
(phone calls can be arranged if needed)
Includes another 2 weeks of follow-up emails/texts
Breastfeeding Support Packages
In your home
Sometimes issues cannot be fixed with just 1 appointment. You can book packages and save vs paying for each appointment separately
3 appointments - $300
6 appointments - $540
Terms and conditions - packages can be booked after the first appointment. Unused appointments will not be refunded
Medicare and private health fund rebates might be available. Please contact me for more information