I am an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and I am passionate about working to ensure that parents are fully informed and supported in their choices regarding infant feeding and relationship building.
Since overcoming tokophobia (a severe fear of pregnancy and birth) and having my little boy in 2013 I have become increasingly involved in the field of infant feeding support.
As both a Peer Supporter and an Infant Feeding Support Worker for the NHS I worked directly with many, many parents, supporting them face to face to help them reach their goals. I also delivered, and helped to develop, antenatal 'Infant Feeding' and 'Building a Happy Baby' workshops for parents as well as training sessions for hospital staff and GPs.
I have been a qualified teacher since 2001 and in the past spent my teaching career persuading secondary school and sixth form students to learn and enjoy maths. I am now using my teaching skills in the area of infant feeding and bringing two of my passions together.
BA/LLB(hons), PCGE, IBCLC
BSc (hons) IBCLC, RN, SCPHN-HV
I am a qualified Nurse and Health Visitor and I have been working with families for over fifteen years. In 2018 I fulfilled my lifelong ambition and qualified as an International BoardCertified Lactation Consult (IBCLC). I live in Chester, Cheshire with my husband and my three boys. Being the mother of three boys and having Labradors too means we spend a lot of time outdoors!
As well as being a Lactation Consultant, I am qualified to help parents recognise the unique skills their baby has been born with (Neonatal Behavioural Observation), positive parenting techniques (Solihull Approach) and developmental assessments (Ages and Stages Questionnaires).
I run antenatal infant feeding workshops, community breastfeeding support groups, provide one to one support for mothers with complex breastfeeding challenges and train breastfeeding peer supporters and NHS health professionals. I enjoy organising parenting events in the community and volunteer for The National Childbirth Trust (NCT).
I work with families holistically and will support you on your journey from pregnancy to parenthood. I am there for the whole family unit and I will work in partnership with you to help you reach your breastfeeding goals. I feel that although breastfeeding may be natural, it's a skill that you and your baby learn together, and it can take some practice. With the right support you will achieve your goals!