As a certified Lactation Consultant I have worked with many thousands of breastfeeding mothers. Whatever your concern is, and however complex, you can be confident that I will be able to help you.
My clients contact me for many different reasons but most commonly it is for:
Skilled Tongue Tie Assessment & Support
Milk supply (oversupply & undersupply)
Baby doesn’t ‘want’ to breastfeed
Reflux, colic & allergies
Engorgement, mastitis & blocked ducts
Slow weight gain
Transitioning from bottle to breast & breast to bottle
Weaning off nipple shields
Inducing Lactation (surrogacy/adoption)
Expressing & Storage of breastmilk
Going back to work
Premature & Special Needs babies
Planning for breastfeeding (antenatally)
“I simply can’t thank you enough Vanessa! The difference you have made is beyond words….we have a happy baby and one much calmer and happier Mummy. I will tell everyone they need to speak to you!” (Leo, Tunbridge Wells)
“Thank you so much for being such a lifeline – the best money I’ve ever spent! I have told all my NCT group about you!” (Laura, Tunbridge Wells)
To become eligible to apply to sit the rigorous exam to subsequently become a certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), candidates must first provide evidence they have had a minimum of one thousand hours of breastfeeding counselling experience within the previous 5 years and have accrued a minimum of 90 hours of breastfeeding-related educational hours (eg courses, conferences etc) also within the previous 5 years. Re-certification is required every five years and all IBCLCs must adhere to a strict code of conduct and level of competency.
It is important for parents to be informed when seeking breastfeeding help and support, that unfortunately other related titles such as Breastfeeding Consultant, Breastfeeding Expert, Breastfeeding Specialist, Lactation Expert, Infant Feeding Expert and so on, DO NOT reflect any breastfeeding specific qualification, level of knowledge, or quality of experience. Most often, practitioners using these titles, will have completed a basic level of breastfeeding training ranging from between 3 hours to a couple of days and do not require any previous experience of breastfeeding counselling – I should know as I train them! Mother-to-mother peer supporters receive around 18 hours training and certified breastfeeding counsellors take 1-2 years of part-time training to complete their qualification.