I am an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) with many years experience working within the hospital and community setting. My further role as a Registered Midwife enables me to support women after they give birth to encourage skin to skin contact, and a breastfeed within the first hour after birth where possible.
My desire is to guide, educate and nurture the mother baby dyad. This is especially important during the first few months to allow for greater success in breastfeeding, sleeping and settling; and to help both mum and baby experience much less stress and sleep deprivation.
After a long and dedicated career in the public and private health system, as well as experiencing becoming a mother myself, I began to see that most obstacles arise upon leaving the supportive hospital environment after birthing.
There is a common assumption that breastfeeding should come naturally to both mum and baby. I'd like people to know, that quite often this is not the case, and it doesn't mean that they have failed in any way.
My son is now 14yrs old, but like many new mothers, once I got home from the hospital after he was born, I had no real idea what I was doing, even as a midwife. My son struggled with proper attachment, I had terribly damaged nipples, and suffered from Mastitis.
He was not a great sleeper so those first few years were exhausting. Education, research and support for mothers has come a long way since then, but the underlying issues are still the same. I began to think about how I could bridge the gap for women who are struggling and could use support within their own homes.
Time and time again, I see mothers whose confidence is quickly depleted after moving into parenthood.
Having the right support and education can help overcome many of the hurdles faced in breastfeeding and sleep settling, so please don't give up.
I am passionate about educating and helping women rebuild their confidence in their own abilities so they can make informed decisions about breastfeeding, and to enable them to attach with their baby to form stronger relationships.