I am an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). This is an internationally recognised qualification and gold standard for lactation professionals. I am also a Registered Nurse with a special interest in paediatric and neonatal care. Prior to becoming an IBCLC I volunteered as a Breastfeeding Counsellor with the Australian Breastfeeding Association helping many mums and babies overcome breastfeeding challenges to meet their breastfeeding goals.
I am mother to three children, each of whom varied widely in their breastfeeding. My first took to the breasts with ease. I wondered what all these women were talking about when they spoke of feeding difficulties. My second baby was the complete opposite. It took me many weeks and seeking the support of numerous professionals to uncover the cause of her feeding challenges. Along the way I was told countless times that either there was no problem or that perhaps I simply couldn’t breastfeed. Having successfully breastfed a previous baby I knew that this time something was wrong and that this was not what breastfeeding was meant to look or feel like. Once we resolved the issue I went on to breastfeed her until shortly before her third birthday. It was this experience that sparked the passion to support other mothers in their breastfeeding journeys and provide the needed support. Had she been my first baby I would have been led to believe I couldn’t breastfeed. I strongly believe that no woman “fails” to breastfeed, rather services fail to support women.
Breastfeeding my third child has been a different experience again but this time I had the skills and knowledge to overcome any challenge thrown at us. Having had three very different experiences has given me true insight into how much things can vary. I want to make sure women feel their concerns are heard and treat all experiences as unique and individual.
How I can help you:
Primarily servicing the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne, I pride myself on providing empowering and individualistic support. There is often no one-size-fits-all when it come to breastfeeding. We all have different needs and expectations. I see my role providing you with the support you need to achieve your breastfeeding goals
I can offer help no matter where you are at in your breastfeeding journey. This might include learning about breastfeeding before the arrival of your new baby, support to improve positioning and attachment, tips to boost milk supply, help to identify and resolve causes of sore or cracked nipples, assess for oral restrictions such as tongue ties, information about breastfeeding multiples, support for expectant parents when breastfeeding hasn’t worked out the first time and much more. I will work with you and your individual circumstances to help you work out the best possible plan to meet your needs. I am a strong advocate for mindful, attached and conscious parenting that is evidence based.
Parenting can be a ferocious, demanding and magnificently rewarding adventure that takes a village. It is my privilege to be part of your support team.