You are the holder of the puzzle pieces.I got all emotional last time I taught an introduction to #slings #workshop with @villagemidwife.Talking about these puzzle pieces, made me well up with emotion, remembering one of the times I #knew I meant for this work.As I passed around a box of puzzle prices, explained how you… Continue reading You hold the puzzle pieces
Another common query from parents at this time of year in the UK. It's Christmas party season with employers and families alike. So what's the norm for breastfeeding families in these scenarios? From the moment your baby was born, they began to rely on you for nourishment, comfort, safety and as researcher Neils Burgman would… Continue reading A party with out my baby
Here in the UK, there is a pervasive thought that breastfeeding will happen naturally and if it doesn't, the help being offered must be the best. Parents often then conclude that if that hasn't worked, nothing will. Here is where many parents trip up with their new kids, and the health care system fails them.… Continue reading Asking for help
This list is for those super interested in my background, for most parents knowing that I am a UK registered Paediatric nurse and experienced breastfeeding specialist is enough. If you have any suggestions for my further training do let me know ! Professional QualificationsBucks New Uni - BSc Nursing (2007 - 2011)Kings College London -… Continue reading Training and Qualifications
Pre visit questionnaire Just after we have agreed a time and place for our session together, I will send you a link to the pre visit questionnaire.Questions are about you and your baby, any health issues I should know about and some logistical concerns. I use this information to plan our session and also keep… Continue reading Before our visit
How many times have you seen the 'just in case' lists for parents to be, that are a mile long and include a bunch of 'feeding aids' to 'increase your chance of breastfeeding'?Did you know that the first solution to most breastfeeding issues, is NOT giving a bottle? A skilled breastfeeding supporter will offer you… Continue reading The trap that catches most new parents
How often have you thought, this problem is unique to just me, my family or my kid? You might find out that issue or situation actually it's quite common but many parents get stuck without knowing how to gain realistic expectations and norms. But why? As I type up another follow up email about just… Continue reading It’s quite normal, sorry.
5th ed Wombach & Riordan Except, about breastfeeding and human lactation, there really really is. When I am seen carrying around my text books, whilst I study for the IBCLC certification exam, and I am asked all the time why there is so much to know about breastfeeding. You just pop your baby on and… Continue reading There isn’t that much to know – is there?
So your partner is about to have your child and you've heard a lot, (how could you not?) about how breastfeeding is the best. Thing is you've also heard it has disadvantages, heard not everyone can do it and your worried. You want your kid to get all the good stuff, you want your partner… Continue reading My partner wants to breastfeed
Can you do it? Yes you can! This episode and links aim to empower you, get in touch if you want to explore your options further or share your experiences 🙂 Resources mentioned Unicef - beyond 12 months Kellymom - milk components beyond 12 months La Leche Leauge - breastfeeding and working Nancy Mohrbacher -… Continue reading Breastfeeding and working
Is it really free? Should it be? It's a common idea, anything that is essential in life, would be available free if it was needed. Is there a need? As a breastfeeding supporter, I see this applied to my specialism constantly. The need does not seem to be there with the uk having one of… Continue reading Breastfeeding support should free
The beginning of September marks a week focusing on reducing our waste in the UK and what better time is there to think more about how infant feeding habits might be adapted to reduce waste. In May 2019, the UK declared a climate emergency. Many in power are focusing on the big things, but what… Continue reading Is Breastfeeding Zero Waste?
Are they selling the right message? There is a baby show in the county I work within, this month. I remember visiting one, heavily pregnant with my first born son and I thought of the type of help I needed then. I didn't know what I know now, two babes later. At the time, like… Continue reading Baby shows & local support services
Many new parents (& many health care professionals) assume, the further away from new born days they get, the less breastfeeding questions they will have. It is not uncommon, however, for a parent to suddenly realise the surpassed their goals and beyond babyhood, new challenges and questions arise. Then it can be hard to find… Continue reading Breastfeeding Gynastics
Two way strechy wrap (Hana) in a Front wrap cross carry Another day and another common query from a parent. This one wants to share all the positive effects of carrying with her pregnant friend & gift her a stretchy wrap. My friend is having a baby in Nov and I want to gift her… Continue reading Stretchy wraps – info & tips
When babies enter the world, they expect to be, and need to be carried by us. Be this in our arms or with the aid of slings and carriers, the positive effects are wide reaching for baby, parents and society as whole. Positive effects for baby Encourages bondingHelps to regulate body systems and growthPromotes and encourages… Continue reading Positive effects associated with babywearing
They came, they latched on, & they went home with a spring in their step. Here's what happened when the Big Latch on and workshops came to High Wycombe in August 2019. Every year, all around the world, from 1 to 7 August is World Breastfeeding Week. Individuals and organisations alike, are encouraged celebrate, collaborate… Continue reading Big Latch On & Workshops
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Questions Can I drink wine when feeding? How do I know if I have mastitis if I don't have pink nipples of white breasts? ( I can't see a red mark on dark skin) Can you REALLY make breast milk if you are adopting a newborn and haven't had kid previously? How does it work? What to do when baby has tongue tie? What else about the physiology of a babies mouth can hinder breastfeeding / other issues?
Your little one does not stop expecting their needs to be met, just because its hot outside but you might have questions about caring for you little one when those needs seem harder to meet in the heat It is just as important as ever to read and meet your little peoples needs. Here are… Continue reading Responsive parenting in a heatwave
Here are my top 6 sleep resources, good for parents and professionals alike. I use these often and found many of them helpful personally too. Is your favourite here? Sleep Websites Reasons why night waking is the biological norm by LLL Greast Britain Baby Sleep Information Scource (BASIS) - This website presents research evidence about… Continue reading 6 Sleep resources
(Blurr to protect confidentiality) Once we've agreed upon a date and time, I'll send you a previsit questionnaire. This makes sure I know a bit about you before I come also helps us both plan what we are going to cover. We start in your home, where you are comfortable and sessions last between 1-2… Continue reading What actually happens in a 1:1 session?
Did you notice the online chatter recently, about breastfeeding weeks and celebrations? If this is your first year as a breastfeeding parent, you might wonder what they are all about and why someone might go to an event about it. Breastfeeding used to be the unquestioned norm of feeding and raising babies but a few… Continue reading Why attend a breastfeeding event?
Aunt bossy, nosy neighbors and pushy parents at the school gates all feel like they have a say on when your growing breastfed little one weans. You might feel pressure to wean due to cultural/historical reasons, religious reasons and even medical reasons. If it doesn’t feel or sound right, I encourage you to question it… Continue reading Why give up your best parenting tool?
The WHO code & your business. So you run a baby business and some has mentioned the WHO code to you, they might have suggested that you are unintentionally violating it. You are passionate about breastfeeding and confused how someone thinks you are doing something unhelpful. Here’s what you need to know. Thing 1 This… Continue reading 10 things you need to know about…
a bit about me and why I do what I do 🙂
None of us are perfect, we live busy lives, often juggling many mental processes at once. We try our best to listen to those we are supporting but sometimes we may fall short. Honing in on listening skills can really help us offer more effective support. The photos bellow are adapted from a list by the Bloemfontein… Continue reading Listening Skills
12 things to know.. You have found my page as someone who is supporting you, has suggested you eliminate some food from your diet to see if it helps your child. Although I focus here on Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy (CMPA) which is one of the most common, most of the wisdom applies across the… Continue reading Breastfeeding & suspected food allergies