Redness is not a reliable sign of mastitis⠀

I hear the breath catch in your throat, of course, it is you think! ⠀ But is it? I ask you.⠀You’ve read it in all the online info you accessed for your own #breastfeeding journey. ⠀You’ve read it in all the textbooks you used to study to help lactating parents. ⠀Yet this diagnostic indictor (redness)… Continue reading Redness is not a reliable sign of mastitis⠀

I didn’t really see that one coming!

Honestly, with 5 years to think about reaching my goal to become an IBCLC, this bit has taken me by surprise! I studied for hours on end on the many permutations of human lactation, but I didn't consciously think about the world of business that I was joining! A world of marketing, adverting and business… Continue reading I didn’t really see that one coming!

Tounge Tie, a Journey from the professional to personal.

Note: This was written in 2016, printed in an LLL members publication. Current day, Tessa is a Lactation Consultant with many more stories to share about the time in between. At the starting line, walking into my motherhood journey I held some strong values. They were informed by work as a healthcare professional, by my… Continue reading Tounge Tie, a Journey from the professional to personal.

The job I hired myself for

Last week, I was talking with a friend and human I admire, about their internal wobbles surrounding sitting the Lactation Consultant exam. As I only sat the exam in October 2019, I remember these feelings well, right here, in the pit of my stomach. During our chat, the title of the blog appeared in my… Continue reading The job I hired myself for

Antenatal Expression of Colostrum – some tips

If you want to know more of the when, how and why you might want to, check out this link from an NHS trust (direct PDF download). Here are some tried and tested tips for you.. Get the oxytocin flowing stroke, relax, time your time and roll fingers towards the nipple. Light touch, like a… Continue reading Antenatal Expression of Colostrum – some tips

Feeding support in and around High Wycombe 

Update March 2020 - many of these organisations will have an online offering, do still get in touch whilst physical groups are closed NHS provision NHS please ask your midwife/health visitor for the most up to date clinics.  The flyers on this link are nessiasrily the most up to date. I will upload more as… Continue reading Feeding support in and around High Wycombe 

A party with out my baby

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

Postnatal depression

& interplay with religion. I found this set of videos so interesting, most of this is relevant to many modern parents entering parenthood. What was new to me, as a non-religious person, was to hear more about the interplay with depression & religious beliefs/culture (This is the best terminology I have for this, please tell… Continue reading Postnatal depression

Last & Next (Nov & Dec)

Resting and recuperating after the intensity of October + IBCLC exam study. Focus - Behind the scenes, building business Started weekly admin time bucks new uni Library. (love this!)Attended we are women festival - (relaxing & affirming)Had and Ideas Untangling with Nina Purple Crocus communications (so clarifying!)Supervision given and received with other breastfeeding supporters.Networking with… Continue reading Last & Next (Nov & Dec)

Asking for help

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

Training and Qualifications

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

It’s quite normal, sorry.

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.

There isn’t that much to know – is there?

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?

I didn’t know what I needed

I learnt the hard way round. . On these squares, you can be forgiven for thinking life is rosey in others worlds. It’s not common for health care professionals to share their personal stories, and I am calling time on that!  . Breastfeeding my children was the hardest thing I have EVER done! I didn’t… Continue reading I didn’t know what I needed

Breastfeeding support should free

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

Is Breastfeeding Zero Waste?

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?

Confused by Black Breastfeeding Week?

This blog is born out of the conversations I have had / seen about about Black Breastfeeding Week in September 2019. If you have thoughts like these, read on. Black breastfeeding week is a USA thing. I support everyone who seeks my support.I do enough, this week does not apply to me. It is uncomfortable… Continue reading Confused by Black Breastfeeding Week?

Stretchy wraps – info & tips

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

Positive effects associated with babywearing

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

6 Sleep resources

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

Why give up your best parenting tool?

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?

10 things you need to know about…

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…

B A B Y W E A R I N G CONSULTATION

What happens if someone comes in the dark of night and gifts your the confidence you need to succeed? 💭This is what happened for a family recently and with permission, I share with you what happens within babywearing consultation with me (babywearing consultation). L I S T E N First I listen to your needs… Continue reading B A B Y W E A R I N G CONSULTATION

Help, I have a last minute holiday and no space for a pushchair!

In this blog: Outgrowing first sling Diverse abilities Holidaying with slings The title of this blog is a typical query for a babywearing consultant. Like most of the parents I work with, this mum has chosen to tune into her child's needs, not turn away from them. She has met a challenge and bravely, seeks… Continue reading Help, I have a last minute holiday and no space for a pushchair!

Listening Skills

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

Breastfeeding & suspected food allergies

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