Breastfeeding 

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My Breastfeeding Support
Training & Experience

It is so important that the Breastfeeding Support you receive is given by a 

qualified & experienced Breastfeeding specialist

who not only undertakes regular continued & updated training but is also connected to a network of other Breastfeeding specialists & regularly involved in a community of supporting breastfeeding mothers.  Unfortunately not all GP's Paediatricians or Midwifes have specific training in Lactation & Breastfeeding support, meaning new mothers are given a lot of conflicting & outdated information.

To make sure you are receiving the right support, you can find out who the different types of Breastfeeding Specialists are here

I have given details of my training & many years of experience below & compared to the above link you can see that I have undertaken 3 of the 4 specialist roles, National Childbirth Trust (NCT) Peer Supporter, NHS Unicef Trained Peer Supporter & NCT Breastfeeding Counsellor. (BFC).

I am currently working towards the 4th (IBCLC). This is the gold standard in Breastfeeding Support & Training & includes specialist 

extensive training & strict criteria to sit the exam. It means once qualified an IBCLC is already highly experienced in supporting mothers with 

complex problems such as tongue tie as well as common issues.  

You can read more about IBCLC's here.

My Breastfeeding support experience spans 29 years, first as a NCT Peer Supporter then as a NCT BFC both at Central London NHS & Private Maternity Hospitals.  I have also supported mothers in my roles as a Private Nanny & Maternity Nurse, a Registered Childminder & as a NHS Peer Support volunteer in Children Centre's & in my local community.​

Alongside my BFC training, I've regularly updated my BFC knowledge with further training from the NCT & continued professional development within the NHS. ​My Doula Training Course also included an in-depth Breastfeeding Support Module.

I am insured & to ensure I am always giving quality support I work alongside (IBCLC) Lactation Consultants & diligently use credible sources for the latest up to date evidence based Breastfeeding information. I regularly attend Breastfeeding Seminars, 

Conferences & Study Days for Continued Professional Development.​

I always follow UNICEF,  World Health OrganisationNational Institute for Health Care & Excellence guidelines, 

The Baby Friendly Initiative  & Doula UK Policies. 

 

Links to the main Breastfeeding Support Organisations

Links to the main Breastfeeding Support Organisations, Helplines & Websites who give free Breastfeeding Support

 over the phone & the latest up to date information online

  • If your baby is under 10 days old: you can contact your Midwife for Breastfeeding Support

  • If your baby is over 10 days old you can contact your Health Visitor for Breastfeeding Support.

  • Information on local Breastfeeding Support Groups, Drop in's & Cafe's can be found at your local Children's Centre or from your  Health Visitor.

 
Doula UK Approved Doula Course
The course covered in depth study of Childbirth, Breastfeeding Support & Parenting Education. Emotional & Practical Support, How to prepare Parents for Labour Birth & the Postnatal Period alongside Maternity Services Information
Knowledge was combined with hands-on skills of supporting families before, during and after childbirth.
Practical knowledge on setting up & running your Doula Business
* I hold a current DBS &
I am insured with Morton Michel
NCT Continued Professional Training 1992 - 1998
NCT Breastfeeding Counsellor
Training Updates
Regular Continued Professional Training updates for NCT Breastfeeding Counselling Information & skills 
Hillingdon Hospital NHS Trust 2010
Unicef Breastfeeding
Peer Support Training 
Short Course to update my skills & enable me to
give Breastfeeding support at Local Children's 
Centres & in the Community
National Childbirth Trust London 1990
12 Week Course training to support new mothers with basic Breastfeeding issues under supervision. Referring complex issues to a specialist.
National Childbirth Trust London 1990 91
1 Year Course of in depth study & training to support new mothers with common breastfeeding problems. 
Consulting & referring to further professional information as needed.
Supervision & Regular Continued
Professional Training updating Information & skills within NCT

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