LC from Lancashire
Shel Banks is an absolute life saver and I would recommend her to all mums who are trying to breastfeed. I came to her Drop-In, at a point of total desperation, with my 7 week old son, who was screaming, in pain after most feeds. Shel gave me the knowledge and confidence to work out the foods that trigger a reaction in him and remove them from my diet. He’s now nearly 6 months old and a completely different baby. Thanks Shel.
Hayley from Blackpool
Shel came out a week ago after I was at my wit’s end with my 4 month old baby who has had numerous allergic reactions through breastfeeding. I messaged on a Sunday morning after no sleep and she was with me Monday afternoon. I sent her a message this morning to thank her as I am literally blown away, I have a different baby. Shel recommended looking at my own diet and gut health and also how to work on improving my son’s latch. It was so nice just to talk to her and to come away from it with some direction. Can’t recommend her enough. Thank you xx
Jenny from Lancashire
At a time when I was in tremendous pain while breastfeeding and nobody seem able or willing to help Shel came to my rescue. She came to my house and gave me some fantastic help and guidance, leading to a tongue tie diagnosis and successful treatment. Ever since she has always been willing to help me, whatever my query, at any time of day! Very passionate about infant feeding, kind, funny and incredibly well informed, I would and have recommended her to anyone struggling with breastfeeding.
Jess from Cheshire – remote client
Shel is a brilliant friendly woman. She has helped myself and [my daughter] through allergies, positioning, latch, weight gain and has helped set up help locally for me and my daughter. When I first came into contact with Shel my daughter was 7 weeks old and had already been admitted to hospital for failure to thrive twice. Health professionals were pushing formula top ups and she was still loosing weight. Shel helped me get her weight back on track and now 12 weeks on we are off top ups of breast milk and gaining well!
Liz from Manchester
Shel is amazing. She is really knowledgeable and genuine. She responds to queries with astounding efficiency and with lots of information and references. My baby was struggling with repeated reattaching tongue tie and distressing silent reflux / colic for 6 months. After contacting Shel (who took a detailed history and read through all my info) we managed to significantly decrease his distress and stabilise his weight gain. She completed the puzzle by working out that food intolerances/ allergies were part of the picture and informed me about elimination diets. She also met with me to help with our latch and she explained it all in a much clearer way than anyone had showed me before. She has increased my confidence that we can continue to breastfeed despite tongue restriction. Thank you so much!
Edith – remote client
After all the stress of being a new Mum, my stress continued when I had problems with my little one and her breastfeeding journey. Shel reached out to me and helped me like nobody had so far. Gave me advice and put confidence back into my breastfeeding journey when I didn’t think I would feel that way again. Shel really is a wonderful woman with amazing knowledge, not only that she is full of care
Nia from Manchester
Shel has provided invaluable support both in person and via remote support. Her advice and practical guidance enabled me to effectively relactate after I received poor advice about medication I had to take. Shel also guided me to a better source of information about medication and breastfeeding (Wendy Jones, specialist pharmacist – another wonderful woman!)
I would highly recommend Shel if you have any challenges/difficulties in your breastfeeding journey.
Sammi from Cheshire:
It’s taken me a while to write a review, because I honestly don’t know what to say. I didn’t have my first pain free feed until I met Shel, days before my baby turned 6 months. She saved my sanity and boosted my confidence, as well as teaching me new techniques that are still going strong now 9 weeks later. Thank you for everything.
Katy from Central Manchester:
When I first contacted Shel I was struggling with a number of breastfeeding difficulties and feeling pretty desperate. Shel responded almost immediately to my initial enquiry for support. She forwarded advice and resources which I could access to help me immediately and also set up an appointment to come to my flat in Central Manchester within 4 days. During the consultation she spent a huge amount of time with my husband and I working on the attachment and positioning of our little one and answering my many questions. She was patient, extremely knowledgeable, good humoured and had a wealth of experience and expertise to share. Beyond the consultation Shel then stayed in touch with me checking in regularly to see how things were going and answering yet MORE questions!! Her practical advice and suggestions have helped me enormously and I now feel a lot more confident in what I am doing. Many, many thanks Shel for all your help!
JS – remote support client:
live in Scotland, but Shel came so highly recommend that I contacted her. My son has food allergies, had a terrible latch, a probable missed posterior tongue tie and lost a lot of weight initially. I’ve had mastitis three times, but was determined to keep feeding. Our initial contact was via Facebook messenger, but she gave constant support, information and even plotted and graphed my son’s development. Day and night, weekday and weekend, she answered my many questions. Eventually we travelled down to meet Shel and have a face to face, more for my reassurance than anything else. She was wonderful: funny, kind, knowledgeable and above all compassionate. We are now just a few days past 6 months of breastfeeding and a huge part of that is due to Shel’s help. I can’t thank her enough.
Natalie from Manchester:
Shel recently came to see me after my baby was dropping centiles in his chart, and I didn’t know why. She showed me the problems straight away that I hadn’t even seen and wouldn’t have known and that my health visitors hadn’t picked up on. She is a true expert in her field and knowledgable in all aspects not just the common problems and quick fixes! As well as this she is also really friendly and approachable and made me feel at ease. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Shel to any of my friends when they have a baby and am so glad that I found her when I did.
Caroline from Lancashire:
Shel has been an amazing help to me and I think had it not been for Shel then I may have given up my bf journey. I managed to bf my first born perfectly fine so was really shocked to find I was really struggling with my second born. I firstly seemed help from mw and hv but as baby was putting on weight then they weren’t too concerned but baby was feeding round the clock, was unsettled and had a shallow latch causing me pain so I asked for shels help, Shel spotted that my baby had a tongue tie almost immediately which mw and hv had missed, Shel put me in touch with the right people to get the problem fixed and she helped me tremendously with my latching on technique. Shel was on hand after her visit to answer all other questions I had and was very quick at getting back to me. Shel was a MASSIVE support in a great time of need for me and I cannot thank her enough!
SG from Greater Manchester:
The support and expertise Shel provided on our complex feeding case was immeasurable. She respectfully approached where we were at and helped us to think about what was best to do next. Things have pretty dramatically improved with information and support that she gave. Can not highly recommend this lady enough.
Victoria from Lancashire:
It was fabulous to meet Shel and receive her pearls of wisdom! A few simple changes this morning have already made a huge difference to me and baby during breastfeeds. She spent time with me and gave me advice on a few other aspects of life with a newborn. She was patient and listened carefully to my concerns. I would have no hesitation in recommending her to others or asking her again for help.
Jen from North Wales:
I would just like to say thank you for you help and support you have given me. I have been given more support in a few hours with you then I have from the HV and midwives over the last 8 weeks – also telling me about my local groups and support. I can’t thank you enough, you really are worth your weight in gold!
Emma from Lancashire:
I will be forever grateful to Shel for sharing her knowledge and understanding of infant feeding. While pregnant I attended a class with Shel on breastfeeding and without the knowledge and confidence I gained there I’m pretty sure I would not have been able to breastfeed my son. It’s not always easy and it’s so important to be prepared. If you possibly can get to these classes then do! In case you are wondering our problem was an undiagnosed tongue tie.
EM from Greater Manchester:
With all the contradictory advice I received it was totally worth paying to see someone who knows what they are talking about. Shel offered loads of support remotely too which was incredibly reassuring.
Fay from Lancashire:
I just wanted to say a big thank you for your help with feeding after the problems we had at the start: at 11 weeks [my daughter] decided she didn’t want to take a bottle any more and we’ve been happily feeding off my left side as well as my right since then. She’s a big strong lass and almost as tall as [her big brother] and in 9-12 month clothes so she’s really taken off, she sits by herself and I’ve started introducing food last week she just takes the spoon and feeds herself, I’m so grateful for your help, once it clicked it has been so much easier than sorting bottles out and feel so happy to be giving her what she needs just wish I’d found you first time round!
Rebecca from Sussex (remote support client):
This lady is wonderful… I am a first time mum with a little one who is 6 days old and unfortunately I’ve received little to no support from medical professionals in my area. Feeding was extremely painful and I nearly gave up but after reaching out to this kind lady over FB I now have some brilliant guidance to put into practice and an incentive to keep going! She even researched local support networks for me within my area, nothing was too much for her. Thank you again.
Richa from Lancashire:
So glad I found Shel! The midwives, health visitors and local breastfeeding support group all told me my latch was perfect but I had a gut feeling something could be improved, I’m grateful for the NHS services available but the breastfeeding training seems a bit limited. Shel really knows the field and improved my latch instantly then continued to give me great practical advice for the rest of the 2 hour session. Thank you so much!
Rebekah from North Wales:
This lady is fantastic – she has helped me so much, with reassurance and referrals. She has given me so much support online it’s unreal. I can’t recommend her enough! Thank you so much Shel for everything! xx
Amy from Lancashire:
I recently sought assistance from Shel to get support on establishing breast feeding with my second child. I struggled for four months breastfeeding my first until I finally gave up.
With my first baby, I sought help from midwives, reading all the NHS guidance and phoning the LLL for some telephone advice, but still I struggled. I look back on those early months with my first and just remember the pain, so I was really keen to make sure it was different with my second.
Shel came to my house and spent all the time with me that I needed to get a decent latch and have the confidence to do it on my own. She also stayed in touch afterward to make sure everything was going well. She never made me feel rushed or like I was silly for taking so long to get it right. It was just what I needed. Within 24 hours of Shel’s visit, my breasts were healing, my baby was sleeping and settling much better, and I had a much rosier outlook on life.
Best money I have ever spent.
Mikaela from Lancashire:
Shel has given me brilliant advice and support over the last few months. After coming across many breastfeeding hurdles Shel has helped me overcome each and every one giving advice on massage techniques to relieve blockages, positioning and attachment, appropriate treatment for infections plus more. I am now 5 months on and loving this special time with my little one. I can’t thank her enough.
If you would like to submit a review then please do so: I am always very pleased to receive them.