I have been been an IBCLC (Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant) since 2010 (reaccredited as required by exam in 2020) and in addition to working strategically both locally and nationally to improve things for new families, with roles in the NHS and for some parenting charities, I have also made myself available for some private IBCLC consultations for antenatal preparation, for supportive and informative consultations with breastfeeding mothers, and those who are formula feeding and would like up-to-date evidence based and impartial information on all aspects of feeding their baby.
I can support families remotely via video call, WhatsApp, or Facebook Messenger. I am able to do home visits across the north west of England (also other areas of North England, Southern Scotland and North Wales, previously) where this is necessary / appropriate. Additionally I am in London once a month and can sometimes make time to see clients there.
I am myself a mother, and have been supporting mothers and expectant / new parents one to one and in groups, originally as a peer supporter and then as an IBCLC, since 2001.
I specialise in the unsettled baby!
I can work with you on troubleshooting for babies who won’t settle (colic, reflux, trapped wind and allergic babies are my speciality!), breastfeeding which is not comfortable for Mum, babies with faltering weight gain, antenatal preparation, postnatal debriefing, returning to work, mastitis and blocked ducts, breastfeeding, formula feeding, mixed feeding and also introducing complementary foods. I can also assess for tongue tie though I would myself refer you to an appropriate NHS or possibly private practitioner if it was thought to be hindering feeding: I do not perform the procedure myself.
Home visits are NOT currently being accommodated as standard, however in normal circumstances I can travel to your home any where in the north west of England, including Lancashire, Cumbria, Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside – I have always offered ‘Zoom’ video consultations for those further away or who do not require face to face support. I have also travelled to north Wales and West Yorkshire, and am regularly in London, so home visits in central / north west London are sometimes possible.
All clients can also receive ongoing remote support, by Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp as required. I have full indemnity insurance.
A video consultation is £50-75 depending on time / need, and I can offer more intensive follow up by message or video call for various fees as agreed.
I also offer remote support by WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger for £50-70 per week or £180 per month, available alone or as an add-on to other packages of care.
My flat rate fee for a home visit – usually available at short notice under normal circumstances – is £120 for around 2 hours, plus my round-trip mileage at 45p per mile. Initial enquiries and some follow up by text, email or FB message, are free of charge / included.
IF THE FINANCIAL SIDE OF THINGS IS PUTTING YOU OFF ASKING FOR THE SUPPORT YOU FEEL YOU NEED, PLEASE GET IN TOUCH.
If you are resident in Blackpool or North Lancashire please contact me to see whether I can support you at no cost to you, in my NHS role.
I now take donations to my Equity Fund, so you can contribute towards private support for those less able to afford it. Please click here to donate as much as you feel able to do.
If your baby has not yet been born and you are at the ‘planning’ stage, I am able to offer a package of preparation video call, possible postnatal face-to-face home visit or ongoing video calls / remote support via social media, and ongoing support to suit your needs – or anticipated needs if you are still expecting your baby. Typical costs for a family living around eg 55 miles away would be £200 altogether, to include an initial video call antenatally of 45-60 minutes, a 2 hour home visit when baby is here, and ongoing remote support for 2 weeks from when the baby is born.
It really does pay to be prepared and most families who have the antenatal ‘prep’ via videocall find they do not need the follow up appointment – and so do not pay for it.