I am an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and have been supporting mothers to overcome their breastfeeding challenges since 2007.
I am a mum of two wonderful daughters, wife, and business owner.
I have dedicated the last decade of my professional life to supporting mums and their babies through every stage, including fertility support, prenatal care, positive birth preparation, postnatal care and breastfeeding support.
I believe in life-long learning, and have undertaken extensive specialist training and development in a variety of birth and baby health related areas for over a decade, including qualifying as a Lactation Consultant.
In 2004 I set up my business in the UK, providing complementary health care support to new mums and their babies, and moved to Australia in 2009 where I have continued to support many mums and babies.
My breastfeeding story…and why I became a Lactation Consultant
I had a traumatic birth and terrible breastfeeding experience with my first daughter. She had quite a bad tongue tie which wasn’t diagnosed until day 3, and by this time I had open, bleeding cuts. I was also diagnosed with deep breast thrush, which despite several courses of treatment did not resolve (I now know that it wasn’t thrush, which is why the treatment did nothing). I was given poor advice and was put under a lot of pressure to give up as it was just ‘not worth it’. I was determined to make sure my daughter benefited from my breast milk, so I continued to express full time and did so for nearly 8 months.
My breastfeeding experience with my 2nd daughter was better, but still not without significant challenges, I breastfed for 16 months, enduring discomfort and pain throughout that time.
I am passionate about breastfeeding, and I know it is the natural and right way to feed a baby. I am upset that for both of my daughters the feeding was an almost entirely negative experience. My memories of the first year of both my daughters’ lives are of pain and failure. I am frustrated that there was not a more consistent, focussed network of support and advice. I felt that because my latch looked right, there wasn’t anything else that anyone could do to help, I felt like my case was out of the norm and too difficult/complicated to deal with. I am not the sort of person that finds comfort in people telling me I am doing well, or that it wasn’t my fault. What I needed was help in finding a way that would allow me to feed my baby the way that it should be, and not to be in pain. There were times when I would resent having to feed, because for me feeding meant pain, the sort of pain that makes you rigid, clench your teeth or want to cry out loud, and I would have to deal with that pain every single day. Throughout, I continued with the feeding because I still had a bit of hope that something would click and it would be ok. Sadly that never happened for me.
Since that experience I have resolved to learn as much about breastfeeding as possible so that I can help other mums in ways that I wanted to be helped by becoming a Lactation Consultant. I now know what the issues were that caused me so many problems, and the frustrating thing is that with the right advice and support from a Lactation Consultant, I know they could have been resolved.
I have supported hundreds of mothers to overcome the many challenges that breastfeeding can pose and remain dedicated to helping mums achieve a positive breastfeeding experience.
Since 2009 I have been supporting the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA), where I have held the roles of Regional Trainer & Assessor and Assistant Branch Training Manager for NSW.
In 2013 I completed a 6 month project in which I planned and helped deliver a series of breastfeeding workshops for Aboriginal and CALD health workers in rural NSW.
I am currently a Breastfeeding Counsellor and Community Educator with the ABA.
I am a member of the Professional Development Committee of the Australian College of Midwives (ACM). The Professional Development Committee is responsible for overseeing and providing guidance on the development, implementation and progress of all current and potential ACM continuous professional development programs.
In 2014 I wrote the ‘Supporting Women to Breastfeed’ online learning course for the ACM, which provides professional development for qualified midwives on the topic of breastfeeding.
I am a committee member for the ACM Midwifery Practice Review and also a Midwifery Practice Consumer Reviewer, undertaking reviews of midwives practice in Australia.
Because of my extensive experience in designing and delivering training and education courses to parents and professionals, I am one of only 7 Advanced Educators with the Childbirth and Parenting Educators of Australia (CAPEA).
I volunteered as a Breastfeeding Mother Supporter with the Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust in the UK, assisting mothers with common breastfeeding challenges such as positioning and attachment, and assisting the midwife with snipping of tongue ties.
Qualifications & Memberships
- International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)
- Diploma in Breastfeeding Management
- Certificate in Breastfeeding Education (Counselling)
- Certificate in Breastfeeding Education (Community Education)
- Community Breastfeeding Mentoring (ABA)
- Certificate in Training and Assessment
- Association of Breastfeeding Mothers Mother Supporter
- Member of International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA)
- Member of Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA)
- Member of Australian College of Midwives (ACM)
- Member of Childbirth and Parenting Educators of Australia (CAPEA)