About me

“Combining evidence-based information with compassionate care through the art of breastfeeding.”

 

I have been involved in supporting breastfeeding mother and babies for over a decade.  I became a La Leche League GB (LLL) Breastfeeding Counsellor because, over the years, too-many-to-count mums had shared with me how they regretted not being able to breastfeed at all or long enough due to a lack of support.   Since then, I have co-led all these LLL London groups: South West London, West London, Clapham and currently I am in charge of the Café La Leche Merton.

Passionate about providing quality clinical expertise in breastfeeding and lactation, I became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2011.  I have a busy private practice that I combine with lactation/breastfeeding education.  Over the years, teaching/lecturing/public speaking has become a lifelong passion; I am a public speaker with international experience in the field of breastfeeding and human lactation.

I am the Director and main teaching faculty for the Breastfeeding London Course, which has gained professional accreditation by the Royal College of Midwives.  It is a 90 hours lactation education Course  (yearly intake in January and June)  for health care professionals and breastfeeding supporters. Our next London Course will start in January 2018!

I have worked for the past 5 years inside the NHS or for the NHS.  I worked at Kings College Hospital’s Tongue Tie Clinic, where I have gained in depth competence on all aspects related to anterior and posterior Tongue Ties and their impact on breastfeeding.

I am a member of Lactation Consultants of GB and the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA).  In order to keep my knowledge up to date and offer the best evidence-based care I attend regularly ILCA Conferences (Toronto, Canada 2017, Washington DC, USA, 2015; Melbourne, Australia 2013; and Orlando, USA, 2012).

Even though my work is based on evidence, I believe it must go hand in hand with empathy and compassionate care; thus it is holistic and patient-centered in its application and approach.

Conferences/study days:

  • International Lactation Consultant Association Conference, Toronto, Canada: 2017
  • Gold Lactation Conference, April-June 2017
  • Clinical skills: complex situations in lactation, with Diana West, Lactation Consultants of Great Britain, Basingstoke: October 2015
  • Tongue Tie Study Day,  ATP, Basingstoke: September 2015
  • International Lactation Consultant Association Conference, Washington DC USA: 2015
  • Tongue Tie Study Day, with Catherine Genna Watson, Lactation Consultants of Great Britain and ATP, Basingstoke: 2014
  • Tongue Tie Symposium, Kings College Hospital, London: 2014
  • Lactation Consultants Great Britain Annual Conference, Portsmouth: 2014
  • Paediatric Immediate Life Support Course, Resuscitation Council (UK) pILS, Kings College Hospital: 2013
  • International Lactation Consultant Association Conference, Melbourne Australia: 2013
  • Overcoming breastfeeding ambivalence, with Diana West, ILCA webinar: 2013
  • Tongue Tie Study Day, LC GB and ATP, with Alison Hazelbaker, London: 2012
  • International Lactation Consultant Association Conference, Orlando USA: 2012
  • Complementary & alternative medicine in breastfeeding therapy, United States Lactation Consultant Association webinar: 2012
  • Infant oral assessment for breastfeeding helpers, Health-E-Learning Online Tutorial: 2011
  • Bilirubin management and implications for breastfeeding, Health-E-Learning Online Tutorial: 2011
  • Breastfeeding in Difficult Circumstances, with Deborah Robertson, Study Day: 2010
  • Troubleshooting Position and Attachment Problems, with Deborah Robertson, Study Day: 2010
  • Challenges of breastfeeding beyond the newborn period, with Deborah Robertson, Study Day: 2010
  • Breastfeeding clinics and consultations, with Deborah Robertson, Study Day: 2011
  • Dr. Jack Newman DUK Breastfeeding Study Day: 2010
  • Facilitating breastfeeding groups and classes, with Deborah Robertson, Study Day: 2009