“Combining evidence-based information with compassionate care through the art of breastfeeding.”
I have been involved in supporting birth and breastfeeding mother and babies for more than 15 years. I became a 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 groups: South West London, West London, Clapham and currently I run Cafe La Leche Merton once a month.
Eager to learn more about the more complex clinical cases, 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 Founder of the Centre for Breastfeeding Education and Research that hosts the Breastfeeding London Course, which has gained professional accreditation by the Royal College of Midwives. It is a 110 hours lactation education Course (yearly intake in February and June) for healthcare professionals and breastfeeding supporters.
I have worked for the past two years as the Specialist Lactation Consultant for the Merton Health Visting team (Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust). I run a weekly clinic for complicated breastfeeding cases (by referral from your GP, HV or midwife only.)
I worked at Kings College Hospital’s Tongue Tie Clinic for two years, where I have gained in-depth competence in 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 client-centered in its application and approach.