Annabelle is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), which is considered the “gold” standard of practice amongst the different support credentials for breastfeeding. You can read more about IBCLCs and what makes them different from other breastfeeding support, here: https://ilca.org/why-ibclc-falc/
She began supporting babies and families on their infant feeding journeys over 10 years ago, when she created a free bilingual drop-in breastfeeding café for mums and babies in Paris with another IBCLC. Since then she’s worked in breastfeeding support in the NHS, and other health organisations in the UK.
The consultation usually lasts up to 90 minutes and can include a full history, a feeding assessment and any support needed. This could include help with positioning and attachment, improving baby's feeding, or with producing more milk.
You will receive a written report by email following your visit, in addition to any notes given on the day, relating to a feeding plan, or other steps to be taken.
Some the issues or questions that you can get help with:
- cracked/sore nipples
- positioning and latch
- low supply
- slow weight gain in baby
- breast pain/damage
- return to work
- antenatal colostrum collection for special cases
- induced lactation (e.g. for adoption, surrogacy)
- hand expression