How We Can Help

We provide breastfeeding support, guidance, consultation and follow up for mothers and babies to ensure a successful breastfeeding experience, in hospital or in your own home, with the guaranteed offer of continuity of care.

 

Most babies are born knowing how to suck, but not always knowing how to suck and latch properly at the breast and most mothers are not quite sure how to go about helping their baby to learn and how to position them.

Both first-time and experienced mothers appreciate support, advice and encouragement before their baby is born and after to establish a successful breastfeeding relationship.

During Pregnancy (Antenatal)

This consultation will enable expectant mothers and partners to explore and learn more about breastfeeding. We cannot emphasise enough how much antenatal preparation aids the breastfeeding journey, if parents are prepared and know what to expect with regard to breastfeeding, the likelihood of succeeding is maximised. Topics covered include:

  • Benefits of breastfeeding

  • How to get off to a good start

  • How breast milk is made

  • Effective positioning and attachment

  • Types of birthing and their effect on breastfeeding

  • Feeding Cues

  • How to be confident your baby is getting enough milk

  • Expressing 

  • Support and partner's role

  • Potential problems and how to avoid or overcome them

  • Reviewing how you feel

After Your Baby is Born (Postnatal)

A home or hospital consultation will include:

  • A thorough observation and breastfeeding assessment

  • An explanation of the probable reasons for difficulties

  • A maternal breast assessment

  • An infant oral anatomy and sucking assessment

  • Support with latching

  • Weigh check, if required

  • Tips and information on managing breastfeeding

  • A feeding plan tailored to meet your needs to help you reach YOUR breastfeeding goals,

       taking into consideration lifestyle, circumstances and preferences

  • Reviewing how you feel

  • Answers to any breastfeeding questions that you may have

  • Handouts/emails relevant to your situation as required

  • Contact information for resources in your area

  • Comprehensive report for you and your GP, HV, MW's records if needed

  • A follow up feeding plan and to keep in touch as required

  • Kind, compassionate and skilled care

Rebecca is an experienced NHS Tongue Tie Practitioner and although we are not currently offering a Tongue Tie Division Service we are able to assess and diagnose Tongue Ties, we will then support you with referral to either an NHS Tongue Tie Clinic or one of the Private Tongue Tie Practitioners within your area.

Additional Services

We are also able to offer your tailored antenatal classes and weaning programmes

Well Baby/Weaning visit

A home consultation will include:

 

  • Introducing solid foods to your baby,

      what foods to introduce including textures and volumes

  • Breastfeeding in the longer term including return to work,

  • Pumping and storage of expressed breast milk

  • Your baby's general development and well-being

  • Answering any questions that you may have

  • Reviewing how you feel

An IBCLC can assist you with breastfeeding challenges both simple and complex, including:

  • Adjusting to life with a newborn

  • Adoptive nursing

  • Anaesthesia

  • Baby wearing

  • Biting

  • Bottles

  • Breastfeeding without birthing

  • Breast refusal

  • Breast refusal post frenulotomy

  • Choosing a pump

  • Cleft lip/cleft palate

  • Colic

  • Cultural issues

  • Dealing with criticism

  • Dental and oral health

  • Disabled or handicapped mothers or babies

  • Dummies

  • Elimination patterns 

  • Failure to thrive

  • Fertility issues

  • Frequency of breastfeeding

  • Getting enough sleep

  • How to tell baby is getting enough milk

  • How the birthing affects breastfeeding

  • Introducing solids

  • Introducing a bottle

  • Losing weight after childbirth

  • Low milk supply

  • Medication

  • Milk Banking and milk sharing

  • Milk storage

  • Nipple confusion

  • Normal newborn behaviour

  • Nursing during pregnancy

  • Nursing multiples

  • Nursing outside the home

  • Nursing strikes 

  • Overactive letdowns

  • Post partum depression

  • Premature babies

  • Preparing to breastfeed

  • Pumping issues

  • Reduction and augmentation surgeries

  • Reflux

  • Relactation

  • Returning to work or school

  • Scheduling

  • Sexual abuse

  • Sick mother or baby

  • Sore breasts - mastitis, plugged ducts, abscesses

  • Suckling difficulties

  • Sore nipples

  • Surgery

  • Tandem nursing

  • Tongue tie

  • Too much milk

  • Weaning, including night weaning

  • Yeast/thrush

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Breastfeeding Midlands