“I’m lucky to have found Alison – she was exactly what I needed. I was struggling with breastfeeding and was really frustrated. Half an hour from her arrival both babies were attached to my breasts, feeding. It was amazing…I’m so grateful.”
Julia, mother of twins Ron and Daniel, born 2011.
“Hi Alison, I just wanted to write and thank you again for all your support. I have really appreciated your help with breastfeeding my twins as it seemed an almost impossible task when they were so new and small. Your encouragement gave me the confidence to persevere. Your suggestions to help with Bronte’s reflux to ease her discomfort, and adjusting to a new life with a toddler and baby twins have been such a help. Your calm presence has been a wonderful blessing over the last few weeks. Thank you.”
Jacinda, mother of twins Bronte and Alban, born 2016.
However you decide to feed your baby, with breastmilk or formula, it is a choice you will have made for reasons important to you and your family. No one should feel guilty over how they chose to feed their baby. I am happy to teach responsive bottle feeding and all aspects of feeding formula safely, as well as the skills needed to achieve successful ongoing breastfeeding.
Over the years I have been privileged to support hundreds of women to breastfeed and there is a lot to learn if you want to give the occasional bottle of expressed breastmilk or get to grips with an electric breastpump. There are many questions to answer from how to hand-express and general breastcare, to baby’s colicky symptoms and how to resolve them. Rhythms and reflux and solutions to engorgement and blocked ducts. Feeding ‘rugby ball’ style to feeding lying in bed; how to store milk and when to sterilise… the list is a long one!
Breastfeeding is the natural way to provide your baby with antibodies and all the essentials for his growth and development. A good latch and positioning can take time to achieve but the rewards for mum and baby are significant. Protection against certain forms of cancer and, for the baby, less chance of developing certain illnesses such as diabetes in later life.
I am a peer breastfeeding volunteer at the Royal Free Hospital, where my twins were born prematurely in 1979. I regularly attend infant feeding training days and am a graduate of the Breastfeeding London course which provides 90 hours of lactation specific learning to health visitors, midwives and doulas and is taught by an IBCLC lactation consultant. This has vastly increased my knowledge.
My own experience of feeding my tiny babies when they were three weeks old taught me not only the skill required, but that babies can adapt and take to the breast weeks after being fed by other means. I am available on the phone for my clients from 8am to 9pm and if you leave me a message I try to get back to you as quickly as I can.
Please see my fees page for my charges for breastfeeding ‘pop-ins’ and half-day postnatal visits.