Should you want postnatal sessions to provide guidance and support in staying on top of things (other family members may be feeling quite tired too), I can assist.
Mothering skills take time and practise, but a relaxed, stress-free atmosphere helps these to develop.
If this is not your first time around it is still helpful to have another pair of hands at home and, as no two babies are alike, some expert guidance on latching is valuable if breastfeeding is your chosen method of feeding your baby.
If bottle-feeding there’s plenty to learn about hand expression, pumping, responsive bottle feeding, sterilisation and milk-storage.
I generally work four-hour weekday mornings but can be flexible where needed. (I always ask for my car parking to be paid for so that I don’t have any nasty surprises waiting for me when I leave!)
I may offer suggestions and help around topics such as bonding, feeding, handling and bathing your baby, breast care and safe sleeping. I will give you space to discuss any concerns and issues that may be worrying you – in confidence – and I can provide information/links to helpful resources, as well as caring, kind companionship.
The first few weeks of your baby’s life can be exhausting as your body adapts to the demands placed upon it, hormones do a dance all of their own and your baby’s changing needs may seem bewildering. Sleep and feeding rhythms, breast changes, growths spurts, sore bottoms and colicky symptoms can be challenging, particularly for first-time parents, and this is where my expertise can help.
I have many years’ experience supporting breastfeeding with singletons and twins (please read the breastfeeding page following) and have had training from an IBCLC lactation consultant to increase my knowledge. My own breastfeeding journey began in 1979 when I was taught to feed my premature twins – at first singly then simultaneously.
If you need to rest or to go out, or want help preparing a meal or caring for your other little ones, I am here to help. Sometimes just washing your hair or finding time to go to the loo in the early days can be a challenge! The most important thing is to bond with your baby, and that’s not always easy to do when you are overtired or perhaps there is more than one baby to bond with. I am ready to do practical things to help take the pressure off: – laundry, sterilising baby bottles, local shopping, tidying up and keeping your kitchen spic and span.
Introducing your baby into a family with a toddler already ruling the roost (or even an adored pet) takes some thought and this is something I routinely deal with.
Once I am booked you can call or email me for advice before and after your baby’s birth. I will always be glad to encourage and offer support and suggestions.
Please be advised that calls and texts are welcome any time between 8am and 9pm. A full session fee is charged if less than 24 hours is given for a cancellation.