CLINIC BEGINNING JANUARY 2016. CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION
Carol Smyth IBCLC
I am an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) in private practice as well as volunteering as a breastfeeding counsellor with my local voluntary organisation.
I believe that breastfeeding is more than a way to feed your baby. It helps us to parent, it can give a woman confidence in her body, it can help to heal from a difficult journey to parenthood, fertility or birthing trauma. It helps to grow and nurture our babies in a way that nothing else can. I believe that every mother and baby deserve to breastfeed and to be breastfed. I also know that every mother’s experiences are different and goals around may be different. I wish to empower mothers to reach their goals in breastfeeding – no one else’s.
I have BSc Hons in Psychology, and a MSc in Computer Science and worked in the corporate world of IT Service Management before entering breastfeeding support. As strange a combination as these might sound I feel they give me a unique approach. Psychology helps me to counsel and approach difficult issues with breastfeeding families, and my IT background gives me a strong experience of problem solving.
My goal is to support breastfeeding in a holistic way. I have a special interest in Reflux, Colic & Tongue Tie in relation to breastfeeding and also in Fertility issues while breastfeeding, but overall my interest is in helping all women and babies to enjoy an easy, loving and beautiful breastfeeding for how ever long works for them.
Breastfeeding is the normal and natural way to nourish your baby, but it is a learned kill and support along the way can male all the difference to helping you reach your breastfeeding goals. the WHO recommends that babies are exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months of their life, and for breastfeeding to continue alongside supplementary solids for 2 years and beyond.
Breastfeeding supplies much more than food to your baby. Breast milk contains factors which develop the immune system and stem cells which continue the work that began in pregnancy of guiding the growth and development of organs. Breastfeeding creates normal jaw and facial growth and creates correct digestion and set-up of the gut microbiome as well as supporting emotional and psychological development. The impact of breastfeeding is hard to overestimate.
A breastfeeding consultation can cover any questions/concerns/issues around breastfeeding e.g.
Positioning & latch
Weight gain issues
Feeding concerns such as clicking/gulping during feeds tongue tie
Assessment such problems diet/allergy concerns sleep returning to work
Starting solids growth spurts combination feeding relactation
Fertility while breastfeeding
A consultation will involve a comprehensive review of breastfeeding so far, reviewing positioning, suck assessment, problem solving and working on a care plan to move forward.
Practitioner – Carol Smyth IBCLC
Prices – £70