My name is Petra. I am a registered Midwife, Craniosacral Therapist, tongue tie practitioner and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). I have been a midwife for over 20 years and have supported thousands of breastfeeding mums during this time.
I qualified as a lactation consultant in 2013 and re-certified in 2018.
I am a full member of the Lactation Consultants of Great Britain (LCGB)
I hold a clinic at the centre most weekdays. If you would like to book an appointment with me please visit my website www.nurturingnaturally.co.uk
What is a lactation consultant?
IBCLC lactation consultants are recognised throughout the world as the leads in offering breastfeeding support for both basic and complex feeding challenges.
An IBCLC is the highest regarded professional qualification in breastfeeding knowledge and support.
We are regulated by the International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBLCE) and are required to re certify every 5 years to ensure our knowledge and skills are up to date and relevant.
Lactation consultants must have a minimum 1000 hours of clinical practice and a minimum 90 hours of professional education to maintain lactation consultant status.
Accredited lactation consultants are on the international register. You may check my registration by visiting www.iblce.org/registry. My membership no L47892
Why might you use the services of a lactation consultant?
There are other health professionals who can support you with breastfeeding your baby, both in the hospital and at home. These include midwives and health visitors. Whilst they are able to assist you with feeding support you may not receive continuity of carer and this sometimes leads to conflicting or inconsistent advice. Midwives and Health Visitors are often challenged by time constraints and heavy workloads.
As a lactation consultant in private practice I have the time to spend with you, to listen to you and to support you in all aspects of breastfeeding your baby. Whether you need support initiating breastfeeding or problem solving.
If you feel that you need additional support or advice I may be able to help you.
What are the benefits of seeing a lactation consultant?
Skilled support and time to listen are two of the main benefits of seeing a lactation consultant reported by parents. I provide evidence based care and will work with you in whichever way is needed to support you on your breastfeeding journey.
What happens during an appointment?
Your initial appointment will include taking a full family, medical, birth and feeding history. I will observe your baby feeding so I can tailor the support to your individual needs. Feeding plans and care plans will be implemented with you.
Follow up is included via text, telephone or video call.
Additional face to face appointments can be made as required.
How much does an appointment cost?
The initial fee is £80 and includes the first appointment plus up to 2 telephone or video calls.
Additional appointments are £50 each