I have spent almost ten years working with new and expectant parents, supporting them through pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding. It wasn’t until I had my own children that I realised just what things were like on the other side! I had huge feeding challenges – tongue ties, oversupply, blocked ducts, nursing strikes – and gained so much valuable experience and a unique appreciation for what all you mamas are going through! Just as I thought I’d gotten through the hardest part, and feeding was well established, then came the sleepless nights trying everything to get my children into a good routine with sleep.
My journey to becoming an IBCLC came from a deep passion for supporting breastfeeding, and knowing as a mum how rewarding it was. My journey to becoming a sleep consultant was slightly different. Many sleep coaches train because they’ve had intense struggles with their own children’s sleep. My situation was very different – I had started putting into place sleep routines, and habits from very early on with both my children, and whilst we still had the usual upsets when teeth came along or they hit a new milestone – I saw what a difference it made having this good foundation of sleep skills. I could see friends around me struggling on very little sleep, and bedtime and nights becoming such a stressor and trained as a sleep coach so I could learn from more than just my experience, to be able to help other families get some sleep and be able to have some freedom back!
My extensive experience working with clients, and as a mum has taught me that nobody is immune to challenges as a new parent – whether it be with feeding, weaning or sleep. What makes the difference is having the right support. Identifying problems as soon as they arise and having expert, compassionate, holistic advice and support throughout your journey.
I have worked in Specialist Maternity hospitals in Australia, as well as in private practice in the UK. I’ve been involved in research published in leading midwifery journals, written my own e-book and been involved in breastfeeding education in high schools.
I work 1:1 with families having challenges with breastfeeding and sleep either virtually or in the comfort of their own home.
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