"Justine was the primary reason that I was able to successfully breastfeed my daughter, and I am grateful for her support and encouragement. "
As a trained breastfeeding counsellor, I can help and support you as you and your baby get to know each other and learn to breastfeed.
I am passionate that mothers who want to breastfeed should be given the support they need to make that happen –and skilled, informed support when things aren’t going smoothly.
I have been supporting parents since 2011 and spend much of my time working one to one with parents to support them in their breastfeeding goals.
I have experience of supporting families with a wide range of situations, including:
- Antenatal support to prepare for getting breastfeeding off to the best start
- Premature babies
- Slow weight gain babies
- Babies with tongue-tie, including initial recognition and post-division support
- Supplemental feeding at the breast or topping up
- Exclusively pumping mothers
- Mothers with IGT
- Using donor milk
- Older babies and toddlers
- Tandem nursing and pregnancy and breastfeeding
Breastfeeding support £25 an hour including telephone and email support afterwards.
"Justine was with me from the day of my daughter’s birth, and whenever I needed her throughout the two years I breastfed. She provided great advice and reassurance. This made a big difference to my emotional wellbeing. I spent less time worrying about feeding and more time enjoying my daughter and family. Justine’s experience and caring nature are what make her so invaluable during this important time."
Preparing to breastfeed
Spending time thinking about how to get breastfeeding off to a good start, can make a huge difference. We can spend time together looking at how breastfeeding works, what you and you baby need to help breastfeeding go smoothly and how to avoid and overcome challenges you may face. I can answer your concerns and questions.
If you are having your second baby and things didn’t go as you wanted last time, we can learn from what happened and together come up with a plan for how this time could be different.
Antenatal Beginning Breastfeeding Session
A two-hour, informal, antenatal session to help you and your baby get breastfeeding off to a good start in the comfort of your home. We will cover concerns or questions you have, and include:
- How breastfeeding works
- The early days
- The basics of comfortable breastfeeding
- Avoiding and overcoming challenges
- How to get support
- Your questions and concerns
Antenatal session £50 including information pack (reduced rate if you are also booking me as your postnatal doula)
“When I was pregnant with my first child, I knew I was keen to breastfeed. The session I had with Justine really helped me to understand how to get breastfeeding off to a good start and she was able to help me to feel confident in knowing what I was doing once my baby arrived. After the birth, Justine helped me navigate through the tricky waters of my baby having a tongue tie and severe reflux and my baby and I enjoyed breastfeeding until she was ready to stop on her own accord. I have recommended the sessions Justine offers to numerous people and am very grateful for her wisdom. “
Breastfeeding Basics Cambridge
Together with my colleague Maddie McMahon, these small groups (maximum 3 couples) in a comfortable venue in Cambridge help prepare you for breastfeeding your baby. As well as learning and exploring your feelings around the various joys and challenges of baby feeding, the session gives you the opportunity to get to know some other parents. Details and dates are kept up to date on our facebook page.
“Justine and Maddie are professional, helpful, knowledgeable, and above all so warm and understanding that I found their support essential and an amazing shoulder in the months before and after childbirth. I would not hesitate to recommend them for all women who are worried about what challenges breastfeeding might bring or simply want to be informed and well prepared to simply enjoy the blissfulness of having a baby.”
From £50 for a 2 hour session.
Support in the early days
Your body and your baby expect to breastfeed. Sometimes, all you need to get breastfeeding off to a good start is to have someone who understands breastfeeding by your side for the first few days.
As a breastfeeding counsellor, I can spend time with you right from the beginning to help you listen to your instincts and help your baby do what he or she is hardwired to do. You and your baby will know what to do – and I can be there to encourage and reassure you.
I can be with you soon after your baby’s birth and spend time with you over the early important days of establishing breastfeeding.
At home or hospital £25 an hour including telephone and email follow-up.
“Breastfeeding problems have breastfeeding solutions”
You may get off to a smooth start, with no problems. Many mothers do – but sometimes you and your baby need a little more support and knowledge to overcome early challenges – whatever they might be. If you are finding it difficult or things aren’t going to plan, get skilled help soon.
Together we can work out what’s going on and can look practically at how your baby is positioned and latching. We can make sure it is comfortable for you, and your baby is getting the milk he or she needs effectively.
Most breastfeeding challenges can be overcome with the right, informed support from a qualified breastfeeding supporter. We can come up with a plan to make things better, for both you and your baby. I can help you find your way in the local network of providers if you need additional specialist support.
At home £25 an hour including telephone and email follow-up.
As your baby grows, you may have new questions or concerns. I can support you with information and ideas at each stage. I offer a telephone appointment service as well as home visits for the older baby.
This might include:
- what’s normal after the early months
- avoiding and overcoming new challenges
- returning to work
- toddler nursing
- managing other’s expectations
- fertility and breastfeeding
- breastfeeding when pregnant.
At home £25 an hour.
Telephone appointment £15 for an hour.