Breastfeeding Support

Libby Bowyer, a Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and Health Visitor in the West Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey area, provides one to one private consultations in the privacy of your own home. Your own needs will be supported while you receive any required information, advice and practical help.

Breastfeeding is the best way to feed your baby. Breast milk contains all the nutrients your baby will need and has many health benefits for you and your baby. However the concept of breastfeeding can often be daunting for mothers expecting their first baby. They may feel uncertain as to whether they will be able to do this and how they will know if their baby is getting enough milk. Good preparation in the antenatal period in the form of a individual session for mums- to- be and partner, will help you to feel more confident and empowered with breastfeeding your baby when he or she arrives.

What is a Lactation Consultant ?

An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is someone who is professionally qualified to provide breastfeeding support to mothers and babies. This qualification needs to be recertified every 5 years to ensure that Consultants are up to date with all current breast feeding information and evidence based practice.

Our services

Please see below for a list of our standard appointments. We also offer the following:

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New baby package of all three session booked in advance £225.00
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Additional postnatal visits can be arranged as required at a cost of £65.00 per hour

Visits can be booked between the hours 8am to 5pm.


Antenatal Breastfeeding Preparation Appointment

85.00         90 minutes

An appointment at your convenience sometime during weeks 32 to 37 of your pregnancy – partners welcome (and encouraged!)

Topics Covered

  • Anatomy of the breast
  • How breast milk is produced
  • How breast feeding works
  • Maternal nutrition
  • Volumes of milk required by baby
  • Benefits of breastfeeding for mother and baby
  • Getting off to a good start: skin to skin contact, demand feeding and recognition of feeding cues
  • The importance of a good latch – positioning and attachment
  • Feeding routines
  • How to hand express breast milk
  • Expressing and safe storage of milk
  • Feeding equipment
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Initial Post-natal Appointment

95.00         90 minutes

Topics Covered

  • Positioning and attachment of the baby for good milk transfer and to stimulate lactation
  • Advice and support if any problems have arisen so far
  • How to tell if your baby is getting enough milk
  • Normal weight gain
  • How to increase your milk supply if this is necessary
  • How and when to express milk – if needed
  • Advice on breast pumps
  • Maternal nutrition when breast feeding
  • Settling techniques for baby and rest for mother and partner
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Post-natal Follow-up Appointment

65.00         60 minutes

Topics covered

  • Review of infant feeding and weight gain
  • Discuss settling techniques and how to establish good sleep practice
  • Breastfeeding in public
  • Breastfeeding and returning to work
  • When to introduce solid food
  • Baby led weaning
  • Postnatal groups, rest and relaxation!
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Preparation For Weaning - Introducing Solid Food

85.00         60 minutes

Appointment when baby is approximately 4 months of age.

The current recommendation (WHO, UNICEF) is that babies are exclusively breastfed until the age of 6 months. At this point they are ready to progress to mixed feeding of breast milk and the introduction of solid foods. This is an exciting time for parents as they see their baby progressing on to the next stage and experiencing new sensation. However it can also be a time when parents will require further advice and information on the best way to make this transition. During this session we will cover information on diet type, equipment and Baby Led Weaning.

This can be provided for a small group (maximum 4 people)

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Want to find out more? Call us on 07766 538569