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I love what I do - nothing makes me happier than supporting a mum and baby to work through their challenges and meet their breastfeeding goals. So often small tweaks make a huge difference.

My journey into the world of infant feeding began after the birth of my first child in 2017. Despite feeling a primal need to breastfeed my baby, I really struggled with it, especially with finding the support that I so desperately needed.

This ignited a fire within me and so Nurslings was born - a breastfeeding and mama support group in my local town. Nurslings has trained infant feeding peer supporters on hand each week, to help ensure that the support that parents so often need with feeding their baby, is readily available.

 

Myself and my fellow volunteers are supervised by Public Health Nursing Devon and attend regular training updates to ensure that all of our support is of the best possible quality.

For nearly five years now, I have been supporting mums through their feeding challenges and am so proud of what Nurslings has become. A safe and non-judgemental space not just for those that have chosen to breastfeed, but for all mums regardless of feeding method. 

 

It has long been a dream of mine to offer higher level support to families, and that is why i trained as an Infant Feeding Coach (a more inclusive name for a Breastfeeding Counsellor) and as a Mindful Breastfeeding Practitioner and set up Nurtured by You. It is so important to me that mums are receiving specialist knowledge and support with feeding their babies, and arguably the biggest shift that they'll ever experience in life - becoming a mother. 

 

It is an honour and a privilege to support mums through new-motherhood and empower them to follow their instincts and meet their breastfeeding goals.

Tongue tie, allergies, nipple shields & more!

I myself, have dealt with a whole raft of challenges across my two breastfeeding journeys – a tongue tie, blocked ducts, a non-latching baby, feeding aversion, nipple damage, cow’s milk protein and soya allergies, nipple shields, oversupply, engorgement, exclusive pumping, aversion, breastfeeding toddlers and breastfeeding throughout pregnancy - to name those that I remember most vividly!

 

This all means that as well as all my training and experience of working with families, there is a lot that I personally went through and I know how it feels - physically and emotionally.

I have also spent many hours doing additional training and reading to further boost my knowledge around infant feeding to ensure that I am always providing only evidence-based information and guidance.

Working with parents, and through my own personal experience, it is abundantly clear that issues with feeding your baby don’t just impact you physically – they really do affect you emotionally.

 

I mean, is there anything more stressful than trying to latch your screaming baby at 2am onto nipples that are already on fire with a grand total of four hours of broken sleep out of the last 24?!

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Emotional well-being matters too...

So, I wanted to also be able to offer additional support and tools that can be used to help create and maintain a calm feeding journey and foster a deep connection between mother and baby. That is why I decided to train as a Mindful Breastfeeding Practitioner via The Mindful Breastfeeding School.

 

This qualification enables me to do just that, by utilising mindfulness tools and techniques to compliment practical infant feeding support and teach parents the importance of the mind/body connection for a calm and connected feeding journey.

 

My antenatal classes are designed to teach parents-to-be what to expect with breastfeeding in the early days, what normal infant behaviour looks like, how breastfeeding works, how to navigate potential feeding challenges, coping mechanisms for stressful situations, and, hugely importantly, how and where to find support if you need it so that you’re not struggling through on your own!

 

There is free support out there, which I will always signpost to, and my postnatal infant feeding support services are available face-to-face in your own home.

 

Whether I meet you antenatally or postnatally (or both!), I will always strive to support and empower you to reach your infant feeding goals. Have a look around my site, click on my Services page to check out what I offer and book a class or consultation, or feel free to reach out with any questions.

 

I hope to chat to you soon, and offer you any support you need to help you get the best start to this incredible, scary, confusing, beautiful journey with your new baby.

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