I am a mother of two young children and am currently still breastfeeding. I have experienced many and complex challenges myself in my own lactation journey, which adds to my empathy for the real hurdles and emotions parents face.
I am Internationally Board Certified (IBCLC) as awarded by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) plus have a background in practical support as an ABA Counsellor and volunteer (Australian Breastfeeding Association Cert IV Breastfeeding Education [Counselling]). I am a member of the Lactation Consultant Association of Australia and New Zealand (LCANZ) and the International Lactation Consultants Association (ILCA).
My previous studies in behavioural neuroscience and education, encompassing childhood development and psychology, combines for a unique perspective in supporting parents with holistic evidence based information - informed by scientific research from the fields of anthropology, psychology, sociology, education and evolutionary biology.
I meld attachment parenting principles with the most current research in dental and airway health, to achieve the best foundations for healthy facial development, gut bacteria microbiome, hormones and mental health. I am a committed lifelong learner and am continually reading and contributing to new research publications. I am a member of several multidisciplinary study groups with Ear Nose and Throat surgeons, Speech and Language Pathologists, dentists, manual therapists, biologists and others, to stay at the forefront of current international best practice.
I also have a Bachelor of Education and a decade of experience working with young families and presenting workshops for parenting in a variety of settings. My diverse personal and professional experience both locally and overseas contributes to my ‘big picture’ worldview in establishing optimal foundations for lifelong health and wellbeing.
I provide thorough care throughout the parenting journey - from prenatal preparation, lactation, solids & weaning, including related physical & complex issues that may arise. I conduct full oral assessments, follow up and referrals.
Lactation Consultant training is based in Lactation Medicine and includes
anatomy and physiology
pharmacology and toxicology
child and infant development
public health advocacy
About Lactation Consultants:
We have studied the science of parenting.
➔ The real science. We appraise the quality of studies and compare the evidence. We incorporate what works in reality and are responsive to real parents.
➔ We have a grip on the real biological essentials of sleep, nutrition and dietetics - for both mothers and babies.
We are your village.
➔ We support you in the nuances of parenting. We write referrals and call to keep a holistic connection between your doctors, surgeons, manual therapists and other practitioners to keep everyone informed of how best to help you, if you wish.
➔ I have breastfed kids myself through some of the very challenging issues first hand and am currently breastfeeding, too.
We meet your goals.
➔ If you want help with weaning or mixed feeding, expressing, co-sleeping positioning to feed better lying down in your own bed, or returning to work. We work on feeding in the places you want to.
We specialise in complex cases.
➔ We work with multilayered mothers’ issues and babies’ physical difficulties. From endocrine (hormonal), physical, to the musculoskeletal, to disease pathology and complex syndromes. We liaise with other medical staff and allied health
We educate others for you.
➔ We advocate for babies and provide data and evidence for what we do and what we suggest. I have gigabytes of research evidence I have collected for my practice and can connect you to evidence based research papers and studies.
We are accountable.
➔ Unlike a lot of advice you receive, even from some so called ‘experts’. To the International Board, our professional indemnity insurers and peer reviewed by our colleagues.
Common reasons parents call include:
trouble latching, sore nipples, thrush, breast infections, mastitis, lack of sleep
baby not gaining well, fussy baby behaviour, lip and tongue tie, allergies and intolerances, colic
Returning to work
Tandem feeding siblings
Various medical diagnoses
Insufficient Glandular Tissue (IGT)
Surgery - Mum or baby
To get breastfeeding right
we need to connect
among so many other things
Food allergies & intolerance
Healthy cooking / meal planning
Diet and Detoxification