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Breastfeeding support

Breastfeeding support for feeding problems

Our lactation consultants are experienced in dealing with difficult feeding problems and will support you through your breastfeeding challenges. 

 

Common problems we can help:

  • sore or damaged nipples

  • thrush 

  • blocked milk ducts 

  • mastitis 

  • baby refusing the breast

  • weight concerns 

  • reduced milk supply

  • expressing 

We can also support you with other feeding-related concerns including:

  • breastfeeding after breast reduction 

  • breastfeeding an adopted baby

  • returning to breastfeeding after stopping for a period of time (re-lactation)

  • returning to work and breastfeeding

  • psychological aspects of feeding

  • feeding in public places

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Pregnant

Antenatal breastfeeding support

In our antenatal breastfeeding consultations, we'll help you prepare to breastfeed your baby. You'll learn more about breastfeeding and feel more confident before your baby arrives.

You will be able to discuss any personal worries and find out more about:

  • what's special about breastmilk

  • good positioning and attachment

  • how breastfeeding works

  • normal feeding patterns

  • how to prevent problems

What to expect in a breastfeeding consultation

During your breastfeeding consultation, we'll listen to your concerns and aim to help you achieve your feeding goals.

 

We take a detailed breastfeeding history before starting the assessment. With your consent, we will then examine your baby's mouth, your breasts and your breastfeeding technique.

 

Your support will be focused on your and your baby's needs.​

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Breastfeeding FAQs
  • What makes breastfeeding so special?
    Breast milk is a truly natural and organic food designed especially for your individual baby. By choosing to breastfeed you are giving your baby the best chance of a healthier life with long lasting benefits. Benefits for your baby include protection against stomach viruses, chest and ear infections. a formula fed baby is 15 times more likely to be admitted to hospital in the first 4 months of life than a breastfed baby with breastfeeding your child is less likely to suffer from obesity related conditions such as diabetes, raised blood pressure or high cholesterol there are health benefits to you too including less chance of breast and ovarian cancer and stronger bones later life reducing your risk of osteoporosis As well as all the health benefits of breastfeeding, it also promotes an exceptional bond between mother and baby, giving an enormous amount of fulfillment and satisfaction. Read more in the Health Benefits of Breastfeeding.
  • If breastfeeding is natural why can it be so hard?
    Knowing all of the benefits of breastfeeding can make it even more distressing when feeding isn't going as easy as you had hoped or seen online. Most babies are born able to feed but for some mothers it is a skill that has to be learned. Our lactation consultants at the Chiltern Breastfeeding Partnership can help you acquire this skill. Most problems including sore nipples and slow weight gain can be overcome by positioning your baby to the breast more comfortably (remember breastfeeding shouldn't hurt!). It should be an enjoyable time for you and your baby. In other cases your baby may have strains and tensions from the birth delivery that can affect feeding. An assessment from a paediatric osteopath can help identify underlying issues. We offer this as part for our complex feeding clinic.
  • What is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant?
    An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is qualified in providing breastfeeding support to mothers and babies. They must take an independent examination and undergo study to possesses the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes. to maintain the qualification, recertification needs to occur every 5 years and the exam retaken every 10 years an IBCLC can work either as a health professional, a volunteer or in private practice there are more than 16,000 International Board Certified Lactation Consultants in 57 countries across the world. For more information visit the following websites: International Lactation Consultant Association Lactation Consultants of Great Britain
  • What other breastfeeding support is available?
    NHS Aylesbury Breastfeeding Clinic 10.00 -13.00 Mondays and Thursdays Tel: 01296 315799 Wycombe Breastfeeding Clinic 10.00 -13.00 Tuesdays and Fridays Tel: 07798 520830 Voluntary National Breastfeeding helpline Tel: 0300 100 0212 Tel: 0300 456 2421 (In Bengali and Sylhetti) National Childbirth Trust (NCT) Breastfeeding Line (8am-10pm) Tel: 0300 33 00 771 Breastfeeding Network Supporterline Tel: 0870 9008787 (automatic connection to local breastfeeding supporter) La Leche League Tel: 0845 120 2918
  • Further useful websites and resources
    International Lactation Consultant Association Breastfeeding Network La Leche League Baby Friendly Apple Tree Osteopaths sharing a common vision to support women, children and their families Ameda breast pump equipment and hire Central Medical breast pump equipment and hire Medela breast pump equipment and hire

Breastfeeding frequently asked questions

'Luci has supported me on two breastfeeding journeys and meant I can breastfeed successfully! A real life hero for us!' 

Mel

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