What makes breastfeeding so special?By choosing to breastfeed you are giving your baby the best chance of a healthier life with long lasting benefits. Breast milk is a truly natural and organic food designed especially for your individual baby. The benefits to 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. Later on 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 your bones will be stronger in later life reducing your risk of osteoporosis. As well as all the health benefits breastfeeding promotes an exceptional bond between mother and baby and gives an enormous amount of fulfilment and satisfaction. Health Benefits of Breastfeeding
If it's so natural why do people have difficulties?Knowing all of these benefits can make it even more distressing when breastfeeding isn't proving as easy as you had hoped. Most babies are born able to feed but for some mothers it is a skill that has to be learned. We at Chiltern Breastfeeding Partnership can help you acquire that skill. Most problems including sore nipples and slow weight gain can be overcome by showing you how to position and attach your baby to the breast more comfortably. Remember BREASTFEEDING SHOULDN'T HURT! It should be an enjoyable time for you and your baby.
What is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant?An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (I.B.C.L.C) is an individual who, by qualifying for and taking an independent examination, possesses the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes to provide quality breastfeeding assistance to mothers and babies. 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
Useful WebsitesInternational 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
‘Having heard of friends and family who had struggled with breastfeeding, it was hugely important for me to feel prepared for the journey ahead. Luci and I had two antenatal home sessions towards the end of my pregnancy, and a further home session once our daughter had arrived, where she completely inspired me through her teaching and demystified the process of breastfeeding.
As a first time Mum it was an incredible relief, and so reassuring to meet such a caring, supportive and passionate practitioner who helped me acknowledge and openly discuss my concerns and fears in addition to navigating the very intimate but also sometimes technical relationship of breastfeeding. When our daughter struggled to feed in those first few days, because of Luci’s brilliant coaching, I felt confident to hand express colostrum into syringes to ensure our daughter got what she needed; my email to Luci from the hospital got a super speedy response with reassurance and coaching; at a time of such emotional intensity it was truly wonderful to know she was there to contact.
Our daughter gained weight, and went on to feed very happily and confidently. Luci’s extensive experience meant that we were introduced to paediatric cranial osteopath Felicity Bertin who was able to help us on our journey.
The coaching, resources and inspiration that Luci provided, will remain with me'.