LUCI LISHMAN IBCLC RGN RM
Lactation Consultant & Tongue-tie Specialist
I find it a joy and privilege to support families, empowering them to have a fulfilling and enjoyable feeding experience.
Registered Nurse and Midwife
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) 14+ years
Tongue-tie Practitioner with 12 years of experience providing private tongue-tie division for babies under six months
Founding member and current Chair of Association of Tongue-tie Practitioners
Member of Lactation Consultants of Great Britain
Professional Indemnity Insurance with Hiscox
Registered with the Care Quality Commission for surgical procedures
Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)checked
I started working for the NHS in 1986, beginning my general nurse training at the Middlesex Hospital in London. I worked as a staff nurse at Wycombe General Hospital for ten months and then trained as a midwife and worked at Stoke Mandeville Hospital for 17 years during which time I had my three children. The latter 7½ years I became a breastfeeding coordinator midwife. I helped set up and run the Aylesbury Breastfeeding Clinic, whilst providing breastfeeding education for staff and expectant mothers. As a midwife, I've found it a joy and privilege to provide breastfeeding support, making it my ambition to further my knowledge within the field. In 2006, after extensive study and clinical experience, I was able to fulfil my goal of passing the exam to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Through ongoing study, I have maintained this qualification, and in 2016 I recertified by retaking the exam. Chiltern Breastfeeding Partnership was set up in 2007 by myself and Addy Henderson. Susie Samuels joined us in 2010, enjoying a shared passion for enabling women to have a positive and enjoyable breastfeeding experience. We were able to provide a private and flexible breastfeeding support service within the community. We also provided training for health visitors, other community staff and breastfeeding peer supporters. In April 2009, I trained at Southampton Hospital to perform tongue-tie division (frenulotomy) on babies under six months with feeding difficulties. Since then, I have been doing this privately in the home and within my tongue-tie clinics. This service proved necessary and extremely helpful as there was limited NHS provision in the area. I left the NHS in September 2009 to meet the increasing need for this procedure. Since 2015 I have been the sole practitioner supported by my freelance administrator Melissa Brown. From February 2017 until December 2018, I worked for Children Family Health Surrey NHS to help their community tongue-tie service and provide tongue-tie training for health visitors in the area. In recent years I have been working closely with Apple Tree Osteopaths to provide holistic support for mothers and babies. We have recognised that there are other biomechanical issues aside from tongue-tie that can affect infant feeding. We ran free joint clinics until the Covid 19 pandemic.
'Luci gave breastfeeding advice that was invaluable and helped me continue breastfeeding at a very difficult time. Can’t stress enough how helpful her support and advice was.'