Hmmm.... Maybe not as young anymore but I did breastfeed these three munchkins, so understand personally the highs and lows of breastfeeding, which was the beginning of my desire to help other mothers on their breastfeeding journey.
I was born in South Africa and had my children without my family close by so understand what it means to have someone to turn to for support and understanding.
I qualified as a Breastfeeding Counsellor through Childbirth International in 2011 and completed my training as a volunteer at the Baby Cafe in Ashford, Surrey. For three and a half years I was employed as an Infant Feeding Support Worker with Your Healthcare, a social enterprise, working alongside the Health Visitors and Midwives providing breastfeeding support for mothers in Kingston-Upon-Thames. I am currently working with the Children's Centres in the Borough of Spelthorne running a breastfeeding peer support programme . I am also co-chair of the Kingston Maternity Voices Partnership group and provide breastfeeding training sessions for student midwives at Kingston University and I work for the charity Best Beginnings promoting the Baby Buddy App.
I have extensive experience supporting mothers at breastfeeding drop-in groups, in their homes and shortly after birth on the postnatal ward at Kingston Hospital. I have helped mothers with twins to breastfeed, have supported many mothers as their babies transition to solid food and spent time advising mothers feeding older babies and children.
I am passionate about providing training to all people working with mothers and babies to ensure that they are given consistent and evidence based advice. I have been involved in the training of Health Visitors and Children's Centre staff working towards Unicef Baby Friendly accreditation, run training on breastfeeding for Nannies and am currently working on a training course for osteopaths and other professionals who want to extend their knowledge on breastfeeding.