Very rarely. Most breastfeeding problems need practical, hands-on help, which I cannot provide via a telephone. The answers to most questions are covered in great detail in my books and DVD, so it’s best to look at these before ringing me. If you do not live in the London area and are desperate for help, please ring me on 020 8788 8179 to discuss whether telephone advice would be better than nothing. NB. During busy times, I’m afraid I cannot guarantee to return calls.
I have a very different approach to breast feeding, in particular when it comes to latching the baby on. I completely disagree with the ‘nose-to-nipple’ method which is the current trend as I think this makes it more difficult for the baby to latch on & is often the main cause of sore nipples. I can usually demonstrate that my ‘mouth-to-nipple’ followed by ‘shape-and-shove’ technique immediately helps:
the baby to latch on quickly & easily
to prevent sore nipples
to enable the baby to get the milk more easily, so feed times are shorter
Yes. It can be very helpful to have a second pair of eyes and ears, especially in the early days when you might be very tired and finding it hard to focus. You are very welcome to bring anyone you want – your partner, a family member, a friend and/or your maternity nurse
I normally see a client once, for one hour only. It is very unusual for a client to need a second session. This is usually enough time to resolve the problem and then explain how breastfeeding works. I will discuss:
how long a feed should last
how you know when your baby has had enough milk
whether to use one breast or two
how frequently to feed
common ‘baby’ problems such as wind, colic & reflux
common breastfeeding problems such as low milk supply, unsettled after feeds
I charge £140 for a consultation at my house in Putney (Erpingham Road, Putney SW15 1BG), which normally lasts about one hour or longer if needed. I charge more for doing home visits to reflect the time involved and charges will vary depending on how far I have to travel.