I provide a family centered approach with suggestions to help with breastfeeding, bottle feeding, weaning and sleep challenges. My suggestions are based on high level evidence.
I am passionate about empowering mothers to explore breastfeeding and bottle feeding in a non-judgmental and supportive way.
I have had significant experience working with feeding and communication development with premature babies, babies with neurological conditions, heart conditions, syndromes and clefts.
I continue to be a passionate learner and aim to stay up to date with ongoing research articles and professional development courses on infant feeding and sleep. I completed professional development in Neuroprotective Developmental Care (NDC) principles when The Possums Charity was still functioning, and most recently the comprehensive Broken Sleep course by Breastfeeding Conferences, with wonderful content including Supporting Neurodivergent Families in the Perinatal Period by Dr Deborah Carrington.
I support families by making suggestions, not being prescriptive. I hope to empower parents to ingest the information and then be able to apply what resonates to their family situation. Babies and families are unique, and addressing infant feeding and sleep challenges needs consideration of baby, family members and current demands and capacity of the family unit and their support systems. All suggestions are attachment-promoting, with an aim of protecting the developing infant brain, and parental mental health.
My model of care promotes babies being supported to remain in an unstressed state as much as possible, with the hope of providing baby with frequent neural pathway experiences of being regulated and calm.
I aim to support families to find the joy and ease in the early years, during a time of great change and potential stress.