D-Restricted: Specialist Infant Feeding Support
RGN BSc HONS, Neonatal QIS, LEAARC Breastfeeding Specialist, ABM Breastfeeding Counsellor, IBCLC (International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant) and Independent Tongue Tie Practitioner
I started my nurse training in 2002, but I have been working with vulnerable adults and children since a teenager. Once qualified I worked with adults for some time, and up until December 2017 I was employed and qualified as a Neonatal Nurse (QIS) caring for sick and terminal term and pre-term babies, before starting my own venture at ‘D-Restricted: Specialist Infant Feeding Support’.
During that period I had infant feeding struggles with my own babies (breast and bottle feeding) and both were diagnosed with a posterior tongue tie and received division treatment (frenulotomy). So, I feel that I can truly both empathise and sympathise with those struggling to feed their infants. As a direct result of my (our) experience, I decided I would train as an infant feeding specialist before deciding to specialise in restrictive tongue-ties.
I have the privilege of owning a clinic within my home environment which keeps waiting times to a minimum for infants across the UK ensuring a timely consultation, which is also professional yet comforting. I also offer a home visiting service for those that are unable to attend my clinic. Parents can self-refer to my services and book online or telephone.
I am trained to provide a full frenulotomy service in those under 1 year old but can assess infant feeding behaviours until fully weaned onto solid foods. This includes the initial consultation, the assessment, a frenulotomy procedure (if necessary) and supporting you through a feeding plan and after care communications.
I also offer free mini-consultations at a local clinic, where I can assess and support you through your feeding journey (does not include the tongue tie division procedure).
More recently, I have decided to expand my services and now also offer online courses for parents/caregivers to have an opportunity to gather information on infant feeding topics such as ‘Breastfeeding-What you should know before your baby is born!’ and ‘Introducing Solids’.
I have qualified as a ‘Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) which is the gold-standard level of training and qualification in infant feeding. Prior to this I trained as a breastfeeding specialist LEAARC, and breastfeeding counsellor with the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers (ABM). I am registered and regulated by International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBCLE), Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), and Care Quality Commission (CQC).