I am an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) since 2016, and mum of three children aged 11, 9 and 6. In October 2019 I won the Friends of Breastfeeding ‘Lactation Consultant of the Year‘ award.

I am passionate about supporting and empowering women in the early days of new motherhood, and helping them to have an experience of breastfeeding that they are happy with. Breastfeeding has been a big part of my life since I had my first baby 11  years ago – feeding him, training as a Cuidiu breastfeeding counsellor (I was a volunteer with Cuidiu for 10 years), having two more babies and then finally qualifying as an IBCLC! I am also a fully qualified yoga and pregnancy yoga teacher with 13 years teaching experience.

It is very important to me to keep up to date with current breastfeeding/lactation research and best practice. I attend the 2-day ALCI Conference  and Study Day every year, and also attend the annual 3-day Lactation Consultant in Private Practice Conference  in Philadelphia. In addition, I do several hours of online training every year. I am currently doing a 10-month long part-time course on Perinatal Mental Health with The European Institute of Perinatal Mental Health.

Here are some articles I have written:

Breastfeeding and Angelman Syndrome Case Study http://www.alcireland.ie/case-study-breastfeeding-and-angelman-syndrome/

LGBTQ+ and You http://www.alcireland.ie/lgbtq-and-you-write-up-of-lcinpp-talk-by-stephanie-wagner/

Breastfeeding and Hyperemesis https://www.hyperemesis.ie/get-help/hg-and-breastfeeding/

The First Hours After Birth http://yogadublin.com/blog/2017/03/10/the-first-hours-after-birth-and-why-they-matter

Becoming an IBCLC http://www.alcireland.ie/the-voluntary-counsellor-route-towards-ibclc-certification/