Libby Bowyer

Experienced Lactation Consultant and Baby Sleep coach working within 25 mile radius of Haslemere

About me

Libby Bowyer trained as a Registered Nurse and then Midwife (now non-practicing) whilst working for many years within the NHS, both in the hospital and community setting. During this time she developed a special interest in normal birth and the social effects of a new baby on the family unit.

In recent years Libby has trained and specialized as a Health Visitor (University of Surrey). She has continued to develop a specialist interest in breastfeeding advice and support by qualifying as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).

Libby has also developed specialist interest in supporting parents to establish good sleep routines in babies and young children. Libby has studied at the Southampton Sleep Clinic and completed the Sleep Practitioners Course. She recently has continued her studies by completing the Holistic Sleep Coaching Course (ONC level 5) with Lindsey Hookway .

As part of the process of helping parents to enjoy their babies and to learn settling techniques, Libby has studied Developmental Baby Massage with Peter Walker at the International School of Developmental Baby Massage and Movement in London and is qualified to teach parents how to massage their babies.

Libby's Qualifications

  • International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)
  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Registered midwife (RM) - now non-practicing
  • BSc Public Health Practice (Health Visiting) University of Surrey
  • Holistic Sleep Coach (ONC level 5)

Service packages

Best Start Sleep – Babies (from 4 weeks to 5 months) – Remote

This Best Start package comprises of:
* A one and a half hour appointment via live video call
* Assessment of current sleep information (sleep diary, parental questionnaire and feeding chart) provided by you prior to the appointment
* Following the appointment a full report including suggested sleep strategy, which is holistic and gentle, will be sent to you
* Four follow-up support emails

The aim of the appointment will be to discuss healthy sleep habits and gentle methods to help lengthen your newborn’s day and night sleep. Although it is to be expected that newborn babies will not be sleeping through the night, we will discuss age appropriate sleep requirements and sleep goals for each stage of development during the first 5 months, so you can get your newborn off to the right start. We will discuss your current challenges and how to “gently” remedy them.

This is designed for parents of babies aged 4 weeks up to 5 months. information will be provided regarding normal sleep and sleep requirements of babies of this age (with information regarding sleep hygiene and commencing a bedtime routine). Then an individualised sleep plan will be devised with the aim to lay a healthy foundation for the newborn baby, which will get them off to the best start and allow them to grow into great sleepers.

During this appointment your baby's sleep pattern will be discussed and assessed using information you will have provided in a sleep diary (and feeding chart) which will have been sent to you in advance of the appointment (and sent back in order for it to be assessed prior to the appointment).

Following this a tailored holistic gentle sleep plan; developed specifically for your baby, your family, your particular problem, will then be produced and you will be provided with a written outline of your plan.

Also included: there will be then 4 follow up emails to provide ongoing support.

Standard Sleep Package (6 months to 5 years) – Remote

This standard sleep package (remote) comprises of:

* A one and a half to two-hour appointment via internet video call
* Assessment of current sleep information (sleep diary, parental questionnaire and feeding chart - for babies under one year) provided by you prior to the appointment
* Following the appointment, a full report including suggested sleep strategy, which is holistic and gentle, will be sent to you
* Four follow-up support emails

This package is designed for parents of children 6 months to 5 years of age. Information will be provided regarding normal sleep patterns and sleep requirements of children of this age (with information regarding sleep hygiene and bedtime routine).

During this appointment your child's sleep pattern will be discussed and assessed using information you will have provided in a sleep diary (and feeding chart - babies under one year) which will have been sent to you in advance of the appointment (and sent back in order for it to be assessed prior to the appointment).

Following this a tailored holistic gentle sleep plan; developed specifically for your child, your family, your particular problem, will then be produced and you will be provided with a written outline of your plan.

Also included: there will be then 4 follow up emails to provide ongoing support.

Sleep Standard Package (6 months to 5 years)

This standard sleep package comprises of:

* A one and a half to two hour appointment in the privacy of your own home
* Assessment of current sleep information (sleep diary, parental questionnaire and feeding chart - for babies under one year) provided by you prior to the appointment
* Following the appointment a full report including suggested sleep strategy, which is holistic and gentle, will be sent to you
* Four follow-up support emails

This package is designed for parents of children 6 months to 5 years of age. Information will be provided regarding normal sleep patterns and sleep requirements of children of this age (with information regarding sleep hygiene and bedtime routine).

During this appointment your child's sleep pattern will be discussed and assessed using information you will have provided in a sleep diary (and feeding chart - babies under one year) which will have been sent to you in advance of the appointment (and sent back in order for it to be assessed prior to the appointment).

Following this a tailored holistic gentle sleep plan; developed specifically for your child, your family, your particular problem, will then be produced and you will be provided with a written outline of your plan.

Also included: there will be then 4 follow up emails to provide ongoing support.

Best Start (Babies aged 4 weeks – 5 months)

This Best Start package comprises of:
* A one and a half hour appointment in the privacy of your own home
* Assessment of current sleep information (sleep diary, parental questionnaire and feeding chart) provided by you prior to the appointment
* Following the appointment a full report including suggested sleep strategy, which is holistic and gentle, will be sent to you
* Four follow-up support emails

The aim of the appointment will be to discuss healthy sleep habits and gentle methods to help lengthen your newborn’s day and night sleep. Although it is to be expected that newborn babies will not be sleeping through the night, we will discuss age appropriate sleep requirements and sleep goals for each stage of development during the first 5 months, so you can get your newborn off to the right start. We will discuss your current challenges and how to “gently” remedy them.

This is designed for parents of babies aged 4 weeks up to 5 months. information will be provided regarding normal sleep and sleep requirements of babies of this age (with information regarding sleep hygiene and commencing a bedtime routine). Then an individualised sleep plan will be devised with the aim to lay a healthy foundation for the newborn baby, which will get them off to the best start and allow them to grow into great sleepers.

During this appointment your baby's sleep pattern will be discussed and assessed using information you will have provided in a sleep diary (and feeding chart) which will have been sent to you in advance of the appointment (and sent back in order for it to be assessed prior to the appointment).

Following this a tailored holistic gentle sleep plan; developed specifically for your baby, your family, your particular problem, will then be produced and you will be provided with a written outline of your plan.

Also included: there will be then 4 follow up emails to provide ongoing support.

Three session breastfeeding support package: Antenatal Preparation, Initial Postnatal Appointment and one further postnatal follow-up appointment.

New baby package of all three session booked in advance.

Preparation For Weaning – Introducing Solid Food

Appointment when baby is approximately 4 months of age.

60 minutes - this is an appointment in your own home. Can be delivered to a small group (max 4)

The current recommendation (WHO, UNICEF) is that babies are exclusively breastfed until the age of 6 months. At this point they are ready to progress to mixed feeding of breast milk and the introduction of solid foods. This is an exciting time for parents as they see their baby progressing on to the next stage and experiencing new sensation. However it can also be a time when parents will require further advice and information on the best way to make this transition. During this session we will cover information on diet type, equipment and Baby Led Weaning.

Breastfeeding Post-natal Follow-up Appointment

An appointment in the privacy of your own home lasting one hour.

TOPICS COVERED

Review of infant feeding and weight gain
Discussion regarding settling techniques and how to establish good sleep practice
Breastfeeding in public
Breastfeeding and return to work
Evidenced based information regarding when to introduce solid food
Baby led weaning information
Postnatal groups, rest and relaxation!

Breastfeeding Initial Post-natal Appointment

Appointment in the privacy of your own home last one and a half hours.

Discussion regarding your birth and breastfeeding history so far

TOPICS COVERED
– Positioning and attachment of the baby for good milk transfer and to stimulate lactation
– Advice and support if any problems have arisen so far
– How to tell if your baby is getting enough milk
– Normal weight gain
– How to increase your milk supply if this is necessary
– How and when to express milk – if needed
– Advice on breast pumps
– Maternal nutrition when breast feeding
– Settling techniques for baby and rest for mother and partner

Antenatal Breastfeeding Preparation Appointment

An appointment at your convenience (appointments available 8am to 6pm) sometime during weeks 32 to 37 of your pregnancy – partners welcome (and encouraged!) in your own home.

May be delivered to small groups (4 people maximum if desired).

TOPICS COVERED
– Anatomy of the breast
– How breast milk is produced
– How breast feeding works
– Maternal nutrition
– Volumes of milk required by baby
– Benefits of breastfeeding for mother and baby
– Getting off to a good start: skin to skin contact, demand feeding and recognition of feeding cues
– The importance of a good latch – positioning and attachment
– Feeding routines
– How to hand express breast milk
– Expressing and safe storage of milk
– Feeding equipment

Testimonials

  • Your 1:1 support really made a huge difference. Dear Libby I wanted to write and thank you for all your help with our new baby. Having left hospital unable to breastfeed, baby A is now fully breastfed and gaining weight well. She is also a lot more content and has a relatively regular sleep routine. Having had a couple of hours of your 1:1 support really made a huge difference in helping give me the confidence and techniques to continue to successful breastfeeding. You also gave us valuable knowledge in what to expect from a newborn baby and how to cope with the changes we might encounter. Without your service, I am not sure we would have been able to access the same level of support. Thank you once again. K, T and baby A
  • Libby was very knowledgeable, calm and immensely supportive to us during a really challenging time. I left hospital unable to breast feed our new baby and contacted Libby for help, as I really wanted to be able to feed him and give him the best possible start. Libby was fantastic and provided initial support to us on the telephone whilst I was still in hospital and subsequently came to visit us at home. This support proved to be invaluable to us and I am delighted to say that baby T is now fully breastfed and gaining weight (rapidly). Libby was very knowledgeable, calm and immensely supportive to us during a really challenging time, for which we are very grateful: I am certain we would not have got this far without her help. I would highly recommend Libby's services to any new family that needs advice or support. B, L and (a well fed) Baby T
  • I am so grateful for Libby's help, I didn't think I would be ever able to breastfeed my baby Libby gave me the confidence to carry on breastfeeding when I was on the verge of giving up, and I am happy to say that 5 weeks later I am still fully breastfeeding my baby. Libby helped me with the breastfeeding positions, taught me that breastfeeding should not be painful and gave me tips on how to spot the correct latch. Libby also gave me all the information on how to store expressed breastmilk and on introducing a routine of sleep. I am so grateful for her help, I didn't think I would be ever able to breastfeed my baby. K and baby D
  • Baby Massage. The massage course with Libby was excellent. She is so knowledgeable and supportive throughout the sessions, we would highly recommend her. We have learned a valuable skill to use for both bonding with, and to benefit our baby's development that we use everyday. N and D
  • Sleep. Thank you so much for all the advice you gave both for now and also in the future. The emails you sent pre consultation really helped give me confidence. I thoroughly enjoyed your visit to our home and felt more confident and reassured that I was doing ok at this mothering thing after your visit and report with recommendations. The letter was very helpful and has given me something to return to on a regular basis to keep me on track. Thank you for all your support, you truly are a fantastic listener and always gave judgement free support. Judgement free support is a very rare thing for mothers I find, but invaluable when received. Thank you and best wishes, M
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