After a career in film and TV in the UK and France, I became a breastfeeding support volunteer in France 10 years ago, after the birth of my first child. I then worked in lactation support for several years in the NHS in London, whilst also volunteering for the National Childbirth Trust (NCT).
For a few years, I was the Infant Feeding Coordinator at Suffolk County Council Health and Children’s Centres, and had a small private practice. In my county council role, I took the Health and Children’s Centre staff through Stage 1 of UNICEF Baby Friendly Accreditation, and left the department well prepared for Stage 2.
Whilst there, I oversaw an increase in breastfeeding rates, and contributed to Public Health initiatives to promote breastfeeding, including help to improve breastfeeding knowledge amongst doctors.
In October 2018, I took up my current post as the hospital Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) for the 48th medical group at RAF/USAF Lakenheath and I also see patients privately in Suffolk.
I’m fully insured through Holistic Insurance and offer private consultations as an accredited IBCLC.
I am happy to support you whatever your pregnancy, birth and feeding history and goals. I can offer independent advice if you are using formula or bottle-feeding. I have experience of working with BAME clients and have also worked with LGBTQI families.
Home visit (post natal)
The visit usually lasts 2 hours. This price includes taking a full history, a feeding assessment and any support needed. This could include help with positioning and attachment, improving baby's feeding, or with producing more milk.
I will also provide up to two weeks follow up by text and/or email if necessary.
You will receive a written report by email following your visit, in addition to any notes I provide during the visit, relating to a feeding plan, or other steps to be taken.
In some cases, this consultation may include an assessment and referral for tongue-tie (restricted lingual frenulum).
Antenatal individual 1-2-1 teaching
Studies show that if you attend a breastfeeding class (individual and group) prior to giving birth that you are much more likely to reach your goals.
I can teach you in the comfort of your own home, or by FaceTime/Messenger etc.
Group breastfeeding class
I have taught breastfeeding classes for several years. With enough interest (minimum of 3 participants) I can run a breastfeeding class of 2-3 hours for a small group.
If you are interested, get in touch and I can tell you when my next class is starting.
- "Annabelle responded very quickly and saw us within a couple of days. She was very supportive and gave us lots of really useful advice. In particular she helped us to get laid-back feeding to work and to identify reasons why our little one was battling to get a deep latch, which was causing nipple pain. She was very knowledgeable and provided us with information that otherwise we wouldn’t have had. I would recommend her to anyone who is battling with breastfeeding and looking for breastfeeding support." Natassja B