How do I arrange a consultation? Do I need a doctor's referral?
No you don't need a referral to meet with me. You can request a consultation by telephone, email or simply complete the short form on the contact page of this website. I will call you back to arrange a suitable date and time to visit.
Can I bring a support person with me?
It can be very helpful to have your partner or a relative or friend there to support you and they are most welcome.
How long is the Consultation?
An antenatal consultation usually lasts up to two hours.
An initial postnatal consultation usually lastsup to three hours.
A follow up consultation usually lasts up to two hours
How much does a consultation cost?
Antenatal consultation costs £80
Initial postnatal consultation costs £120
Follow up consultation costs £80
These charges are exclusive of travel costs and parking where applicable.
What methods of payment can I make?
Payment is preferred by bank transfer on receipt of invoice
What areas of Scotland do you cover?
I primarily offer consultations within Edinburgh and the Lothians, however I may travel outwith this immediate area if requested.
What should I expect during a consultation?
The consultation will be relaxed and supportive. I aim to help you build confidence and overcome any difficulties so you can go on to have an enjoyable breastfeeding relationship.
An antenatal consultation will include:
• Discussing any previous breastfeeding experience or problems
• Discussing any particular concerns or worries you may have
• Discussing how to optimise the early breastfeeding experience
• Developing a feeding plan to help you feel more prepared and confident in the early days.
The initial postnatal consultation will include:
• Taking a full breastfeeding history.
• Discussing any concerns you are having.
• Observation of your baby and a full breastfeeding assessment
• Developing an evidence based plan, specific to your individual needs and circumstance, to help you achieve your feeding goals.
• Answers to any questions you may have during the consultation as they arise.
• Written notes on the consultation.
• A follow-up email with links for helpful information if relevant.
• Telephone or e-mail contact to support your progress.
What should I have available during my consultation? Extra equipment?
Nothing extra is required as I will try to find the best ways to support your breastfeeding within your usual environment, however, if you have it available it's useful to have your baby’s health record (red book). That said don't forget:
Any questions you might have (write them down if you prefer)
Any breastfeeding aids you are using (nipple shield, breastfeeding pillow etc.)
Clothing in which it is easy and comfortable for you to breastfeed
Is there an age limit for the babies you will see?
The demand for my specialist knowledge and experience is predominantly focused on newborns and babies up to six months of age. However, I am happy upon request to offer advice to mothers of older babies.
What if I can't make my appointment?
Please inform me as soon as possible if you can't make your appointment as another mother may benefit from taking your time slot. A cancellation fee may be levied if less than twenty-four hours notice is given. See Terms & Conditions of service.
What do I do if further questions arise following my consultation?
If it is a simple query then perhaps I can answer by a telephone call or an email or you are welcome to book a follow up appointment.