Mothers to IBCLCs
Here at Lactation Cymru we have 2 IBCLCs!
It all started in 2011, with the birth of Karen's third child. After some difficulties she decided to become a breastfeeding peer counsellor with her local health trust. She then started volunteering at her local support group - in Llangefni supporting many parents who came to visit every fortnight. One of those mums, was Amy. Having difficulty with feeding her first child in 2012, she went to Llangefni for support. Karen was that support. As time went on, and several visits later Amy decided to also become a peer supporter a year after Karen and then helped to restart and run the support group in Holyhead.
Following this, over the next few years the support groups on Anglesey kept going, with extension into Bangor and the shift to being part of the ABM family too.
Amy and Karen both became mother supporters with the ABM, then progressing to their breastfeeding counsellor course - Karen doing this in almost record breaking speedy time and Amy almost record breaking slow time! (Had a few babies in that time!)
We both spend a lot of time volunteering locally and nationally in breastfeeding education and are passionate about ensuring as many families as possible are supported. We have supported about 600 families on the National Breastfeeding Helpline and spent thousands of hours supporting in person.
Volunteering is at the core of what we do and we are dedicated to providing support and education as much as we can.
In 2019 we made the decision to push to that gold standard qualification - International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Many hours of virtual meetings happened where we would study and research. After a little coronavirus blip (ok, major covid blip!) we both sat the exam in September 2020. A stressful experience in itself! We found out just before Christmas that year that we passed! Yay! So then on 1/1/2021 Lactation Cymru was launched!
Onward and upward, and to help many, many more families!
Some of our extra trainings to date include: (we complete regular new and training updates and this is by no means an exhaustive list)
Colic, Allergies and Infant Reflux (OCN level 3)
Tongue Tie (OCN level 3)
Gentle Sleep Education (OCN level 4)
Mindful Breastfeeding practitioner course
Birth Trauma 3 step ReWind practitioner course
Natural Breastfeeding Course(and provider)
LLL seminar, safe sleep
Queer Birth Club: LGBT+ competency workshop
as well as regular conferences such as, Association of Breastfeeeding Mothers (ABM), Breastfeeding Network (BfN), Lactation Consultants of Great Britain (LCGB), La Leche League (LLL), iLactation, GOLD etc
Karen is an IBCLC, Certified Breastfeeding Specialist, Association of Breastfeeding Mothers (ABM) Counsellor and Coordinator, Breastfeeding Network (BfN) telephone peer supporter, National Breastfeeding Helpline (NBH) Volunteer, Birth trauma ReWind Practitioner, Mindful Breastfeeding Practitioner, Mother to 4 and has a teaching background.
Karen has been supporting parents and babies in the community since 2011! She is Anglesey born and bred so is our resident Welsh speaker, and does most of the Social Media Stuff!
Amy is an IBCLC, Certified Breastfeeding Specialist, Natural Breastfeeding Program provider, ABM Counsellor, Marker and Mentor and NBH helpline volunteer. She has an M.Sc in Clinical Psychology from University of Wales, Bangor and is mother to 6 children who are Home Educated. She has been peer supporting in the community since 2012!
We like to think of ourselves as quite approachable ladies, so feel free to have a chat with us!