Polly Smith, IBCLC (she/her)

I strongly believe that you know your baby best and know what will be right for your family
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About Me

I always knew breastfeeding was important to me, but I was poorly prepared and struggled with breastfeeding at the start.

I had twins born at 36 weeks and was in hospital for the first 7 days of their life, trying so hard and feeling like everything was going wrong.  In the middle of this chaos and all the tears, I had a sudden moment of clarity and determination – then and there, I made a commitment to myself that I would do everything I could to prevent other new mothers struggling the way I had.

I was lent The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by a friend and found myself reading bits of it at 2am whilst trying to figure out how to make breastfeeding go more smoothly.  The words resonated with me.  I called the La Leche League helpline whilst still in the hospital and found the person I spoke to was reassuring and confident in my abilities.  What a huge relief this was!  Months later, I attended my local LLL meetings and became an LLL Leader.

After several years of breastfeeding counselling, I began training to become an IBCLC.  After completing 14 health sciences, 90 hours of lactation training and 1,000 hours of breastfeeding support, followed by a 4-hour exam, I qualified as an IBCLC in December 2020.

As a parent, I quickly discovered attachment parenting methods felt right for our family.  We also made the decision to home educate, which brings me a lot of joy.  My approach to life is gentle, accepting and respectful.  I will listen to you and support you and I understand what it is like to struggle, to have sleepless nights and to need that person by your side encouraging you.

Services

Holistic, Child Focused Support

Consultation

£75 approximately 1-2hrs

This is for anyone who needs a 1:1 session to help with challenging or complex breastfeeding situations.  It is also helpful for someone who would like to receive specialist 1:1 breastfeeding support.  It includes a clinical assessment of how breastfeeding is going and a write up which may include suggestions and a plan for going forward.

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Preparing to breastfeed session

£50 approximately 1-1.5hrs

This comprehensive session will give you a chance to learn about how your body prepares for breastfeeding, how your baby may behave in the early days, positioning and attachment, how to troubleshoot common problems, follow up links to videos and information you can watch/read in preparation for baby’s arrival, how partners/support people can help.

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Breastfeeding debrief

£50 approximately 1hr

This is a space just for you, to talk about your previous breastfeeding experience/s.  I will listen, without judgement, giving you time to be heard and help process your feelings.  You may feel being heard is enough.  If you need me to write anything up to send to you in an email, I can also do this.

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Phone call

£40 approximately half an hour

This is useful if you have a question or a breastfeeding issue that may be quickly resolved with the right information.  You will receive a summary of our conversation if you need this.

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Follow up Consultation

£50 approximately 1 hour

This is for clients who have already had a full consultation, but need a follow up, or if a new situation has arisen.  You will receive a write up of any suggestions made and/or a plan if required.

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Full Breastfeeding Package

£250 approximately 4-6 hours

This can include a breastfeeding debrief (if needed), an antenatal breastfeeding session, a full consultation once baby arrives, a follow-up consultation if needed (within the first 2 weeks), plus 2 weeks of ongoing support via text, what’s app, email—whichever is preferred. Alternatively, we can create a package to suit your needs, so please contact me to discuss your options.

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