At MAMA Kensington, we provide a variety of services to support breastfeeding mums. Our lactation consultants have
Drop-In Breastfeeding Clinic
From 4th of February, MAMA is hosting a Breastfeeding Drop in Clinic run by Lactation Consultants Sarah and Lynne. Every Tuesday from 10am to 12pm!
If you have any questions, would like to have a breastfeed observed, your baby weighed or if you just would like to meet some other mums and have a chat, you are very welcome to come along.
We can show how to feed in different positions, provide information about expressing, and help you with many other parenting and feeding issues.
Bookings not essential, but helpful so we know who to plan for. We also welcome last minute drop-ins so if you wake up in the morning and feel up for it, just come on over! No need to book or call, just come along with bubs and your green book!Book Now
For questions, please contact:
Sarah Thijs-Smit (IBCLC)
0423 052 144
Lynne Harland (RN, RM, IBCLC)
0425 689 344
To achieve your breastfeeding goals, good preparation is key. During pregnancy, you (usually) have more time and energy to educate yourself that after bub is born.
Did you know that most babies will breastfeed within an hour of being born? So the best time to learn about breastfeeding is during pregnancy.
Our lactation consultants can support you, provide up-to-date and evidence based information, teach you skills, and give you the motivation you need for a positive and successful breastfeeding experience.
They offer 1:1 appointments/education and group education.
The 1:1 appointments/education are at Kensington or your home and include: information, a breast inspection, creating a breastfeeding plan, teaching you how to express milk (after 36 weeks you can start do this at home) and answering all your questions. If you need help after birth, you have already established a connection with your lactation consultant and it’s easier to troubleshoot from there.
Normal appointment: 1 hour – $100
Private education: 2 hours – $200 (more background information is discussed)
Monthly Breastfeeding Workshop
Who should attend a breastfeeding class? ANYONE! Particularly if you are expecting your first baby or have had difficulty breastfeeding in the past.
MAMA runs a 2 hour workshop every month on a Monday night or Saturday morning.
Small groups, maximum of 3 breastfeeding couples.
Cost – $150
Our breastfeeding workshop covers the following topics:
- Benefits of breastfeeding;
- How breastfeeding works
- The first breastfeed
- Understanding milk supply
- Positioning and attachment
- What to expect from the breastfed baby
- Common challenges and trouble shooting and the role of support people.
When breastfeeding is established it’s usually easy, convenient and such a pleasure. However, it is not uncommon to encounter challenges. MAMA’s Lactation Consultants can help with the following:
- Attachment difficulties
- Clamping/biting nipples
- Sleepy baby
- Spilling/leaking milk at mouth
- Unsatiated at breast
- Insufficient weight gain
- Nipple/breast pain
- Blocked ducts / engorgement / mastitis
- Low supply
- Over supply / forceful let down
- Ineffective breast emptying
- Supplementing after feeds
- Discouragement with Breastfeeding, feelings of anxiety or depression
- Excessively long feeds
- Colic symptoms
- Refuses or struggles with bottle
- Breast preference
And much more!
Sometimes just reassurance and encouragement from a professional, along with some advice and a plan, can make such a difference.
A postnatal consult includes: taking a history, inspecting your breasts and nipples, inspecting baby’s mouth and observing a breastfeed. We will develop an individualised breastfeeding plan and can refer you to other health professionals if indicated. We offer follow ups via phone or email after each consultation.
For home visits, Fiona covers a radius of 15 minutes from Coburg and Sarah covers a radius of 15 minutes around Kensington or Yarraville. Additional travel costs apply for locations further than 15 minutes.
Postnatal home visit: 90 mins – $150
Postnatal visit at our Kensington or Hampton clinic: 75 mins – $120