Our team

No Milk Like Mama’s Support is provided worldwide online and via in-home consultation by a team of Specialist Practitioners based in Norfolk & Suffolk, UK. 

We support our clients with compassion and expertise, with the the latest evidence based information. We pride ourselves on delivering a professional, yet approachable service. Providing you with the highest quality of care, with consistent positive feedback and outcomes for our clients. 

All our specialist practitioners hold their own insurance and have an Enhanced DBS Certificate.
We have regular supervision & ongoing training with experts in both infant feeding & sleep
to ensure our knowledge base & practice is of the highest standard.

Sian Aldis

Founder of no milk like mama's

IBCLC Lactation Consultant
Holistic Sleep Coach
Mindful Breastfeeding Practitioner

Luisa Lyons

IBCLC Lactation Consultant
Registered Midwife
Tongue-tie Practitioner

Chloe Langford

IBCLC Lactation Consultant
Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse

Lucy Lowe

IBCLC Lactation Consultant

Jo Naylor

Breastfeeding Specialist
Registered Midwife

Kaya Thorpe

IBCLC Lactation Consultant
Mindful Breastfeeding Practitioner

Jenny Clark

IBCLC Lactation Consultant
Registered Midwife

Zainab Yate

Breastfeeding Aversion Specialist

Sharon Hurrell

Maternity Support Practitioner

Kristen Allen

Maternity Support Practitioner

Sian Aldis (she/her) | IBCLC Lactation Consultant & Holistic Sleep Coach | BA(Hons), FdSc

Sian Aldis is the founder of No Milk Like Mama’s® and has a passion for good quality, consistent and evidence based support for families. 

Sian is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), the highest international qualification in infant feeding. Sian is also a qualified Mindful Breastfeeding Practitioner and Holistic Sleep Coach. With a First Class Honours Degree in Integrated Health & Social Care she is focused on family centred care, providing an holistic approach to the support she offers. 

Having trained as a Mindful Breastfeeding Practitioner, Sian uses mindfulness tools with both antenatal and postnatal Clients.

Sian has completed two Advanced Level Open College Network (OCN) accredited gentle sleep courses and provides Gentle Sleep Support to families, offering information on nurturing alternatives to Cry-It-Out and similar sleep training methods.

Sian worked for several years as a Breastfeeding Practitioner within an award winning NHS Breastfeeding Team in Waveney and Great Yarmouth, gaining experience in a wide range of breastfeeding concerns. Following the dissolution of this NHS service, Sian founded No Milk Like Mama’s® to provide breastfeeding support that is available and accessible to all families.

Sian lives in Norfolk with her husband who is a local farmer, their four children and a menagerie of animals.

‘I love my work and it is a privilege to support families at such an important time in their lives.’

Luisa Lyons (she/her) | IBCLC Lactation Consultant, RM, BSc (Hons)

Luisa Lyons is an experienced midwife, qualifying from Leeds in 2001 with First Class Honours. She has worked in the NHS since the age of 18. Luisa works part-time as a research midwife and is also a Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), qualifying in 2006. Luisa joined No Milk Like Mama’s® in 2019 to offer her services to more families.  Luisa supports parents to be able to breastfeed their babies and also parents who require support with combination and bottle feeding.

Luisa was previously the Infant Feeding Lead Midwife and Tongue-tie Practitioner at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and has many years of experience supporting parents with both breast and bottle feeding.  Her roles also involved working with GPs and delivering training to practitioners. 

As a mother of two, Luisa knows what it is like to feel overwhelmed and vulnerable after having a baby. Her youngest son spent a week in NICU after birth following a hypoxic brain injury at birth. This experience enhanced her understanding of establishing lactation in the NICU, the use of donor human milk and the impact of birth trauma on breastfeeding.

‘It is such an intense time for both parents, especially when feeding is difficult. I love being able to be there for parents and to support them to feed their babies and ultimately make a difficult time a bit better for them’.

Chloe Langford (she/her) | IBCLC Lactation Consultant , NICU Nurse, BSc (Hons)

Chloe Langford is a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse, IBCLC Lactation Consultant and mum of two. 

Chloe’s breastfeeding support journey started after the birth of her first child in 2011. As a young mum who was very keen to breastfeed, her daughter encountered several difficulties and she struggled to get the right support. This experience led her to want to help others in this situation. Chloe started to volunteer at her local breastfeeding cafe in Dereham where she completed her ABM peer support training. 

Chloe graduated as a nurse from UEA with a first class honours degree in 2017 and was offered her dream job of Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse, where she continues to work now. 

Working on the NICU reignited her passion for supporting infant feeding. During her career Chloe has supported hundreds of families to initiate both breast and bottle feeding and now works as part of the specialist infant feeding team on the unit. As part of this role she has also undergone further training to identify tongue tie.

Chloe’s son was born in 2018 and was under NICU care. Chloe learnt first hand what it was like as an overwhelmed mother of a poorly baby. 

Chloe has experience of supporting many parents with feeding concerns including expressing, tongue tie, mastitis, nipple shields and food allergies. Chloe joined No Milk Like Mama’s® in 2020 offering support to new parents. Chloe completed training to becoming a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist and qualified as an IBCLC Lactation Consultant in 2021.

‘I want to support any new family with their feeding and bonding goals with their babies.’ 

Lucy Lowe (she/her) | IBCLC Lactation Consultant, BA (Hons)

Lucy Lowe is a IBCLC Lactation Consultant and joined the No Milk Like Mama’s volunteer team in 2018 and began offering private support in 2021 following her qualification as an Certified Breastfeeding Specialist and IBCLC Lactation Consultant.

Lucy became a parent in 2009 and has been passionate about breastfeeding ever since. Before becoming a parent, Lucy gained a First Class Honours Degree in Applied Psychology (BA) and subsequently worked for 12 years in Mental Health and Substance Misuse services.

After the birth of her second son she trained to become a volunteer Breastfeeding Peer Supporter, volunteering on an NHS Maternity Unit. Lucy worked in this voluntary role, supporting families antenatally and postnatally, and within a Restrictive Lingual Frenulum (RLF) clinic for four years before becoming an Infant Feeding Practitioner within the NHS. Maternity Care Assistant within the Infant Feeding Team. 

Lucy has experience of supporting families with all aspects of breast and bottle feeding, including oral assessments and supporting families to overcome various feeding challenges such a neonatal weight loss. 

Lucy has been part of the No Milk Like Mama’s volunteer team since 2018, supporting the running of the Breastfeeding Support Cafe, run twice a month in Hethersett.

Lucy has completed a 90 hour, lactation specific training course, enabling her to become a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist. Following on from this she passed the IBCLE exam in 2021, becoming a International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).

Lucy is passionate about supporting families to achieve their unique feeding goals, helping them to feel encouraged and empowered, and has a special interest in maternal Mental Health and breastfeeding the early postnatal days. 

 

Jo Naylor (she/her) | Breastfeeding Specialist, Registered Midwife, BA (Hons)

Jo Naylor is a midwife with over 20 years experience as a feeding specialist both within the NHS and the voluntary sector, giving families support and guidance from pregnancy onwards.  While feeding newborn babies tends to be when the most support is needed, mothers will often have questions throughout their feeding journey, including guidance on starting solids through to support with weaning.

At the centre of her practice are the mother and baby. Jo works with parents, listening, giving them time and sharing her knowledge and expertise so they feel empowered and supported to make their own decisions however they choose to feed their baby.

Jo is mum to 3 wonderful grown up daughters and has 2 grandchildren. Her two unruly and very loveable Border Terriers keep her company at home.

Kaya Thorpe (she/her) | IBCLC Lactation Consultant & Mindful Breastfeeding Practitioner

Kaya started as a peer supporter within the NHS in 2014 and supported at both community cafes and the local maternity ward.  Kaya joined the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers in 2018, starting as a Mother Supporter and qualifying as a Breastfeeding Counsellor in December 2019. She has volunteered on the National Breastfeeding Helpline since December 2019 and joined the Breastfeeding Network callback team in April 2020. 

In July 2020 Kaya qualified as a Mindful Breastfeeding Practitioner. Kaya’s experience includes using these skills to work with families where breastfeeding may be causing mental health issues or where families may have had a previously traumatic journey, offering mindfulness techniques and a chance to debrief. 

Kaya’s specialist areas include cleft lip and palate and allergies. Kaya also has experience working with families whose babies are struggling to latch, those aiming to reduce top up feeds, relactation and supporting pre and post tongue tie.

Kaya is a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist and IBCLC Lactation Consultant. Kaya’s continues to take further training, including the Babyem courses in Tongue-tie and Perinatal Mental health and Birth Trauma. 

‘I love supporting families across their journeys from birth to the end and enabling families to reach their breastfeeding goals.’

Jenny Clark (she/her) | IBCLC Lactation Consultant & Registered Midwife

Jenny is an experienced midwife, getting a 1st class honours degree at Kings college in London in 2014. For 3 years Jenny worked in a busy central London hospital undertaking further training in maternity high dependency giving her experience working with families who have complex medical needs. 

For the last 5 years Jenny has been a community midwife covering both Norfolk and Suffolk gaining experience working with both breast and bottle feeding families. During this time she has undertaken her 90 hours lactation education and volunteered alongside her midwifery role in order to gain further experience. Jenny qualified as a IBCLC in 2020 and has since used her training in both her NHS and voluntary role. 

Jenny is currently training as a tongue tie practitioner with the University of Wolverhampton and hopes to qualify to perform frenulotomies in March 2022.

Jenny has supported families in relactation, tongue tie, getting babies back to the breast as well as those that have hypoplasia and using an at breast supplementer. 

Jenny is the mother of two daughters and has personally experienced having a baby in NICU, tongue tie, weight loss, jaundice, finger feeding and using a supplementer at the breast as well as tandem feeding. 

‘It can be such an overwhelming and difficult journey, supporting families through this is so so important.’

Zainab Yate (she/her) | Breastfeeding Aversion Specialist, BSc, Msc

Zainab BSc, MSc (Medical Ethics & Law, Imperial College London, UK) was a breastfeeding peer supporter with the NHS for a number of years and is the owner of the only resource site for mothers and healthcare practitioners on aversion ( www.breastfeedingaversion.com), where she researches and writes about aversion and why it arises.

Zainab has helped thousands of women and families when breastfeeding triggers negative emotions, both Aversion and Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex, through her free structured support course and peer-to-peer support group online. The 4 – part support course has been accessed by thousands of parents and healthcare practitioners and is found on her resource site and is complimented with her peer-to-peer support group which offers a mentoring programme for struggling mothers.

Zainab Yate is a biomedical ethicist, independent researcher and campaigner. She published the first peer-reviewed study looking specifically at breastfeeding/nursing aversion and agitation in 2017. Zainab is the leading international specialist in Aversion and has published the only book on the topic with specialist publishers Pinter & Martin, London.

With a working background in public health and commissioning within the National 
Health Service (NHS), where she managed 6 services within a London Borough.  Zainab is currently vice-chair and named qualitative lead of the North London Research Ethics Committee, with the Health Research Authority (HRA) in the UK. Zainab is also a member of the King’s College London Research Ethics, Governance Policy & Integrity Committee (KCL). In both roles, Zainab is a breastfeeding advocate and infant feeding research ethics expert for the committees.

Sharon Hurrell (she/her) | Maternity Support Practitioner

Sharon is an experienced practitioner, having previously worked in the Kings Lynn Maternity unit and now working as a Maternity Care Worker at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. She has a passion for breastfeeding but also empowering new mums on their journey into motherhood.

Sharon has also worked in a voluntary role for HomeStart Norfolk gaining experience in supporting families with various aspects of their early years experience. 

Sharon completed the UNICEF breastfeeding course in 2014, followed by regular refreshers. She then joined the Infant Feeding Team at the NNUH, giving a high standard of support to women during those early days in hospital, offering both specialist feeding support but also a friendly face and a listening ear.

During this time Sharon has completed the NNUH RLF (Tongue-tie) study day and the NNUH Keyworker Training.

Sharon is a mother to 4 children and granny to 2 young grandsons.

‘I feel very passionate about empowering families in achieving their goals by encouraging and supporting in a completely non judgmental manner.’

Kristen Allen (she/her) | Maternity Support Practitioner

Kristen trained as a breastfeeding peer support at NNUH, volunteering on the postnatal ward, the NICU and in the RLF (Tongue-tie) clinic. Kristen began working as a maternity care assistant in January 2018 and a year later was invited to become part of the Infant Feeding Team. She has a passion for supporting parents to achieve their feeding goals. 
 
Over the years, Kristen has supported many families as they start their journey into parenthood.
 
Kristen is originally from the States, but moved to England to marry her husband and now lives with her husband and their 4 children in Norwich. She studied creative wrirting at university and is a published poet!
 

‘I feel so honoured to share the first moments of a baby’s life with the parents. The awe as parents meet their little one for the first time. The laughs at the first dirty nappy. The tears when it’s all too overwhelming and amazing at the same time. I truly relish it all!’

 

What is an IBCLC Lactation Consultant?

An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is the highest level of breastfeeding support available and is an international qualification. An IBCLC has very specific training to offer this standard of support.

IBCLCs are either registered Health Professionals or have studied 14 health science related subjects before applying for the exam. They are required to also complete 90 hours of lactation specific training and 1000 hours of clinical practice before being eligable to apply for the exam. The 4 hour IBCLE exam can then be applied for. This is a Master’s level qualification. 

Once qualified IBCLCs are required to keep up to date with current research by completing ongoing training. They resubmit for their IBCLC certificate every 5 years with proof of attending 75 hours of training. 

IBCLCs can support you with more complicated issues such as faltering growth, tongue tie assessment, breastfeeding problems, reflux, a non latching baby, as well as more straightforward breastfeeding support.

IBCLCs are also obliged to work according to the IBLCE Code of Professional Conduct and carry full professional insurance.