All our specialist practitioners hold their own insurance, have an Enhanced DBS Certificate
& have received the Covid-19 vaccine.
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 (she/her) | IBCLC Lactation Consultant, 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 Gentle Sleep Consultant. With a 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 in 2001 and has worked in the NHS since the age of 18. She continues to work as a specialist midwife in Tongue-tie at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital 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 bottle feeding.
Luisa was previously the Infant Feeding Lead at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and has many years of experience supporting parents with both breast and bottle feeding.
Outside of her private practice Luisa continues to work within the NHS as a specialist Midwife and Tongue-tie Practitioner. Luisa runs NHS clinics every week to see babies that are referred to the service with suspected restriction of their tongue causing feeding issues. Her role also involves 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.
‘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) | Breastfeeding Specialist, NICU Nurse, BSc (Hons)
Chloe Langford is a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse, Certified Breastfeeding Specialist 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 has completed training to becoming a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist and is sitting her IBCLC exam this year.
‘I want to support any new family with their feeding and bonding goals with their babies.’
Lucy Lowe (she/her) |Breastfeeding Specialist, BA (Hons)
Lucy Lowe is a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist 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.
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 with the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers as a Mother Supporter, and subsequently trained with the National Childbirth Trust and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) to become a Volunteer Breastfeeding Peer Supporter within the Maternity Unit at the NNUH. Lucy worked in this voluntary role, supporting families in antenatally, and postnatally, and within Restrictive Lingual Frenulum (RLF) clinic, for four years, before becoming an employee of the NNUH as a Maternity Care Assistant within the Infant Feeding Team. She has worked there for three years, supporting families with all aspects of breast and bottle feeding, including assessing for tongue ties and supporting families to overcome various feeding challenges. 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 the Unicef Baby Friendly Initiative course and refresher course, the NNUH RLF study day and NNUH Infant Feeding Keyworker training. Most recently she has completed a 90 hour, lactation specific training course, enabling her to become a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist. She is preparing to sit the IBCLE exam this year.
Lucy is passionate about supporting families to achieve their feeding goals in an empathic way, helping them to feel encouraged and empowered, and has a special interest in Maternal Mental Health.
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.
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.
Kaya Thorpe (she/her) | Breastfeeding Specialist,
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 has recently sat her IBLCE exam to become an 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.’
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.