Sian Aldis | 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 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.
Sian has a First Class Honours Degree in Integrated Health and Social Care, a Foundation Degree with Distinction in Health Studies, a Higher Level Apprenticeship in Health and is a qualified Assistant Practitioner.
Having trained as a Mindful Breastfeeding Practitioner, Sian use 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 is also insured as a Maternity Nurse/Nanny, providing additional practical support to families and enabling parents to get some rest and relaxation.
Sian has experienced various difficulties breastfeeding her own four children, including requiring NICU care, tongue-tie division and having difficulties latching, experiencing first hand the need for parents to be able to access skilled breastfeeding support.
Originally trained as a volunteer with The Breastfeeding Network, she has since completed further training with UNICEF, the University of East Anglia (UEA), City College Norwich, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH), BabyEm and the Holistic Sleep Training Programme. 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 also offers her services voluntarily as a Breastfeeding Counsellor with the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers via the National Breastfeeding Helpline (0300 100 0212) and at No Milk Like Mama’s® voluntary Breastfeeding Support Cafe.
Prior to having children, Sian worked in the legal profession and studied to become a Legal Executive. She was also a Registered Childminder before furthering her education in health and lactation.
Sian regularly undertakes ongoing training and education and this is a requirement of certification as an IBCLC to keep up to date with new research and evidence based practice.
Sian’s goal is to make good quality Breastfeeding and Gentle Sleep Support 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 | 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 | Breastfeeding Practitioner & NICU Nurse
Chloe Langford is a neonatal intensive care nurse 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. She is currently studying towards her IBCLC exam which she plans to sit early next year.
‘I want to support any new family with their feeding and bonding goals with their babies.’
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.
Please note that there are many people giving breastfeeding advice as a ‘Lactation Consultant” or “Breastfeeding Specialist” who do not have this high standard of training or regulation. When looking for quality breastfeeding support always make sure that they are an IBCLC and their license is still valid at the IBLCE registry.
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