Carol Smyth IBCLC
I am an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) in private practice as well as a La Leche League Leader.
My passion for breastfeeding began when my first son was born. I have been lucky to mother both my boys through breastfeeding and they have shaped my attitude and approach to supporting other mothers.
I believe that breastfeeding is more than a way to feed your baby. It helps us to parent, it can give a woman confidence in her body, it can help to heal from a difficult journey to parenthood, fertility or birthing trauma. It helps to grow and nurture our babies in a way that nothing else can. I believe that every mother and baby deserve to breastfeed and to be breastfed. I also know that every mother's experiences are different and goals around may be different. I wish to empower mothers to reach their goals in breastfeeding - no one else's.
I have BSc Hons in Psychology, and a MSc in Computer Science and worked in the corporate world of IT Service Management before entering breastfeeding support. As strange a combination as these might sound I feel they give me a unique approach. Psychology helps me to counsel and approach difficult issues with breastfeeding families, and my IT background gives me a strong experience of problem solving.
My goal is to support breastfeeding in a holistic way. I have a special interest in Reflux, Colic & Tongue Tie in relation to breastfeeding and also in Fertility issues while breastfeeding, but overall my interest is in helping all women and babies to enjoy an easy, loving and beautfiul breastfeeding for how ever long works for them.
I look forward to meeting you,