Bachelor of Science (Midwifery)

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI) and member of the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM). 

OCN Level 4 Tongue Tie Assessment

OCN Level 4 Gentle Sleep Coaching

UNICEF Breastfeeding Train the Trainer Qualified 

Holistic Sleep Transformation Week - Online Lecture Series 2020

Member of Lactation Consultants of Great Britain. 

Alissa Pemberton
RM, IBCLC, CIMI
Midwife, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Gentle Sleep Coach &
Certified Infant Massage Instructor.
Founder of Suffolk Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding has always been a passion of mine. It pains me to hear stories of mothers who 'couldn't' breastfeed, or stopped before they were ready because it hurt too much. If only they had the right support and education - they may have been able to achieve their goal of breastfeeding. I aim to support mothers through my work as a lactation consultant to achieve their goals - whether it be fully breastfeeding, combination feeding or anything in between.

Following my midwifery training, and after developing a passion for supporting breastfeeding mums I began the process to qualify as an IBCLC. This involves theory courses, observation and 1000 hours of clinical practice prior to sitting for examination. IBCLC is the highest level credential for a health care professionals who specialise in the clinical management of breastfeeding. We are certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.

Being a lactation consultant is more than a career to me - breastfeeding & parenthood are areas I am deeply passionate about and experiencing these as a mum myself has only increased my resolve to ensure that all parents have access to compassionate, qualified support. 

I then went on to complete further study in Tongue Tie Assessment under one of the most well known and respected tongue tie practitioners in the area, and to expand into Gentle Sleep Coaching. 

In 2020 I had the pleasure of studying under Lyndsey Hookway (IBCLC and Holistic Sleep Coach) to expand my knowledge and understanding of infant and child sleep. Sleep and breastfeeding are so deeply intertwined, and there is no time in your life when you think (or talk!) about sleep more than as a new parent. As an IBCLC I feel uniquely able to provide sleep support which respects and supports your breastfeeding journey. 

I provide personalised, compassionate support to mothers throughout their breastfeeding journeys. Every mother and baby is different, and I will support you towards a positive breastfeeding journey!

As new parents you'll have contact with a variety of health professionals from midwives, to health visitors to GPs and more. Many of these professionals will discuss your feeding journey with you, and may provide suggestions or advice regarding this. 

It's important to remember when taking advice on your baby's feeding that not all professionals have equal (if any!) specific training in the management of breastfeeding. For some the advice may come from outdated evidence or limited 1-2 day basic breastfeeding courses. 

Although breastfeeding is natural, it can be quite complex and there is no one size fits all approach to issues such as low milk supply or slow weight gain. 

If you are unsure of the advice you've been given, or you don't feel comfortable with the plan which has been suggested by your health professional seek further support from a breastfeeding specialist like a lactation consultant. 

There are also trained breastfeeding counsellors within organisations like the Breastfeeding Network or Association of Breastfeeding Mothers which can provide useful information for you. 

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