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
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, Certified Infant Massage Instructor.
Founder of Suffolk Breastfeeding
I've been working with mums and babies for almost 10 years, and as a breastfeeding mama myself, I know how important it is to have the right support early on in your breastfeeding journey - to make your journey into motherhood as smooth and enjoyable as possible! As a breastfeeding mother myself, and one who didn't have a simple breastfeeding journey thanks to a very restrictive tongue tie - I've been where you are - and was able to continue to breastfeed because I had the knowledge, and skilled support to work through the challenges we faced.
Suffolk Breastfeeding was formed to provide mums of Suffolk & Essex with access to breastfeeding support. I believe all mums can succeed at breastfeeding with the right education and support and this is what I endeavour to provide.
Breastfeeding has always been a passion of mine. It pains me to hear stories of mothers who 'couldn't' breastfeed, or gave up 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.
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!
Student Lactation Consultant
Student Lactation Consultant
Like many mothers I will describe my three children to be unique to each other, as the saying goes “all babies are different”. My first was a brilliant sleeper and slept for 12 hours a night from three months old. However, he was only breastfed for two weeks due to a severe tongue tie that was not detected straight away. After a rollercoaster of emotions, I chose to stop breastfeeding after being advised to do so by a health care professional. My second child, which at the time thought would be my last was the opposite- an awful sleeper, full of wind and colic, screamed from 5pm until 11pm and would only sleep
on my chest. Yet despite a rocky start in terms of breastfeeding that included the diagnosis of a tongue tie and an early division I managed to feed her for eight months, this was not without its challenges but I enjoyed breastfeeding and was glad I stuck with it.
The final piece to our family’s puzzle was my little surprise…number three. He seemed to fit like a glove and slotted into our wonderful, loving albeit at times chaotic household! Finally, a baby that fed like a dream, he put on weight at a rapid rate and overall was a really happy and content baby. I fed him for ten months and at times wish I had carried on for longer, I had discovered something that I felt empowered me as a woman and I wanted to spread the word.
After three polar opposite experiences with my own children and the differing support I got from health professionals, some of which I felt really disappointed with, I felt a need to explore this path and find a way to help and assist breastfeeding mothers.
I am currently completing my training, which involves mentorship with a number of different lactation consultants and working towards sitting my qualifying exams.