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
Midwife, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Gentle Sleep Coach &
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 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!

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