The Milk Hub is run by Libby (pronouns she/her) and is a safe and inclusive space for parents to access support throughout their parenting journey. The services offered include a variety of free and paid for support and classes. This includes antenatal infant feeding preparation, as well as postnatal feeding support, with mindfulness techniques underpinning practical evidence based information.
Libby also offers mindfulness debrief services for parents who may have had a difficult feeding journey. She is a 3 Step Rewind Practitioner offering support for parents experiencing birth or feeding trauma.
All support and classes are currently offered virtually due to the pandemic.
A little about Libby...
Having my daughter in 2017 made me realise how desperately more breastfeeding support is needed.
I was comparatively lucky, I had the resources to be able to undertake a variety of antenatal courses and build my village of experienced ‘breastfeeders’ so I had lots of people to ask questions of. However, as I met more and more new mums, I found I was clearly in the minority. There was a huge gap in breastfeeding knowledge and evidence based information and support for new mums generally. So many mums that I encountered hadn’t achieved the feeding relationship they wanted due to lack of accurate information and inadequate support. My passion for supporting parents on their feeding journeys was born.
Since then, I have undertaken a variety of training courses in breastfeeding/chestfeeding support for my voluntary feeding support roles. Working closely with families to help them achieve their feeding goals has been a huge privilege. Through this work I have witnessed families experiencing a lot of anxiety and stress, especially in the current situation. This is of course entirely understandable, aren’t we all feeling anxious at the moment?! These experiences left me wanting more tools in my breastfeeding supporter toolbox however, how could I better support these families?
My solution was to train as a Mindful Breastfeeding & a 3 Step Rewind Practitioner...
I completed my Mindful Breastfeeding Practitioner training with the Mindful Breastfeeding School. The course which is written and led by Anna Le Grange (IBCLC) has equipped me with tools to support parents both antenatally and postnatally with techniques to support their emotional wellbeing, as well as practical breastfeeding support. This includes working with parents to de-brief a previous feeding journey if required too. The power of mindfulness in terms of breastfeeding/chestfeeding outcomes has blown me away.
Through supporting families on their feeding journeys, I have really seen the impact of birth or feeding trauma. This has led me to train as a 3 Step Rewind Practitioner with Mark Harris (Birthing4Blokes) with his Birthing Awareness 3 Step Rewind course. 3 Step Rewind is a process which you are guided through which aims to unhook an experience which you label as traumatic from our in-build alarm system. This process works to ease emotional & physiological responses when thinking of a particular experience. The process can work with any experience, but is commonly used for parents who have had difficult birth or feeding experiences.
LGBT+ Competency in Birth and Beyond
Trained by The Queer Birth Club
In August 2020 I attended the LGBT+ Competency in Birth and Beyond Workshop, run by The Queer Birth Club. The workshop supports those who in turn support families, to offer a more inclusive approach to their care for LGBT+ families.
I am happy to support all families within my remit, and pleased to offer discounted options for support for all families who feel they need it and identify as part of the LGBT+ community.
Please contact me today if you’d like to chat any further.