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Katherine Fisher
Lactation Consultant

Katherine is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant with over 23 years’ experience in helping mums overcome breastfeeding difficulties and enjoy the experience. She is Tongue-Tie Practitioner in both NHS and Private Practice.

Achievements

Continuous registration as a International Board Certified Lactation Consultant for 18 years.
Lead Facilitator at Addiscombe Babycafe for 3 years, and Breastfeeding Advisor for Sure Start Broad Green for 6 years.
Team Leader of a Tongue Tie service in a London Hospital.

Specialities

I’m a Lactation Consultant with a special interest and competency in assisting with the following;

  • Diagnosis, assessment, and referral for division of various presentations of ankyloglossia (tongue-tie).
  • Complex feeding difficulties
  • Treatment of nipple trauma
  • Breast refusal
  • Transition to formula feeding
  • Baby weight gain issues
  • Maternal medical issues relating to breastfeeding
  • Supplemental feeding
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Breast feeding after breast surgery
  • Breastfeeding with breast Hypoplasia
  • Low milk supply
  • Breastfeeding babies with Down's Syndrome or other additional needs.

In her own words

Hi, my name is Katherine, I am also known as Katie.

I have over 20 years’ experience in helping thousands of mums to overcome breastfeeding difficulties and to enjoy the experience. I was a NCT Breastfeeding Counsellor for 20 years and have been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant for 18 years. I am here to help you learn how to have a happy and fulfilling breastfeeding experience with your own baby.

As a Lactation Consultant, I understand the difficulties that some mothers face when approaching breastfeeding, particularly I am aware of the amount of conflicting advice that is given to parents and how this creates a sense of confusion over the ‘right way’ of doing things. For many mothers, it does take time, practice and support to develop their breast feeding relationship.

I am not a prescriptive practitioner and consider myself to be someone who enables and facilitates good evidenced breastfeeding practice. I pride myself on listening to each individual mother's and her family’s needs and enabling you to feed your baby in the manner that best suits you.

My method are built from these experiences, and consequently many parents have told me that my method dispels myths and clarifies conflicting advice they have been given. You can read more about my method in the Problem Free Feed Download.

I have 11 years experience as Lactation Consultant in Private Practice and for the past 5 years in simultaneous NHS practice as the Team Leader of a Tongue Tie Clinic at a London Hospital. Over the years I have also built a reputation for having specialist competencies in helping women with particularly complex problems, in particular in those mothers with associated medical challenges.

As a mother myself, having breast fed all three of my children not without difficulty, I understand the need for you to have quick access to support at the time you need it. I am very responsive, I respond to all messages or phone calls the same day.

Tongue Tie release - Frenulotomy

I have appropriate training from two separate hospital Trusts and therefore have extended competency in tongue-tie release (also called frenulotomy) and am able to offer this procedure.

I have performed more than 3000 frenulotomies in both NHS and my own private practice without adverse incidence. I hold current Medical Malpractice Insurance underwritten by Lloyds for both Lactation Consultancy and Frenulotomy certificate number2012/0069745

For parents preferring a surgeon to undertake their baby's tongue tie release I run a private practice (Croydon Tongue-Tie Clinic) jointly with Mr Shailesh Patel, Consultant Paediatric Surgeon where we offer a joint Frenulotomy and Lactation Consultancy service. Our clinic runs on a Friday morning at East Croydon Medical centre a GP practice close to East Croydon British Rail Station.

The fee for frenulotomy with myself includes two follow up appointments, offering not only good value but also these appointments ensure that that the incidence of recurrence and the need for surgical revision is negligible, they also ensure that you and baby progress rapidly through your breast feeding difficulties. Fees structure on application, for both my practice and Croydon Tongue-Tie Clinic.

To read more about tongue-tie, including how it might affect breast feeding, the different types and how they are assessed and treated please see my Tongue-Tie Download.

For appointments and enquiries call me on my speak now number, all calls and messages will be answered the same day.

Clinical standards

I update my practice on a daily basis and continue to learn from the individual breastfeeding journeys of the many families I work with. I receive on-going clinical governance from my work in the NHS and my joint practice with a Consultant Paediatric Surgeon.

I am fully insured for both Frenulotomy and Lactation Consultancy and undertake a thorough audit of my practice on a monthly basis, using the feedback I receive to develop my practice and ensure I am delivering the very best care.

I am fully insured for Lactation Consultancy and hold a current enhanced CRB check.

What is a Lactation Consultant?

'A Lactation Consultant is a health care professional whose scope of practice is focused upon providing education and management to prevent and solve breastfeeding problems and to encourage a social environment that effectively supports the breastfeeding Mother/Infant dyad' ILCA 1993

A Certified Lactation Consultant has passed the fully credited examination set by The International Board of Lactation Consultants Examiners IBLCE. Periodic (5 yearly) re- certification is mandated by the IBLCE thus ensuring continuing competence and up to date information. Only successful candidates may use the title 'International Board Certified Lactation Consultant'.

My current continuous Certification is renewable at the end of October 2015 by re-examination.

I very much look forward to speaking with you and being able to help you overcome any breastfeeding difficulties you may be experiencing

Talk Now
0800 063 1532

From £15.00 for 10 mins

Arrange a consultation

If you would like a consultation, I'll be glad to help. You can make an appointment to talk by phone with me by calling

0800 063 1532

My colleague will arrange your call and take payment details.

Consultations can be booked for 10 min, 15 min, 30 min, 45 min and 60 min.

The 0800 063 1532 booking number is available from 8am to 1am, seven days a week.

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