We all know about the importance of breastfeeding, we know 'breast is best' and that it is the biological norm. But statistics show, that the breastfeeding rate in the UK is one of the lowest in the world. The numbers of breastfeedig mothers at 3 months and 6 months after birth are slowly rising but there is still a lot of room for improvement. It seems that the postnatal care in the UK is rather sparse and breastfeeding support is rarely given. A lot of mums struggle on their own and eventually give up. Those first few weeks are not always easy and mums struggle with being a new parent, sometimes with older siblings, lack of sleep and sore breasts. Establishing breastfeeding can be a hurdle that needs to be overcome. I am convinced that with the right help, nearly every mother can breastfeed.
I would like to offer my hands-on support and my knowledge to mums in order to achieve their personal breastfeeding goals.
I am a Medical Doctor, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Tongue Tie Practitioner and a mother of four and I have been exclusively working with breastfeeding mothers and their babies for the last 6 years. In the UK it is not very common for a medical doctor to specialise in Breastfeeding Medicine but my medical background gives me a solid foundation for my day to day work.
I have seen both sides, I have been on the giving and the receiving end of breastfeeding support. I was lucky to have received great care and would like to give this opportunity to other mums, too. I was very lucky that breastfeeding wasn't an obstacle for me and I have breastfed my children for a duration between six months and nearly 3 years. Having the right support is the key for a good start to a breastfeeding journey! My aim is to combine my medical and breastfeeding knowledge with my personal experience. I aim to be there for the mothers that need support for as long as they need it. I like to build a personal relationship with each of my clients that is based on trust. The time I am being called to help is usually a very difficult one for mums as they have just given birth, they are tired, often sore and desperate to get breastfeeding right. I am there to help my clients through this difficult patch and usually there is a light at the end of the tunnel!
I am registered with the GMC and licenced to practice. I am fully trained and insured to perform Tongue Tie Divisions and insured for my work with breastfeeding women.
I am a full member of the Association for Tongue Tie Practitioners and The Independent Doctors Federation.
I will see my patients at Centennial Medical Care, Elstree, or at EdgCare in Edgware for Tongue Tie Divisons and Lactation Support.
Dr. Sharon Silberstein, MD, IBCLC