Breasteeding London Café

Our Breastfeeding London Café is a drop-in run by IBCLCs, providing excellence in support and continuity of care. It is held in a welcoming café style environment with refreshments and snacks and is accessible to all mothers needing support with breastfeeding in the Wimbledon/Merton community.

Breastfeeding mothers attend as they might have issues with positioning and attachment, sore nipples, their babies cannot latch and milk supply concerns. Women also attend for a variety of other breastfeeding concerns including tongue tie (we provide a full intraoral examination to assess tongue function), thrush, mastitis and help with weaning or returning to work.

You can meet other breastfeeding mothers in a friendly environment, share experiences; while looking at books and leaflets over a cup of tea. Our aim is to provide evidence-based breastfeeding information so mothers can make informed decisions about their feeding preferences.

We believe the highest quality of breastfeeding support should be affordable and available to everyone.  For this reason, we run a low-cost breastfeeding clinic as part of our commitment to support our local community. 

Every Tuesday from 10.00-12.00 by appointment only (starting in January 2019).

1-hour first appointment: £20

30-minutes follow up an appointment: £10

Why choose IBCLCs?

Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) are health professionals that have many years of breastfeeding support experience, with a background in either midwifery, breastfeeding counselling, medicine or health visiting.

IBCLCs are experts in breastfeeding and skilled in supporting parents with common and complex breastfeeding problems. They are registered and regulated by The International Board of Lactation Consultants Examiners.

Unfortunately, there are many people who call themselves "Breastfeeding Certified Specialists/Breastfeeding Consultants/Babyfeeding  Specialists" without holding any valid credentials. Breastfeeding counsellors have substantial breastfeeding training and must belong to an accredited organisation. However, Lactation Consultants have the most extensive, evidence-based, and up-to-date knowledge. Always look for the IBCLC mark of excellence!  For more information, please see Who’s Who in Breastfeeding Support and Lactation in the UK.  Watch this video that explains the role of IBCLCs here 

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What's an IBCLC?

Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) are health professionals that have many years of breastfeeding support experience, with a background in either midwifery, breastfeeding counselling, medicine or health visiting.

IBCLCs have successfully completed a 6 hour written examination at degree level and a substantial amount of breastfeeding counselling work during their training.

The exam includes all aspects of breastfeeding:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Biochemistry
  • Nutrition
  • Immunology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Drugs in breast milk
  • Allergies and breastfeeding
  • Research
  • Ethics

Lactation Consultants are experts in breastfeeding and skilled in supporting parents with breastfeeding problems. They are registered and regulated by The International Board of Lactation Consultants Examiners.

Unfortunately, there are many people who call themselves "Breastfeeding Experts / Specialists" without holding any valid credentials. Breastfeeding counsellors have substantial breastfeeding training and must belong to an accredited organisation. However, Lactation Consultants have the most extensive, evidence-based, and up-to-date knowledge. Always look for the IBCLC mark of excellence!

For more information, please see Who’s Who in Breastfeeding Support and Lactation in the UK