Laura Evans

 

Birth, Breast & Bottle feeding Specialist

Laura has a wonderfully warm and empathetic approach, understanding all the challenges that you're facing and has a wealth of knowledge to be able to help.

About Me

I live in Chester, Cheshire with my husband and my three boys. Being the mother of three boys means we spend a lot of time outdoors!

 

I enjoy keeping fit and healthy by playing netball, practising yoga and walking our three Labradors! I enjoy organising parenting events in the community and volunteer for The National Childbirth Trust (NCT), signing up local businesses as breastfeeding friendly. 

As a mother I understand that babies don't come with a manual. Those early weeks can be especially challenging as you and your baby learn to navigate your way through your new life together. When I felt stressed or anxious that I was doing the best for my baby, someone once said to me 'just remember, you are the centre of the universe to a tiny human you made from scratch. You are kind of a big deal!' That gave me the confidence to trust my instincts and believe in myself.

Breastfeeding is such a wonderful gift... it calms, it nourishes and it builds relationships. If in doubt....offer the breast. 

Approach

I work with families holistically and will support you on your journey from pregnancy to parenthood. I am there for the whole family and will work in partnership with you to help you reach your breastfeeding goals. 

 

Breastfeeding may be natural, but it's a skill that you and your baby learn together and it can take some practice. With the right support you will achieve your goals.

 

The packages of support I provide include:

Antenatal package

  • The development of your unborn baby

  • Changes for you and your partner

  • Your health and wellbeing

  • Practical tips for preparing for birth

  • Infant feeding choices

  • Preparing to breastfeed (including twins and multiples)

  • Practical tips for caring for your baby

 

Postnatal package

 

  • Getting to know your baby

  • How do you know breastfeeding is going well?

  • Breastfeeding assessment and care planning

  • Breastfeeding challenges

  • Expressing and storage of breast milk

  • Breastfeeding and returning to work or study

  • Introducing solid food

  • Allergies and intolerances

  • Combination feeding

  • Formula feeding (including responsive bottle feeding)

  • Common feeding issues such as reflux, wind and colic.

  • Weaning gently from the breast

 

As every family is unique, the support I provide will be tailored to you and your family. To prepare for our sessions please have your child's red book available.

 

Assessments will be completed together and care plans will be reviewed to ensure you receive the best quality care. 

Experience

I am a qualified Nurse and Health Visitor and I have been working with families for over fifteen years.

 

In 2018 I fulfilled my lifelong ambition and qualified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).

 

I run several breastfeeding support groups, provide one to one support for mothers with complex breastfeeding challenges and train breastfeeding peer supporters and NHS health professionals.

 

My practice is always up to date and evidence based.

 

  I am qualified to help parents recognise the unique skills their baby has been born with (Neonatal Behavioural Observation), positive parenting techniques (Solihull Approach) and developmental assessments (Ages and Stages Questionnaires).