Jenny Baldwin IBCLC
My professional background is predominantly in Accident and Emergency Nursing, however I have also had various roles in the community too. I hold a BSc (hons) in Nursing and PG Dip in Advanced Clinical Practice which allowed me to work as a Nurse Practitioner within the NHS. Alongside my private practice I continue to work as a Registered Nurse within the NHS.
My interest in breastfeeding support stemmed from my own experiences of breastfeeding my own four children. I had little support outside my own family and I gradually became aware of how little peer support and specialist support there was available. Having breastfed my first two children I then started informally supporting other mums and then after I had my third son I chose to undertake an NHS peer supporter course. This course allowed me to give women in the community and on the postnatal ward support with breastfeeding.
I really enjoyed this experience but felt I needed to know more so I decided to undertake the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers (ABM) Breastfeeding Counsellor Course. Upon qualifying I set up a local breastfeeding support group and started supporting families by taking calls on the National Breastfeeding Helpline. I am now part of the ABM breastfeeding counsellor marking team and my role is marking one of the modules and taking practice calls.
In 2016 I sat the IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) exam and passed it. I have therefore been offering this specialised support since I qualified.
To be eligible to sit the exam candidates must have completed 90 hours of Lactation Specific Education and 1000 clinical hours in breastfeeding support.
Alongside my private and voluntary practice I run a very large breastfeeding support Facebook group and have been doing so for more than 5 years. As a result I am very particularly experienced in supporting mums remotely.
Breastfeeding East Sussex aims to help mums reach their own breastfeeding goals, whatever they may be. Mums are provided with support and information to enable them to make decisions as to how best to proceed with their own breastfeeding journeys.
Issues that Breastfeeding East Sussex can provide support with include:
- Nipple soreness/pain
- Latching difficulties
- Weight gain issues
- Supply problems
- Expressing difficulties
- Weaning from nipple shields
- Decreasing formula supplements
- Stopping breastfeeding
- Blocked ducts
- Mastitis/Blocked Ducts
- Returning to Work
(This list is in no way exhaustive, please feel free to get in contact with any lactation or breastfeeding issues)