Chiltern Breatfeeding Partnership Breastfeeding support in the Chilterns area

"Working with you to support your breastfeeding needs"

Tel 07795 366251

About Us

Chiltern Breastfeeding Partnership, Lacation Consultants and tongue-tie specialists, bedfordshire, buckinghamshire and hertfordshire.

Luci Lishman RGN, RM, IBCLC
Lactation Consultant and Tongue-tie Practitioner

I started working for the NHS in 1986 when I began my general nurse training at the Middlesex Hospital in London. I then trained as a midwife and worked at Stoke Mandeville Hospital over a 17 year period with short breaks to have my three children. The latter 7½ years were as a breastfeeding coordinator midwife. During that time I helped to set up and run the Aylesbury Breastfeeding Clinic, provided breastfeeding education for staff and expectant mothers and was involved in writing breastfeeding guidelines and documentation.

As a midwife I found it a joy and privilege to provide breastfeeding support and made it my ambition to increase my knowledge and skills to do this more effectively. In 2006, after extensive study and clinical experience I was able to fulfil my goal of passing the exam to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Through ongoing study I have maintained this qualification and in 2016 I will be recertifying by taking the exam again.

Whilst working together in the Aylesbury Breastfeeding Clinic Addy Henderson and I discovered a shared passion for enabling women to have a positive and enjoyable experience of breastfeeding and that led to us setting up Chiltern Breastfeeding Partnership in March 2007. This enabled us to provide a private and more flexible breastfeeding support service in the community. We also set up a voluntary breastfeeding drop-in based in Princes Risborough which has more recently evolved into a free tongue-tie assessment and follow up clinic. Susie Samuels joined us in 2010 and, as well as providing private breastfeeding support, she helped us to provide breastfeeding education and updating for health visitors and community staff.

In April 2009 I trained at Southampton Hospital to be able to perform tongue-tie division (frenulotomy) on babies under 6 months with feeding difficulties. Since then I have been doing this privately in the home and within my tongue-tie clinics. This service has proved to be extremely helpful and necessary as there is limited NHS provision in the area. I left the NHS in September 2009 in order to meet the increasing need for this procedure.

I have currently performed almost 2000 tongue-tie divisions and although I am working independently I am maintaining my nursing and midwifery registration through the work that I do and through attending appropriate study days. I still continue to provide private breastfeeding support and breastfeeding education and updating for health visitors and other community staff.

I am one of the founding members of the Association of Tongue-tie Practitioners and have a committee role as treasurer. I am also a member of Lactation Consultants of Great Britain. I have professional indemnity insurance through my membership with the Hiscox Insurance Company Limited and have been enhanced CRB checked.

I have a Supervisor of Midwives who gives me professional advice and can be contacted if there is any concern about my practice. (Wendy Randall Tel: 07900656965 or you can email: wendy.randall@ouh.nhs.uk)

Chiltern Breastfeeding Partnership has now changed as sadly Addy retired in 2012 and Susie left in 2015. I miss working with them both and I am very grateful for their support and them sharing their expertise with me over the years. I am now joined by Felicity Bertin, Paediatric (Cranial) Osteopath and Breastfeeding Peer Supporter and together we are offering a more holistic approach to infant feeding support and education.

Felicity Bertin, Chiltern Breastfeeding Partnership

Felicity Bertin B.Ost MSCCO
Paediatric (Cranial) Osteopath and Breastfeeding Peer Supporter

After graduating from The British School of Osteopathy with a Distinction, I registered with the General Osteopathic Council and Institute of Osteopathy and undertook post-graduate training in Cranial, Obstetric and Paediatric Osteopathy. I went on to train with the NCT as a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter and joined the Association of Tongue-tie Practitioners as an Affiliate Member to further my understanding of ankyloglossia. My interest in children's eating continued as I began to work with psychological therapist Dr Anna Walton, supporting children in the early years with fussy eating. In 2012, I co-authored my first book "Yummy Discoveries: The Baby-led Weaning Recipe Book" and in 2015 a second book "Yummy Discoveries: Worry-free Weaning" based on clinical experience working with fussy eaters. I then went on to develop workshops and seminars to educate parents in how to prevent and manage fussy eaters.

I spent time lecturing at Masters Level in the subjects of Embryology, Developmental Biology and Neuro-Musculo-Skeletal Medicine at The British School of Osteopathy and left that position in 2014 to focus on my work in obstetrics, paediatrics and women's health. I have been invited to speak to midwifes, obstetricians and health visitors around osteopathy and its benefits and my interest in infant feeding has continued. I am training to become a Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and founded the Association of Bodyworkers as a way of bringing together and expanding the knowledge of manual therapists working with infants with feeding difficulties. I am one of the first osteopaths to enrol in the SCCO Paediatric Osteopathy Diploma and write for publications such as Prima Baby, Yahoo! Lifestyle and The Institute of Optimum Nutrition around osteopathy and infant / child feeding matters.

As part of my registration with the General Osteopathic Council I am required to complete CPD (continuous professional development) and I have insurance through the institute of osteopathy.

Melissa Brown, Chiltern Breastfeeding Partnership

Melissa Brown
Administrator and Receptionist

I joined Chiltern Breastfeeding Partnership on a part-time basis in January 2010 to assist Luci (my sister) with administration and reception duties. With my background in recruitment, customer service and administration, I am able to utilise my skills and with a very keen interest in breastfeeding and tongue-tie division, I very much enjoy the part I play within the Partnership. Since joining, I also became a mum to two children, both of which had tongue-ties divided by Luci. I found breastfeeding quite difficult and uncomfortable, however after having the tongue-ties divided and the support Luci gave me, it made a huge difference and it enabled me to breastfeed much more comfortably and efficiently. I feel that with my first-hand knowledge and experience, I am able to provide support and empathy to the parents we help.