Breastfeeding Support is an evidence-based website sharing helpful breastfeeding information and reputable resources. Breastfeeding Support was started in 2014 by Philippa Pearson-Glaze—an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant from the United Kingdom. The aim of this website is to help mothers breastfeed successfully and help them overcome any problems they may encounter along the way. In addition to common difficulties such as sore nipples, mastitis or low milk supply; special circumstances such as breastfeeding with pierced nipples or breastfeeding with breast implants are discussed.
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Breastfeeding Support should not be used as a substitute for a face-to-face consultation with an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant as some of the ideas and techniques may not be appropriate to a mother’s situation without knowledge of hers and her baby’s full medical history. All the articles and information provided are shared in good faith as general information but should not be construed as medical advice. If you have any concerns about your health, or that of your baby, please contact your health care professional to discuss any opinions or recommendations on this website with respect to your individual situation. Please see our full disclaimer.
Many thanks to Jackie Shakespeare RGN, Breastfeeding Counsellor (Association of Breastfeeding Mothers), Birth & Postnatal Doula (Nurturing Birth) and Katrina Soper BA (Hons), PGCE, IBCLC, LLL Leader for their help in reviewing content on this website. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your credentials if you would like to be considered as an official peer reviewer for Breastfeeding Support.
A note on language
To help distinguish the breastfeeding mother from her baby within the text, Breastfeeding Support often refers to the mother as “she” and the baby as “he”. Breastfeeding Support recognises that not all babies are male and not all breastfeeding parents identify as a mother or female. Please substitute the terms that apply to you and your baby.
Philippa Pearson-Glaze is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in private practice in the West Midlands, UK. The IBCLC qualification is recognised as the highest breastfeeding qualification available and requires ongoing study and recertification. In addition to owning and editing Breastfeeding Support, Philippa is Managing Editor for Leader Today—La Leche League International's Journal for Leaders. Philippa is also a Professional Liaison Leader for La Leche League Great Britain (LLLGB) supporting La Leche League Leaders with medical queries.
With a degree in Environmental Science from Southampton University, Philippa originally started her working life in local government as an Environmental Awareness Officer for Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council and later, a Recycling Officer for Wyre Forest District Council. When her children were young, Philippa enjoyed breastfeeding and wanted to help others. In 2002 she became an accredited breastfeeding counsellor with LLLGB running a breastfeeding support group in Kidderminster and Stourbridge. In 2011 Philippa passed the IBCLC exams and began her private practice supporting local parents to breastfeed. As part of this she spent 18 months as the lead IBCLC with Sandwell Baby Cafe at West Bromwich YMCA. In 2014, Philippa began developing Breastfeeding Support; an informational breastfeeding website. Within 18 months it enjoyed 30,000 monthly visitors and last year saw 300,000 monthly visitors. Philippa is a member of Lactation Consultants of Great Britain and Breastfeeding Support is featured in the Lactation Consultants of Great Britain monthly Education Bulletin.
Illustrations by Cassie Pearson.
Selected photography by Mark Menzies, David Pearson, Emily Walker and Andrea Rigby.
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