Why see a lactation consultant?

Lactation consultants have expertise in the biology and physiology of lactation, as well as the cultural, social and psychological aspects which determine breastfeeding outcomes. There are currently only a handful of doctors in the UK who hold the IBCLC qualification, however over time we hope to increase access to this level of care within the NHS. Seeing an IBCLC pre-emptively, or as soon as problems arise can help you get the care you need, when you need it, and avoid future issues. It can also help redefine your feeding goals and find a way that works for your family. Whether you have complex feeding concerns, or you just want to feel confident in the signs your baby is getting enough milk, we are here to answer all your questions and make feeding your baby easier and more enjoyable.


Dr Reilly is experienced in the following areas:

  • Antenatal Colostrum Harvesting
  • Breast Sepsis Management (Mastitis and Abscess)
  • Breast Thrush
  • Nipple Trauma
  • Infant Oral Assessment
  • Breast examination
  • Mammary Dysbiosis
  • Faltering Infant Weight (Slow Weight Gain)
  • Teaching Human Milk Expression by Hand or Mechanical Pump
  • Complex Feeding Challenges e.g. Babies with Orofacial Clefts, Trisomy 21, Premature Babies and those requiring Medical Interventions
  • Emergency Weaning for Maternal Medical Treatment such as Chemotherapy
  • Combination Feeding
  • Unilateral Breastfeeding
  • Weaning from Nipple Shields
  • Low milk supply (Iatrogenic, Breast Hypoplasia, and Secondary Low Supply)
  • Supplemental Nursing Systems
  • Hyperlactation (Oversupply)
  • Induced Lactation (e.g. Adoption or Allonursing)
  • Relactation (birthing parent brings back or increases their milk supply)
  • Baby Led Weaning
  • Return to Work Planning
  • Gentle Weaning from Breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding and Perinatal Mental Health Considerations
  • Breastfeeding after Breast Surgery or Radiotherapy
  • Breastfeeding and Healing Milk Fistula
  • Maintaining Direct Breastfeeding Alongside Bottle Feeds
  • Nursing Strikes
  • Family Sleep Solutions
  • Maternal Medications and Interventions such as Medical Imaging During Lactation
  • Breastfeeding and Fertility
  • Lactational Amenorrhoea and Natural Family Planning
  • Breastfeeding Aversion
  • Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex (DMER)
  • Natural Term Breastfeeding
  • Maintaining Breastfeeding during Family Separation