5 Questions with Mumma’s Milk

As part of our #take5 series with local businesses we spoke to Leigh from Mumma’s Milk.

1) Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your business?

My name is Leigh and I am a Breastfeeding Counsellor. When I had my daughter I assumed breastfeeding would come naturally. However it was one of the most challenging phases of my life. I had a huge amount of help from a Breastfeeding Counsellor who helped me through each issue. I lost the use of one breast due to a severe abscess so breastfed on one breast. I continued to breastfeed my daughter well into her toddler years. With so much lived experience I decided I would like to become a Volunteer Breastfeeding Counsellor with La Leche League. I trained with 2 local Counsellors and we opened La Leche League Bishop’s Stortford, which I am still an accredited Leader of.

Almost two and a half years ago I decided to also go privately and so opened my business Mumma’s Milk. My main mission is to support mothers to achieve the breastfeeding relationship they want with their babies and give babies every opportunity to nurse as effectively as they can.

I am not an exclusive practitioner and love working with families who are using formula or expressed milk and where baby is not at the breast at all. All parents deserve a listening ear and I aim to meet parents where they are on their journey. Many parents struggle with the Weaning stage so I run Baby Led Weaning Theory Classes at The Nurture Barn, Great Bardfield and I also run Baby Led Weaning Lunch and Teatime sessions for babies 6+ months.

2) What made you passionate about breastfeeding?

During the early weeks and months I developed Post Natal Depression. For me breastfeeding was a direct connection with my baby that no one else could do. The depression was so disabling that breastfeeding was all I could manage. I therefore had a purpose. My daughter loved nursing too.

3) What advice would you give to a new mum who was struggling with breastfeeding?

Definitely to get some support! and don’t stop till you meet the right person or group for you. If you can push through the real tough phase the rewards are worth it.

4) Do you have any breastfeeding myths you would like to break?

There are more than I can list! Instead these points may help you to dispel many yourselves.

You cannot spoil a baby by meeting their needs, which are:

  • To be fed little and often,
  • Held and carried by a carer preferably the mother most of the time up to 8 months (in arms phase),
  • Using the Safe Sleep Seven Guide only, bed share with their mother,
  • Full skin to skin with Mummy and Daddy as much as possible in the early weeks and months,
  • For Mum to be nurtured and cared for intensely so she has the reserves to fulfill the above.

5) There has been a lot of press coverage recently about the loneliness experienced by new mothers, how did you #findyourtribe and make friends?

I arrived in Bishop’s Stortford when my daughter was 6 months old not knowing anyone. I decided immediately that I needed to find other mothers to share with. I went to a different toddler group everyday and in a matter of weeks developed strong supportive female bonds with a wonderful group of mums who are still my best of friends 13 years on. Get yourself out there! Invite mums to your house, the park, the library and the forest. None of it costs money-friendship is free.

If you wish to contact Leigh you can find Mumma’s Milk on Facebook or pop along to one of the drop-in breastfeeding or baby led weaning sessions at The Nuture Barn.