My name is Josie Plant and I am a Paediatric and Child Health Registered Nurse and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) offering Lactation and Breastfeeding/chest-feeding and parenting support, based in the northern suburbs of Adelaide South Australia.
An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, or IBCLC, is a specialist in infant feeding, breastfeeding and lactation. The IBCLC must have a health sciences background, a minimum of 90 hours of lactation specific education and 1000 hours of practical breastfeeding support experience, prior to passing a 4 hour exam held by the IBLCE (International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners). The IBCLC must apply to recertify every 5 years to maintain certification and engage in continued education. Further information about the IBCLC requirements can be found at https://iblce.org/
I offer face to face and video consultations to support you through a large range of breastfeeding/chest-feeding issues, including, but not limited to:
oral function assessment and tongue tie evaluation
shredded and painful nipples
fussy feeding babies
prior breast surgery
blocked ducts or mastitis
IGT (insufficient glandular tissue)
slow infant growth
positioning and latch
feeding the medically complex child
maintaining feeding through maternal health issues or surgery
feeding aversion and D-MER
sleep and settling concerns
colic and reflux, suspected allergy
Thrive Lactation Consultants values you as an individual. No two breastfeeding/chest-feeding journeys are the same, so your care should not be of cookie cutter standard. I strive to offer care which is inclusive, evidence based, current and up to date, and wholistic. At all times you should expect to receive care and communication which has a focus on empathy and compassion. I value your privacy and confidentiality.
Your goals are important to me. I aim to help you feel empowered, confident and in control of your feeding journey.
I will remain respectful of the developmental needs of the infant/child and work with the strengths of the family.
I work within a quality improvement model. I welcome your feedback so that I may continue to improve my service to you.
Above all, I want you to feel heard and respected.
I believe in a "prevention is better than cure" approach. What better way to succeed in your breastfeeding goals than being empowered, educated and supported before your breastfeeding journey even begins! Antenatal consults are designed to offer you information about how to successfully establish breastfeeding, navigating the birth process and knowledge for informed decision making. If this is not your first time breastfeeding and you have experienced prior challenges, I can assess your individual situation and help you create a care plan to avoid or minimise challenges in your future feeding journeys.
I have the experience to support you through your entire breastfeeding /chestfeeding journey. From newborn babies having their very first feed, to toddlers, pre-schoolers and school aged children considering weaning or navigating a new arrival to the family, I have supported families along all stages of the feeding journey.
I am a mum of 4, paediatric and child and family health nurse and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Through professional and personal experience, both my parenting and professional journey has evolved to attachment focused, cue based, supportive of the biological norm and what nature intended. I personally and professionally support safe bed sharing, breastsleeping and I am a huge advocate for the normalisation of full term breastfeeding and the de-sexualisation of breasts in modern western culture.
If you feel that my values and services are the right fit for you and your family, I would love to hear from you, and I look forward to working with you along your feeding journey.
Josie's Qualifications and Experience
Bachelor of Nursing, current AHPRA registration
Paediatric Nursing Studies Certificate
Australasian Lactation Courses
Tongue Tie Institute Foundation Course
short courses in parenting, child development, attachment relationships, trauma
Ongoing lactation related education
Quality Improvement breastfeeding project
Professional member of:
ABA (Australian Breastfeeding Association)
ILCA (International Lactation Consultant Association)
LCANZ (Lactation Consultants of Australia and New Zealand)
ASTLiT (Australasian Society for Tongue and Lip Ties)
Australian Babywearing Association
During an initial face to face consult, I will offer:
- Thorough history taking of your pregnancy, birth, health and baby's health status.
- discuss your previous breastfeeding/ chestfeeding history.
- discuss and assess any concerns and symptoms.
- oral function assessment
- breast assessment
- observation of breastfeeding/chestfeeding
- care planning in partnership, prioritising your goals and considering your family strengths and barriers.
I work with hands-off technique teaching principles but you are welcomed to request hands- on support as required.
Partners and support people are welcome and encouraged to attend.
The content of subsequent consults will depend upon the individual need of the client.
video consults are modified accordingly.