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Lactation & Postnatal Consultant | Early Days

Lactation & Postnatal Consultant

Claire Shatford
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

About My Servies

An Introduction

Kia Ora and welcome,

My name is Claire and I am an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).


As many of you know, the 'Early Days' of a newborn’s life can be challenging, as we grapple with the steep learning curve that is parenting.


You might have questions surrounding lactation, the general health of your baby, Colic or reflux issues, trouble latching and feeding, low milk supply or questions around mix and formula feeding. 

Along with being an IBCLC, my 15 years experience as a registered midwife and mother to four children, has given me the skills and knowledge to help you to work out your baby’s feeding, sleep and health issues, all while supporting you with the adjustment.


Working in collaboration with your midwife, GP, Plunket nurse and pediatrician we will achieve the best the outcome for you and your baby.

My goal is to ensure that parents are supported to feed their baby to the best of their ability, within the realms of the parents wishes, once they have all the information on board. 

Claire Shatford Family Picture | Early Days
Claire Shatford Baby Son  | Early Days
Claire Shatford | Lactation Consultant  | Early Days
Postnatal Consultant | Early Days

Each and every woman’s experience of pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period and every newborn’s experience of ‘the early days is different.



Home Visits

Needing support?

I can assist you in all things postnatal. 

Based in Christchurch, I will come to see you in your own home and work through any questions or concerns that you may have regarding your baby or parenting journey. This is your opportunity to ask all of those questions you've been searching at 2am and be supported by a specialist postnatal consultant.

Previous Midwifery Experience

I was a registered midwife, working as an independent LMC  for more than 15 years.  I have had the privilege of working with families from many different cultures, religions, sexualities and socioeconomic groups. This experience has led to my knowledge that every family is unique.  My support therefore will mould to the specific needs of you and your baby.

Lactation Consultant

I am an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. This qualification has only ever been granted to 36,000 people globally.  I am therefore certified to work with you through any breastfeeding / Chestfeeding concerns that you have.  During our home visit I will observe you breastfeeding your baby, offer suggestions and, with your consent,  work in with other health professionals as required.


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