Cathy Garbin is a lactation consultant providing home visits to families in the Perth and surrounding areas.
Good evidenced based management as soon as possible can help avoid complicated, protracted and distressing problems.
What happens at a home visit consultation?
- We arrange a day and time as soon as possible for your home visit.
- At the home visit we discuss all your concerns.
- It is important that breastfeeding is comfortable:
- We ensure your positioning and attachment is optimal.
- We need to know your baby is getting the milk she/he needs:
- We weigh your baby with accurate sensitive scales before then after the breastfeed, the difference in grams is the weight of your breastmilk, this very closely equates to mLs your baby receives for that feed.
- Together we then develop a management plan to address all concerns.
- I will provide you with relevant written evidenced based information handouts, as needed.
- It is very important for you to feel supported, happy and confident with breastfeeding:
- To this end we have frequent ongoing telephone/text/email contact after the home visit for the next 6 weeks. This ensures we follow through on your plan, monitor your progress and adjust the plan as we need. On average 6 hours contact (including weekend contact as needed).
The total cost is $300. Further home visits are $150 per revisit. Claimable from some health funds. If you are a partner, parent, aunty or uncle, sibling, work colleague or friend, a gift voucher for this service is a wonderful present for the new family Every breastfeeding relationship is unique; why you might want a consultation
- Maybe you are feeling confused and unsure, because you have received so much conflicting advice.
- If your nipples are sore or damaged you may need help with breastfeeding technique. It is not normal to have sore nipples from breastfeeding. The problem can be rectified. Left unattended, sore nipples can be an unfortunate and unnecessary cause of early weaning.
- Maybe you have concerns or problems with your milk supply- too much or too little.
- You might require help to establish breastfeeding. Your baby may have poor attachment to the breast and or an inefficient suck.
- Perhaps your baby is unsettled and you are worried, confused or are having difficulty dealing with this.
- You may have twins or multiples.
- Perhaps your baby was preterm.
- You may have unusual breasts or nipples, a history of breast surgery, are physically disabled, or have mastitis (inflamed, sore breasts) or recurrent blocked ducts.
- Weaning or/and introducing solids may be proving to be difficult.
- You might live overseas, or in a rural or remote area and want to have access to a private consultant.
- You may wish to offer a visitation gift voucher to a loved one, friend or colleague so they can receive extra support in those first 6 weeks of their new baby’s life.
- You may wish to have your own private child health consultant to personally tailor care, support and education to your specific needs.
How you will benefit from the service
- You have a unique personalised service.
- Women provide the best food for babies. Breast milk is naturally produced especially for your baby. It is fresh, full of goodness – literally a living fluid.
- You and your baby will be happier and healthier when breastfeeding is well established.
Professor Jill Downie
“I was having a very difficult time breastfeeding and finally gave Cathy a call when Brandon was three weeks old. My nipples had blood blisters and was in pain. I was expressing frequently as Brandon was not latching on properly. I was so tired as was doing 2.5 to 3 hourly feeds each time and sterilising the equipment took extra time. By the time I had put Brandon to sleep I was up for the next feed. I found Cathy from the Australian Breastfeeding Association website and chose her based on the reviews and testimonials as well as the fact that she actually came over to your house for consultation. That makes great sense as she can then have a look at where you usually breastfeed and whether the sitting position is correct on your chair, etc… Cathy came on the same day to my house and spend over 2.5 hours with me and Brandon to teach me the correct technique. She also discovered that Brandon had a bit of tongue tied and told me that was one of the main problems he was not latching on properly. She advised me to get his tongue snipped and things will get better. Also my nipples were very large and his mouth is quite small and have not grown to accommodate that. She advised me to do half express and half breastfeeding for a few weeks. She also did say that Brandon’s mouth will get bigger on week 6 and things will get easier. Cathy contacted me throughout the 6 weeks on a weekly to twice weekly basis and called when she promised to. She is a real professional, a guru in her profession, caring and genuinely wants to see you succeed. When I had an issue or question I rang her and she would returned my phone call with great tips as soon as she could. Brandon is now 12 weeks old and I am fully breastfeeding him and only express when I need to. It has become so easy and we have developed a real bond between us. I would have given up breastfeeding if it was not for Cathy. Thanks so much Cathy and we are both very grateful for all your help, support, patience and kindness. I will definitely be referring you to anyone and everyone who are looking for help in breastfeeding. You are a lifesaver!
what can I say?! Thank you for your guidance and patience over the last few months. You have had a knack at knowing exactly where I am up to physically and mentally! We wouldn’t be where we are today without your help
Nov 2013 Just an interim really big thank you to you also – I know I must be one of your most labour intensive clients! I have really really appreciated your support – what a God send !
Hi Cathy its Meneesha. I just wanted to touch base and say thank you again for everything. We have a very happy and healthy exclusively breastfed baby and we just couldn’t have done it without you. Thanks again xx
Just a quick email to feedback on our progress since your visit to help Caris and me yesterday. Firstly … Wow! What a difference your advice and help has made! I am calling you the ‘baby whisperer’ when I tell my family and friends about you. Caris is breast feeding on every attempt now and is having a decent feed on each side. We are following with expressed milk as a top-up and she is so much more settled now. She is lying peacefully after a nappy change instead of constantly looking for a feed and crying. We have used the lying down position a couple of times and she responds really well. Still a way to go but such a big change already – thank you! Thanks again,
Penny & Caris.
I just wanted to say a big thank you for your help in getting us started breastfeeding. The first week after Alice’s birth was so stressful particularly with the feeding issues we were having. The moment you walked in our house I felt a sense of calm and felt instantly confident that you could help. The home visit and continued follow up was brilliant! I am still enjoying breastfeeding my now 6 month old daughter. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending you to other mums struggling with breastfeeding.
I just wanted to let you know that after your help last year my breastfeeding journey with Lacey has been going well. She is still feeding 4/5 times a day even though she is on solids. She is an extremely healthy 10kgs at 8 months of age. Thank you again for your expertise as it would have been impossible to continue without your help.
Thank you so much for visiting us yesterday – I really appreciate you coming on a Saturday and spending time with us, it was so helpful and feels like we a one step forward…. such a relief! thanks so much for all your help and support over the last few months, it’s made an enormous difference as I don’t think we would have got this far with b/feeding without it.