Indira Lopez-Bassols – BA (Hons), MSc, IBCLC and LLL leader
I have been involved in birth and breastfeeding support for more than 15 years. I became an accredited Breastfeeding Counsellor 12 years ago for La Leche League GB, because, over the years, too many women had shared with me how they regretted not being able to breastfeed at all or as long as they had wished due to a lack of support.
I became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2011. I have worked for the past two years for the Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust as the Specialist Lactation Consultant, leading a weekly clinic for complex breastfeeding dyads (by GP/HV/RM referral only). I am aslo in charge of the weekly Breastfeeding London clinic.
I am the Director for the Centre for Breastfeeding Education and Research and lead Lecturer of the Breastfeeding London Course, which has been granted professional accreditation by the Royal College of Midwives.
In addition, I worked at Kings College Hospital ‘s Tongue Tie Clinic for two years. There, I learned everything related to Tongue ties, including frenulotomy, assessment of anterior/posterior tongue ties and their impact on breastfeeding, post division breastfeeding support and care.
I currently co-lead Café La Leche in Merton. In the past, I have co-led the LLL South West London, West London and the Clapham groups.
To keep my knowledge up to date I attend regularly the International Lactation Consultants Association (ILCA) Conference: Atlanta, USA in 2019; Toronto, Canada in 2017; Melbourne Australia in 2015 (with an ILCA scholarship), and Orlando, the USA in 2013 (with a Lactation Consultants Great Britain scholarship).
I am a member of the International Lactation Consultants Association (ILCA), Lactation Consultants Great Britain, the European Lactation Consultants Alliance, the US Lactation Consultants Association and IBFAN.
Nicky Harris RM & IBCLC
I have been a midwife for 29 years. A year after qualifying my husband Chris and I had the first of four lovely children: one hospital birth and the other three at home. Although I breastfed them all, I had great challenges in feeding one of them and it was this experience which helped to give me a passion to support other women and their babies.
I have worked both in the NHS and independent sectors, within hospitals and the community – and even in Egypt! In my last NHS role, I worked in Children’s centres running breastfeeding cafes.
I love to support women and babies through the postnatal period. Although this is a crucial part of a family’s experience, it has often been a neglected part of midwifery care. So In 2013 I studied for and qualified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) to enable me to have the right skills and education. I believe every woman should have access to skilled and kind breastfeeding support, from birth, to optimise the experience for those who choose to breastfeed.
More recently I have been working as a private midwife and lactation consultant supporting women and their babies. I also co-run a postnatal group in Camberwell SE5 for mothers and their babies 0-6 months. Breastfeeding is a top topic but the overall aim is that women feel supported and strengthened as they grow into motherhood.
In my spare time, I have an allotment, love gardening and am involved in lots of activities at church.
MA (Hons) & trainee Lactation Consultant
I am a trainee lactation consultant with Breastfeeding London’s Mentorship Programme. It’s a varied role which includes providing breastfeeding support in the community as part of the Breastfeeding London Clinic and privately. I also assist with the Breastfeeding London Course. I come from a research background, with 15 years experience writing, producing and presenting research. Since having children I’ve been passionate about supporting mothers. I started by bringing the Wimbledon and then the Wandsworth NCT branches out of dormancy and helped create a thriving hub of peer support and community events. I secured ongoing funding for the Wimbledon and Wandsworth breastfeeding drop-ins.
As a passionate supporter of breastfeeding mothers, I continue coordinating the Wimbledon and Wandsworth NCT breastfeeding drop-ins, provide online support with Breastfeeding Support & Information UK and mentor new Mother Supporters with the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers (ABM). I am also a member of Kingston hospital Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP), which seeks to improve mothers’ antenatal and postnatal experiences. Finally, I‘m a proud Hearts Milk Bank donor, including for their clinical research into COVID-19 and breast cancer.
Claudia Gorgati RM & IBCLC
I started to think about the importance of breastfeeding support during my midwifery training. I have always been fascinated by the natural but complex way our bodies can feed another human being.
My studies about breastfeeding began in 2006 during my second year of midwifery training in Italy. I attended the Unicef 20 hours Breastfeeding Training for the Baby-Friendly Hospital initiative and I wrote my degree dissertation on it.
I started working in Switzerland, at the Civico Hospital of Lugano (Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale) in 2009, where I gained valuable hands-on experience. During that period I decided to improve my knowledge of breastfeeding support, and in 2011 I graduated as an IBCLC.
A large part of my job consists of regular updates in learning and training so I have attended several breastfeeding courses in Italy, Switzerland and England. Every year, I attend the La Leche League Italian National Congress and in autumn 2015 I ran a seminar during the La Leche League Switzerland National Congress titled “The baby unsettled on breast”. I am part of the Breastfeeding London faculty where I have consolidated my passion for teaching.