Welcome to Better Beginnings
– the best start to breastfeeding
My name is Lynne -McKensey Hall. I work in private practice as a Lactation Consultant and Endorsed Midwife in Sydney, Australia. I specialise in antenatal breastfeeding and birth classes and ongoing breastfeeding support after the birth of your baby.
As an internationally certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) I offer a holistic approach of help and support as you transition to parenthood. I provide you with the tools, knowledge and confidence to breastfeed and care for your baby within your family unit.
My philosophy and motivation to help comes from my own breastfeeding experience with an insufficient breast milk supply with our second child. I want to give you the support and options (I didn’t have) you need to maximize your opportunities to breastfeed or provide breast milk to your baby the way you want and for however long you want.
My practice is based on the plethora of scientific evidence and research available to support the art of breastfeeding and parenting. In very practical ways I implement the evidence to counter the old wives’ tales and myths that have over-ridden a mother’s natural instinct for too long.
I can see you in your home or in my clinic. I can (and have) successfully help with breastfeeding positioning and attachment via Skype or FaceTime anywhere in Australia or overseas.
My services may be covered by your health fund or Medicare.
I love my job as a lactation consultant. Seeing the relief on a mother’s face when I have helped her breastfeed without pain or tears is priceless.LYNNE-MCKENSEY HALL
RN, RM, MN(Ed), IBCLC
My focus is centred on supporting mothers by offering options available for breastfeeding that will work within your family unit. This includes providing support and accurate information about breastfeeding, your baby’s behaviour, settling and sleep strategies.
My philosophy and motivation as a lactation consultant comes from my own breastfeeding experience with my son, our second child. After successfully breastfeeding my daughter, I struggled with an insufficient milk supply so consequently fed almost continuously, night and day.
Unaware that lactation consultants existed, I gave up breastfeeding at three months. Had I been able to access the knowledge and strategies I now know, I feel I would have kept breastfeeding as I had hoped and planned. In spite of my experience as a midwife, I was a mother in distress and in great need of specific help so that I could continue breastfeeding. I don’t think mothers need to go through what I did, so the opportunity
to become a lactation consultant and help new mothers is one I relish every day.
I qualified as a lactation consultant while working as a hospital midwife; caring for mothers who wanted further support at home with breastfeeding and parenting after discharge from hospital.
Many of my referrals come from obstetricians and paediatricians at the Prince of Wales Private Hospital in Sydney, as well as hospital midwives, early childhood nurses, general practitioners, and from clients I have helped and support ed. I often see clients with their third and fourth babies.
I completed an accredited course in lactation management in Sydney obtaining internationally recognised certification from the International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC). This represents the gold standard in lactation management. Prior to caring for mothers and babies, I worked as a registered nurse, registered midwife and having completed a Masters in Nursing (Education), as a nurse educator.