Alex Ferran de Pol
Tongue Tie Practitioner and Infant Feeding Specialist
Over 16 years as a qualified midwife
Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)
Helped more than 4000 parents with breast and bottle feeding
Fully insured by Hiscox, and over seen by Care Quality Commission (CQC)
About Me (Scroll down for services)
I have been a midwife since 2005, working both in the UK and in New Zealand. I currently work as a community midwife and am the Tongue Tie lead for a London teaching hospital. I have also worked as an infant feeding midwife for 2 years. As part of my role I supported and advised midwives and other health care professionals on making plans for babies with feeding concerns.
Supporting new parents to work through feeding issues is my passion. As a lactation consultant I have gained extensive experience with both breast and bottle feeding problems. Many of the babies I see have a tongue tie, but there is often a crossover between this and other issues, and there can be a number of solutions which may be needed to improve feeding. I can advise on mastitis, breast thrush, reflux, weight issues, low milk supply, allergies and prematurity. I will develop a feeding plan to work out the best way forward for mother and baby. Tongue Tie division is not a quick fix solution for many families. Time, patience, advice and support after the procedure helps baby to improve their feeding over 7-10 days.
I have 4 children of my own, including identical twins. While breastfeeding I had a number of challenges, so I know how hard it is especially on very little sleep! 3 of my children had a tongue tie, which is where my interest in this field began. I absolutely love babies and have also done maternity nursing on and off for 22 years.
Tongue tie assessment and division
I will visit you in your home and take a feeding history, with a feed observed if needed. I will then talk you through the procedure. If tongue tie division is the right choice for your baby I will then perform the procedure. I like to see baby feeding well before I leave. Babies normally feed soon after the procedure. For this reason baby needs to of not fed for about 1.5 to 2 hours before I arrive. I will then develop a feeding plan if needed. The appointment normally takes 1 to 1.5 hours. I will call you the following day and one week later to ensure that the feeding is improving.
Home Visit breastfeeding/bottle feeding advice and tongue tie assessment only
I will visit you in your home and take a full feeding history. I will observe a feed and offer advice on positioning and attachment. I will assess for tongue tie if needed. I will then develop a feeding plan for mother and baby to improve feeding. I will call you the following day to see how the plan is working and offer further advice or adjustments if needed.