Are you having challenges breastfeeding, expressing, or simply getting your baby to feed well? At Baby Steps, we can help.
Our specialist Lactation Consultants Leigh-Anne Perelson and Jill Wiffen are available at our centre or we can arrange a visit in the comfort of your own home. We can offer excellent practical advice to help prevent complications and distress.
An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant is the gold standard qualification in lactation support, providing you with evidence-based information, understanding, strategies, tools and confidence.
The Baby Steps advantage means that a clinic visit with our lactation consultants may also include input from the multidisciplinary team, eg prescriptions or medical check for the baby during your visit from our GP. Onsite Women’s Health Physiotherapists can also coordinate care and treatment for breast and nipple care.
Your visit may take up to 90 minutes and ideally a full feeding will be observed. You might like to adjust feed times to ensure your baby will be willing to feed during the visit, but not be too hungry.
Parents are encouraged to bring a list of written questions to discuss during the consult.
What to expect during a visit with a Baby Steps Lactation Consultant:
- Take a full history of your breastfeeding journey, including details of the birth and any previous breastfeeding experience
- Check how your baby looks and acts
- Check your breasts and nipples
- Watch your baby breastfeed and offer help with positioning if you need it
- Show you how to tell when your baby is latched and feeding well
- Check your baby’s weight naked to get an accurate weight
- Weigh your baby before and after breastfeeding to measure milk intake
- Do a full oral assessment – this involves putting a finger in your baby’s mouth to check your baby’s suck and assessing for tongue and lip ties * an IBCLC cannot diagnose tongue ties but may make comment about any restriction of the tongue and lip and its possible impact on breastfeeding.
Our Lactation Consultants are registered providers with some Health Funds and you may be able to claim a rebate for their services. Please contact BUPA, NIB, HCF,Medibank Private, HIF, CBHS or Teachers Health Fund to find out what you are entitled to.
- 90 minute home visit $175.00^
- 60 minute home visit $155.00^
^$20 travel if further than 20km from clinic
- 90 minute clinic visit $155.00
- 60 minute clinic visit $135.00
Baby Steps Health Centre is a professional caring service for new families led by experienced GP Obstetricians, Child Health Nurses, and Lactation Consultants supported by Women’s Health Physiotherapists, Dietitians, Speech Pathologists, Psychologists and Paediatric Physiotherapists.
(08) 9387 2844
21/127 Herdsman Parade, Wembley WA 6014
Leigh-Anne has been supporting Baby Steps families as an IBCLC Lactation Consultant since 2019. With over 20 years experience working with breastfeeding families overseas and in Australia, Leigh-Anne values a calm and gentle approach to helping women make breastfeeding work for them. She is a Registered Midwife and Nurse and holds master's degrees in midwifery as well as advanced midwifery and neonatal
nursing. Her path to Australian registration has taken her through Perth Children's Hospital NICU, Royal Perth and King Edward, where she now works as a midwife.
A decade of working as an independent midwife in South Africa provided her with continuity of care with women through pregnancy, birth and beyond. Several families became repeat visitors, and for one family she was blessed to catch all three of their babies. It's this connection with mothers and babies that drew Leigh-Anne to train and volunteer as a Breastfeeding Counsellor with the Australian Breastfeeding Association when emigrating to Australia in 2012. She still volunteers her time with the Breastfeeding Helpline and serves as the Assistant Branch President for the ABA WA Branch.
Leigh-Anne loves supporting women as they find their way as mothers. Her three girls think she's only in it for the baby cuddles!
Registered Nurse and Midwife
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Bachelor of Nursing and Midwifery (BCur)
Advanced Midwifery and Neonatal Nursing Science (MCur) with honors
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Master of Midwifery Practice
Cert IV Breastfeeding Education
Jill is the latest specialist Lactation Consultant to join the Baby Steps team. Jill certified as an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) in 2002 and has worked with breastfeeding dyads in hospital, community and private practice settings since that time.
Jill has been involved in mentoring and providing education for her peers and allied health professionals for over a decade. She has recently written and facilitated the Breastfeeding Education for Community Child Health Nurses in Perth.
Jill enjoys working collaboratively with a group of health professionals in a community setting at Baby Steps, providing evidence-based, holistic care for breastfeeding and lactating families. She feels privileged to support families through their breastfeeding journey. Special interests include care of the late preterm/early term infant.
Jill is a mother of 3, has recently taken up Mahjong and still enjoys her tennis as injuries permit!
Registered Nurse and Midwife
Neonatal Special Care Nursing Certificate
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Bachelor of Applied Science (Health)
Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Child & Adolescent Health)
Masters in Midwifery (Human Lactation Specialisation)