Lactation Consultants

What we do

We provide assessments and guidance to mothers through all aspects of breastfeeding both in centre and in the privacy of your own home. We work with parents to set realistic feeding expectations, address practical issues, and leave you with strategies for a way forward. Our goal is to help you achieve your breastfeeding and mothering goals with confidence. 

We also offer private breastfeeding information sessions prior to the birth of your baby, with up to date evidence based information tailored to suit your circumstances. For first time mothers these antenatal sessions provide an essential foundation for understanding breastfeeding, with gentle reassurance that really makes a difference. It also offers seasoned mothers the opportunity to work through a previous experience.

The advantage of a Baby Steps clinic visit is that our Lactation Consultants can consult our multidisciplinary team. We can access prescriptions or a baby medical check from our GP, or coordinate care and treatment for breast and nipple care from our onsite Women’s Health Physiotherapists.

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.

All Baby Steps Lactation Consultants are International Board Certified Lactation Consultants. The IBCLC credential is the highest-regarded professional qualification in breastfeeding knowledge and support, recognised all over the world. 

We believe passionately that mothers deserve good information and support as they find their own way to nurture their babies.

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Meet our Team

Leigh-Anne Perelson

Leigh-Anne Perelson

Lactation Consultant

Leigh-Anne has been supporting Baby Steps families as a Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) 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 taught her the value of continuity of care, working 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 on 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!

Jill

Jill Wiffen

Lactation Consultant

Jill certified as an IBCLC in 2002 and has worked with breastfeeding dyads in hospital, community and private practice settings since that time. She has been involved in mentoring and providing education for her peers and allied health professionals for over a decade. Recently she wrote and facilitated the Breastfeeding Education for Community Child Health Nurses in Perth.

In addition to these roles, she is also a Registered Nurse and Midwife, with a certificate in Neonatal Special Care Nursing, has obtained a Bachelor of Applied Science (Health), a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Child & Adolescent Health), and a Masters in Midwifery (Human Lactation Specialisation).

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. Jill 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!

Breastfeeding guidance without the judgement