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Newspaper articles quoting Clare Byam-Cook

Many new mothers are told not to bottle feed because it will "ruin" breastfeeding, but an increasing number are being left with babies so dehydrated they need emergency hospital care. Clare-Byam Cook said: "The problem is getting worse. The reality is midwives are all too often not teaching women the correct way to breastfeed."


Clare Byam-Cook

Clare Byam-Cook is 49, married (for twenty-five years) and has two children, aged 19 and 21. She is a qualified nurse and midwife, but retired from practicing as midwife in 1985. In 1988 she joined Christine Hill, teaching at her private ante-natal classes in London, and for the last fifteen years she has specialised in helping mothers resolve feeding problems.

Clare is firmly committed to helping mothers breastfeed but she does not have rose-coloured glasses! Although breastfeeding is ‘natural’, she believes that it is still a skill that has to be learned and feels that many mothers fail to establish breastfeeding simply because they receive inappropriate or inaccurate advice. Her advice differs from many midwives and lactation consultants because she concentrates on giving advice that she knows will work, rather than following the latest trends and textbook theories.

Over the years she has built up a huge practice, with all clients coming either by word-of-mouth or by doctor or hospital referral. She does not advertise or give out contact details. She was encouraged by her clients to write a book so that more mothers would have access to her advice. She subsequently published What to Expect When You’re Breastfeeding…And What If You Can’t? followed in 2003 by the visual guide available on video or DVD, Breastfeeding Without Tears.

On her new DVD she:

  • Explains how breastfeeding works.
  • Discusses what to do if things go wrong.
  • Demonstrates how to recover from problems such as sore nipples.
  • Shows how to swaddle and settle your baby after feeds.

Priced at £12.99, the two-hour DVD (featuring the music of Roxy Music's Andy Mackay) was released on May 4th to tie in with the NCT's Breastfeeding Awareness Week in May.

DVD & VHS available from Amazon.

  • For the DVD please click here.
  • For the Video please click here.

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