Watching your baby thrive is something that all mothers crave. But what if your breastfeeding journey has taken you down a path you didn’t expect? While breastfeeding is indeed natural, it is a complex, learned behaviour for both mothers and babies, and can, at times, be very far from easy. All mothers need real knowledge and compassionate support to enable them to navigate this vulnerable, precious time. You are never alone. Based in Wädenswil, Zurich, Switzerland, I provide in-person consultations throughout Zurich, Zug, Schwyz and St Gallen, and will happily provide global support via Skype.
I am an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), offering evidence-based information and empathetic support that enables you to move into motherhood with confidence. If you are struggling with any aspect of your child’s feeding, if you have questions and uncertainties, if you feel that you’d like to talk through some options with an evidence-based and compassionate approach, I’d love to assist you. My past experience in the areas of biomedical science, occupational therapy (ergotherapy), communication, language and education, along with obtaining the highest global qualifications for lactation, allow me to provide you with the best possible support along your journey. Read more about my areas of specialisation here.
Is there anything you can do while pregnant to prepare for a smooth breastfeeding experience? Absolutely! And trying to harden up your nipples is not one of them! Learn the typical choices and hurdles you may come across in the first few days, feel confidence when understanding the intricacies of how lactation works, and the ideal ways to get you both off to the best start possible, no matter what your birth experience. If you have had a difficult feeding experience with an earlier baby, a prenatal consultation can help you to move towards a place of healing, calm and acceptance, and to acknowledge that this new baby will come with their own new story. We can work together to ensure you feel armed with knowledge and confidence for the next feeding journey ahead of you.
Group Meet-Ups & Online Support
Having a baby and transitioning into your role as a mother can be a beautiful, fulfilling time, but it can also be isolating and leave you with more questions and uncertainties than ever before. This is why it is so important to find your tribe, to be surrounded by others in a similar situation, and to feel as if you have a safe space where you can be vulnerable. Read about my regular breastfeeding support meet-ups in Wädenswil, Zurich, my online communities with almost 2000 mothers, supporters and professionals, and other options for online connection and support for wherever you may be around the world. Before long, you will find yourself supporting others, and realising that actually you do know what you are doing!
Who is Johanna?
I am passionate about working alongside new mothers, enabling them to feel pride and joy when watching their babies grow.
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)
I am an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in Zurich, Switzerland, working locally, nationally and globally. I am passionate about empowering new mothers and their families with empathetic support and reliable, evidence-based information, giving them the confidence necessary to watch their babies grow with pride. My services can support you anywhere along your breastfeeding journey from pregnancy through to weaning, with lactation consultations, prenatal breastfeeding classes and consultations, group support meetings and online support, as well as writing and speaking at conferences. To ensure the most holistic support possible, I also collaborate with many medical professionals where necessary, such as peripartum psychologists, gynaecologists, osteopaths, paediatricians and maxillofacial surgeons, to provide the best possible care.
“I felt like Johanna truly listened to my needs and wants for mine and my son’s breastfeeding journey, and then gave me the tools I needed to move forward with confidence. Her passion to help others meet their goals, and her incredible knowledge of the science behind breastfeeding… all major reasons I wholeheartedly trust her advice. Thank you, Johanna! Looking forward to our next consult!”
“When you combine knowledge and passion about a subject like breastfeeding, mountains are moved in such a compassionate way! Johanna, you have clearly found your calling! Because of that, the breastfeeding journey of many mamas and babies will be an empowered one! My hat goes off to you! BRAVO!”