I am an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in Zurich, Switzerland, working locally, nationally and globally.
I am a member of the International Affiliation of Tongue Tie Professionals, and am passionate about empowering new families with empathetic support and evidence-based information.
My work focuses on so much more than breastfeeding. While always ensuring the utmost health for both you and your baby, I will constantly consider your goals and dreams of motherhood, the history that you bring with you into this journey, and the support situation that surrounds you.”
In addition to my practice, Milk and Motherhood, I also work as lactation consultant in other capacities:
Founder and administrator of the 2500 member group “Breastfeeding Mamas in Switzerland”, providing an opportunity for quality support for both mothers and health professionals throughout the country.
Founder of the Swiss peer-to-peer milk sharing group, ‘Human Milk 4 Human Babies – Switzerland’, allowing for families to have more options for informed infant feeding choices.
Working together with the University of Zurich to better the world’s understanding of breastfeeding.
Writer for a variety of global magazines and journals, with a focus on maternal identity, at-breast supplementation
Presenter for a variety of international breastfeeding conferences, such as Gold Lactation 2021, and International Breastfeeding and Feminism Conference 2018.
Panel member for the WHO’s Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative Congress
Works alongside companies to better support breastfeeding. eg. Google Zurich’s onsite breastfeeding advisor throughout the opening of new breastfeeding and parenting facilities, providing employees and visitors with support and advice.
“I just reached 6 months of exclusively breastfeeding my little one and wouldn’t have made it this far without Johanna’s incredible help and support. She not only has a wealth of knowledge to share in a very approachable way, but she also knows how to do this in a truly caring and genuine way that makes you feel comfortable and positive about your situation. My only change is wishing I knew about her before my birth to be better prepared.”
From the Scary Mommy article:
Johanna Sargeant is a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) in Zurich, Switzerland. She thought of the hack while pumping for her own baby and trying to increase her supply.
“I’d double pump for twenty minutes after ever feed, and become more and more demoralised at the lack of milk in that bottle. I realised that I needed to stop watching! Easier said than done. Enter the baby sock. Now I advise mamas to put a sock over their pumping bottle, and it has been getting incredible results. We know that oxytocin release is inhibited by stress, and oxytocin release is required for letdowns, so if you find you are getting stressed while watching, try it!”
Maybe the best part of finding this viral post is checking out the rest of Sargeant’s Facebook page and website, which is full of great advice for nursing moms, along with tons of fascinating information.
Regular speaker at a variety of international conferences and local organisations:
Originally from Australia, I now live in Zürich Switzerland with my husband and two growing boys (now aged 4 and 7).
My passion for breastfeeding support began after experiencing the personal trauma of being unable to feed my children in the way I had always expected, hoped and dreamed. So now, after many years of very intense studying, my goal is to be able to give women what I wasn’t able to find: real answers, and real evidence, while supporting women when they are often at their most vulnerable.
I love writing, my piano and guitar, huge hot baths, my little flower garden, and doing crosswords with my man. I definitely do not love flying, oysters, and judgmental attitudes. After camping and cycling around Europe for a year, I’m quite happy to avoid these two activities for the near future!
I thought breastfeeding aversion, or nursing aversion and agitation, was something that only inflicted pregnant mothers. And I’m not pregnant, so why have I had