Need help? These lactation consultants might just be your knights in shining armour!
The great thing about having a baby in Hong Kong is the wealth of support available, from helpers to hospitals, midwife clinics to baby stores. But no matter if this is your first, second or third child (or perhaps it’s your fourth or more!), it can sometimes be a challenging time when you live so far away from your family and home network – especially if you’re in need of breastfeeding support. Luckily, there’s a great range of professional help out there in the form of lactation consultants. Take a look through these options and find the one that works best for you. You got this, mama!
Editor’s Note: The situation in Hong Kong due to the coronavirus is constantly evolving and so restrictions are in place for stepping outside, and many lactation consultants, hospitals and clinics have changed their hours of operation because of the restrictions. It’s best to call and book an appointment. Please make sure you follow the latest government advice on social distancing and stay home if you have recently travelled overseas, have interacted with anyone who has been away, or display any symptoms. Your family’s health is the top priority!
Lactation Consultants In Hong Kong
The IBLCE is an international organisation and specialist in breastfeeding. It’s the only body able to provide an officially recognised certification for lactation consultants. While there are many in Hong Kong who hold this certification, it isn’t a requirement to become a lactation consultant and you don’t need this qualification to practise in Hong Kong. Another certification that holds weight across the world is that of a La Leche League Leader. These mothers have been accredited by La Leche League International to offer mother-to-mother support for breastfeeding.
Listed below are some of the great breastfeeding and lactation consultants in the city to give you much-needed. support you on your breastfeeding journey.
Annerley is a well-known midwife clinic based in Central that many mamas are familiar with. It offers a wide range of services and classes for pregnant women and young families with a professional midwife and nurse-led clinic providing invaluable support (whether you are giving birth in a public or a private hospital).
As well as various pre and postnatal courses, Hulda Thorey and her team are legends when it comes to breastfeeding. You can book one hourly postnatal and breastfeeding visits once you’re back at home with your bundle of joy (or a pack if you require more help). Each visit is tailored to your individual needs, the focus is on your most urgent issues, usually surrounding breastfeeding. The lactation consultants will advise on the prevention of sore breasts, mastitis, recognising and ensuring a good latch, different feeding positions, discussing how often and how long you need to feed your baby, and how to know if your infant is getting enough milk.
Breastfeeding Hong Kong
This centre offers professional breastfeeding counselling services (usually in Cantonese). Assistants are all certified with the International Board of Certified Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE ) and will follow up with any issues either by phone, WhatsApp or FB messenger (whichever is best for you!). Get help with the first feeds, correct positions, how to establish a good supply of milk, assistance with latching and even what you need to buy to make your life easier.
Looking for personally tailored pre and postnatal care? IBCLC qualified, Ellen Cheung is a breastfeeding and lactation specialist who conducts private antenatal and postnatal classes in the comfort of your own home. Having gained somewhat of a cult following, her prenatal classes include giving labour advice, breastfeeding and LK massages. Her postnatal classes include baby care advice, such as bathing and cord care, baby massaging techniques, baby monitoring, perineum or caesarean wound care and much more. Able to work in English and Cantonese, her lactation and breastfeeding support makes her stand out in the crowd.
Mrs Chee is a godsend for mums with lactation issues and her devoted following sing her praises up and down the block. The director and lactation consultant at Everdawn Midwives, she can help with everything from blocked ducts to breast massages and ways to boost supply. Specialising in lactation consultations and antenatal and postnatal care via home visits and classes, you can also get help with breast pumps, find a TENS machine, maternity bras, nipple creams and more.
The Family Zone
The Family Zone is your one-stop centre for professional help with just about anything having to do with babies and kids. When it comes to lactation consultants, Yvonne Heavyside is a genius and will help solve all your problems – from lactation issues (she is the go-to for questions and issues about breastfeeding) to sleep training and more. She also does home visits and offers first-aid helper training courses as well as helper assessments (with a follow up on how your helper can improve in terms of a being caregiver to your child). We also love the Family Zone home safety assessment service. Opt for lactation and postnatal consultation (available in one-hour consultations or packages of five or 10) for the ultimate lactation support and beyond.
Gleneagles Hospital Hong Kong
Gleneagles is proud to be the only private hospital in Hong Kong currently that has joined the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. It supports breastfeeding for its positive impact on babies, families and the wider community. It has a lactation clinic run by International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC), and it provides professional and comprehensive pre-natal and post-natal support related to breastfeeding. At present, the free lactation consultations are cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Holistic Lactation Centre
IBCLC-registered lactation consultant Heidi Lam is a breastfeeding master who can definitely help you if you’re having some difficulty. She breastfed both her own daughters for eight years, so she knows a thing or two from personal experience as well! You can book a home visit or online consultation with her to train you with breastfeeding, or to help with any issues you might have. It’s Heidi’s belief that breastfeeding is more than just about giving milk, it’s about bonding with your beautiful baby as well.
La Leche League
La Leche League Hong Kong is the local hub for this international breastfeeding community and holds monthly meetings at Cafe 8 at Central Ferry Pier No. 8 (currently though, all meetings have moved online). You can also take a breastfeeding support class to learn about good positioning, latching, hunger cues and more. Accredited leaders are also contactable by phone or email if advice is needed quickly.
Melinda Hunt is a qualified postnatal caregiver and night nurse who can help new parents with breastfeeding and formula guidance, night feeds, establishing a sleep routine, as well as teach soothing and settling techniques, and give general baby care education and support.
In addition to postnatal support services, she offers a baby planning and concierge service, specifically aimed at first-time parents, new expats to Hong Kong and parents juggling careers with parenthood. The concierge service is especially beneficial to those on bedrest throughout their pregnancy. As a mother of five kids herself, Melinda understands the importance of having a strong support system in times of need!
A Mother’s Touch
A Mother’s Touch offers a range of pregnancy and childbirth and postnatal services. While Liz has now moved away from Hong Kong, she still visits here often and is available on the phone (WhatsApp) for urgent breastfeeding support. If you want an in-person consultation, she will direct you to LLL Leader, Molly.
Mums The Word
Founded by Melanie Clough, a registered midwife with over 20 years experience, Mums The Word was set up to provide friendly, professional and supportive care for mamas pre and postnatally. Along with Vicki Marks (also a registered midwife), you’ll find a range of support options which includes dedicated breastfeeding help. You can book either a single visit simply for some reassurance, or arrange several appointments if more help is required. Currently, with COVID-19 restrictions in place, Melanie and Vicki are offering online and phone consultations via Zoom, Facetime and WhatsApp.
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Queen Elizabeth Hospital holds a breastfeeding clinic run by Christine Lam, a Nurse Consultant and specialist in breastfeeding, from Monday to Friday, 2pm to 5pm. Although only for mothers who deliver at the hospital, you’ll find a wealth of knowledge and assistance here.
Queen Mary Hospital
A lot of mamas in Hong Kong choose to deliver at Queen Mary and, as a dedicated breastfeeding hospital, you’ll be offered breastfeeding support from the moment your little one arrives. It has a wide range of postnatal breastfeeding support in the form of breastfeeding talks, practice classes, in and outpatient lactation consultations and also a dedicated hotline. You can book a lactation consultation via the postnatal Midwife Clinic: 2255 5524, or call the breastfeeding hotline: 7306 9687.
With over 20 years experience as a registered midwife, Sofie Jacobs at Urban Hatch is a well-known name on the pregnancy and baby circuit – and for good reason! She’s been offering advice to new parents in Hong Kong since 2012 and breastfeeding is, of course, another area of expertise. Reach out to Sofie whenever you need any help or advice, and browse through her blog as well for her take on numerous topics, including breastfeeding.
Wellness And Birth
This pre and postnatal service was founded by Karin Siegler, a registered midwife with experience in both Hong Kong and Germany. The team focuses mainly on online support through home visits are also available. Karin and her team understand how important it is to establish a good breastfeeding routine and will help you on that journey before leaving you to enjoy the time as a new family. If and when the time comes to return to work, you can also get advice on expressing.
Other Breastfeeding Support Centres And Online Help
Maternal and Child Health Centres
Run by the government’s Department of Health, most services are free for HKID cardholders.
Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative Hong Kong Association (BFHIHKA)
This breastfeeding hotline is manned by qualified and experienced lactation consultants who’ll provide professional advice on your breastfeeding queries. The hotline is open every day from 9am to 9pm.
Hong Kong Breastfeeding (closed Facebook group, women only)
Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 4, August 2019 and updated on 30, July 2020.
This is part of a special series, “SassyMama Supports World Breastfeeding Week, in partnership with Gleneagles Hospital Hong Kong“. For more posts on breastfeeding in Hong Kong, click here.