Need support breastfeeding? These lactation consultants in Hong Kong 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 child or not, 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 breastfeeding help out there in the form of lactation consultants. Take a look through these options and find a consultant that works best for you. You’ve got this, mama!
Lactation Consultant Certifications
The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) is an international organisation and specialist in breastfeeding and lactation. It’s the only body able to provide an officially recognised certification for lactation consultants (IBCLC). 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 (LLL) Leader. Leaders have been accredited by La Leche League International to offer mother-to-mother support for breastfeeding (see below for more information).
Breastfeeding And Lactation Consultants In Hong Kong
Looking for personally tailored pre and postnatal care? IBCLC qualified, Ellen Cheung is a breastfeeding and lactation consultant 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 massages. 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. As the director and lactation consultant at Everdawn Midwives, Mrs Chee can help with everything from blocked ducts to breast massages and ways to boost supply. Specialising in lactation consultations and antenatal and postnatal care, you can also get help with breast pumps, maternity bras, nipple creams and more. She no longer does home visits but does consultations at the office in Wan Chai. Pre-booked appointments only (no walk-ins).
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. A qualified IBCLC lactation consultant, she also does home visits and offers first-aid helper training courses as well as helper assessments (with a follow up on how they can improve caregiving skills). Opt for breastfeeding and postnatal consultation for the ultimate lactation support.
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.
The founder of held., accredited Neuroprotective Developmental Care Practitioner, paediatric doctor and mum of two Dr Clementine David, is an expert in babies, children, and of course breastfeeding. She runs an “antenatal breastfeeding education” course to boost your breastfeeding and lactation knowledge before your bubba is born. Or try the “feeds and unsettled behaviour” course to help smooth out any bumps in the road of your breastfeeding journey.
Holistic Lactation Centre
IBCLC-registered lactation consultant, Heidi Lam, is a breastfeeding and lactation master who can definitely help you if you’re having some difficulty. A La Leche League Leader, she breastfed both her own daughters for eight years, so she knows a thing or two from personal experience! You can book a home visit or online consultation with her to train you with breastfeeding, or to help with any lactation 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 free monthly meetings with its lactation consultants, though currently, all these have moved online until further notice. 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. Check out our recent interview with LLL Leader Molly, for her breastfeeding advice.
La Leche Leauge, English: Genny 9147 0808, Heather 9468 9382, Jenny 2987 7792, Molly 5305 6164, Nicola 9540 7017; Cantonese: Terry 6036 9070, Angela 9102 2099, Cecilia 5266 5619, Maggie 9048 1701; [email protected], www.lll-hk.org
Melinda Hunt is a qualified postnatal consultant and night nurse who can help new parents with breastfeeding and formula guidance, night feeds, establishing a sleep routine 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 and those juggling careers with parenthood. As a mother of five, 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 and lactation consultant 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 of experience, Mums The Word was set up to provide friendly, professional and supportive pre and postnatal care for mamas. Along with Vicki Marks (also a registered midwife), you’ll find a range of lactation support options which includes dedicated breastfeeding help. You can book either a single consultation simply for some reassurance, or arrange several appointments if more help is required. With COVID-19 restrictions in place, Melanie and Vicki are offering online and phone consultations via Zoom, Facetime and WhatsApp.
Annerley OT&P (Formally Annerley Midwives Clinic)
Annerley is a well-known midwife clinic based in Central (frequented by several Sassy Mamas) and the midwife team here (Rosie, Sue and Michelle) are legends when it comes to breastfeeding support. You can book one hourly postnatal and breastfeeding home consultation once you’re back at home, or a pack if you require more help. Each visit is tailored to your individual needs, usually breastfeeding support. The trained 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.
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Queen Elizabeth Hospital holds a breastfeeding clinic run by Christine Lam, a Nurse Consultant and specialist in breastfeeding and lactation support, 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. While only for hospital patients, it has a wide range of postnatal lactation support, with breastfeeding talks, practice classes, in and outpatient lactation consultations and also a dedicated hotline (details given to you once you register). You can book a lactation consultation via the postnatal Midwife Clinic.
Queen Mary Hospital, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 6/F, Professorial Block, Queen Mary Hospital, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong, for the Midwife Clinic: 2255 5524, [email protected], www8.ha.org.hk/QMH
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 and lactation support 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.
Urban Hatch, www.urban-hatch.com
Wellness And Birth
This pre and postnatal service was founded by Karin Siegler, a registered midwife with experience in Hong Kong and Germany. The team focuses mainly on online support through home visits are also available. A qualified IBCLC breastfeeding and lactation consultant, 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 And Lactation Support Centres And Online Help
Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative Hong Kong Association (BFHIHKA) – This breastfeeding hotline is manned by qualified and experienced lactation consultants for professional advice on your breastfeeding queries.
Breastfeeding Younger Babies and Beyond (closed Facebook group)
Breastfeeding Older Babies and Beyond (closed Facebook group)
Government Of Hong Kong Department Of Health Family Health Services – Breastfeeding Support – Here you’ll find a wealth of breast-feeding resources including a breastfeeding support hotline
Hong Kong Breastfeeding (closed Facebook group, women only) – Started by the well-known Hong Kong breastfeeding expert Gemma MacFarlane
It Tastes Like Love – Founded by Hong Kong Mama and breastfeeding advocate Liz Thomas
Milk Meg – IBCLC Lactation consultant and social media influencer
Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 4, August 2019 and updated in July 2021.
This is part of a special series, “Everything You Need To Know About Breastfeeding In Hong Kong“. For more posts on breastfeeding in Hong Kong, click here.