Hallo, I’m Katinka, I accompany families in Harare on their breastfeeding journey from pregnancy to weaning.

Whether you want to get breastfeeding off to a good start, you want to make sure everything is going well, you have a concrete breastfeeding challenge or just find breastfeeding hard, I am here for you.

I have experience with breastfeeding preterm babies, babies with challenges to latch, painful breastfeeding, induced lactation for adoption/surrogacy, pumping and expressing, low milk supply and many more.

Supporting you to support your baby.

Services

Breastfeeding Home Visit Service

Breastfeeding consult – in person

In a first consult we will spend 1.5 to 2 hours together. I will get to know you and your baby, we will talk about what you are struggling with and how breastfeeding has been going so far. I will observe a full breastfeed and make suggestions for help with positioning, latch and comfort. I will weigh your baby and check how much milk your baby drank. At the end of the consult we will develop a care plan that works for you.

In a follow-up consult we will spend 1 hour together. I will observe another full breastfeed. We will talk about the progress and make sure the problem could be resolved. If the problem is not resolved we will talk about what worked and did not work and come up with a follow-on care plan.

In an antenatal consult we will spend 1 hour together. We will talk about how to get breastfeeding off to a good start, the normal course of breastfeeding and common challenges. We will have the chance to talk about your questions and concerns and your past breastfeeding experience.

In-person consults include a home or hospital visit.

Breastfeeding consult – distance/phone

In a phone or video consult we will spend half an hour together. I will try to observe a breastfeed and talk you through any suggestions for help with positioning, latch and comfort. In a phone consult I am limited as I am not able to perform an examination of the breast and your baby’s oral anatomy and measure breastmilk transfer.

Gift vouchers

Healing Laser Treatments

Low Level Lasers are biostimulating lasers that are used for healing . They are a form of intensive light therapy, which uses light of a specific wave length and frequency to produce positive cell changes to support the healing process. They are used in for wound healing, inhibiting inflammation, for soothing pain and clearing disturbance fields in scars.

In my practice I use Laser for Sore, Damaged Nipples, Blocked Ducts, Mastitis, Wound healing (eg. after caesarean or episiotomy and tearing), Pain management, Thrush, Nappy rash and sore bums, Delayed healing of the umbilical cord, Eczema, Psoriasis and Neurodermatitis and many others.

Breastpump Rental Service

A personal pumpset needs to be purchased to get started. Pumps can be run as single or double breastpump. Monthly rates available at a discount.

Biliblanket Rental Service

For a baby with jaundice, the Biliblanket applies phototherapy where it is needed, directly on the baby’s skin. You can hold, bond and breastfeed your baby during the treatment. Your doctor will inform you if your baby’s jaundice needs treatment.

I am a wife, a mother of three, a carer, a professional and a business woman.

I have been a La Leche League Leader since 2014 and a Lactation Consultant IBCLC since 2017.

Private Practice

Katinka Breastfeeding Private Practice opened in March 2016. I have a consultation room at my house for families from out of town but prefer to do home or hospital visits. I charge for my services because I have to, but I do pro-bono work here and there for families in need and donate my time and expertise to different support groups.

Qualification

I am an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. IBCLC’s are healthcare professionals who specialise in the clinical management of breastfeeding.
I am trained in Low Level Laser Therapy and the Possums Sleep Programme .

Professional Association

I am registered with the Traditional Medical Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe TMPCZ and the Zimbabwe Association of Natural Health Practitioners ZANHP.
I am a member of International Lactation Consultant Association ILCA and serve on the board of the Lactation Consultants of Southern-& Africa LACSA.