I am passionate about breastfeeding and want to enable families to feel confident in their breastfeeding journey.

Katinka

I grew up partly in Zimbabwe and partly in Germany. I am married to Peter and mother of 3 boys Nyasha Manuel, Anesu Marek and Maita Melvin. I breastfed all three of them and know that breastfeeding can sometimes have challenges.

I originally studied agriculture and worked in organic farming before I found my calling in Lactation Support. I started studying again and became an IBCLC in 2017.

I love to read, learn from others all over the world and keep up to date. I regularly attend iLactation and Gold Lactation conferences and read the newest evidence based research on breastfeeding.

Qualification

2018_IBCLC_Logo_Colour_Final.pngI am an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®). IMG-20180119-WA0008 sAn IBCLC is a healthcare professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding. An IBCLC is certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®). IBCLC’s work in a wide variety of settings, providing leadership, advocacy, professional development, and research in the lactation field. Verify that I am an IBCLC: https://iblce.org/public-registry Search with my name or Certification Number L-122473 to find out my accreditation status.

I am a member of ILCA (International Lactation Consultant Association), LACSA (Lactation Consultants of Southern-& Africa) and ZANHP (Zimbabwe Association of Natural Health Practitioners).

I serve on the board of LACSA as Secretary since Nov 2019.

Certificates

Certified Breastfeeding Specialist by Lactation Education Resources

Laser Therapy Foundations by the Canadian Institute of Auricular Medicine.

More Than Reflexes: Learning, Forgetting, and Relearning Infant Breastfeeding Skills by Debra Swank – More Than Reflexes

Evidence-based Management of Breastfeeding, Crying and Sleep Problems (0-6 months): Neuroprotective Developmental Care by Possums Sleep Programme

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health by Possums Sleep Programme

Conferences attended

  • iLactation 2015
  • GOLD Lactation 2015
  • iLactation 2016
  • GOLD Lactation 2016
  • GOLD Perinatal 2016
  • ILCA live stream 2016
  • iLactation 2017 March
  • iLactation 2017 September
  • LLLI conference 2017
  • GOLD Lactation 2017
  • ILCA live stream 2017
  • iLactation 2018 March
  • iLactation 2018 September
  • GOLD Lactation 2018
  • iLactation 2019 March
  • iLactation 2019 Septemeber
  • GOLD Lactation 2019
  • ILCA live stream 2019