Infant Feeding Support Drop-in Sessions

This is a weekly drop-in session held on Mondays from 10am to 1pm for all parents who need professional support with feeding.

Everyone knows that breastfeeding is the normal way to feed a baby and that it has countless benefits for both mother and child. However, in our society, many women struggle and give up much earlier than they intend.

We believe that with accurate information, and mother-centred, empathetic support, women can find breastfeeding enjoyable, rewarding and empowering. It is our aim to help in making this a positive experience and get you and your baby on to a good start.

The drop-in sessions will be held by Sherridan Stymest IBCLC and Maria Larrain Paediatric Osteopath who will be there to help and support you. A single-blinded randomised controlled trial (read here) of 97 mother and baby pairs found that the addition of osteopathy to regular lactation consultations is both beneficial and safe.

Sherridan will also be holding antenatal breastfeeding classes for parents every 6 weeks. Dates TBA

drop-in cost £30 per session.
Please phone or email us in advance to book a session as our space is limited.

Our Stories

Maria Larrain


I was a mother before I was an osteopath and I did not find my entry to motherhood easy. I had a very traumatic delivery followed by painful and difficult breastfeeding.

It was due to my son’s illness when he was a baby that led me to the path that I have taken. I was so grateful for the support and treatment that my son received at the Osteopathic Centre for Children, I decided that I wanted to give back what I was given to the benefit of other mothers and their babies.

My passion for the issues around motherhood, gender and breastfeeding based on my personal experience led me to study Medical Anthropology at University College London. I was awarded distinction for my dissertation Untangling Tongue-tie: Cutting Through the Medicalisation of Breastfeeding. In October 2019 I am embarking on a PhD to expand on my research.

I live in Stoke Newington with my husband, my son and a tortoise called Stormzy.

Sherridan Stymest

IBCLC, BCST and Doula/Birth Companion 

After my second baby was born prematurely, I experienced how difficult it can be to receive good evidence-based breastfeeding support, and have since become committed to helping families with their breastfeeding journeys.

I initially trained with the Breastfeeding Network (BfN) and helped to set up the Islington breastfeeding project. I became an IBCLC in 2011, and have worked in various central London hospitals, as well as running busy drop-ins, parenting classes and training for N.H.S. staff, parents and doulas. My commitment to improving the experience of pregnancy, birth and motherhood led me to train as a doula and a Birth Companion. 

I believe that birth can instigate a powerful change within a woman, and I have a strong desire to ensure the best possible start in life for parents and babies. Having observed how cranial sacral therapy can help a baby integrate with life outside the womb and particularly support feeding issues, I trained as a cranial sacral therapist to further support families. 

I live in North London with my husband, two sons and cat 

IF you have any questions about our treatments or osteopathy in general please get in touch on 020 7254 8890

Comments from Parents

“I wanted to say thank you for yesterday again. Sherridan was just amazing and really helped so much both physically and emotionally.”
” I cannot tell you what a difference you have made to both Gracie and me. We have been having the most wonderful, tear-free feeds, so peaceful and long and relaxed. Gracie has taken to the new position so quickly and we spend hours lounging about drinking milk 🙂 She often falls asleep like that too which is such lovely cuddle time and so happy-making :-)”
“She has also done TWO poos since Tuesday!! A miracle. And feels heavier! Altogether healthier. And critically I feel so much happier and more confident. We are having more fun. So thank you!!!!!!!” 
“Sherridan guided us through uncountable latches and positions with tact, patience and kindness.” 
 “Just wanted to say we have had a wonderful 24 hours of breastfeeding. Thank you so much for your kind words and emotional understanding of the situation. We are now moving forward with a different relationship and it’s wonderful. I fed him in the allotment this morning in the rain and it was actually amazing!!”
“We are still exclusively breastfeeding, and this is undoubtedly due to your guidance and support at the beginning of this journey. For this I cannot thank you enough! I have recommended you to quite a few mums now, and can only hope they have been in touch”
“In January, you kindly helped me (actually SAVED me!) with breastfeeding my newborn daughter – Penelope. I went onto successfully breastfeed her for a year, and I am certain without your support and guidance it would not have been possible”
“I hope you remember me. I thought I’d just give you an update that since last seeing you in the BF group it took a couple of weeks, but Luka is now exclusively breastfed with no pain at all! He finally did “get it”, stopped chomping and started sucking. We are no longer supplementing and I don’t need to pump to keep my supply. Just wanted to thank you for your advice and believing it would happen when it was so difficult for me to do that”
“I just wanted to drop you a quick line as we mark an exciting milestone in our house – Julia was six months old this week! She is doing great – packing the weight on and is a real character already, making us laugh with her quirky sounds and ways! It also marks six months of exclusive breastfeeding – which is why I wanted to get in touch – to say a huge thank you for all your support in those difficult early weeks. It was so important to me to be able to feed my baby as I hoped I could and you really helped me to get there. It was so, so difficult and the double tongue tie didn’t help. There were times I thought I was not going to be able to do it, which I often remember now when Julia is basically helping herself (!), and I feel very grateful that we were able to find a way through. So thanks again, you made a real difference to us and I really appreciate it”

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64 Allen Road, London, N16 8RZ
020 7254 8890

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