Sarah Oakley, Lactation consultant and tongue tie practitioner Ely, CambridgeshireI was born and educated in Norwich before training as a registered general nurse at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn. After qualifying in 1991 I worked on an acute medical unit as a staff nurse caring for patients with conditions a wide variety of conditions including cancer, heart disease, strokes, diabetes, epilepsy, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and MS.

In 1995 I moved into community nursing, working with the Fenland District Nurses on the evening service.  This work involved mainly palliative and end of life care, as well as supporting patients with chronic conditions to continue to live in their own home.

After studying for the ENB 928 Diabetes qualification I joined Bridge Street Surgery in Downham Market, Norfolk as a practice nurse where I looked after diabetic patients as well as performing the full range of practice nurse duties, such as childhood immunization, wound care, smears and blood pressure management.

In 2002-3 I decided to change direction and trained as a health visitor, gaining BA(Hons) in Primary and Community Care with Specialist Practitioner (Public Health Nursing) at Homerton School of Health Studies, Cambridge.  I had always had an interest in working with children and families and this was fuelled by my personal experience of having a  child with autism. I worked for 6 years as a health visitor in Ely, during which time I trained in the Solihull Approach (an early intervention model encompassing containment, reciprocity and behaviour management). In 2004 I trained as a breastfeeding counsellor with the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers before deciding in to set up in independent practice where I could fully utilize my breastfeeding skills. In 2009 I sat the International Board of Certified Lactation Consultants Exam and left the NHS to develop my private practice.

Since establishing my private practice I have trained to do tongue-tie division in Southampton with Carolyn Westcott and Mervyn Griffiths (Consultant Paediatric Surgeon) in 2011 and went back to Southampton in 2014 for refresher training. I have also attended training with internationally renowned experts in lactation and tongue-tie, including Alison Hazelbaker and Catherine Watson Genna and I have observed Mr A Minocha ( Consultant Paediatric Surgeon, Norwich) and Helen Caulfield (Consultant Paediatric ENT Surgeon, London) in their tongue-tie clinics. I have undertaken more than 600 tongue-tie procedures and work alongside a lactation consultant colleague in my Cambridge clinic, as well as working independently. I regularly have student and qualified midwives and health visitors,  lactation consultants and breastfeeding counsellors observing my practice in order to further their own knowledge and skills.   I have also undertaken the Brazelton Newborn Behavioural Observation training and done a baby massage course with Peter Walker.

As well as running my private practice I work one day per week as a practice nurse at a surgery in Huntingdonshire.

I am based in Ely, Cambridgeshire and will visit clients within a 30 mile radius. For those living further afield who can travel to me I can offer consultations in clinics in Cambridge and Bury St Edmumds.

I am registered with and regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. I am insured by the Medical Defence Union and am a member of Lactation Consultants of Great Britain and the International Lactation Consultants Association. I am also Deputy Chair and a founder member of the Association of Tongue-tie Practitioners.

  • My Medical Defence Union member number is 538899G
  • My qualification as a Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) can be verified by logging on to europe.iblce.org/ibclc-registry and entering my surname (Oakley) or my IBCLC number which is 309-75870.
  • My nursing registration can be verified by logging on to www.nmc-uk.org/Search-the-register/ and entering my name and PIN number which is 88E0274E.

My hobbies include beaded jewellery making, hen keeping,  walking our dog along the river and droves where we live and helping my daughter care for her horse.