Julie Carden


IBCLC Lactation Consultant & Infant Tongue-Tie Practitioner Nurse


All families who have a consultation with me for tongue tie issues are invited to complete my short feedback form.


Update 4/10/21

**Apologies **

This Thursday 7th October Carmenta breastfeeding cafe is closed.

Instead our lovely colleague Colette is providing fee breastfeeding support on zoom 2-3pm
Colette is a NCT breastfeeding councillor and awaiting the results of her IBCLC exam!

Please email breastfeeding@carmenta-life.co.uk for your free slot.

We will be back to normal next Thursday 14th October.


Update August  2021

I am happy to confirm that I am providing face to face consultations at Carmenta Life.


I can also provide Zoom consultations, but I’m currently NOT providing home visits.

There are still some changes in order to promote safety, provide the highest quality of care possible and adhere to current government guidelines regarding COVID-19.

All appointments last up to an hour.

You are invited to give some written background information prior to our appointment, by email/text/WhatsApp first and, if appropriate, send a picture of your baby crying – to ascertain the position of your baby’s tongue. And/or a brief video of your baby latching and feeding if possible and if you would like to. This information first, helps us to make best use of our appointment time, but is not essential.  All information/photographs/videos are confidential, as per my privacy policy which can be viewed below.

The consultation room, including all surfaces, is cleaned thoroughly before and after each client according to government guidelines and Carmenta Life infection control policy. Hand sanitiser is available and you are requested to use it on entering the consultation room.  I shall be wearing Personal Protective Equipment as per government guidelines, including plastic apron and mask, also visor and sterile gloves for the procedure of tongue tie division.

I no longer need to check parents’ temperatures on arrival. However, I will need confirmation that anyone attending a consultation have no symptoms, nor  tested positive to COVID-19, within the past 2 weeks; And that no member of your household have any symptoms of COVID-19, such as a temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius or above, new persistent cough, flue like symptoms, diarrhoea, loss of taste or smell. Please do not come to your consultation if you or your baby have a temperature or any symptoms as above. Although no longer compulsory, I do ask that anyone entering the consultation room, to please wear a face mask or a face covering for everyone’s safety.

The primary carer, usually Mum if breastfeeding, is very welcome to bring one other person to the consultation for support.  However, I do ask that no young children come into the consultation room, as it becomes very difficult for parents to 1) concentrate on me talking, 2) prevent inquisitive fingers touching medical equipment, and also,  3) some young children become distressed and understandably need full attention when I am examining their baby sibling.  A parent/carer and other children are very welcome to wait in our reception area if needed.

Current Prices:-

Your investment for Tongue Tie Division is £180.
This includes assessment and feeding support. This also includes unlimited follow up support by text/email for one month, and a free 10 minute follow up phone call within 10 days. You are also welcome to join our Free drop in Breastfeeding Cafe on Thursdays 1.30-3pm. Please see our updated details below.

For breastfeeding/bottle feeding  support,  and/or tongue tie and tongue function assessment only – ie. if division isn’t needed or wanted, your investment is £95.

A follow up face to face appointment is £75

An antenatal consultation is £75.  This can be really helpful to discuss any concerns regarding breastfeeding, and to discuss a plan for any potential breastfeeding difficulties.

I also provide video consultations by Zoom/WhatsApp/FaceTime  – £60 up to an hour.

Payment is preferred by credit/debit card at the time of our face to face consultation. Or by invoice and bank transfer for a video consultation.

A charge of £50 will need to be incurred to cover costs, for any cancellation within 24 hours of an appointment.

I look forward to welcoming you and please do ask if you need to discuss any of the above.

Please contact me by email:

tonguetie@carmenta-life.co.uk or breastfeeding@carmenta-life.co.uk

or by phone/text 07702 669558

It has been shown that even one discussion can turn breastfeeding around to enable success, empowerment and enjoyment.

There are  also useful up to date videos, information and articles on the Carmenta Breastfeeding Facebook page and my ‘lockdown’ vlogs on breastfeeding tips on the Carmenta Life Facebook page.


Julie x


December 2020

I first qualified as an IBCLC in July 2010.  I am delighted and proud to announce that I have successfully passed the International Exam to recertify as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant IBCLC for another 5 years!

August 2019

I am now fully registered with the Care Quality Commission as from 25/07/2019

For further Information visit:-https://www.cqc.org.uk


Julie holds the Advanced Diploma in Midwifery Studies, is a Registered General Nurse – with additional advanced Certificate in Special and Intensive Care of the Newborn,  with over 25 years experience working with women and babies in Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire.

During this time she has a gained vast experience helping mums and babies with breastfeeding and tongue tie issues and went on to complete the extensive training required to pass the international examination in 2010, to become a member of the International Board of Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC). To become a Tongue Tie Practitioner,  Julie completed the specialised training with Professor Mervyn Griffiths in Southampton General Hospital in 2013.  Julie Carden is a full member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, NMC PIN 83A2116E. She is fully insured with Hiscox Medical Insurance and holds a recent advanced CRB check.  She is registered with the Care Quality Commission and the Information Commissioner’s Office. Certificates are available to see at your consultation on request.

As a mother of two children herself, Julie has developed an ever greater empathetic understanding of breastfeeding and feeding issues that mothers deal with on a daily basis.  Being passionate about working with women and their babies and families stems from her knowledge of the importance of providing physical, emotional and social support at this crucial time.  Julie has a non judgemental approach to managing breast and bottle feeding issues.

“I recognise the need for sympathetic, practical and holistic research based breastfeeding support within our community. New mums need to feel empowered to cope with the challenging journey that breastfeeding may prove to be, in order to enjoy their special bond with their baby. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a mum blossom with confidence in her new role of nurturing her precious baby. I keep myself updated so I can discuss useful new evidence to help emotional and developmental growth of the whole family.”
Julie Carden IBCLC

Find information on the specific services Julie provides:

Baby Feeding Support and Cafe (Thursdays 1.30-3pm)

Tongue Tie Assessment and Division

Download your Tongue-tie Information and Tongue Exercises for Parents

Read testimonials about Julie’s Tongue Tie division service from other clients.


For breastfeeding concerns, information or queries:
Email: breastfeeding@carmenta-life.co.uk

To speak with Julie personally contact:
Email: julicarden@aol.com
Mobile: 07702 669 558