Julie Carden


Lactation Consultant & Tongue Tie Practitioner 

Update January 2021

Happy New Year!

I can confirm that I am providing face to face consultations at Carmenta Life – on Fridays only until further notice. Though while Covid 19 cases are high I am encouraging Zoom consultations if possible. (no home visits currently).

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

An appointment lasts up to an hour. You are invited to give some written background information prior to our appointment, by email/text/WhatsApp first and 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.  I delete all photographs and videos after our consultation. All information is 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.

Only one parent is permitted to accompany your baby to the consultation, as the consulting room is not large enough to accommodate more people for socially distancing purposes. This will usually be the mother if breastfeeding and for signing the consent form for the procedure of tongue tie. For legal purposes, the father/ partner may sign the consent form if married to the mother or the baby has been registered with the father/partner’s name on the birth registration form. Anyone other than the one legally responsible carer accompanying the baby will need to wait outside the building for the duration of the consultation.

I will need confirmation on the day of the consultation, that no member of your household has travelled to COVID-19 high risk areas, or been in contact with anyone with symptoms or tested positive to COVID-19, within the past 3 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. Please bring and wear a face mask or a face covering. With your permission I shall take your and your baby’s temperature with a non contact thermometer, on arrival. I  check my own temperature daily.

Current Prices:-

Your investment for Tongue Tie Division is £150, including assessment and feeding support.
For breastfeeding support and/or tongue tie assessment only, your investment is £80.
A follow up face to face appointment is £60
I also provide video consultations by Zoom/WhatsApp/FaceTime  -£40 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 be incurred 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

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

There is 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.

Stay safe and well in these uncertain times.

Julie x


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 Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

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.

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