Lactation Consultant & Breastfeeding Drop in
Lactation Consultant Mary Smart offers one-on-one consultations at Lotus and spends up to an hour with families to help them reach their breastfeeding goals. She also visits mothers at home if this suits the family’s needs best. Mary now offers Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) for pain, nipple damage, blocked ducts and mastitis. This treatment can be done at Lotus or in the home.
LLLT has been used successfully in almost every area of human medicine where accelerated wound healing, pain relief, anti-inflammatory and anti-swelling effect is required.
This therapy has been used in conjunction with standard midwifery/lactation care in Germany, Austria, South Africa and Brazil and has recently been added to lactation care in Australia. LLLT is completely painless, takes little time and has no side effects.
Mary is available for one-on-one consultations every Wednesday at Lotus or in your
home (Mornington Peninsula only) at a time that suits. To make an appointment to see Mary at Lotus please ring reception on 9787 8288, or for a home visit ring Mary on
In 2013 Mary set up a drop-in service at Lotus for breastfeeding mothers and their families. The drop-in is intended as a follow-up on an initial consultation where a full history has been taken, or for financially challenged families. What she discovered through this model of care was that although many mothers need practical hands on help initially, much of their healing takes place when they are sharing their stories
with others who have been through or are going through the same experiences. For breastfeeding to be successful it is paramount that a mother feels supported not only
by her family but also by the community.
In 2015 Cassandra Poynton, who at the time was a newly qualified lactation consultant
and experienced midwife, came along to the drop-in to observe and has become
an invaluable part of the service. She is available most weeks to assist Mary.
The drop-in is available every Wednesday from