An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is professionally trained to help you reach your breastfeeding goals. Breastfeeding is the first activity a baby instinctually expects after birth, along with skin to skin bonding and attachment to their caregivers. Breastfeeding facilitates this bonding, helps to establish gut health, and works to promote life long wellness by allowing optimal health through the breastfeeding years and throughout the lifetime. Should breastfeeding not start out the way you had hoped or planned, an IBCLC can help get you back on track, or as close to it as possible.

IBCLC’s are the gold standard of breastfeeding care, providing families with the clinical tools, workable plans and emotional support needed to be successful. Breastfeeding is the biologically normal way to feed a baby, however, it can also be challenging to establish as a result of many different factors. A skilled IBCLC

will walk through a feeding with you to assess the causes of your breastfeeding concerns. This assessment is combined with information gathered from the family throughout the consultation, to determine the possible cause for the issue and to create a plan with the family to make breastfeeding more efficient, less painful and enjoyable for the whole family. You should expect expert and individualized care from your IBCLC.A dedicated one on one visit with your IBCLC, without the distractions and loss of attention that may interfere when multiple families are seen at once, can help you get to the root of the concern quickly, and can ensure a complete plan based on the nuances of your feeding.

The breastfeeding situations and challenges an IBCLC can help you with are:

  • Sore nipples and breasts (it should not hurt!)
  • Slow weight gain/weight loss
  • Tongue, lip and buccal tie evaluations
  • Preventing and supporting new babies: Low blood sugar and Jaundice
  • Fussy babies, pushing away/pulling at the breast, biting, sipping to the nipple
  • Infant Sleep: New night wakings, hard to put to sleep, wont sleep alone
  • Candida infectons in mother or baby
  • Breast pain such as Vasospasms (shooting/throbbing in the breast after or between feeds)
  • Colic-like behaviours, reflux, aerophagia
  • Long frequent feeds
  • Baby Led Bottlefeeding and other feeding methods (lactation aid, cup, etc)
  • Cesarian birth recovery support
  • Multiples/Tandem feeding/Sibling support
  • Hormonal conditions (maternal)
  • Induced lactation: adoptive, same sex couples, surrogacy
  • Chestfeeding
  • Introduction to solid foods & Baby Led Weaning
  • Breaking the rules! Education on demand feeding, not swaddling, and following cues not clocks

Classes and Workshops

  • Breastfeeding Basics for Prenatal Families
  • Breastfeeding Basics – Baby is here, what now!
  • Introduction to Solid Foods: A Baby Led Weaning Approach
  • Transitions: Breastfeeding through Solids, Back to work, Weaning