LACTATION CONSULTANT

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

Board Certified Lactation Consultant

We provide expert guidance and support for both breastfeeding and bottle feeding, ensuring a nurturing and successful feeding journey for you and your baby.

Feeding your baby is a profoundly beautiful experience, but it can sometimes present challenges. Whether you’re facing difficulties with breastfeeding or bottle feeding, our team of consultants is here to offer professional advice and unwavering support. Discover how we can help you overcome feeding hurdles and create a harmonious feeding experience for you and your little one.

Having trouble with breastfeeding or bottle feeding? Don’t wait any longer.

Book now to address the issue head-on and get the support you need to thrive.

What is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)?

An IBCLC is a healthcare professional who specializes in providing expert guidance and support to breastfeeding mothers and infants. They have undergone rigorous training, clinical experience, and have passed a comprehensive exam to earn their certification as lactation consultants. IBCLCs are considered the gold standard in breastfeeding support and are highly knowledgeable in all aspects of lactation and breastfeeding management.

 

Our Lactation Consultant offers a wide array of services for both breastfeeding and bottle feeding, including:

  1. Assessment and Education: A comprehensive assessment of your baby’s feeding technique, personalized education on proper positioning, and guidance for bottle feeding options.

  2. Problem-Solving: Identifying the root causes of feeding issues, such as latching difficulties, low milk supply, or nipple confusion, and providing practical solutions.

  3. Pumping Guidance: Expert advice on using breast pumps and bottle-feeding equipment when needed.  We also provide flange fitting appointments.

  4. Emotional Support: Compassionate guidance and emotional support to make your feeding journey more comfortable.

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Prepare for Newborn Feeding in Pregnancy

Prenatal Visits and Group Workshops for Expectant Parents

Prepare for a successful  feeding journey with our prenatal visits led by experienced lactation consultants. These private sessions provide personalized guidance, address concerns, and equip you with essential knowledge. For a collaborative experience, join our group workshops, where expectant parents connect, learn about breastfeeding basics, and share insights. Our evidence-based approach ensures you receive the latest information for a confident start to motherhood. Your path to successful breastfeeding starts here.

Are you 30+ Weeks and ready to prepare?

Colostrum Collection

Lactation Consultants work to educate and assist mothers in proper hand expression or using breast pumps to collect this valuable substance, which is often referred to as “liquid gold.” Colostrum is essential for a newborn’s immune system development and provides numerous health benefits. The Lactation Consultant’s role is to ensure that mothers have a successful and confident experience in gathering and preserving colostrum, fostering a strong foundation for the breastfeeding journey.

If you plan on collecting colostrum you can purchase a kit here.  Having a colostrum collection kit on hand can make the process more convenient and organized, especially in the days leading up to childbirth when you may want to collect and store this precious initial milk.

FAQ

IBCLCs undergo rigorous training, clinical experience, and must pass a comprehensive exam to earn their certification. This certification is specific to lactation consulting and is considered the gold standard in breastfeeding support.

Hospital nurses, may have varying levels of experience and training related to breastfeeding, but their primary role encompasses a wide range of patient care responsibilities.

It’s crucial to use nipple shields under the guidance of a Lactation Consultant. Incorrect use or prolonged reliance on nipple shields can lead to reduced milk supply, poor latch habits, or other breastfeeding challenges.

If you were provided with a nipple shield from the hospital and are finding that it’s not working effectively or causing issues during breastfeeding, it’s advisable to consult a Lactation Consultant (LC). Our LC can assess the situation, help identify any underlying issues, and provide guidance on the most appropriate course of action, which may include adjusting the use of the nipple shield or exploring other breastfeeding techniques and solutions.

We provide many other services to meet your prenatal and postpartum needs, like our Markham Pelvic Health Services.

Hospital breastfeeding support is valuable, BUT it may not fully meet the unique needs of every mother and baby due to the varying expertise of staff.  If you find your self going to the hospital for multiple visits with no result, consider seeing our experienced Lactation Consultant for a second opinion, ensuring that any lingering challenges are addressed comprehensively.

Breastfeeding challenges often become more apparent after leaving the hospital, and ongoing, personalized support is crucial for long-term success. 

If you suspect a tongue tie, please consult your baby’s doctor, a pediatric dentist. 

If you are experiencing breastfeeding challenges related to a suspected tongue tie, consulting with a lactation consultant can be valuable. They can offer guidance on breastfeeding techniques, positions, and feeding strategies both before and after the tongue tie release.

If the tongue tie release was performed to address breastfeeding difficulties, it’s valuable to work with a lactation consultant. They can assess the baby’s latch and provide guidance on breastfeeding techniques and positioning to optimize feeding success.