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

Ashley Pickett’s Free and Low Cost Parenting Drop Ins in Halton and Peel:

Monthly Breastfeeding Meet Ups:
  • Second Wednesday at the Milton Community Hub (540 Commercial St, Milton) from 10-1130
  • Second Friday at Bridgeway Family center, Brittany Glen location (5632 Tenth Line, Mississauga) from 12:00-1:30
  • Fourth Friday at Bridgeway Family center, Turtle Creek location (1801 Lakeshore Rd W, Mississauga) from 2-3:30
Babywearing Meet Ups:
  • First Monday at The WOMB (388 Main St, Milton) from 10:30-12:00pm
  • Third Wednesday at The Oak Park Neighborhood Center (2200 Sawgrass Dr, Oakville) from 1-2:30pm
  • Fourth Thursday at Bridgeway Family center, Brittany Glen location (5632 Tenth Line, Mississauga) from 3:30-5:00pm

Infant Feeding and Sleep Clinic

  • When: Every Monday from 1-4pm at Abaton Integrative Medicine
  • Location: 235 Randall st, Oakville. On site parking lot off Dunn St.
  • Fee: $50 per family
  • This is a drop-in group clinic, to provide ongoing support to families experiencing Breastfeeding and Sleep challenges.
  • If you have Breastfeeding concerns, our IBCLC will take down your recent history, examine your baby and assess a feeding, and provide solutions to move through your Breastfeeding concern. Families may come weekly to check in, have their latch assessed, or to make changes to current feeding plans. Some challenges require a more targeted consultation to start. If a one on one consultation is suggested, the initial visit will be discounted by our drop in fee.
  • If you have sleep concerns, we will assess your history, your Infant and your sleep challenge and refer you to possible solutions for your family. We may suggest other practitioners who can help solve the underlying concern. We help within the range of biologically normal infant sleep support, and do not provide information or strategies on Sleep training.

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