Private (paid out-of-pocket) lactation support can be an excellent option for breast/chestfeeding support for many families. While we would all love to see more government funding for lactation, in Edmonton our options are limited and can mean long wait times. With breast/chestfeeding, especially newborns, timely access to support can make a world of difference. Our city is privileged to have a variety of highly skilled LCs to support you in your home, virtually, or in a clinic setting.

Do your research. Check their websites. Ask them questions. This might just be the perfect route for you and your family.

Access our Breastfeeding Directory for a complete list of Edmonton & Area Lactation Consultants.

Featured IBCLC Lactation Consultants:

Linda Crawford, IBCLC

Linda is our certified lactation consultant here in the Pine forest. She helps guide new mothers and moms to be in their journey with breast feeding. Linda can help with the following:

● Prenatal & Partner Prep.
● Improving Position & Latch
● Dealing with Over/Under Supply
● Feeding Concerns
● Introduction of Solid Foods
● Choosing a Pump & Improving your pumping results
● Returning to Work & Weaning

She offers telehealth sessions Monday nights and Tuesdays and Fridays during the day.

 

Sheena Tabbert, RN, IBCLC

Sheena Tabbert RN IBCLC is an experienced Labour & Delivery nurse who is committed to helping families achieve their infant feeding goals. Through Milkbud Lactation & Prenatal, she offers in-home infant feeding consultations and online prenatal classes (on topics of breastfeeding and childbirth).  Home visits are crucial in helping with challenges such as latch, nipple pain, milk supply, chest-feeding, and more.  Infant weight and tongue tie assessments are completed during each visit, and a written plan of care is provided.  Additional visits are offered at a lower cost, and follow-up via email and text messaging continues for 2 weeks after any appointment.

Megan Schafers, RN, IBCLC

Megan Schafers is a Registered Nurse and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Megan believes that thriving families and communities begin with well supported mothers. Her approach to lactation and breastfeeding support respects the innate abilities and wisdom of each breastfeeding parent and baby.
Megan has worked as a Lactation Consultant in a variety of settings. Working in the hospital in Postpartum, NICU and in outpatient breastfeeding clinics has given her skill and confidence with babies from a few hours to many months old. Megan is comfortable and proficient in assessing tongue-tie and making referrals as needed.
Megan offers prenatal and postnatal appointments which can be scheduled as in-home, in-clinic or by secure video. Megan’s practice operates out of the Flow Functional Health Care clinic.

Melissa Alexander, BScN, IBCLC

Mychelle Gagne, BA, BScN, IBCLC

It is our passion and mission to support families in those first critical months of a newborn's life. From difficulties with breastfeeding, bottle feeding and sleep we are there to help! Currently, there are three Registered Nurses and International Board Certified Lactation Consultants doing in-home and virtual feeding consults.  We also have a RN who teaches our prenatal breastfeeding class and labour/postpartum prep classes. The IBCLC’s have specialized training in assessing tethered oral tissues (TOTS) also known as tongue/lip ties. We truly believe being assessed early and by specially trained professionals is key.

We are committed to providing accurate information from important parenting topics from breastfeeding to sleep. We also have a Holistic Sleep Coach as part of our team. Attending workshops and conferences on a regular basis helps us stay up to date on current research so that we can best help our Little Nursing Company families! We would love to be part of your team of support in your prenatal/postpartum and newborn journey!

Fiona Lang-Sharpe, IBCLC

One of the best parts of my job is building relationships with my clients.  I strive to empower women to make choices that are right for them.  Engaging and listening to women share their birth and breastfeeding experiences which I can then pass along to others.  I enjoy exchanging and bringing ideas to the table so we can brainstorm on how to build a team of care providers who are supportive of your family's choices.  Teaching about healthy natural birth and breastfeeding for all women is one of my primary goals.

Erica Kalke, NP, IBCLC

Erica has been providing full breastfeeding services for the past 5+ years at Synergy Women's Wellness Centre in Sherwood Park.
As a Nurse Practitioner, she can prescribe medications, order tests, and refer to other health care professionals. Her focus is being able to provide complete care and treatment (one-stop shop) in a nonjudgemental  environment and with lots of teaching.
Her goal is that you enjoy your baby, not deal with frustrations that are treatable.