Overview

A lactation consultant (IBCLC) is a healthcare provider that is trained to assess, examine, counsel and treat breastfeeding parents and their breastfeeding babies/children. An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) has passed a fully accredited, rigorous 4-hour examination set by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBCLE). Prerequisites for the board examination include thousands of hours of clinical work and dozens of educational credits in Anatomy & Physiology, Cultural Diversity, Psychology & Counseling, Child Development, Nutrition, among others. The IBCLE certification is recognized as the Gold Standard for health professionals working with breastfeeding women. I use the latest evidence and clinical protocols to inform my care. I work with families that are looking for education, support, reassurance and advice. I work with moms who supplement, exclusively pump, exclusively breastfeed and everything in between. I support breastfeeding families at any stage of lactation – from pregnancy to toddlerhood and beyond.

Common Concerns

  • Breastfeeding challenges such as tongue-tie, nipple pain, baby’s weight gain concerns, and mastitis/clogged ducts.
  • Assessment of Breastfeeding Issues
  • Latching Difficulties
  • Evaluate and address any challenges related to breastfeeding.
  • Nipple/Breast Pain
  • Low Milk Supply
  • Lack of education on expressing breastmilk (pump or hand expression), milk storage, proper use of tools in breastfeeding such as nipple shields, bottle feeding support, and returning to work.

Benefits

  • Clients leave feeling listened to, empowered, supported, and knowledgeable on steps to take so they can mitigate any breastfeeding issues or challenges.
  • Working with clients prenatally to discuss breastfeeding basics, so they are prepared and supported before their baby arrives
  • Alleviating nipple or breast pain
  • Tailored Feeding Plan to increase milk supply.
  • Create a personalized feeding plan based on individual needs and preferences.
  • Encouraging mothers to trust their intuition and the baby’s instincts to independently learn to breastfeed.
  • Basic Breastfeeding Technique and Management
  • Provide guidance on fundamental breastfeeding techniques
  • Clients leave with a sense of relief knowing they are supported via text and email after each visit.

Natalie Ford

Lactation Consultant. RPN, IBCLC

Natalie is a licensed Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) with the College of Nurses of Ontario. She is accredited as a International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant. (IBCLC) through the IBCLE. Natalie’s role involves providing impartial support to new and expecting parents, adhering to the CNO scopes of practice, evidence-based research, and clinical protocols. Natalie has over 25 years of nursing experience.

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319 Woolwich Street, Guelph
Ontario N1H 3W4

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