The Bow Valley Primary Care Network (PCN) Lactation Consultant is a health professsional specializing in the clinical management and educational components surrounding breastfeeding. Lactation Consultants have a combination of education and practical hours followed by examinations and formal certification by an international board.
The PCN Lactation Consultant can assist in the assessment, management and remediation of pain, feeding, latch issues, infection, congenital abnormalities, engorgement, milk supply, jaundice, feeding twins and many other educational and support needs.
Most mothers are referred post-partum and can be seen 24-48 hours after the baby's birth and throughout the duration of bestfeeding. In some cases, it is helpful for women to be referred prenatally. For example women who have had previous breastfeeding issues, breast surgeries or other medical diagnoses (e.g. diabetes, depression) may benefit from referral to a Lactation Consultant prior to delivery.
Your Family Physician is a member of the Bow Valley Primary Care Network (PCN). Ask your healthcare team for more information or to be referred. Public Health, Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and your Family Physician can complete the required referral form.
The Bow Valley Primary Care Network has offices in Banff and Canmore.
The Bow Valley Primary Care Network is funded by Alberta Health. Our services are free of charge.
The Bow Valley Primary Care Network has Medela pumps available for loan that can be used for up to 2 weeks. Mothers are responsible for purchasing the reusable breast shield connector pieces which can be found at your local pharmacy (approx. $90). The PCN can also provide information on where breast pumps can be rented locally.