Breastfeeding is natural, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t tricky, there are a number of options available in the Bow Valley to help support new parents with their breastfeeding efforts. Face to face and phone supports, including referral criteria and costs (most are free!), are outlined below:Bow Valley Area Breastfeeding Supports (Sep, 2021)
What is a Lactation Consultant?
The Bow Valley Primary Care Network (PCN) Lactation Consultant is a health professional 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.
How can the Lactation Consultant help me?
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.
When is it best to see a Lactation Consultant?
Most mothers are referred post-partum and can be seen 24-48 hours after the baby’s birth and throughout the duration of breastfeeding. 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.
How do I arrange an appointment?
There are a number of options. You can be referred by a Bow Valley PCN physician member or healthcare provider or you can self referral by calling the PCN office at 403-675-3000.
Where is this service offered?
The Lactation Consultant offers in-person and, where appropriate, phone support. Face to face appointments take place at the PCN office in Canmore.
What are the costs associated with services?
The PCN is funded by Alberta Health. Our services are free of charge.
Where can I rent a breast pump?
The PCN has Medela breast pumps available for up to two weeks of loan. Mothers are responsible for purchasing the Medula Breastfeeding Starter Kit at their local pharmacy. The PCN can also provide information on where breast pumps can be rented locally.