Navigating the options for infant feeding help in Edmonton can feel confusing. The purpose of this site is to present all the options available and help you make decisions for what route(s) are best for you and your family. The ideal scenario would be that when feeding challenges are identified, you would receive quick access to a comprehensive clinic with an IBCLC (lactation consultant) and a physician who is trained in breastfeeding medicine, covered by Alberta Health Care. Unfortunately, in Edmonton, those clinics face long wait times due to few clinics and high demand. Other lactation support options such as private practice IBCLCs and peer-support groups can provide an alternative to the publicly funded clinics, and depending on the feeding issue, may be able to fully resolve your concerns. With complex feeding issues, private IBCLCs and peer-support groups can help support you and make improvements while you wait for your clinic appointment.
All lactation support options will help you throughout the entire course of your feeding journey.
Attend a peer-support feeding group virtually or in person. This is a place where you can bounce ideas off other people in similar scenarios, and receive help from group facilitators.
Tongue ties are complex, requiring expert assessment. See an IBCLC through private practice or a breastfeeding clinic for a full assessment. More info here