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.
Private practice IBCLCs offer breastfeeding and infant feeding prenatal sessions in group sessions or one-on-one classes for a fee.
Alberta Health Services offers prenatal classes. Contact your local Public Health Center for more information.
Attending a La Leche League meeting prior to baby's arrival can prepare you for what to expect, plus connect you to help should issues arise. Meetings are free to attend in person or virtually.
For people with history of lactation challenges or more complex medical concerns, you may be a candidate for a prenatal appt at the Allin Clinic, Misericordia, Royal Alex, or GNH.
ex. Triple feeding, low supply, non-latching, feeling overwhelmed.
Get help sooner than later. Hire a private LC to be seen within days or request a referral to the public clinics for a no-cost option.
Yes! Many private practice LCs make home visits for a fee. Getting help in the comfort of your home, with all of your own stuff is very valuable.
Request a referral to a publicly funded breastfeeding clinic. Access peer-to-peer feeding support groups through La Leche League, Jasper Place Family Resource Center, Indigenous Birth Alberta.
Your best option for urgent support is private practice lactation consultants . You can often be seen within days. La Leche League Edmonton & Area also runs a daytime phone helpline at 780-478-0507.
Many private practice lactation consultants offer secure virtual sessions, where a wide variety of issues can be addressed. They Grey Nuns Hospital Breastfeeding Clinic offers a virtual option if required. Peer-support groups run virtual meetings on a regular basis.
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