Breastfeeding medicine doctors plus an IBCLC for additional support should be the gold standard of lactation care. Not all feeding issues require a physician, but they may be required in situations such as low supply not responsive to initial interventions to increase, assessment of tongue function and options for addressing tongue tie, metabolic disorders that may affect breastfeeding/supply (diabetes, high blood pressure, hypothyroidism, PCOS, etc), nipple damage, mastitis, among others. These clinics require a referral from your health care provider and some have long wait times, which may require seeking out interim breastfeeding support. These clinic are covered by Alberta Health Care.
A team of two lactation physicians, Dr. Bailey Adams MD, IBCLC and Dr. Lauren Eastman MD, plus IBCLC Brittney Pederson. Referral is required, information on their site. Located in St. Albert.
Lactation and infant feeding support clinic led by Dr. Kelly Macgregor, MD, CCFD, IBCLC. Referral is required, information on their site. Located in south Edmonton.
Centrally located breastfeeding clinic led by Dr. Angela Berg. Referral from your medical provider is required. Contact clinic for more details.
Breastfeeding clinic led by Dr. Angela Berg. Referral from your medical provider is required. Contact clinic for more details.
These clinics are covered by Alberta Health Care and provide comprehensive breastfeeding support. Because it is not a physician-led clinic, the IBCLC may have to co-ordinate follow up with your family physician for scenarios such as low supply requiring medication. They can help with a vast range of feeding concerns and often have very reasonable wait times. You do not have to have delivered at a specific hospital to access their breastfeeding clinic. These clinics do require a referral from your health care provider.