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About Me

I have been a Registered Nurse in Labour and Delivery since 2010. I absolutely love providing care for moms and babies!

Labour and Delivery is an incredible area of nursing and has allowed me to see first-hand the pressures and expectations that women face when the topics of birth and breastfeeding arise.

The vast amount of false information, judgmental attitudes and online negativity surrounding infant feeding inspired me to achieve my designation as an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2019.

IBCLC Certified - MilkBud Lactation, Edmonton AB

Milkbud Lactation strives to support women and educate families on how societal norms have contributed to the enormous pressures placed on mothers and how strong support systems contribute to breastfeeding success. I want to provide new parents with factual information and skills that incorporate the realities of modern life, while also providing compassion, encouragement, and support. Additionally, I want to empower adoptive parents and individuals in the LGBTQ2+ community to meet their infant feeding goals by discussing bonding, sleep, and infant behavior, and by providing education and setting realistic expectations regarding induced lactation and supplementary nursing systems.

I was born and raised in Edmonton, where I currently live with my husband, Cory, and my too-cool, Tik-Tok-obsessed, preteen step-daughter. In my free time, I enjoy reading, working out, drinking red wine, and listening to a wide variety of podcasts (everything from skincare and beauty to business to (of course) breastfeeding, and my current fave, true crime).

Alberta Blue Cross Provider

I am an approved Nursing provider through Alberta Blue Cross. If your Blue Cross coverage allows for home visits from a Registered Nurse, you may submit your receipt to Blue Cross for reimbursement.

To check your coverage, sign in at www.ab.bluecross.ca and find your “Benefit Booklet”!

If you are with another insurance provider, check your coverage! Sometimes reimbursement for at-home Registered Nurse services are granted!

Note: Some insurance companies require you to submit a doctor’s prescription for  ‘lactation support’

Why Choose An IBCLC?

The Importance of Certification

When you search for a lactation educator or support worker, you will notice there are a variety of titles and accreditations. IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) is the gold-standard accreditation for lactation professionals and requires the completion of a rigorous training program, thousands of hours in clinical lactation education experience, and successful achievement of a challenging, global exam proctored by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.

 

Some people think that lactation consultants  judge, preach “breast is best” mantras, and place unnecessary pressures and shame on mothers.  While I would love for everyone to successfully and exclusively breastfeed, I also have an in-depth understanding and appreciation for the physical, psychological and sociological influences that impact breastfeeding, and I work to help parents discover solutions that work best for them, their babies, and their lives.

Scope of Practice

The IBCLC scope of practice is broad and includes in-depth knowledge of infant development and oral anatomy, nutritional requirements and human milk composition, growth patterns, neurological challenges, muscle tone, and reflexes.  IBCLCs also provide maternal assessments of anatomy, taking into account breast changes during pregnancy, impacts of breast previous surgery, and the hormonal impact on lactation. We also have in-depth knowledge of increasing (or decreasing) milk supply, choosing the right tools to help with nursing, assessing for allergies or infections, and assessing maternal nutritional status.  IBCLCs have the knowledge, training, and participate in ongoing education in order to understand the complex physical systems and interactions that can lead to breastfeeding and lactation challenges.

Now Is The Right Time

You don’t need to wait until your baby is born, or until you are having challenges to contact an IBCLC.  I offer private, in-home prenatal breastfeeding classes to provide you with the most comprehensive and realistic expectations, and help to arm you with knowledge and skills to use when baby arrives.