Originally from the UK, Helen moved to Canada in 2003. Her breastfeeding experience with her oldest child changed her life forever and set her on a path to become an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant ). As many pregnant mums do, Helen assumed that since breastfeeding is ‘natural’, that it would also be easy. This did not turn out to be the case. She experienced many breastfeeding issues with her first son but was very lucky to have excellent support during that time from family, friends and professionals. Her personal experiences taught her the importance of non-judgemental care; providing families with up to date information to enable them to achieve their own goals.
Helen gained over 600 hours of directly supervised, hands-on experience helping mothers and babies at the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic before successfully completing the requirements to become an IBCLC. Helen recertifed in 2016.
She is also a member of the Canadian Lactation Consultants Association (CLCA).
What is an IBCLC?
From the IBLCE website.
“The International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) credential identifies a knowledgeable and experienced member of the maternal-child health team who has specialized skills in breastfeeding management and care. The IBLCE certification program offers the only credential in lactation consulting and is available globally. IBCLCs have passed a rigorous examination that demonstrates the ability to provide competent, comprehensive lactation and breastfeeding care. Attainment of the IBCLC credential signifies that the practitioner has demonstrated competence to: