Prenatal Consultations and Breastfeeding Classes

We do offer private classes in the comfort of your own home.

  • In this, one-on one, comprehensive class we cover.
  • Why, how and when to breastfeed/chestfeed
  • Normal infant behaviour vs what you have read on internet
  • What to expect when expecting and after delivery, as well as common breastfeeding problems.
  • LGBTQ+ lactation counselling including but not limited to chestfeeding, partner lactation, gender specific questions…

We discuss the importance of when and how to seek help if things don't go according to plan. We will explore breastfeeding myths and truths. This is an especially desirable class if there are other siblings or helpers at home. We pay extra attention to any question or special circumstance you may have. This consult is also ideal for families with multiples, previous breastfeeding problems, or possible production issues like breast surgeries, hormonal issues, transgender pregnancies etc.

During the consultation we do have a thorough examination of the breast tissue, and if there are any concerns we pay special attention to the tell-tale signs of possible problems, and how to best prepare for them.

This is one of our most talked about and enjoyable classes for the expectant families!

PRENATAL OFFICE VISITS

We recommend clinical pre-natal consultations to mothers who are anxious about lactation or have specific conditions like previous breast surgeries, illnesses, or previous lactation problems. Also, experienced mother who have had issues while nursing their previous children, or mothers who have had unsuccessful/not completely fulfilled lactation history.

During the visit, we will talk about how to get prepare to breastfeed/chestfeed, full exterior mammary exam (for inverted nipples, structure, etc), making sure you are ready to have a good start, when the baby comes, simple latch techniques, and address any questions the expectant families may have. This visit usually takes about 30-45 minutes.

Induced lactation, Adoptive Lactation, Re-lactation

Although induced, adoptive or re-lactation has started to make more appearances in the media within the last couple of years, it is not a new concept. Mothers, aunties, and grandmothers or even close neighbours around the world have re-lactated to feed their babies for centuries.

Nursing a baby is a very special bond. Breastfeeding/chestfeeding is not only putting food into baby's belly, but also about nurturing, it is about reconnecting, finding a language to communicate even when you say nothing at all. However, please remember that like any good, and solid relationship, it may take some work. Within the last 14 years Ann Faust, IBCLC has had joined many families who managed to breastfeed/chestfeed their babies in variety of situations. We also have had the privilege to work with many LGBTQ+ families to achieve their goals to breastfeed/chestfeed their babies regardless they give breastmilk to their conceived/partnered or adopted babies.

If you are planning to adopt or trying to re-lactate for your baby please give us a call so we can talk about your goals and the best ways to achieve them.