Prince Albert Public Health Lactation Services
Who we are
An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) has specialized skills in breastfeeding management and care. The letters IBCLC after a name means the person has completed the 3 to 5 year training program and exam showing they have demonstrated knowledge to:
- work together with mothers to prevent and solve breastfeeding problems
- collaborate with other members of the health care team to provide comprehensive care that protects, promotes and supports breastfeeding
- encourage a social environment that supports breastfeeding families
What we do
- Advocate for breastfeeding women, infants, children, families and communities
- Support mothers, infants, children, families, and communities to meet their breastfeeding needs and goals
- Counsel mothers and families on initiation, exclusivity and duration of breastfeeding
- Assist mothers through any difficulties or high risk situations
- Promote breastfeeding
- Educate by sharing current, evidence-based information in breastfeeding
- Empower mothers and families to manage breastfeeding challenges if they arise
How can we help you
Call us for assistance with:
- sore/cracked nipples
- ”not enough milk”
- plugged ducts
- weight gain concerns
- position and latch difficulties
- increasing milk supply
- managing growth spurts
- expressing and storing breast milk
- flat or inverted nipples
- any other breastfeeding questions or concerns
There are appointment spots available primarily on Tuesdays and Thursdays with a lactation consultant (IBCLC). We can occasionally accommodate other days depending on our assigned duties. We do not currently offer drop-in lactation clinics as it is important to us to have adequate spacing in our waiting room, and to ensure adequate time for additional sanitizing between clients.
Location: Public Health
2nd Floor McIntosh Mall
800 Central Avenue, Prince Albert
We require masking in our facility and will require a COVID19 screening tool done as you arrive. The lactation consultant will be wearing PPE during the consult.
To book: please call 306-765-6506 and ask for the lactation consultant
You can also message us through our Facebook page at Prince Albert Lactation Services
Other resources include:
The following catalogue has posters to promote breastfeeding. You can review the catalogue, and then place an order using the attached order form.
Poster Order Form.pdf
SKIN-TO-SKIN CONTACT FOR YOU AND YOUR BABY
Skin-to-skin means your baby is placed belly down, directly on your chest, right after she is born. Your care provider dries her off, puts on a hat and covers her with a warm blanket and gets her settled on your chest. The first hours of snuggling skin-to-skin let you and your baby get to know each other. They also have important health benefits. If she needs to meet the pediatricians first or if you deliver by c-section, you can unwrap her and cuddle shortly after birth. Newborns crave skin-to-skin contact, but it’s sometimes overwhelming for new moms. It’s okay to start slowly as you get to know your baby.
A SMOOTH TRANSITION
Your chest is the best place for your baby to adjust to life in the outside world. Compared with babies who are swaddled or kept in a crib, skin-to-skin babies stay warmer and calmer, cry less and have better blood sugars.
Snuggling gives you and your baby a normal start for breastfeeding. Research studies have shown that skin-to-skin babies breastfeed better. They also keep nursing an average of six weeks longer. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all breastfeeding babies spend time skin-to-skin right after birth. Keeping your baby skin-to-skin in his first few weeks makes it easy to know when to feed him, especially if he is a little sleepy.
SKIN-TO-SKIN BEYOND THE DELIVERY ROOM
Keep cuddling skin-to-skin after you leave the hospital – your baby will stay warm and comfortable on your chest and the benefits for bonding, soothing and breastfeeding will continue well after birth. Skin-to-skin can help keep your baby interested in nursing if he’s sleepy. Dads can snuggle, too. Fathers and mothers who hold babies skin-to-skin help keep them calm and cozy.
Skin-to-skin cuddling may affect how you relate with your baby. Researchers have watched mothers and infants in the first few days after birth and they noticed that skin-to-skin moms touch and cuddle their babies more.
ABOUT THE RESEARCH
Multiple studies over the past 30 years have shown the benefits of skin-to-skin contact. In all the studies described here, mothers were randomly assigned to hold their babies skin-to-skin or see them from a distance. For more information, see Anderson GC, GC. Moore, E. Hepworth, J. Bergman, N. Early skin-to-skin contact for mothers and their healthy newborn infants. [Systematic Review] Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2, 2005.
- Adapted from: Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition Breastfeeding Committee of Saskatchewan