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Lactation Counselling

There are many benefits to breastfeeding/bodyfeeding, including:

  • Human milk is the best source of nutrition for most babies, as it changes by the hour to suit their needs

  • Human milk protects babies from many illnesses and diseases

  • Breastfeeding/bodyfeeding protects the lactating parent from future diseases, such as cancer and type 2 diabetes

  • Breastfeeding/chestfeeding can be convenient and enhances the bond between parent and child, which protects against postpartum depression

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends breastfeeding/bodyfeeding for at least 2 years if possible. With the many challenges that may arise throughout one’s lactation journey, support from our lactation counsellor Katie can help you reach your goals.

Katie Jackson is a Certifying Breastfeeding Specialist and a Registered Nurse, so you know you are receiving excellent, comprehensive support.  Katie offers prenatal classes, in-clinic appointments and virtual support options and can be covered through some insurance providers.

What is a Breastfeeding Specialist?

A Certified Breastfeeding Specialist (CBS) is a lactation professional who has received 52+ hours of training in the education and support of breastfeeding/chestfeeding families.  A CBS supports families through pregnancy, breastfeeding initiation, and the normal course of lactation.  A Breastfeeding Specialist can:

  • Provide prenatal education and support in preparation for breastfeeding/chestfeeding
  • Assess the parent and infant and provide a care plan for breastfeeding/bodyfeeding issues
  • Coach parents in optimal feeding positions, latch, how often to feed, and how to tell your baby is getting enough milk
  • Provide support for common problems, including pain with latching, baby not gaining weight, clogged ducts, supply issues
  • Assess effective feeding and milk transfer
  • Support parents in maintaining milk supply upon returning to work
  • Refer and collaborate with local International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) for complex lactation issues

Prenatal Lactation Support

It can be beneficial to see a lactation counsellor while pregnant to equip you with knowledge on how to navigate common feeding challenges, make a plan based on your feeding goals, and know when to seek help.

Postpartum Lactation Support

A lactation counsellor can provide support through feeding challenges, including:

    • Pain while bodyfeedbing/breastfeeding
    • Baby not gaining weight
    • Supply (too much, or possibly not enough)
    • Difficulty with latching
    • Positioning issues
    • Expressing/pumping milk
    • Clogged ducts and mastitis
    • Oral restrictions and post-frenectomy support
    • Bottle feeding

Direct Billing

We direct bill with dozens of providers! We highly encourage you to check with your policy if it covers lactation counselling or services with a Registered Nurse as not all policies cover this service.

If you don’t see your provider listed below, we can still give you printed and/or emailed receipt for you to submit on your end. We encourage you to reach out to us if your provider isn’t listed below so that we can work to get them added!

Alberta Blue Cross



Canada Life

Canadian Construction Workers Union (CCWU)

Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan





D.A. Townley

Desjardins Insurance

Equitable Life of Canada

First Canadian Insurance Corporation

Group Medical Services (GMS)


IA Financial Group


Johnston Group

Labourers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) Local 183 and Local 506



Maximum Benefit

People Corporation



Union Benefits

Nest Integrative Wellness is a multidisciplinary health and wellness clinic that also operates as a social and physical hub for group gatherings and activities. Our space is accessible, inclusive, surrounded by an abundance of free parking, and is located at 10608 124 St in Edmonton.

We support all members of the general public, and every team member of Nest has specialized training and interest in supporting those in their perinatal journeys – including those who are trying to conceive, are pregnant, have recently given birth, or are seeking supports through loss. We welcome individuals and families from the greater Edmonton area, and offer telehealth for various disciplines.