Help with breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is a learned skill and takes time, practice, and support. It's not always easy. There are people who can help you:

  • Your partner, family, and friends
  • Doula, primary care provider (doctor, nurse practitioner, or midwife), and the staff at the hospital (maternity or NICU)
  • Primary care nurses, lactation consultants, community programs, and peer-to-peer support persons

If you need extra help with breastfeeding, there are professional supports and community programs available for you. Explore the sections below to find the best option for your family.

Professional support

Primary and community care interprofessional teams

Lactation services

HealthLink BC

  • Basic breastfeeding support from registered nurses
  • Call 8-1-1 (or 1-604-215-8110) to reach a nurse, dietitian, pharmacist, or exercise professional
  • Learn more about HealthLink BC
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Lactation consultants

Active Lactation Consultants (LCs) in Northern BC

If you are aware of other lactation consultants, or if any of the information is incorrect, please contact NHBreastfeeding@northernhealth.ca

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Fort St. John

  • Private practice
  • $110 for initial consult - includes 3 follow-up texts or phone conversations, initiated by the client in the following 2 weeks

Prince George

  • No cost to BC residents (covered by MSP)

Prince George

  • No cost, volunteer-based
  • Support available by phone only

Smithers

  • No cost to BC residents (covered by MSP)
  • Wedzinkwah Family Medical Center
  • Wednesdays, 9 am to 4 pm

Terrace

  • Private practice
  • In-home and virtual consultations
  • Prenatal breastfeeding classes
  • See website for prices
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Community programs

La Leche League

Pregnancy outreach programs

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Local support

Some communities have lists of local breastfeeding resources, where available they will be linked below. The absence of a list does not mean there are no services available in a community. For supports in other Northern BC communities, see the other tabs on this webpage or contact your local health unit.

Community breastfeeding resources

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