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Help with breastfeeding

Woman breastfeeding her baby with support from another older woman.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 supports

Primary and community care interprofessional teams

Lactation services

  • Specialized breastfeeding support from a lactation consultant (based in Prince George)
  • In-person, telephone, and/or email support for clients across Northern Health
  • Phone: 250-565-2327
    Email: Breastfeeding@northernhealth.ca
    Hours: Monday to Friday from 8 am to 4 pm

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 Breastfeeding@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)
Smithers
  • No cost to BC residents (covered by MSP)
  • Communities served: Smithers, Houston, Witset, Burns Lake, Fort Babine, Hazelton
  • In-home visits available for clients in Bulkley Valley; virtual consultations for others
Terrace
  • Private practice
  • In-home and virtual consultations
  • Prenatal breastfeeding classes
  • See website for prices

Learn more about lactation consultants: BC Lactation Consultants Association (BCLCA).

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Additional local and virtual supports

Some local and virtual supports are listed in the other tabs on this page. There may be a variety of other supports in Northern BC communities, such as those listed below. If you are aware of other local supports that should be listed here, or if any of the information shown is incorrect, contact us at Breastfeeding@northernhealth.ca.

Local breastfeeding resources

La Leche League Canada (LLLC)

Pregnancy outreach programs

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