Canadian lactation consultant association 

Association canadienne des consultantes en lactation

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bethany heintz

president

Bethany has a passion for integrative and functional medicine and works hard to keep abreast of new studies in these areas. Her career path as a nurse and lactation consultant have fostered in her a passion for the importance of both western and alternative medicines. She has a particular interest in holistic medicine including lactation, airway function, hormone regulation an digestive health. 

After graduating as a nurse, Bethany worked in hospital and long term care facilities, eventually finding her career calling in primary care. Following the birth of her second child, she trained at the Newman Breastfeeding Institute in Toronto. Before writing her boards, Bethany spend more than 2,000 hours in direct contact with breastfeeding mothers, working closely with them and their families to achieve their personal breastfeeding objectives. 

Bethany holds a seat on the Baby Friendly Initiative Committee at the Woolwich Community Health Centre in St. Jacobs, Ontario. She continues to work as a primary care clinical nurse and Telemedine Nurse Coordinator in St. Jacobs; as an IBCLC at Robins' Nest Family Care; and as a private practice IBCLC at Nourishing Foundations Lactation Consulting in Guelph, Ontario. She is currenlty furthering her education in herbal medicine for women under the tutelage of Dr. Aviva Romm. 

fiona lang-sharpe

immediate past-president

Fiona was born is Scotland, UK and first studied in maternal care in England in 1987 receiving her National Association of Maternal and Child Welfare (NAMCW). She moved to Canada in 1989. After having her first child in 1991, she became involved with La Leche League Canada, gaining her accreditation as a Leader. She continued to work with families educating them in breastfeeding while raising her family. Fiona, her husband Gary and their five boys reside in Edmonton, Alberta. 

She currently works in private practice educating families in prenatal, birth and postpartum care. She also works as a Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in private practice. 

hanna hanowski 

secretary

Hanna grew up in northern Saskatchewan.  She attended Wascana Institute in Regina and received her certificate for the Medical Dicta-Typist program.

Hanna saw the importance of breastfeeding with the birth of her first child.  It was not until her second child was born that she went to her first La Leche League (LLL) meeting.  This began her passion for helping mothers and she became an accredited La Leche League leader.

Through volunteering with LLL, she saw the need in the community for more knowledgeable help.  This drove her to study for and receive her certificate as an IBCLC in 2011.

She has been a member of the Breastfeeding Committee of Saskatchewan since 2006 and is currently holding the position of secretary.

She has presented at LLL workshops and the Breastfeeding Nature’s Way conference. 

Hanna currently works as an IBCLC in private practice in Regina where she lives with her husband and two sons. 

tania archbold

treasurer

Tania is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Guelph in Molecular Biology and Genetics.

Tania grew up in Thornhill Ontario, and now resides in Guelph, Ontario.  In addition to her lactation work she also works as a research associate in a busy Swine Nutrition Lab at the University of Guelph.  

Tania became interested in the biology of breastfeeding after the birth of her first son in 2001. Since then Tania has studied human lactation extensively. Tania started her breastfeeding education through volunteering with a local mother-to-mother volunteer breastfeeding organization (LLLC), from 2008-2015 where she was the treasurer of her local group in addition to being an LLLC leader. Her volunteer work led her on a path which brought her to training to become an IBCLC in 2010.  Tania has been in private practice as an IBCLC since 2010 with Mother’s Nectar Lactation Consultant Services and Robin’s Nest Family Care Clinic.

christine schubert

education director

Christine graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelors degree in Nursing in 2001 and has worked in pediatric and community health nursing in both Canada and the US. She has a Masters degree in Public Health from the University of Hawai'i and received her lactation training from UCSD. 

Christine is the owner of Over the Moon Lactation Services and is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in private practice in Calgary, AB. She is also the mother to three breastfed children and through her experinces breastfeeding, has learned the value of knowledgeable support, education and encouragement in order to reach breastfeeding goals. 




pamela drynan

communications director

Caring for people is something I was born to do. I knew from an early age that I wanted to be a mother so that I can nurture my children with love, have an unconditional relationship with them, and grow together. The reality of parenting and all its challenges, thou, led me to my passion to support other families with infant feeding.

I am a Northern Ontario Canadian, born and raised. I have lived in Timmins, ON for over 20 years now. I studied nursing at Laurentian University, obtaining my degree in 2007, the same year I was blessed with my first son. I balanced work, parenting, and school, which provided me with some “raw” experiences of breastfeeding. I started my career by working in our local hospital, and also various community nursing positions. As long as I was helping people I was happy. However I struggled with balancing work and family due to the shift work schedule. By 2011 I started working with the Growing Healthy Families department at the Porcupine Health Unit. Suddenly I discovered a world of knowledge and skill regarding parenting in the early years that really resonated with me. I was trained in lactation support as well as Early Infant and Child Development; worked with families in their home, facilitated prenatal and parenting classes, and connected with moms at the bedside during immediate the postpartum period. I loved being able to help families during this time period. I then had my second son in 2014. I was able to use all that I had been teaching to families with my own baby. However, after struggling again with breastfeeding, despite being trained as a Public Health Nurse in Lactation Support, I decided that I wanted to become highly skilled in helping families with lactation. Once I returned to work, I again balanced work, parenting and education as I ventured to obtain designation as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant by 2016. I am grateful to have specialized skills and knowledge to really help families as they bring their babies into this world.

I also am involved with the program planning, development, implementation, and evaluation in our community in regards to infant feeding services. The other favourite part of my profession is being a Lactation Educator to other Health Care Professionals in the community. I am a Baby-Friendly Initiative 20 hrs Course facilitator, as well as a Breastfeeding Peer Support Educator. Being able to share the knowledge of lactation support is my other passion! Sharing and caring, that’s my life. 

ashley pickett

chapters director

Ashley Pickett, IBCLC, is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in private practice. She also works as a part time staff member at the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic and Institute in Toronto as well as holds office hours at Abaton Integrative Medicine in Oakville. Ashley graduated the Lactation Medicine program at the IBC, shortly after being a patient herself and seeing her own breastfeeding challenges resolve with the Newman approach. She was certain that she needed to provide this excellent care to others!

Ashley is also a DONA trained Birth Doula, CAPPA trained Postpartum Doula and as a Type 1 diabetic herself, especially enjoys providing care and guidance for families navigating diabetic pregnancies and breastfeeding journeys. Along with doula and lactation work, Ashley holds many certifications from the Canadian Babywearing School, is an Infant Sleep Educator, an Attached at the Heart Parent Educator and is working towards a certification in Infant Mental Health. She teaches classes and workshops, as well as works one on one with families discussing these topics.

Volunteering is a large part of Ashley’s life, and she provides support to moms through workshops at the Ontario Early Years Centers and by running free drop-ins in Halton and Peel, which include a Babywearing Meetup, a Breastfeeding Cafe, and a Positive Parenting group. When Ashley is not seeing clients or volunteering, she spends her time in hockey arenas, on soccer fields and at scout camps enjoying the most important people in her world – her husband and three children.

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