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What is a Lactation Consultant?

A lactation consultant is a breastfeeding specialist who is professionally trained in techniques that help educate, guide and instruct mothers on ways to feed their baby.

A professional consultant helps women who have encountered breastfeeding challenges, such as latching difficulties, low milk supply and painful nursing.

A certified lactation consultant can also help with babies who aren’t gaining enough weight.

No matter what stage you are at in your journey, we offer support and guidance to address your concerns and give you real life advice to set you and your family up for feeding success.

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Services Offered


You know your family best, including what method(s) of feeding are best for you. Pine Health supports families in their choices through the latest information and a caring environment free of judgement.

Latch Initiation

Latch & Lactation Initiation

  • Prenatal Support to Help a Smooth Transition to Breastfeeding and Chestfeeding
  • Checking Your Baby’s Latch When Feeding & Addressing Challenges

Infant food supplementation

Food Supplementation

  • Safe Formula Preparation & Methods For Delivering Mixed Feeds.
Introduction to Solid Food

Introduction of Solid Foods

  • Foods to complement breastfeeding or chestfeeding.

Supporting Prenatal Clients

Some Common Prenatal Breastfeeding Topics We Cover


Breastfeeding when your mother couldn’t

Previous breast surgeries and breastfeeding

Breastfeeding with nipple piercings and tattoos

Breastfeeding and jaundice

Making breastfeeding work with flat, inverted or large nipples

Breastfeeding and HIV

2nd Trimester

 Breastfeeding concerns from previous babies

 Surrogacy / Adoption / Chestfeeding

 Expecting a premature baby or with fetal abnormalities

3rd Trimester

 Breastfeeding concerns from previous babies

 Preparing for birth

 Low milk supply concerns

 Avoiding nipple and breast pain

 What to expect in the first 3 days

 Surrogacy / Adoption / Chestfeeding

Supporting Postnatal Clients

Some Common Postpartum Breastfeeding Topics We Cover

 Babies who spit up

Breastfeeding when mom gets sick / needs medication

 Improving your pumping results

 Getting through the biting phase

 Increasing your milk supply – options when it dips

 Human milk bank and becoming a donor

 Distracted Nurslings – what’s up?

 Nursing a toddler – the pros and cons

First 6 Weeks

 Nipple or Breast Pain

 Baby is fussy or refusing the breast

 Low milk supply concerns

 Improving position and latch

 Any other concerns you have

First 6 Weeks

 Nipple or Breast Pain

 Baby is fussy or refusing the breast

 Low milk supply concerns

 Improving position and latch

 Any other concerns you have

3-12 Months +

 Introducing other foods

 Planning for return to work


 Any other feeding concerns you have

Supporting Clients At Any Stage

Whether you need specific advice or just need to know you’re not alone, Pine Health can help.

Picking the right pump for you

 Hand expression – what is it? How to do it effectively

 Mastitis – how to avoid it and how to get through it

 Handling overabundant milk supply

 Nipple shields – how to know when they are useful and how to pick the right size

 Breastfeeding and medical tests/ medical imaging

 Nursing a baby with Trisomy 21

 Tongue Tie and Lip Ties what are they?

 Vitamin D supplements for baby – what are my options

 Breastfeeding when baby gets sick

 Skin to Skin contact – why is it the magic elixir?

 Finding donor human milk for your baby

 Position and Latch for comfort

 How to prevent low milk supply

 Breastfeeding with small breasts

 Breastfeeding with large breasts

 Breastfeeding while travelling, including overseas


Meet Our Lactation Consulting Team

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Julia Mio

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) – Edmonton

  • Support for Breastfeeding, Lactating & Formula Feeding
  • Prenatal Preparation
  • Concerns & Discomfort: Nipple, Breast, Mastitis, Plugged Ducts, Milk Blebs and More
  • Position & Latch
  • Infant Growth, Sleep and Development
  • Bottles: Starting, Refusal and more
  • Tongue and Lip Ties: Assessment, Support and Navigating Complexities
  • Pumping (Pump Rentals, Fittings, Routines, Pump Selection, etc.)
  • Milk Production (Low Supply / Hypolactation, Hyperlactation, Stopping Lactation)
  • Safe Formula Preparation, Choosing Formula
  • Feeding through Different Stages (Distractable Nursing, Chest/Bottle Feeding with Solid Foods, Returning to Work while Lactating, etc.)
  • Strategies for Weaning


Julia is an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant and holds a Diploma in Child Psychology. She has had the privilege of helping thousands of parents since 2010. As a passionate advocate for families, she believes that parents are the ones who know their children best! She is dedicated to using her expertise to partner with families while navigating their unique journey into parenthood. 

Julia spent the beginning of her career as a founding partner of an Edmonton Breastfeeding Clinic where she cared for thousands of infant-parent dyads in partnership with a breastfeeding medicine physician. She now focuses on drawing on her 13+ years of expertise to offer respectful, evidence-based and practical solutions to all types of breastfeeding and infant nutrition challenges while centering families and their goals.  

She has provided mentorship and teaching to physicians, nurses, SLPs, physiotherapists etc. in all areas of breastfeeding and infant nutrition. With significant clinical expertise and additional training in areas such as milk production, infant oral structures (ex: tongue and lip ties), choosing and using feeding tools, infant reflexes and neurobiology and development, she is here to guide you along your feeding journey (sometimes one baby step at a time).  

Julia is proud member of several professional organizations such as the Institute for the Advancement of Breastfeeding and Lactation Education, International Lactation Consultant Association, Canadian Lactation Consultant Association, International Association of Tongue Tie Professionals and La Leche League Canada. 

She thoroughly enjoys continuing education and keeping her skills up to date. Highlights include: spending time in Portland, Oregon with Dr Bobby Ghaheri at his ENT clinic and attending the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Conference in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. 

Closer to home, she was trained directly by Dr Alison Hazelbaker as a validator and assessor using the Hazelbaker Assessment Tool for Lingual Frenulum Function (HATLFF) through the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Calgary in 2018-2019. This tool is now used as part of the AHS South-Zone Ankyloglossia Protocol in assessment and treatment of infants with oral restrictions (aka Tongue Ties and/or Lip Ties). 

When she is not working, she is trying to keep up with her two active kids in the Mill Creek ravine, enjoying a third cup of coffee or doting on her many (but never too many) houseplants!

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Megan Schafers

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Registered Nurse – Sherwood Park

  • Breastfeeding & Lactation Support
  • Positioning and latching
  • Nipple pain, damage, mastitis, plugged ducts
  • Assessment of possible lip or tongue-ties
  • Milk supply concern (from low to abundant)
  • Poor infant weight gain
  • Pumping/milk expression
  • Prenatal preparation

Megan is a Registered Nurse, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and a Certified INNATE Postpartum Care Provider.

Megan had always dreamed of working with babies and their families, and she spent the first part of her career as a Registered Nurse working with children at the Stollery Children’s Hospital. She now focuses on breastfeeding support and working with families in the postpartum time. Her approach to lactation and breastfeeding respects the innate abilities and wisdom of each breastfeeding parent and baby.

Megan has experience supporting families in lactation and breastfeeding in a variety of settings including in home support, outpatient breastfeeding clinics, NICU and inpatient postpartum units.

Megan is also a part of the team at Uptown Dental, where she assists with lip and tongue tie assessment and provides immediate latching support after the frenectomy procedure.

Megan’s intention is to serve as one of the many necessary layers of support for the parents in our community.

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We would love to help you find a Lactation Consultant in Edmonton or Sherwood Park that is the best fit for you.

Please contact us with any questions or book your appointment online today.


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