I have a passion for caring for families during the prenatal, post-partum, and child rearing stages. My career as a Registered Nurse, and my own experiences and difficulties breastfeeding my twins led me to seek my International Board Certified Lactation Consultation certification (IBCLC) to help make breastfeeding a great experience for other families. In order to qualify for the International Board of Lactation Consultant Exam I needed thousands of practice hours; supporting breastfeeding as a nurse, and education hours specific to breastfeeding. I am constantly learning and updating my knowledge to stay current with lactation, part of my certification process is to continually learn. I love discovering new areas of breastfeeding information and stay up to date on current research. I am a member of the Canadian Lactation Consultant Association (CLCA/ILCA) and the Registered Nurses Association Ontario (RNAO).
My experience as a Registered Nurse in labour and delivery, post-partum care and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit have all furthered my passion and provided me with a unique knowledge base. Working as a lactation consultant in hospital brings me in contact with families in the NICU, Labour and Delivery, pediatric and post-partum areas providing me with a great opportunity to help start these families on their breastfeeding road as well as help the families with babies in the NICU learn about pumping and how to feed a premature baby.
I have been teaching First Aid and CPR since 2004 as a training partner with Red Cross Canada, and would be happy to share my knowledge to help educate you and your family on what to do in case of an emergency with your baby. Learning CPR and first aid will help ease the anxiety that comes with being a parent.
I am based out of Newmarket, Ontario and will gladly travel to you anywhere in York Region. I will also travel to surrounding areas for a small travel fee. I am thrilled to support you and your growing family, and look forward to meeting you!
Katie Wickham, RN BScN, IBCLC, BCLS Instructor