Breastfeeding Solutions is a 90 minute group medical visit shared by 3 to 5 mothers and babies. During the session each mother has a chance to meet privately with Dr. Jennifer Wickens for a breastfeeding medicine consultation. Eva Bild, breastfeeding educator, provides expert help with latching and breastfeeding methods. There is an opportunity for discussion and questions.
We believe each family is unique, complex and dynamic, that mothers given quality information will create the best solutions for their particular challenges. We strive to support each mother in attaining their personal breastfeeding goals by providing health information based on current credible science, suggesting practical breeastfeeding strategies, and creating a safe, caring place to share struggles and successes
Breastfeeding Solutons visits are free of charge for families with BC MSP. No referral is required but pre-registration is. Please use the registration section below if you wish to attend. The program runs each Friday morning at Saanich Neighbourhood Place, located within Pearkes Recreation Centre, Saanich B.C. Families may also be referred by their midwife, physician or nurse.
Dr. Jennifer Wickens is a family physician in Victoria, B.C . When she started her practice over 20 years ago exclusive breastfeeding was rare and she soon realized she lacked the skills to help her patients wanting to breastfeed. While on parental leave with her firstborn, she travelled each week to Vancouver, breastfed baby in tow, to take lactation conultant courses. She and baby Luke obtained a IBCLC in 1997. Shortly after ,she became a member of the newly formed Academy of Breatfeeding Medicine. Colleagues soon started referring their patients for breastfeeding issues and her breastfeeding medicine practice was born. Dr. Wickens has always recognized that breastfeeding relationships are about much more than health outcomes. When she heard about group medical visits for breastfeeding support at a conference, she liked the idea of a less clinical, team care approach that included peer support and after a piot project and some fine tuning Breastfeeding Solutions was created.
Eva has been working with childbearing families since 1991. She started her training as a Childbirth Educator with the National Childbirth Trust in Scotland and is now a Lamaze-Certified Childbirth Educator. Eva has been a doula since 1995, becoming certified by DONA International in 1997. She has accompanied over 140 families through childbirth. Eva parle couramment le français et propose ses services d'accompagnante à la naissance à la communauté francophone de Victoria. Eva completed the Douglas College Breastfeeding Educator Course for Health Professionals in 1996 and has been helping new mothers and their babies learn the mother-baby breastfeeding dance since then. This is one of the most exciting and rewarding parts of Eva's multi-faceted work life.
You will receive an email confirming date and time of your visit withing two business days.
Health Professionals may fax referrals to 250-387- 7304