After graduating university, I began my nursing career in Pediatrics and after a few years felt drawn to focus on Maternal-Child nursing. I have always been captivated by the wonder and mystery of birth, and was delighted to secure a position as a birthing/postpartum nurse at BC Women’s Hospital for 6 years. During this period, I developed a keen interest in breastfeeding and human lactation. It was after the birth of my first child in 2011 that I was inspired to further my education and obtain the designation of International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). I have been an IBCLC since 2012 and work for Vancouver Coastal Health on the North Shore as a Lactation Consultant, as well as in Lactation Services at BC Women’s Hospital which includes supporting our NICU families as well as the Provinical Milk Bank. At home, I am a mother to two wonderful children and live in North Vancouver.
It is an honour and privilege to work alongside families during this special time after the birth of a baby. We know that while most women want to breastfeed, some will experience difficulties and frustration. It is my goal to meet the mother where she is at, and work with her and her baby to overcome the issues at hand. My practice is founded on a sound knowledge of the science of human lactation, as well as credible, current research. This can help to reduce the amount of conflicting advice families so often feel frustrated with. My primary focus is to help mothers achieve their goals, to trust their innate intuition and their baby, and to empower them along this crazy, all-consuming ride!
Mothers join the ranks slowly, gradually, one caress, one diaper, one feeding at a time. And then one day, we look down, and there they are: the hands of a mother, gently and with enourmous strength doing the most important work on earth.
– excerpt from “The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding” by La Leche League International
North Shore Lactation Consulting aims to empower and support families.
Offer skilled breastfeeding support to help you achieve your goals.
Providing Care for families in Vancouver, North/West Vancouver, Burnaby, Squamish and surrounding areas.
milk supply concerns
slow weight gain for baby
baby’s feeding behaviours
inducing lactation & relactation
transitioning from bottle to breast
how to know baby is getting enough
tongue tie / lip tie
expressing and storing breast milk
breastfeeding after surgery
management of mastitis
return to work transitions
You will receive expert help in the comfort of your own home, hospital or in the clinic (if available).
In-home Fee: $140
In-clinic Fee: $100
This option is for mothers who have already had an initial consultation with me. I will come to your home to do a follow up visit if more support is needed after the initial consultation.
This option gives parents an opportunity to discuss individual questions/concerns with an IBCLC prior to the birth of your baby
Every month on every second Saturday from 9:00am to 11:00 am
at: Pomegranate Community Midwives
2647 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC
This is a free, drop-in support group for families who wish to receive breastfeeding information and support in an informal group setting.
We can accommodate up to 5 families and will provide basic breastfeeding support. This is a time to speak with an IBCLC, ask questions and get some help!
If you are interested in attending please call Stephanie at 778-960-5540.
Stephanie Gillespie, RN, BSN, IBCLC
North Shore Lactation Consulting
North Vancouver, BC
Stephanie's amazing support has played an integral part in my breastfeeding journey. She offered guidance, encouragement and advice through some challenges such as poor latch, slow weight gain and mastitis. She helped me overcome these obstacles and I'm still happily nursing my 18 month old! In addition to being a registered nurse with a background in labour and delivery, she is a mom to young children as well, so she 'gets it'! Because of this she is able to relate to you and not only share her extensive knowledge, but her personal experience as well. Stephanie is kind, patient, encouraging and she has a natural ability to put you at ease. I felt very comfortable in sharing such a special and intimate part of motherhood. I'm thankful for her support...and my little one is too!
Thank you so much, Stephanie! You were amazing. I was on the verge of wanting to give up before you came to visit me. I felt so comfortable and confident with your support during a time when I didn't feel those things otherwise.
Breastfeeding our baby was extremely important to us. I assumed it would happen naturally, perhaps with a few minor challenges. I truly had no idea how difficult breastfeeding can be, particularly at such an emotional and exhausting time. Our family was incredibly fortunate to find Stephanie during this difficult stage. Stephanie encouraged me to follow my intuition as a new mom while at the same time she provided us with helpful, evidence based expertise. Stephanie is very approachable, and her genuine interest in helping families was evident during every interaction with her. We now have a very healthy, 100% breastfed daughter, thanks to Stephanie's amazing support and assistance.
What is IBCLC?
An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a healthcare professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding. An IBCLC is certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE), after completing all the education, and clinic experience requirements, as well as writing and passing an examination. An IBCLC must complete ongoing education/training as part of maintaining this credential. An IBCLC works in a wide variety of settings, providing leadership, advocacy, professional development, and research in the lactation field.
(courtesy of: International Lactation Consultants’ Association www.ilca.org)
Dr. Jack Newman
La Leche League
International Board of Lactation Consultants Examiners
International Lactation Consultants Association
British Columbia Lactation Consultants Association
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