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Carlie Sanford RM IBCLC

Hello and Welcome!! 

I am a registered Midwife and Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) with over 10 years of experience working with new families. Because I am a registered midwife, my lactation services are covered by MSP up til 6 weeks postpartum.


I have a strong passion for assisting new parents on the very real struggles that feeding a new baby can involve after having had struggles feeding my own daughter as an infant. Many folks are prepared for the pregnancy and birth, but are surprised by the challenges and nuances involved in feeding a new baby. 

I'm here to help you create a feeding plan that works for you and your family. I strive to help all families to identify and meet their goals in a supportive and realistic way. 
Things I commonly help with include:

  • slow or low weight gain for baby

  • low milk supply

  • nipple pain and latch issues

  • assessing infant tongue function and sucking skills

  • mastitis, yeast infection, milk blebs, blocked ducts

  • pump use and flange fitting

  • ergonomics, positions for feeding, paced bottle feeding

  • breast or chest refusal

  • Individualized feeding care plan for babies

  • Nipple Shield use or weaning off

  • Returning home from the NICU or extra support while in the NICU at RCH

           I look forward to meeting you soon!

                                             Carlie Sanford RM IBCLC

Qualifications and Continued Passions/Learning:
2011 DONA birth and postpartum doula certifications
2019 UBC Bachelors Midwifery
2020 Breastfeeding for Health Care Professionals
2020 IBCLC certification

2021 STI prescribing, Contraception Counselling for RM's
2022 Hazelbakers ATLFF scoring certification, classifying infant suck problems, Evidence for Tongue Ties 


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MSP covered  Lactation Consulting Home Visits 
Typically 1-2 visits x 45-60 min in home
MSP covered midwifery postpartum consulting or full care
if you need postpartum care only, please contact carlie for availability
MSP covered Prenatal Breast/Chest feeding Classes or Consultation
especially helpful for first time parents or those with a  history of diffuculties with lactation, typically 45-60 min by telehealth


“I really appreciated Carlie’s gentle  approach and how she gave me manageable and realistic things to work on. On top of the in-person support, she gave me some online resources and videos that were relevant to my situation and I felt like that was also key to making improvements at home. We were successful in getting baby girl slowly off the nipple shield as well as some getting some help with side lying position to combat a fast let down. Thank you so much!!”

Olivia Ellingson