At the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic (International Breastfeeding Centre) we understand the frustration of mothers who wish to breastfeed their babies and encounter problems. We have a team of world class experts led by Dr. Jack Newman who are devoted to helping mothers overcome numerous issues that otherwise might lead to stopping breastfeeding. Make an appointment below.
WE ARE BOOKING IN-PERSON APPOINTMENTS. IF YOU ARE IN PAIN IT IS BEST TO BE SEEN IN PERSON FOR AN ASSESSMENT OR TONGUE-TIE RELEASE. IF YOU PREFER A VIRTUAL ONLY APPOINTMENT PLEASE SELECT THIS OPTION THANK YOU
As of May 3, 2021, virtual visits will be subsidized by the International Breastfeeding Centre and provided to you at no cost. You must have a referral for both you and your infant(s), as well as a valid Ontario Health Card/OHIP number for both you and the infant(s), in order to book a no-cost visit. We are offering this virtual care option to patients due the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and the difficulties faced by families due to the recent Ontario stay-at-home order.
Referral: The Newman Breastfeeding Clinic requires two separate referral forms: One for the breastfeeding parent and one for the baby (or each baby, in the case of multiples). Referrals from either a doctor or midwife or nurse practitioner are acceptable. ***We strongly advise that you ensure both referrals are received by our office before booking an appointment; We cannot confirm any appointment date/times without referrals*** Please print, fax or email referral forms and have your health care provider complete them. Email attached referrals to firstname.lastname@example.org or health care provider can fax to 416-352-1224. You can also upload completed referrals on appointment request. Forms here: https://ibconline.ca/refer-your-patient/ You can receive an appointment date/time within 24 hours of receiving your request and/or referrals.
If you have any issues getting referrals from your doctor or midwife, please reach out to this online walk in clinic. They have a specific request for lactation referrals – https://www.mdconnected.ca/book-a-visit/public/consultation-type
Appointment: You will be seen by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and the Pediatrician on staff that day: Dr. Jack Newman, Dr. Aviva Lowe, Dr. Eitan Weinberg, Dr. Patricia Colangelo or Dr. Pooja Prabhu. IBC is a teaching facility. We have students, interns and residents who work with us. You and your baby may be seen by a student/intern/resident in addition to a lactation consultant and pediatrician during your visit. You have the option of refusing students /interns / residents . In-person clinic appointments are 60 – 90 minutes and twin appointments are 3 hours long. Our staff will be supporting you and your baby (babies) directly to help you overcome breastfeeding difficulties. You are welcome to bring a partner or support person with you. To make an appointment at the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic, please fill out the form below and provide your payment. Each appointment is $77.00 + HST ($87.01) to cover the fees of the International Board Certified Lactation Consultants which are not covered by OHIP.
Private Insurance Plans: Please check with your insurance provider. Companies such as Manulife, Great West Life, Sunlife and Green Shield recognize the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) credential, however you will have to check your individual policy to determine your level of coverage. Some companies cover lactation support under a health care spending account and others need a doctors note.
Once you have scheduled an appointment, you will be able to cancel or reschedule the appointment without penalty up to 48-hours before the appointment (not including Fridays, weekends and holidays). For appointments scheduled on a Monday, you will be able to cancel or reschedule until 4pm on the Thursday before.
If you cancel or reschedule your appointment less than 48-hours in advance, as outlined above, we are unable to provide a refund.
Tongue-tie and lip-tie assessments are generally performed at each visit at the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic. We may recommend tongue and/or lip-tie release(s) as part of your care plan based on our physical exam of the area(s), our assessment of the latch, presenting breastfeeding challenges/symptoms, and the age of the baby, amongst other factors. A tongue and/or lip-tie release procedure may not necessarily be performed, even if that was the reason for which you and your baby were referred.
For a tongue or lip-tie release to be performed, your baby must have received a vitamin K shot either at birth or at least 24 hours before your appointment.
If you are from Quebec, outside of Canada, or do not have OHIP coverage, please click here to contact our clinic before submitting your appointment request form.
Additional fees will apply and you will be required to pay over the phone by credit card.
Lactation support is not funded by any level of Canadian government. Your support helps us continue to offer the services for which it has become renowned – helping and supporting families to achieve their own breastfeeding goals. It also helps us to provide free support and resources via our website to families and health care providers unable to visit us in person.
Individual donations represent the single largest source of support for ibc. Thank you!
Donations can be made at canadianbreastfeedingfoundation.org. Please direct your donation (Fund/Designation) to ibc – The International Breastfeeding Centre.
Charitable tax receipts are available.