I'm so happy you found us!! As you are thinking about becoming parents, or are already on your way, you deserve support and guidance and a loving cheerleader! This parenting ride can be full of surprises and I look forward to supporting you through whatever stage you're at.
As a lactation consultant (IBCLC), Infant Sleep Educator, Parent Coach, Doula and Babywearing Educator, I have had the privilege of helping over 10,000 families reach their parenting goals!! What each of these families has taught me is that there is simply no 'right' way to do it. And with three of my own children, I can attest to this! So whether you're here because you are excited and nervous about an upcoming birth experience, finding you're exhausted or sore, up against a new transition where you need to change sleep or feeding practices, fumbling with a baby carrier, are feeling unsure about all of the conflicting parenting information out there, you're in the right place. I'll be your Dr Google, your library and your cheerleader - together we will find the best solutions for YOU! And if you are looking for a community of like-minded families, you'll also find that here.
I can't wait to work with you!
Ashley Pickett, IBCLC
How Is Ashley Different from other practitioners?
Ashley Pickett has extensive cross-training in the fields of infant feeding, attachment-focused parenting, infant mental health, infant sleep and in practical ways to parents a babies authentic needs while still finding ways to feel rested, find gratitude in the journey and to avoid feelings of overwhelm. As an IBCLC who has had the privilege of training and working at one of the worlds most renown Breastfeeding Clinics, the International Breastfeeding Center (IBC) in Toronto, Ashley has worked with some of the toughest and most intricate feeding cases imaginable. Her background in attachment-focused support allows her to help families find their very best outcomes, unique to their infants needs and the needs of their family. Directly mentoring for the last decade with Dr Jack Newman. Ashley has also had the chance to fine-tune her learning by sharing it as a mentor to up and coming IBCLC's and by sharing the effective and integrative Newman-approach with her community as a home visitor or in her clinic at Abaton Integrative Medicine. Ashley's extensive experience with the tough cases makes her especially great at supporting all breastfeeding needs. She is especially skilled at supporting oral anatomy concerns such as tongue and lip tie with an integrative approach to care, and helping families navigating diabetic pregnancies and breastfeeding experiences.
Certifications and Trainings:
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) - the gold standard in lactation care
Babywearing Educator with the Canadian Babywearing School
Infant Sleep Education with Bebo Mia
Birth Doula training with DONA
Postpartum Doula with CAPPA
Parenting Educator with API's Attached at the Heart Parenting program
Infant Mental Health training through Sick Kids's Infant mental Health Promotion Team
The more hours Ashley spent with families, the more she realized that to do her job exceptionally well she needed to learn more about all things pregnancy, birth and parenting! She found that she couldn't fully support one aspect of parenting without learning as much as possible about others. Everything is intermingled, and Ashley's unique cross-training to be able to see the whole picture makes her a one-stop-shop for all things babies. She has also had the amazing and rewarding opportunity to mother three unique, caring and empathetic children and finds gratitude in helping others the way her own parenting mentors supported her.
Whether you need help through feeding, sleep, babywearing or parent coaching from preconception through to grade school, Ashley Pickett has the expertise and experience to jump in and help! Although she doesn't have a magic wand, she does have the desire to help you feel confident, supported and the owner of your experience!