Laura's passion for the environment, global health, and maternal and newborn care led her down her path to become a Naturopathic Doctor and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) with training at Dr. Jack Newman's International Breastfeeding Centre in Toronto.
The clinical focus in her private practice is with women in the postpartum period, supporting their transition into motherhood, guiding them with feeding support, and promoting infant mental health.
Laura sees patients part-time in Toronto and is developing online courses for new parents abroad. Prenatal Breastfeeding Companion, is an introductory breastfeeding course for parents-to-be which goes over all the essentials and includes a private support group for members. 15% of the profits made on the course are currently going toward an amazing NGO called Nurture Project International who are working in Greece to support safe infant feeding with refugee families.
Breastfeeding has countless benefits for both a mother and her baby. Some of the most commonly mentioned, include: how breast milk changes to meet a baby’s nutritional needs, how it provides immune protection to the baby, how convenient it is, and how it can be protective against certain types of cancers and chronic illnesses (2). But the list really could go on and on! One benefit that is not highlighted enough, is the breastfeeding relationship itself and the positive impact it can have on both a mother and her baby.
Herbal wisdom has long played a part in the journey of motherhood around the world. In the postpartum period, a time of healing, restoring, and re-connecting with oneself, herbs can be used to not only support physical resilience and recovery, but also to aid in the emotional shifts that occur.
Women are turning to herbal medicine more and more given how gentle and effective herbs can be when used appropriately and when indicated.
When I became mother for the first time, I really felt like I had crossed over into this unspoken club. I’d walk by another mom with her infant on a morning stroll, we’d make eye contact, smile at each other and it was like we’d had a whole conversation. We knew we were both tired, having been up half the night, probably had a living room full of laundry, a sink full of dishes, and we each probably hadn’t washed our hair for a few days or more. Who has time for all of that with a new baby around?
EcoParent is a quarterly magazine for families that want to make healthier, greener lifestyle choices. Fun and inspirational in tone – and never judgmental – we appeal to the already eco-savvy, but remain accessible to the newly eco-curious. Food, fashion, books, travel, health & beauty, home & garden, and so much more!