7 years of experience supporting families to achieve their self-defined infant feeding goals
Hi my name is Azura Goodman and I love babies.
I'm a Registered Nurse and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. I've been fascinated by infant nutrition and human lactation since I entered the field of nursing and well before I had a baby of my own.
I've had years of experience and thousands of hours working with feeding families day in and day out at public lactation clinics, feeding support groups and hospitals throughout the GTA and I've loved every second. I am committed to staying "abreast" of current research and utilizing evidence based practises.
My number one job is encouraging you to trust your instincts while I arm you with as many skills and as much knowledge as you need to feel safe and confident when I leave. I have a hands off approach to teaching and believe that most infant feeding families need some support.
Thousands and thousands of hours of work in drop-in lactation clinics, hospitals and feeding support groups.
My lived experience of being a mother who breastfed helped me consolidate my years of experience in the field.
Licensed International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)
What's an IBCLC?
An IBCLC is considered an expert in managing infant feeding issues at the breast/chest and bottle in the early postpartum and beyond. We also teacher amazing prenatal classes as we've all worked with loads and loads of families with challenges and want to help you prevent them!
IBCLC is the highest level of lactation accreditation. It's the gold standard in the field.
IBCLCs are regulated professionals. Their preparation and practice is governed by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.
Licensed Registered Nurse (Ontario)
I am a proud Registered Nurse, licensed to practice in Ontario.
Advanced Lactation Management
Narrative Approaches to Counselling
(IPT) Counselling Training
Indigenous Cultural Competency
Gender Inclusivity Training
In addition to helping parents feed their babies I also enjoy teaching them before baby hits the scene.
I have experience in adult learning and enjoy providing what I consider to be the best skills to develop prior to baby's birth: a blueprint to nursing and feeding babe with confidence. You deserve to have an arsenal of skills and anticipatory guidance BEFORE a crying, hungry baby is in your arms.
I enjoy adapting my teaching to your specific needs and learning style. Are you an A-type and you want all the info I provide to be translated into tables and bullets? I'm here for that! Do you learn better with videos that you can reference after our lesson is done? No sweat! Before I teach a class I send out a short form to understand exactly what you want to learn and learn your adult learning style.
I also enjoy providing tailored classes and workshops on weaning, exclusive pumping, reinstating a milk supply after you've stopped breastfeeding, and more. Write to me if you have a specific topic you'd like to delve into!
All of my classes come with clear handouts so you don't have to focus on taking notes during your learning time (unless that helps you learn!). Referring to these cheatsheets will help keep you calm in the early days when you need some guidance and reassurance!
I'm looking forward to helping you; thanks for trusting me.
Working with Azura was a game changer in my breastfeeding journey! After a traumatic birth and stint in SickKids with our medically complex son we were having a lot of trouble breastfeeding when we first brought him home. I’m so grateful we called Azura! She was so calm and respectful and gave me so much information, all presented in a supportive and encouraging way. In less than an hour she was able to get my baby to latch properly FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER!!! With her support and excellent tips, tricks and hacks, I was able to successfully breastfeed my son which I continued for 14 months. THANK YOU AZURA!!!