Debby is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, a Registered Nurse and most recently a recertified Canadian Red Cross CPR Instructor in Toronto, Canada.
With over 27 years of nursing experience and more than 15 years as a Lactation Consultant, Debby is trained to focus on the needs and concerns of breastfeeding and chest feeding families. Debby has worked with thousands of families and their newborns in hospitals, clinics and in their homes and has acquired vast clinical experience to perfect her skills in breastfeeding/chest feeding and counselling, as well as education for new families and communities.
Currently working in Equity Deserving Communities, Debby is expanding her practice on a full-time basis to provide for all new families in addition to piloting a project to provide education and skills to participants who will provide peer-to-peer prenatal and postpartum breastfeeding support within their own communities.
In 2023, Debby recertified as a CPR Instructor and is excited to provide non-certification classes in small groups for those who are looking to learn the basics or refresh their knowledge.
As a mother of 2 grown children, Debby also enjoys time as an urban gardener and an artist, practices daily yoga & Qigong and focusses on joy!!
My daughter is 15 months old and has been exclusively breastfeeding since she was 2 weeks old. Debby was an invaluable, constant source of support for me in the first year of M's life. Her advice was kind, positive and practical. The best thing she did was to keep reminding me that "she is going to be a breastfed baby." Exhausted, emotional and dealing with my own health problems, I needed that mantra to keep me going. Debby didn't give up on us and now I have a beautiful nursing relationship with my daughter. It takes a village to raise a child; I'm thankful that Debby is a part of M's village.
With the birth of our first child, I quickly learned the emotional and physical benefits of breastfeeding and opted to enlist support so that I can effectively and comfortably feed our newborn. A family member referred me to Debby and I continue to speak highly of the positive experience to expecting mothers.
Days after I was discharged form the hospital, Debby was able to come to our home and provide one to one support during several feeding times. As a specialist in the field, she was able to answer many questions in terms of strategies to consider while nursing a child. Debby quickly developed a positive and professional rapport making my breastfeeding journey a successful experience. With high regard I continue to refer my friends and family to Debby knowing she is a well trained healthcare professional who is able to address lactation areas of growth and successes. Thank you Debby for your support, wishing you continued success in your endeavours.
I am so grateful to have had Debby’s help! When our son was born we were told conflicting advice from nurses and the breastfeeding clinic. We were told he had a posterior tongue tie by one and that I needed a nipple shield to nurse him by another. I contacted Debby for help and she was fantastic, she showed us we didn’t need a nipple shield for a good latch and that he didn’t have a tongue tie! He has been latching since then and I couldn’t have done this without her. Debby is warm, genuine and passionate about her work - we will be infinitely grateful that she helped us work on breastfeeding and building a beautiful bond between my son and me.
Debby is a pure, natural and highly experienced professional who actively listens to you and has exceptional compassion and empathy. When our first boy was born in California I struggled to get him to feed in a way that was comfortable for me. In just one session (over Skype!) she was able to help him latch on. As a first time mom, I found her support invaluable.