My Story


Meet Attie Sandink, a wife, a mother of four sons, a registered nurse, an International Certified lactation Consultant (IBCLC), a former labour and delivery nurse, child birth educator, breastfeeding educator and trainer, friend and owner of Birth & Baby Needs. Her goals are to meet individual client needs without pressure. By using current research, always keeping in mind the normal instinctual behaviours of babies, she helps to empower new parents and professionals by giving many educational seminars and classes.

At Birth and Baby Needs mentoring programs are in place to help those who would like to become IBCLCs. Spaces are limited.

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Our Team


Meet Hayley Bennison, a board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC), instructor at Mohawk College, birth and postpartum doula and Executive member of the Halton Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI). Hayley believes there’s nothing more important than the human connection and works diligently to be sure that’s at the forefront of everything she does. She puts individual feeding goals first and is dedicated to ensuring you and your infant are well cared for. Hayley also runs the free Oakville Breastfeeding Café drop-in on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month to provide a comforting and supportive environment for all Moms. 

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Meet Anita Arora, a wife, a mother of two, a registered lactation consultant (IBCLC), a lactation educator (prenatal breastfeeding & breastfeeding education, Mohawk College) and a support for mothers and babies. Anita's passionate about helping all mothers reach their feeding goals and potential. She understands the support and guidance new mothers need and offers it in a non-judgemental and friendly approach.  

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Meet our Toronto Team

Meet Melanie Jacobson ND IBCLC a mother of two began her career in Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. Shortly after achieving her status as an ND she gained valuable knowledge and experience while living in the UK and in Australia. After returning to Canada she began practicing   as a Naturopathic Doctor in Toronto. 

 Around the time of her first maternity leave she decided to refocus her career,  having had to overcome physical and emotional trauma from the birth and often feeling helpless as a new mom.  

Her focus on postnatal care evolved and as a result she added the credentials as an IBCLC to be able to support Breastfeeding. She interned at Birth and Baby Needs in Burlington. Becoming a Lactation Consultant made complete sense as she refocused naturopathic training on postnatal care.. She now practice in Toronto, offering home, clinic and online visits.

Our Philosophy

Baby leads while parents follow and professionals watch, observe and intervene only when necessary during pregnancy, birth and life with a new child.

Attie Sandink, RN.,IBCLC., Private Registered Lactation Consultant, Lactation Trainer and Facilitator, CAPPA Canada Lactation Educator and Trainer