About Us

Brantford Breastfeeding Clinic opened its doors in February 2015, and since then we have provided assistance to many families in order to successfully guide women who are breastfeeding. The clinic operates on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  It is staffed by a board-certified lactation consultant who assists new mothers and babies with breastfeeding after their discharge from the hospital.

Clients may also be seen in the prenatal period to discuss infant feeding.

Joan Hepp is an experienced Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and Registered Nurse.  Joan provides breastfeeding support to the mother with Dr. Asim Salim.

Lactation Consultant

Breastfeeding is natural and the healthiest way to feed your newborn. It provides numerous benefits both for the mother and the baby.

For mothers, breastfeeding has shown to hasten the recovery of the uterus, helping it to return to its pre-pregnancy form. It also helps to lose weight by burning over 500 additional calories per day. Research shows that mothers who breastfed have lower risks for breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and osteoporosis. Lactating moms receive a boost of the feel-good hormone oxytocin that helps moms feel calm and connected. It also allows moms to cope better with stress. Feeding your baby promotes bonding between baby and parents.

Breastmilk is a living fluid that changes to meet the growing nutritional needs and development of the baby. It is the most natural defense for the babies. Babies who are breastfed are less likely to have diabetes, allergies, ear infections, colds, flu, nausea, and diarrhea. It is easy to digest, so breastfed babies have less colic and fewer
digestive problems. Breast milk contains necessary components for ideal brain development.

Most women plan to breastfeed but sometimes breastfeeding is a challenge. Many moms and babies face difficulties during breastfeeding but want to continue to the best start to babies growth, development and bonding. Come and see our lactation consultant to help you achieve your breastfeeding goals. International board-certified Lactation Consultant is available to see you free of charge for assistance with difficulty latching, low milk supply, slow weight gain, breast/nipple pain, mastitis, tongue-tie, thrush, twins/multiples, jaundice, and other breastfeeding challenges.

Meet the Team


Dr. Asim Salim

Consultant Pediatrician

Dr. Salim obtained his MBBS from Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. He completed his general pediatrics training at the Medical College of Ohio. After that, he took 2 years of training in pediatric gastroenterology. He eventually settled in Brantford where he established his practice as a Consultant Pediatrician. He started providing breastfeeding services in 2017 along with Joan Hepp in order to further help both mothers and their babies to get the care they need.

Laura GoodBrand

Laura Goodbrand

Lactation Consultant

Laura is a married mother of 3 active kids. She faced many challenges breastfeeding and she is aware of the many obstacles. Bringing home a new baby is a wonderful time for most, but it is also hard work that can be emotionally and physically draining – especially when challenges arise when breastfeeding which we expect to be an easy and natural process. With Laura’s experience and education, she has been
able to help mothers and their babies comfortably achieve their breastfeeding goals. Laura obtained her Practical Nursing License in 2010 then proceeded to increase her knowledge in the breastfeeding area. Laura achieved her International Board Certified Lactation Consultant License in
April 2018. She is now helping mothers breastfeed their babies in Mama Knows Breastfeeding Clinic in Mount Hope.

Senior Lactation Consultant

Joan Hepp

Senior Lactation Consultant

Joan brings many years of experience as an RN and Lactation consultant in working with mothers and babies. She obtained her BScN degree from the University of Maryland and spent most of her 35-year nursing career working as a Public Health Nurse where her passion was working with prenatal, postpartum and breastfeeding mothers. Her commitment to helping breastfeeding woman led her to pursue further breastfeeding education and she first certified as an LC in 1990. Although Joan retired from Nursing, she continues to maintain LC certification and enjoys protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding.

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Tara Shantz

Lactation Consultant

Tara has been a Paediatric Nurse Practitioner for the last 13 years and a Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) for over 18 years, having worked at Cambridge Memorial Hospital and Community settings (Waterloo Region Community Health Department, Cambridge Paediatric and Breastfeeding Clinic). As a Lactation Consultant who specializes in tongue/lip ties, she has also assisted thousands of women with other breastfeeding concerns such as slow weight gain, sore breasts, yeast infections, acid reflux and much more.   She is very involved in international breastfeeding communities and offers up to date literature and information on treatments both from a medical and alternative perspective.


Amanda Antal

Experienced Lactation Counsellor

Amanda knows from personal experience how a positive breastfeeding relationship impacts the whole family and leaves a lasting impression. Finding experienced breastfeeding support helped her overcome difficulties such as painful latch, thrush, mastitis and blocked ducts until she was able to enjoy breastfeeding her babies. A passion for lactation support was born and Amanda began her career in maternal care in 2004 as an accredited La Leche League Leader. Since then Amanda has helped many hundreds of parents and babies through her roles as a Lactation Counsellor, Childbirth Educator, and skilled birth attendant for Ontario Registered Midwives. Amanda is very excited to join the team and looks forward to helping more local families reach their goals at the Norfolk Breastfeeding Clinic, located at Norfolk Roots Midwives in Simcoe, Ontario.

Tehmina Amer

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Krista Hilton

Lactation Consultant

Krista Hilton is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in St. Catharines, serving the Niagara region. She's earned a Bachelor of Applied Science degree and a Master's degree. Krista's interest in lactation began when she experienced challenges breastfeeding her firstborn and received help from an IBCLC and La Leche League. Knowing what a difference that support made inspired Krista to become a peer counsellor for human milk feeding families in 2012 and an accredited La Leche League leader in 2015. She then attended Mohawk College and completed the Breastfeeding Program in 2016. After successfully writing the IBLCE exam and receiving her certification, Krista opened her practice 'Nourishing Roots Lactation Services' in 2017 where she strives to provide a diverse, inclusive, welcoming, safe space for everyone. Krista is committed to working with parents to develop an infant/child feeding plan that suits each family best.