Breastfeeding can be challenging, but with the right support, mothers and babies can enjoy the vital health benefits provided by breastmilk.
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LEANNE RZEPA, RN BN IBCLC
I graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in 2000. I started to develop my passion for Breastfeeding working on the Post Partum unit at the Rockyview Hospital (2000-present). I became an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2007 and have continued working within the Primary Care setting until today! I have also worked at the Peter Lougheed Centre on their Post Partum units, Pediatric unit, and NICU as a Lactation Consultant. I have also worked at a local Breastfeeding Clinic (since 2011-2017) as one of their Lactation Consultants. In the summer of 2013, I was privileged to be hired at the South Health Campus as one of their part-time Lactation Consultants for Family Maternity Place and the NICU.
In February 2018, I started a new position as a Lactation Consultant at the Alberta Children's Hospital providing breastfeeding support to families throughout the entire hospital. My knowledge and expertise in the breastfeeding world has definitely grown since starting this new position.
I have 3 beautiful daughters. Kayla, Alyssa, & Maya. I breastfed all 3 of them and believe me, I had big-time challenges and am very familiar with the breastfeeding journey!!! I truly feel that my own personal experiences have taught me so much and enable me to support and teach other women in an empowering, thoughtful manner.
I opened Nourish Lactation Consulting in 2008 shortly after becoming an IBCLC. I could see from working within the hospital setting, that there was a tremendous need for additional in-home support for breastfeeding women. New moms are sent home from the hospital sleep deprived, and information overloaded. I knew there needed to be more options to support our breastfeeding moms out in the community.
So I decided to provide an in-home breastfeeding support service that would allow new parents to hire a Lactation Consultant who would see them in the comfort of their home and help them get breastfeeding off to the best possible start.
I am passionate. I am experienced.
With my support, we will make a difference for you and your baby!
Nourish Lactation was featured on Global Morning News Calgary to talk about World Breastfeeding Week and the benefits of Breastfeeding!!
Your Breastfeeding Journey
The learned art of Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is a beautiful journey for mother and baby. There is nothing more amazing than gazing into your little ones eyes while they happily nourish themselves from the precious milk your body makes. I like to describe the breastfeeding journey as a dance. When we learn a dance, there are many steps and sequences involved. Each step along the way requires time, patience, and perseverance by both mother and baby. Not every baby is born ready to breastfeed. Sometimes it takes a day or so after delivery for baby to really wake up and be ready to eat. For other babies, it can take longer.
Most new mothers have some kind of breastfeeding challenge that requires the assistance of a Lactation Consultant. Whether it’s a latching issue, flat nipples, sore nipples, low milk supply, or just needing a professional to assess the way your baby breastfeeds, Nourish Lactation Consulting is the right choice for all your Breastfeeding needs.
In the comfort of your home, I will come and complete a thorough breastfeeding assessment and we will collaboratively create a feeding plan that is right for you and your family to ensure your breastfeeding experience is the best it can be.