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 also work at a local Breastfeeding Clinic (since 2011) as one of their Lactation Consultants. In the summer of 2013, I was privileged to be hired at the new South Health Campus as one of their part-time Lactation Consultants for Family Maternity Place and the NICU.
I opened Nourish Consulting Services 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 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.
My passion is palpable, my experience extensive, my support unparalleled, and my practice is knowledge and research based.