Samantha McLeod

MN, RN, IBCLC, BScN, BSc 

Samantha lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where she works as a Registered Nurse and Lactation Consultant in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She began her nursing career at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, where she learned the crucial value of family-centered care and evidence-based practice in a high-performance clinical setting. She then joined Postpartum Community Services as a public health nurse providing support to moms and newborns, often in at-risk communities. Concerned by the lack of quality breastfeeding resources made available to moms from hospital to home, Samantha was inspired to become a certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) so that she could help moms develop the comfort and confidence necessary to achieve their goals.

Samantha holds a Master of Nursing degree from the University of Calgary. Her thesis examines the impact of breastfeeding on preterm infants, and she hopes that this research will lead to positive policy changes in the field of infant health.

When not surrounded by nipples, Samantha can be found trail-running with her husband and spending as much time as possible in nature. She grew up in foster care in rural Ontario and, with the support of the Children’s Aid Society, was blessed to find a family that provided her with the love and support she needed to succeed. Samantha is now a passionate advocate for Children’s Aid Societies and donates a percentage of all profits from Boob & Bottle to organizations that support youth in care.

 

Education & Certifications

  • Master of Nursing, University of Calgary, 2019
  • International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), 2015
  • Registered Nurse, 2012
  • Bachelor of Science, Nursing, University of Toronto, 2012
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Laurentian University, 2009

 Awards and Scholarships

  • Appreciation Award, Royal Alexandra Hospital, 2018
  • Alberta Registered Nurses Educational Trust Academic Scholarship, 2018
  • Dobson Family Master of Nursing Scholarship, 2017
  • Faculty of Nursing Graduate Scholarship, 2016
  • Mildred Claire Pratt Undergraduate Nursing Scholarship, 2011
  • Seymour Schulich Awards in Nursing, 2010
  • Nursing Annual Fund Undergraduate Admission Award, 2010
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