WEBINAR - Breastfeeding Support on the Night Shift

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Breastfeeding Support on the Night Shift

Exclusive breastfeeding is a challenging goal for hospital staff.  The purpose of this webinar is to identify night staff experiences, perceptions, barriers, and practices of breastfeeding support and to offer recommendations to maintain exclusive breastfeeding.

Credit: 1 L-CERP and 1 Contact Hour

Source: Webinar August 2016

Presented by: Betsy Ayers, RN, BSN, IBCLC ; Kristen Koprowski, RN, BSN; Dr. Jane Grassley, PhD, RN, IBCLC

Betsy Ayers is a practicing IBCLC in the inpatient setting. Kristen Koprowski is a nightshift mother/baby nurse and will sit the IBLCE exam next April. Dr. Jane Grassley is a professor in the School of Nursing at Boise State University.  She has published many breastfeeding research articles and has been providing breastfeeding support for 40 years as a mother/baby nurse; she has been an IBCLC for 18 years.

Upon completion the learner will be able to:

  •  Identify reasons for supplementation in newborns
  • Describe challenges faced by night nurses
  • List recommendations to improve exclusive breastfeeding during the first 2 days of life

Learning Level:  Beginner/Intermediate

Disclosures:  ILCA accepts no commercial support for continuing education activities. The activity planners have no conflicts of interest to declare. The presenter has no significant financial interest or other relationship with the manufacturer(s) of any product(s) or provider(s) of any services relating to the subject matter of this presentation unless otherwise stated below.

CERPs: ILCA is an approved provider of Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs) with the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). (CLT-108-7).

ANCC: ILCA is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (ILCA-P0286). Accepted for BRN credit by the Board of Registered Nursing.

CDR: The CDR accepts hours without prior CDR approval and recognizes approval by the ANCC. When recording hours on the CDR Activity Log, indicate the provider as "ILCA (ANCC)."

Betsy Ayers


Betsy Ayers has been an lBCLC since 1993 and has been working in a community hospital in Idaho as a lactation consultant for the past 18 years. Previously, she has worked at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston on a postpartum evening shift. She also worked with midwives doing labor support at home and birth center births. Betsy has been a La Leche League Leader for 27 years and has three grown daughters that were breastfed.

Jane Grassley


Jane Grassley is a Professor and the Jody DeMeyer Endowed Chair of Nursing at Boise State University in Boise, ID. She has worked in maternal-child healthcare for her entire nursing career as a mother/baby nurse, as a childbirth and parent educator, as a community health nurse supporting women during pregnancy and postpartum, and as a nurse educator. She has been a certified lactation consultant for 20 years and practiced directly in that role for eight years in two hospitals. Her practice as an IBCLC has driven her research program, which focuses on providing mothers and their infants with a positive beginning for breastfeeding through improving professional and family support. 

Kristen Koprowski


Kristen Koprowski received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Boise State University in 2014 where she focused her studies on lactation. For over a year now, she has been a Night Shift Mother/Baby nurse and has experienced firsthand the unique challenges of breastfeeding support that are encountered on the night shift. Kristen has two young children that were breastfed and is planning to sit for the IBCLC exam in April 2017. 


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1.00 L CERP credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 L CERP credit  |  Certificate available