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Faculty Studies the Effect of Educational Intervention on Breastfeeding Practices

Jane Grassley

Jane S. Grassley, PhD, RN, IBCLC and Donna J. Sauls, PhD, RN published “Evaluation of the Supportive Needs of Adolescents during Childbirth Intrapartum Nursing Intervention on Adolescents’ Childbirth Satisfaction and Breastfeeding Rates” in the Jan./Feb. edition of the “Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing.” The article is an evaluation of the Supportive Needs of Adolescents during Childbirth (SNAC), intrapartum nursing intervention on adolescents’ childbirth satisfaction and breastfeeding rates. The results of this evaluation of SNAC© intervention seem to suggest that nurses can positively influence adolescents’ childbirth experience and timing of breastfeeding initiation. When intrapartum nurses provided adolescents with age-appropriate labor support and assistance with breastfeeding in the first hour, adolescents reported higher childbirth satisfaction and were more likely to initiate breastfeeding in the first hour. Read the full text article at

Grassley along with co-authors Becky S. Spencer, MSN, RN, IBCLC, and Becky Law, BSN, IBCLC, LCCE will also have an article published in the April 2012 edition of “The Journal of Perinatal Education.” Their article, “A Grandmothers’ Tea: Evaluation of a Breastfeeding Support Intervention,” focuses on a study to evaluate an intervention to facilitate grandmothers’ knowledge and support of breastfeeding. The intervention group had greater posttest knowledge scores than the control group but had no significant differences in attitudes or intent. However, a significant difference was evident between the attitude scores of grandmothers who breastfed their infants and of grandmothers who did not breastfeed their infants regardless of receiving the intervention.