Background of Lactation Support Services at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Lactation Support Services at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is the product of a doctoral student project conducted by LeShawn Alexander. Ms. Alexander is a family nurse practitioner (FNP) employed by a rural health clinic in the Acadiana area. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing and her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is currently working on her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree and her DNP synthesis project focus was to create and implement an evidence-based Lactation Policy at UL Lafayette. Additionally, designated lactation rooms were created to promote a “breastfeeding-friendly” environment on campus. The goal of the project is to increase access to private, clean rooms for lactating mothers to express their milk upon returning to the university as faculty, staff, and students. LeShawn received a 2015 March of Dimes Community Grant to supply the lactation rooms with educational materials. LeShawn presented her DNP synthesis project at the 2015 Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners Primary Care Conference in Shreveport in October.
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Dr. Helen Hurst