College of Nursing

Continuing Nursing Education

E-Learning Event - April 26, 2012

Breastfeeding: Education and Support



The Breastfeeding: Education and Support E-Learning event will provide information on many aspects of breastfeeding for the novice to the experienced health care provider.  This event will provide information of the World Health Organization Baby Friendly Initiative TM   (BFI) and how it is being applied in Saskatchewan; anatomy and physiology of breastfeeding; medical indications for use of artificial baby milk (infant formula); how to support women through their pregnancy, delivery, early postpartum hours and back home with their decision to breastfeed; and special considerations of breastfeeding for moms who may have addictions issues, poverty, late pre-term and early term infants.  Opportunities to ask the local experts questions will be available throughout the day.


  • To provide up-to-date information about breastfeeding, BFI, medical indications for use of infant formula, special considerations in breastfeeding and the transition for moms from prenatal, birth to community and how health care providers can support women to successfully breastfeed until the child is two years of age.
  • To identify Saskatchewan experts in the area of breastfeeding support.
  • To support the learning needs of health care providers in Saskatchewan around breastfeeding.
  • To increase awareness of inter-professional roles in the breastfeeding journey.
  • To move BFI forward in Saskatchewan

Target audience: Public Health Nurses, Labour and Delivery Nurses, Mother/Baby Unit Nurses,  Lactation Consultants, student nurses, Community Health Nurses,  Public Health Nutritionists/ Community Dietitians, Pharmacists, Social Workers, Midwives, any other health care provider providing support to a pregnant or lactating women.

Pre-workshop reading material that may be of interest for review:

Choosing the Appropriate Formula
How Much Formula is Enough?
Normal Growth Patterns

Website resource - The Canadian Maternity Experiences Survey - Public Health Agency of Canada

The following materials will be used for the workshop:

Jana Stockham, RN, BSH, IBCLC
Setting the Stage: BFI
Medical Indications for Use of Infant Formula

Linda Wright, RN, BSN, IBCLC
Anatomy and Physiology of Lactation

Brenda Corman, RN, IBCLC
Prenatal Education High Expectations
Mother/Baby Care High Expectations

Maryanne King, RN, BSN, MN
Supporting Mothers to Continue Breastfeeding

Debbie Schroeder, MScN, RN
Breastfeeding Promotion in Disadvantaged Populations

Helen Longpre, RN
Breastfeeding the Late Preterm Infant

*Please make sure to bring your own copy, as this material will NOT be available at the sites.

Fax Sheet - print off and send in any question you may have


Jana Stockham, RN, BSN, IBCLC
Jana Stockham graduated from the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan in 1993. She has worked for the Healthy and Home program since 1994 and became a Lactation Consultant in 1997. In 2009, she shared a coordinator position to work towards a Baby Friendly designation for West Winds Primary Health Centre. The designation was obtained in October, 2011, and is one of only 37 other Baby Friendly designations across Canada.

Linda Wright, RN, BSN, IBCLC

Linda has been an Obstetrical nurse for 39 years and has been a Lactation Consultant for 20 of those years. She was a founding member of the Saskatchewan Lactation Consultant Assoc. and the Breastfeeding Committee for Saskatchewan. She returned to University to achieve her BSN in 2000. Linda has also taken the BFI assessor training course as well as the train the trainer course for breastfeeding education for staff.  As part of the Baby Friendly Initiative Linda developed “Breastfeeding: Nature’s Way - classes for expectant parents. She has presented at numerous workshops and conferences throughout Saskatchewan focusing on early skin to skin practice, comfortable positioning and latch, and trouble shooting breastfeeding difficulties as well as how to work on establishing the BFI and the 10 steps to Successful Breastfeeding for Health Care Facilities. Linda also lectures for the University of Saskatchewan, College of Pharmacy, the College of Nursing as well as the Saskatoon LPN program on Breastfeeding. Linda is married, has 4 children and 5 grandchildren.  She presently is working as a Lactation Consultant at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon.

Brenda Corman, RN, IBCLC

Brenda lives in Saskatoon with her husband and their sons.  She has worked for 29 years with families in Mother/Baby units and 19 years as Lactation Consultant.  She enjoys giving prenatal breastfeeding classes and is an Executive member of the Saskatchewan Lactation Consultant Association.  Brenda promotes, protects, and supports breastfeeding families as a member of the Saskatoon’s Breastfeeding Matters Group, and the Saskatoon BFI Coalition.

Maryanne King, RN, BSN, MN

Maryanne has been an RN for 37 years and has worked in various cities around Saskatchewan and Alberta.  She has a diploma in Nursing from Wascana Institute, A Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan and a Master’s degree in Nursing from Athabasca. She has spent more than 20 years in acute care as a general duty nurse (mostly in Obstetrics) and in administration.  She has been a Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) for the last 15 years and has been employed by the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region Public Health in that capacity for the last 8 years as well as the regular public health program. She also teaches prenatal classes for the general population and high-risk groups. Maryanne is a member of various breastfeeding organizations including: the Breastfeeding Committee for Saskatchewan, the Breastfeeding Committee of Canada, the Saskatchewan Lactation Association, the Canadian Lactation Association/ International Lactation Association and is the regional representative on the Provincial Breastfeeding Implementation Committee. In 2011 Maryanne received a Health Excellence award for her client centered approach.  Presently, she is in collaborative pilot project between Victoria Hospital and the Public Health Unit. In addition, she has been an LPN instructor (retired) for the last nine years at Dumont Technical Institute teaching Métis students.

Debbie Schroeder, MScN, RN

Debbie is a PHN with Healthiest Babies Possible Program at 4- Directions Community Health Centre, for the past 10 years. Here area of interest and research has been breastfeeding. Following the implementation of the BFI in 2004 in the program, her program worked to promote breastfeeding to the mothers at the Centre. Issues of interest and concern with the implementation of this promotion led to research regarding the empowerment of breastfeeding for disadvantaged mothers including those dealing with addition. Along with this staff and participants in the program have become strong advocates of breastfeeding for all mothers including those dealing with issues of disadvantage. Debbie received her MScN from the University of California in San Francisco and has always been interested in why people do things the way they do including the impact of culture on health determinants and lifestyles. As well she has been an advocate for client rights in her work and committee involvement in communities. She has one daughter that she breastfed for 3 years and has always enjoyed the bond that this developed for them.

Helen Longpre, RN

Helen is a Clinical Nurse Educator for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Royal University Hospital. She was granted a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan in 1988. She has also been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 2000. She has worked as a staff nurse in NICU for over 17 years and was also a Public Health Nurse for a short time before returning to NICU where she held the position of lactation consultant until she took her became the nurse educator. Helen is currently pursuing graduate studies. 


Laura Matz, RN, BSN, MPH -Public Health Nurse Consultant, Ministry of Health, Population Health Branch, Government of Saskatchewan

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