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Reno, Nevada: Members Evaluate the Impact of Loving Support Peer Counseling (LSPC) on the Duration of Breastfeeding

Ms. Helen See, Dr. Julie Smith-Gagen, Ms. Larissa White, and Dr. Elizabeth Christiansen of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Community Health Sciences, recently published an article entitled “Pragmatic Effectiveness of the Loving Support Peer Counseling Program to Increase Breastfeeding Duration Among Nevada WIC Participants”.  The article explores the influence of the “Loving Support Peer Counseling” (LSPC), a program that aims to use peer counseling as a method to improve the duration of breastfeeding in Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) participants.  The study showed that women that received LSPC breastfed for an average of 8.6 weeks longer in comparison to those who did not.

Ms. See, is a graduate of the Master of Public Health program at the University of Nevada, Reno.  Dr. Julie Smith-Gagen is an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Nevada, Reno.  Dr. Smith-Gagen focuses specifically on women’s health issues. Ms. Larissa White is a current PhD candidate of epidemiology at the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Elizabeth Christiansen is the director of the Center for Program Evaluation for the School of Community Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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