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Zainab Yate

"Help! Breastfeeding Makes Me Feel Bad, Sad or Mad": Helping Breastfeeding Mothers Struggling With Negative Emotions

  • Speaker: Zainab Yate , Author, MSc, BSc, Breastfeeding Peer Supporter
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  • Duration: 60 Mins
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Abstract:

Breastfeeding can trigger particular negative emotions and intrusive thoughts, these can include experiencing the phenomenon of breastfeeding/nursing aversion and agitation, or having the medical condition of Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex, as well as those who struggle with breastfeeding challenges with post-natal depression or post-natal mood disorders.

Understanding the nuances and variations in all these experiences can lead to better referral, intervention and treatment for those struggling with negative emotions associated with breastfeeding. Being prescribed anti-depressants when you have D-MER or Aversion will not always alleviate the symptoms or help the situation.

We cover the literature about when breastfeeding can make someone feel bad, sad or mad, and what we know can help alleviate these negative emotions so as a lactation specialist or health care professional you will become well adept at assessing, referring, signposting, supporting and treating those who struggle. The information and skills you will gain will particularly help in complex cases or cases where there seems to be a missing link.