Presentation Information

Emily C. Taylor

Survivor Mothers' Speak: Child Sexual Abuse Impacts Breastfeeding Experiences

  • Speaker: Emily C. Taylor , MPH
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  • Duration: 60 Mins
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Abstract:

One in four girls in the United States report having been sexually abused before their eighteenth birthday. This session will explore how this experience impacts breastfeeding and how lactation supporters can play a positive role in both healing and feeding. A small amount of time will be dedicated to understanding the scope of child sexual abuse in the US. Participants will benefit from hearing lessons gleaned from contemporary peer-reviewed literature that explores the relationship between the surviving child sexual abuse and breastfeeding. The majority of time will be spent hearing from the experts themselves: mothers talking about how their experiences of child sexual abuse impacts their experiences with breastfeeding. Participants will gain insight to the vulnerability and resilience that exists within this large group. The session will end with recommendations for how to provide lactation support that respects and enhances parents’ opportunities to gain power, self-possession, softness and inter-generational healing.