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Zoe Faulkner

Weaning From Breastfeeding: Why Timing and Methods Matter

  • Speaker: Zoe Faulkner , BA Hons IBCLC
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  • Duration: 60 Mins
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Abstract:

Skilled support for weaning from the breast is often overlooked. Most policies and programs focus on initiation of breastfeeding, the continuation of lactation and support for overcoming challenges. In practice it can be harder for families to find information, support, and guidance to wean, whatever stage of their breastfeeding journey. Often it is perceived that support for breastfeeding is all about continuing. Like breastfeeding, weaning has socio-cultural, biological, immunological, physiological and anthropological considerations, and affects the physical and mental health of both mother and child. This talk will explore the many considerations, and complex interplay between multiple factors, that the infant feeding support workforce need to understand to meet the support needs of families. We will explore: the child’s developmental readiness, emotional, immunological, and nutritional needs, and what the milk and relationship mean to them. We will also look at the impact on the mother: what we know about how the pace of weaning may impact the lactating parent’s breast health and wellbeing and how to meet the evolving needs of their baby. And finally, we look at the dyad collectively. Supporting a positive ending to breastfeeding is an essential part of the skills and knowledge of lactation professionals.

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Apr 3, 2023