Presentation Information

Rocio Zunini

How Parents Regulate Their Babies' Nervous Systems: Biobehavioral Synchrony in Lactation

  • Speaker: Rocio Zunini , PhD
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  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 Nursing CEU, 1 CME, 0.1 Midwifery CEU, 1 Dietetic CEU

In the realm of parenting and infant development, the concept of biobehavioral synchrony has emerged as a pivotal factor influencing early interactions and long-term outcomes. This presentation delves into the intricate web of biobehavioral synchrony, its significance, and the essential role of nervous system regulation.
Biobehavioral synchrony is how parents’ mature nervous system regulates the infant’s immature nervous system. In this presentation, we will explore how the parental brain experiences synchrony in the context of caregiving, emphasizing its profound impact on parent-infant relationships.

In addition, we delve into the nuanced connection between oxytocin, sensitive periods, and modes of synchrony. Furthermore, we examine the potential contribution of lactation to fostering biobehavioral synchrony.

Finally, emotion regulation is essential to biobehavioral synchrony. We explore the neural underpinnings of emotion regulation in the parental brain as well as discuss the risk factors that can hinder the development of synchrony and offer insights into fine-tuning the nervous system to create an environment conducive to synchrony.

This presentation bridges the gap between cutting-edge research and practical application, equipping professionals with a deeper understanding of biobehavioral synchrony, its facilitators, and its implications for early childhood development. By bringing biobehavioral synchrony to the forefront, care providers working with breastfeeding families can help to cultivate optimal parent-infant interactions and lay the foundation for healthy developmental trajectories.

Live Presentation Schedule

Apr 16, 2024