Presentation Information

Dianne Cassidy

Traumic Life Experiences and how they Affect the Breastfeeding Mother

  • Speaker: Dianne Cassidy , MA, IBCLC-RLC, ALC
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  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 Nursing CEU, 1 CME, 0.1 Midwifery CEU, 1 Dietetic CEU

The American Academy of Pediatrics, along with Healthy People 2020 and the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative has all identified the fascinating benefits associated with breastfeeding for both mother and baby, but there are still some strong barriers to breastfeeding. Research and case studies have associated how child sexual abuse, intimate partner violence and birth trauma suffered by the mother and baby can interfere with breastfeeding. Impact from this type of trauma can intensify during pregnancy and lead to breastfeeding difficulties. Increased medical intervention during labor and delivery has led to an upsurge of birth trauma, which can delay or reduce initial breastfeeding. This presentation identifies how trauma, either endured by mother, baby, or both, can lead to failure to initiate breastfeeding, latch issues, milk supply problems, painful feeds and early cessation of breastfeeding. This presentation will help the provider to detect the subtle signs of trauma.