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Opening Keynote Presentation

GOLD Lactation is pleased to offer our opening Keynote Presentation open to the general public. Our Keynote Presentation always discusses historical, biological, or sociological topics in regards to lactation and breastfeeding, and is meant to appeal to a wide range of health care professionals.

We're thrilled to have Kathleen Kendell-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA as our 2019 Keynote Speaker. Kathleen's presentation "Does Breastfeeding Protect Maternal Mental Health? The Role of Oxytocin and Stress " will kick off our 13th Annual Lactation Conference on April 1st. We invite you to join us at either of our two live sessions or access the public recording of this talk until April 19. Simply reserve your seat to receive exclusive access. A certificate of Attendance will be provided.

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Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett is a health psychologist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and the Owner and Editor-in-Chief of Praeclarus Press, a small press specializing in women's health. Dr. Kendall-Tackett is Editor-in-Chief of two peer-reviewed journals: Clinical Lactation and Psychological Trauma. She is Fellow of the American Psychological Association in Health and Trauma Psychology and Past President of the APA Division of Trauma Psychology. Dr. Kendall-Tackett specializes in women's-health research including breastfeeding, depression, trauma, and health psychology, and has won many awards for her work including the 2017 President’s Award for Outstanding Service to the Field of Trauma Psychology from the American Psychological Association’s Division of Trauma Psychology. Dr. Kendall-Tackett has authored more than 460 articles or chapters and is author or editor of 38 books.

Abstract: Does Breastfeeding Protect Maternal Mental Health? The Role of Oxytocin and Stress

Depression research contains many conclusions that appear to contradict each other regarding the role of breastfeeding. For example, breastfeeding lowers the risk of depression, but depression increases the risk that breastfeeding will fail. Moreover, breastfeeding problems increase women's risk of depression. These findings are not as contradictory as they may seem. By understanding the underlying physiological mechanism, we can understand these seemingly paradoxical findings. This presentation will describe the link between the stress and oxytocin systems, and how they relate to both maternal mental health and breastfeeding. When the stress system is upregulated, depression and breastfeeding difficulties follow. Conversely, when oxytocin is upregulated, maternal mental health and breastfeeding rates improve. This talk also includes the role of birth interventions and mother-infant sleep, as well as practical strategies that increase oxytocin.

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