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Urban Design Solutions to Support Breastfeeding in Public

If we truly want to protect, promote and support breastfeeding, there needs to be engagement and education across all areas of society, rather than just healthcare. All of the different people across governments, healthcare, workplaces and community spaces, make up the warm chain of breastfeeding support.

World Breastfeeding Week 2022, GOLD Learning is excited to embrace the theme of "Step Up for Breastfeeding: Educate and Support" by bringing you new research from Dr. Lisa Amir titled "Urban Design Solutions to Support Breastfeeding in Public". Lack of appropriate comfortable spaces for mothers to breastfeed can contribute to early weaning and yet this not often taken into consideration when public spaces are designed. Learn more about what breastfeeding friendly designs should take into consideration and how urban designers can be partners in the efforts to improve breastfeeding rates.

$18.00 USD
Total CE Hours: 1.00   Access Time: 2 Weeks  
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Duration: 60 mins
Lisa Amir, MBBS, MMed, PhD, IBCLC
Urban Design Solutions to Support Breastfeeding in Public
Australia Lisa Amir, MBBS, MMed, PhD, IBCLC

Professor Lisa Amir is a general practitioner and has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 1989. She is the author of over 120 peer-reviewed articles on breastfeeding. She works in breastfeeding medicine at The Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. She is a Principal Research Fellow at Judith Lumley Centre, La Trobe University and is the Editor-in-Chief of the open access journal, International Breastfeeding Journal.

1. Explain why breastfeeding outside the home may be a barrier for some women.

2. List some strategies that women use if breastfeeding outside the home.

3. Describe features of a breastfeeding-friendly space.

Australia Lisa Amir, MBBS, MMed, PhD, IBCLC

Some mothers find it challenging to breastfeed outside the home, and this may contribute to cessation of breastfeeding earlier than planned. To date, breastfeeding women have not been included in most public space designs, such as parks, shopping centres or public buildings. I worked with experts in planning and urban design to explore design features that invite or deter breastfeeding in public. We conducted interviews and focus groups with breastfeeding mothers in three local government areas in Victoria, Australia. We received input from over 80 mothers speaking five languages, as well as health professionals and council planning staff. Many participants reported avoiding breastfeeding in public spaces due to social expectations or physical comfort. Mothers reported that best spaces for breastfeeding were dignified, safe, comfortable, accessible, compatible with their other needs and responsibilities with a high level of amenity. Using these data, we developed design guidelines that outline how a range of everyday shared spaces could become breastfeeding-friendly as well as the optimal design characteristics for dedicated breastfeeding spaces.

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(IBCLC) Clinical Skills, (IBCLC) Education and Communication, (IBCLC) Research, Breastfeeding Advocacy, Breastfeeding Support, Family & Social Support

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