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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.

This lecture was originally offered as part of the GOLD Lactation Conference 2019.

$18.00 USD
Total CE Hours: 1.25   Access Time: 2 Weeks  
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Duration: 75 mins
Does Breastfeeding Protect Maternal Mental Health? The Role of Oxytocin and Stress

Dr. 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 the journal, Psychological Trauma and was Founding Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Lactation, a position she held for 11 years. She is Fellow of the American Psychological Association in Health and Trauma Psychology, Past President of the APA Division of Trauma Psychology, and a member of APA’s Publications and Communications Board.

Objective 1. Describe the stress and oxytocin systems and how they are governed by the paraventricular nucleus

Objective 2. Discuss how birth interventions, such as Pitocin and epidurals, increase the stress response and decrease naturally occurring oxytocin

Objective 3. Discuss the role of exclusive breastfeeding in better maternal sleep and mental health

Abstract:

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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Accreditation

CERPs - Continuing Education Recognition Points
Applicable to IBCLC Lactation Consultants, Certified Lactation Consultants (CLCs), CBEs, CLE, Doulas & Birth Educators. GOLD Conferences has been designated as a Long Term Provider of CERPs by the IBLCE--Approval #CLT114-07. 1.25 L-CERPs Approved.

Midwifery CEUs - MEAC Contact Hours
This program is accredited through the Midwifery Education & Accreditation Council (MEAC) for 1 Contact Hour or 0.1 CEU. Please note that 0.1 MEAC Midwifery CEU is equivalent to 1.0 NARM CEU.

Dietetic CPEUs - Dietetic Continuing Education Units
Applicable to Dieticians & Nutritionists. This program has been approved for 1 Dietetic CPEU by the Commission on Dietetic Registration - The credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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Viewing Time: 2 Weeks

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Breastfeeding & Health, Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

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