When Breast Isn't Best: Challenges and Opportunities In Breastfeeding for Sexual Abuse Survivors

The benefits of breastfeeding are well known. Less known is how pervasive and long-lasting the effects of sexual abuse can be. As many as 1 in 3 women are survivors of contact sexual abuse. And, unfortunately, sexual abuse is rarely over when it's over.

Most new parents state that they want to at least "try" breastfeeding. And yet everyone knows someone for whom breastfeeding "didn't work". While informed care can sometimes help families stick with breastfeeding, even well-intended support can be triggering. Providers who deal with new families must have a working knowledge of sexual abuse as well as a trauma-informed approach in order to effectively support breastfeeding families. Learn how abuse can impact ability and desire to breastfeed, red flags that could indicate a history of sexual abuse and practical tools to support all families in a sensitive way.

This lecture was originally offered as part of the GOLD Lactation Conference 2018.

$15.00 USD
Total CE Hours: 1.00   Access Time: 2 Weeks  
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Durations: 63 mins
When Breast Isn't Best: Challenges and Opportunities In Breastfeeding for Sexual Abuse Survivors

Elizabeth M. Johnson, MA is a trauma educator and peer support advocate in private practice. She helps people understand how sexual abuse affects sexual and reproductive health. She looks at how sexual abuse affects breastfeeding for example but also how traditional sex education ignores issues like how past abuse affects consent, teen pregnancy and risky behavior. Using a trauma lens, Elizabeth talks about everything sexual health related from Asking (about abuse) to Z(zzzz's) and everything in between. Elizabeth is the only educator in the world specializing in training and consulting on this topic.

In addition to training, speaking and consulting, Elizabeth has facilitated a free, weekly peer support group for sexual abuse survivors for over three years. She holds a Masters of Arts degree in Womens Studies from Southern Connecticut State University. Elizabeth identifies as a rape survivor and has worked with survivors since 2005. She lives in Durham, NC with her family.

Objective 1: Identify prevalence and risk factors of sexual abuse;

Objective 2: Describe how sexual abuse can impact ability and desire to breastfeed including “red flags”;

Objective 3: Define trauma-informed approach and understand how it relates to supporting new families who want to breastfeed.


Abstract:

The benefits of breastfeeding are well known. Less known is how pervasive and long-lasting the effects of sexual abuse can be. As many as 1 in 3 women are survivors of contact sexual abuse. And, unfortunately, sexual abuse is rarely over when it's over.

Most new parents state that they want to at least “try” breastfeeding. And yet everyone knows someone for whom breastfeeding “didn’t work”. While informed care can sometimes help families stick with breastfeeding, even well-intended support can be triggering. Providers who deal with new families must have a working knowledge of sexual abuse as well as a trauma-informed approach in order to effectively support breastfeeding families. Learn how abuse can impact ability and desire to breastfeed, red flags that could indicate a history of sexual abuse and practical tools to support all families in a sensitive way.

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CERPs - Continuing Education Recognition Points
GOLD Conferences has been designated as a Long Term Provider of CERPs by the IBLCE--Approval #CLT114-07. This lecture is approved for 1 CERP (1 L-CERP).

Nursing CEUs - Nursing Contact Hours:
This continuing nursing education activity was approved by ANA-Massachusetts, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation (ANCC). CEUs will be valid through to April, 2020.
This lecture is approved for 1 CNE.

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:
This program has been approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration for 1 Dietetic CPEUs.

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