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Psychiatric Topics in Breastfeeding

by Briana Tillman, IBCLC, M. Ed, OMS-III by Nicholas Sloan, BSME, OMS-III
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP
  • Handout: No

Due to the global shortage of mental health professionals, many primary care providers have become the first-line responders to a wide variety of psychiatric concerns. While lactation consultants and breastfeeding support counselors are not called upon to diagnose and treat mental health disorders, they nonetheless often become enmeshed in the topic due to the holistic nature of breastfeeding management. An understanding of the major psychiatric topics that can arise during lactation consultation is therefore a valuable asset.

In this presentation, we will describe mental health benefits and drawbacks of breastfeeding, and explore the controversy surrounding the “breast is best” campaign as it regards maternal mental health. We will also briefly explore the pharmacological and non-pharmacological options in treatment of major psychiatric disorders (e.g. generalized anxiety, major depressive disorder, bipolar mood disorder, schizophrenia) as they relate to lactation. Finally, we will review the scientific literature related to potential long-term mental health effects of breastfeeding on babies.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Critique the controversial “breast is best” campaign and its relationship to mental health

Objective 2: Discuss the mental health benefits and drawbacks of breastfeeding

Objective 3: Discuss the approach to management of psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar mood disorder, major depressive disorder, and generalized anxiety during lactation

Objective 4: Analyze the research surrounding possible long-term mental health effects of breastfeeding for babies

Presentations: 29  |  Hours / CE Credits: 27.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks