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B Theory of Breastfeeding: Baby-Breast-Brain-Backup Axis (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction)

by Shu-Fang Wang, PhD, RN, CNM, IBCLC, President Chinese Lactation Consultant Association
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP, 1 CNE, 0.1 Midwifery CEU, 1 Dietetic CEU
  • Handout: No
Abstract:

Breast is best. The World Health Organization recommends that exclusive breastfeeding for at least the first six months after birth. Breastfeeding 10 times a day and each lasts for 30 minutes for 180 days; that sum up to 54,000 minutes devoted for "healthy next generation". Wang (2008) propose the B theory of breastfeeding: Baby-Breast-Brain-BackUp axis, an interpretation and application of the lactation mechanism with a new perspective. Breastfeeding is involving physical, psychological and social aspects of life. How does the lactation consultant based on counseling skills, apply the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to empower breastfeeding women, who can activate the positive brain feedback, prompt oxytocin reflexes, and bravely express individual needs. A breastfeeding friendly society therefore be fostered and the breastfeeding family could truly enjoy their breastfeeding goals & lives.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Describe the B theory of breastfeeding and mindfulness-based stress reduction

Objective 2: Apply mindfulness to change the brain’s perception and feedback of breastfeeding

Objective 3: Describe strategies for empowering families to work with their care provider to solve their breastfeeding difficulties

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