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Epigenetic Impact of Breastfeeding on Infant Stress Regulation

by Katheleen Hawes, PhD, APRN
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP
  • Handout: Yes

Classic animal studies have shown that maternal care of rat mothers e.g. licking and grooming and arched back nursing, impacts offspring outcomes such as behavior, development, and stress regulation. These outcomes persist over subsequent generations. Epigenetics, the study of how environmental influences affect gene expression, mediates these effects. In this session we will discuss and explore how similar epigenetic mechanisms in humans possibly relate to the protective effects of breastfeeding and maternal tactile stimulation on infant stress reactivity.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Describe basic epigenetic processes;

Objective 2: Explain the relationship between DNA methylation and infant HPA stress response; and

Objective 3: Describe the impact of exclusive breastfeeding on DNA methylation and decreased cortisol reactivity in infants.

Presentations: 2  |  Hours / CE Credits: 1  |  Viewing Time: 2 Weeks
Presentations: 29  |  Hours / CE Credits: 27.0  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks