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Trauma and Breastfeeding: Working Effectively with Trauma Survivors

by Dr. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP, 1 CNE, 0.1 Midwifery CEU
  • Handout: No
Abstract:

Trauma affects at least one third of childbearing women. Although a common experience, many breastfeeding counselors do not feel confident in working with trauma survivors. Should they ask about it? How do you stay within your scope of practice? This session will provide an overview of the types of trauma women are most likely to experience (childhood abuse, birth trauma, sexual assault, partner violence, natural disaster, and combat), and provide strategies for working effectively and comfortably with trauma survivors. This session also provides an overview of research showing that breastfeeding actually helps trauma survivors cope and lessens the risk of intergenerational trauma.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Describe the types of trauma most likely to affect childbearing women;
Objective 2: Describe the incidence of trauma in the U.S. and internationally;
Objective 3: Discuss effective strategies for working with breastfeeding trauma survivors.


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Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks