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The Effects of Breastfeeding on Sexual Intimacy

by Nikki Hunter Greenaway, MSN FNP, IBCLC
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP
  • Handout: Yes

Lactation consultations delve into perfecting a latch, maximizing milk supply and even recovering from giving birth. Very few visits discuss how breastfeeding can affect intimacy. The research on breastfeeding and intimacy is scarce and the assessment tools and evidence-based solutions are almost nonexistent. Perinatal providers often don’t recognize the relevance or have time to troubleshoot the inquiries. Lactation specialists understand that the situation exists but may not know how to approach the line of questioning or how to provide solutions. This webinar will illustrate the relationship between lactation-specific hormones and sex hormones. It will present the mental and physical struggles that families face when tackling the topic of returning to intimacy when breastfeeding. Providers and lactation consultants will receive recommendations on how to approach, assess and assist in resolving clients’ perceptions and concerns surrounding breastfeeding and intimacy. Discussion will offer web resources and how to add the topic into community resources.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Identify barriers breastfeeding mothers experience in regards to intimacy;

Objective 2: Explain the relationship between prolactin, oxytocin and estrogen and how it relates to physical and mental sexual arousal;

Objective 3: Describe resources and counseling techniques consultants can use to provide support;

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