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Relactation - A Supportive Approach

by Lucy Ruddle, IBCLC
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP
  • Handout: Yes

Breastfeeding rates in the UK are still incredibly low, and around 80% of mothers say they wanted to breastfeed for longer than they did. Because of this, more people are beginning to talk about relactation, but the process is filled with myths, questions, and challenges. This talk will take you through why people want to relactate, including the grief and shame they may be experiencing following a difficult breastfeeding experience. We will talk about how the mother can surround herself with support and why this is so important. We will also look at supporting the baby to return to the breast, pumping tips which can help the mother to succeed, and we will discuss the risks and benefits of galactagogues - including the issues with the lack of comprehensive studies on this topic.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Understand the complex reasons Parents come to relactation, and their feelings.;

Objective 2: Know how to support families both with the direct process of relactation, and in the wider context.;

Objective 3: Describe the evidence, risks and benefits regarding galactagogues.;

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