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How Can We Better Support Mothers Don’t Meet Their Breastfeeding Goals?

by Prof. Amy Brown, PhD, Professor
  • Duration: 40 Mins
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  • Handout: Yes

Promoting breastfeeding as protective of both maternal and infant health is a central role or governments, health professionals and breastfeeding advocates. Talking about breastfeeding difficulties and why ingrained barriers must be tackled is essential to ensuring the situation changes for future mothers. However, sometimes it feels as if we are caught in a vicious circle; we must talk about breastfeeding as our rates are low and many women wish they had breastfed for longer, yet discussing these issues is often criticized as causing pain. This talk will present findings from a large research study which explored the experiences of over 2000 women who could not breastfeed for as long as they wanted, presenting their lasting emotions from their experience alongside their ideas for how we could promote breastfeeding in ways that cause them the least pain. The concept of negative breastfeeding emotions displaying as psychological grief or trauma for a subgroup of women will be discussed, alongside the factors that they felt made their experience or feelings worse.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Understand the wide range of emotions women can feel when they cannot breastfeed for as long as they wanted to.

Objective 2: Identify the idea of breastfeeding trauma and how it may display in women’s behaviour and reactions.

Objective 3: Understand ways in which support could be tailored to include women who have not been able to meet their breastfeeding goals"

Categories: Trauma & Breastfeeding,