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Talking to Babies: Basic Communication Skills for Lactating Parents and Healthcare Specialists

by Smaranda Nay, MD, IBCLC
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP, 0.1 Midwifery CEU, 1 Dietetic CEU
  • Handout: Yes
Abstract:

This is a presentation on how explaining things to babies of all ages, including newborns, can help solve difficult moments during lactation in the parent-baby relationship and lead to healthy parenting. Communication blocks happen frequently due to changes, events, and anxiety, and sometimes they can interfere with breastfeeding/chestfeeding. At least some of these blocks can be solved by communicating with the baby in an open, compassionate, and respectful way.

Lactation and healthcare professionals will learn how to approach such situations, what questions to ask and what suggestions to make to parents so they and their babies can overcome the situation. Lactation and healthcare professionals will also learn about different cases that I have encountered, how the method was applied and what were the results.

I deeply believe that the way we talk to babies, communicate with them and how we teach parents to do that is an essential part of our work. On the long term, it can make an important difference to how those babies are treated, respected, parented, educated, and raised and what kind of adults they will become.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Describe the importance of communicating with babies.

Objective 2: Discuss how to make the connection with a baby.

Objective 3: Describe ways that lactation and healthcare profesisonals can teach parents to connect with their babies

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