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Working With Families Feeding Beyond 12 Months: Offering Support With Confidence

by Emma Pickett, IBCLC
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP, 0.1 Midwifery CEU, 1 Dietetic CEU
  • Handout: Yes

This session focuses on supporting parents who are breastfeeding/chestfeeding beyond 12 months. Many of us live in countries where breastfeeding beyond 12 months is not the norm. When it does happen, it may not happen openly. Parents are often feeling increasingly isolated and may be dealing with lack of support from family and friends. There can be further challenges such as new issues with positioning and attachment, conversations with employers and health professionals, dealing with family break-up and thinking about new pregnancies. Parents continuing to feed older children may not always feel able to reach out to local breastfeeding support services that often focus on the newborn period. You will be encouraged to reflect on your personal approach to supporting feeding older children and whether you have any unconscious or conscious bias that may affect your work. The session will give you confidence to discuss the value of continuing to breastfeed with families and colleagues and be able to offer a variety of support.

Learning Objectives:

1. Describe how one's own attitudes about natural term breastfeeding might impact a client's care.

2. Describe key evidence about the value of continuing to breastfeed an older child.

3. Describe common issues that arise with positioning and attachment when parents are feeding older children and how they can be addressed.

4. Explain some of the common challenges that families continuing to breastfeed face.

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