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Mindful Breastfeeding: How Lactation Professionals Can Support Calm and Connection

by Joy MacTavish, MA, IBCLC, RLC, ICCE
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP
  • Handout: Yes

The age-old practice of mindfulness meditation has increased in popularity across the globe over the past four decades and gained traction within the psychological and medical fields. Mindfulness centers on non-judgmental awareness of one’s bodily sensations, thoughts, and emotions in the present moment. It has been scientifically shown to reduce stress, chronic pain, medical and psychological symptoms, and enhance immune function. Mindfulness practices often focus on psychobiological processes, which makes them well suited as in intervention during the perinatal period, and even more specifically breastfeeding. This presentation outlines the ways in which mindfulness can positively impact lactation, during its normal course and especially when there are challenges. As lactation professionals who clinically and holistically support clients, it is beneficial to be able to share mindfulness strategies that can serve as a bridge between the mental, emotional, and physiological realms. Through a greater understanding of the practical aspects of mindfulness, gentle interventions can be incorporated into each feeding session. By supporting calm and connection within the parent and between the parent and infant, the experience of breastfeeding can be enhanced.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Explain the ways in which mindfulness practices can be supportive of the mental, emotional, and physiologic state of breastfeeding parents
Objective 2: Describe, in general terms, how mindfulness can benefit postpartum parents, their babies, and breastfeeding
Objective 3: Share at least three (3) strategies to increase mindfulness during breastfeeding

Categories: Counseling Skills,
Presentations: 28  |  Hours / CE Credits: 26.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks