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Understanding and Addressing Breastfeeding Disparities and Human Milk Inequity in Emergencies

by Aunchalee Palmquist, MA, PhD, IBCLC
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP
  • Learning Format: Webinar
  • Handout: No
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Emergencies, whether natural disasters or complex humanitarian crises, often reproduce and exacerbate pre-existing health disparities. Mothers and infants within vulnerable, marginalized, and oppressed social groups are more likely to carry a disproportionate burden of perinatal morbidity and mortality resulting from emergencies as compared with those in privileged groups. Emergency response for pregnancy support, childbirth, and infant and young child feeding (IYCF-E) tends to address acute needs but often fails to support long-term and sustainable resilience to health inequalities and inequities. This presentation provides an overview of critical issues that influence social inequalities of perinatal maternal and infant nutrition in a global context, and then highlights the intersection with IYCF-E. A case studies approach will be used to illustrate key concepts. Although emergencies present numerous challenges to protecting maternal and infant health, they also avail unique opportunities to promote and support breastfeeding and human milk equity globally.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Describe various factors that shape maternal and infant perinatal health disparities globally
Objective 2: Describe emergency response practices that (i) reproduce health inequalities and (ii) support resilience to health inequalities
Objective 3: Use examples to illustrate the importance of breastfeeding and human milk equity in reducing maternal and infant health disparities following emergencies

Presentations: 6  |  Hours / CE Credits: 6  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks