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Providing Culturally Sensitive Support for Breastfeeding Muslim Families

by Tamara Drenttel Brand, MA, MPH
  • Duration: 30 Mins
  • Credits: 0.5 CERP, 0.5 L-CERP
  • Learning Format: Webinar
  • Handout: Yes
  • Origin: GOLD Lactation

Lactation professionals can provide invaluable assistance to Muslim families seeking to successfully breastfeed. However, cultural differences and a lack of understanding of Islamic culture could create barriers between professionals and the families they are trying to support. It is crucial that professionals and health care providers are aware of and acknowledge the unique role that culture and religion can play in this dynamic, both to prevent obstacles to breastfeeding and to encourage breastfeeding through culturally specific methods and arguments.

This presentation will show how to adapt your approach, language and content to ensure effective and sensitive care that will be more readily accepted by the mother and her family. It explores what the Qur’an says about breastfeeding and delves into traditional and cultural Islamic attitudes and practices surrounding breastfeeding. Moreover, it will explore the father’s role in Muslim culture and offer religious justification to encourage him to support breastfeeding, as well as issues of wet-nursing, milk sharing and adoption (as it relates to breastfeeding) within the Islamic context. As a participant, you will be encouraged to challenge your own assumptions about Islamic traditional and cultural practices and to use new knowledge gained to empower others to reflect on the benefits of being a culturally sensitive and responsive lactation professional and health care provider.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Describe at least 2 ways a Muslim father can support his breastfeeding wife within the Islamic context;

Objective 2: List at least 1 thing the Qur’an says about breastfeeding;

Objective 3: Recall at least 3 new things you learned about the religion of Islam or Islamic cultural or traditional practices.

Categories: Cultural Competency,
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