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Ellen Kamman, IBCLC, La Leche League Leader, Masters in Biomedical Health Sciences.

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Lactation 2013
  • Country: south africa

Ellen Kamman was born in the Netherlands. After completing her degree in Biomedical Health Sciences in 1995, she decided to move to South Africa in 1997. She runs her own research support company, focussing on social statistics, poverty, HIV and development research. She became a La Leche League leader in 2008 to help other mothers breastfeed, and is actively involved in the field of breastfeeding in South Africa. In 2011, Ellen became an IBCLC. She currently lives in Johannesburg with her husband and three children.

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Breastfeeding in South Africa
Mother support for breastfeeding takes many forms. The traditional support of the extended family is lacking in mobile societies or where older generations lack breastfeeding experience. When other self-help and mutual support groups emerged to provide the individual with a peer group with a common life stage or need, breastfeeding groups also began. Face-to-face groups and telephone hotlines have embraced new technologies. Special needs have led to groups for mothers of prematures or multiples. Support by volunteers may be supplemented or replaced by remunerated breastfeeding peer counsellors matched to disadvantaged groups. Some groups or programs are consumer driven, others guided by health workers.
Hours / CE Credits: 0.5 (details)  |  Categories: Breastfeeding and Lactation