GOLD Learning Speakers

Belgium

Katrien Nauwelaerts, IBCLC, BA, MA

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Lactation 2015
  • Country: Belgium
Biography:

Katrien Nauwelaerts works as a history-teacher since 2000 and graduated as a prehistoric archaeologist in 2005. She's the mother of three breastfed children and the administrator of the Dutch breastfeeding-website Borstvoeding Aardig, http://borstvoeding.aardig.be.

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Young Mothers and Breastfeeding in Belgium
Teenage mothers are perfectly able to breastfeed. Yet fewer young mothers initiate breastfeeding compared with older mothers. And the ones who start with breastfeeding switch more often over to formula during the first month postpartum. Young mothers are more often influenced by their environment (family, friends) in their feeding choice: - Myths and prejudices about breastfeeding, - Shame or fear of breastfeeding in public, - Concerns about how to combine school and work, - Latch-on- or pump problems. Lack of confidence and low self-esteem are common in this group, so they often get overruled by adults (grandparents, teachers, health workers) who "just want to help them" and give formula advice. Proper information, preferably in the form of peer counseling, is necessary to raise breastfeeding rates among those youngsters. Practical information is necessary, adapted to their specific situation of still-developing adolescents and young mothers. Also needed, is awareness of the persons who will assist in the education of her child: partner, mother, a good friend. Training of healthcare workers and schoolteachers may also be needed, to clean up prejudices about teenage-parenting and to ensure that she will be treated in a breastfeeding-friendly way. If she can finish her education she gets more job opportunities! The school infrastructure, school curriculum, teachers and childcare-facilities have to be flexible enough to support the choice to combine education and breastfeeding at the same time. Support and proper information throughout pregnancy and during the first six weeks postpartum are crucial to make breastfeeding more likely to succeed. But ideally, awareness occurs even though before a teenager is pregnant: as part of the health education in schools!
Accreditation, Main Category, Product Type
Presentations: 27  |  Hours / CE Credits: 25  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Hours / CE Credits: 0.75 (details)  |  Categories: Breastfeeding and Lactation