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Webinar: Breastfeeding 2020

Available online from 22 May to 31 October 2020


This webinar explores the important issues confronting breastfeeding in the next decade. 

Dr Kathleen Kendall-Tackett and Professor Amy Brown are both eminent researchers and authors in the field of human lactation and breastfeeding.  Please join us for this thought provoking webinar. 


IBCLC and Australian College of Midwives points apply.


Presented in 10 Parts:

1. The Growing Trend for “Evidence informed Parenting" - Benefits and Risks - Professor Amy Brown

2. The impact of violence against women in the perinatal period - Kathleen Kendall-Tackett

3. What really matters when introducing solid foods? Timing, experience and Responsiveness - Professor Amy Brown

4. What can we learn from fed is best? - Kathleen Kendall-Tackett

5. How can we better support mothers who don’t meet their breastfeeding goals? - Professor Amy Brown

6. Making all the difference – Breastfeeding’s role in overcoming adversity - Kathleen Kendall-Tackett

7. Cannabis, opioids and more: Substance use in the breastfeeding woman - Kathleen Kendall-Tackett

8. Birth trauma: The causes and consequences of child birth related PTSD - Kathleen Kendall-Tackett

9. Is he good? How messages around infant routines can damage breastfeeding - Professor Amy Brown

10. Why do so many women find breastfeeding a challenge? Exploring biological, psychological, bio-cultural and political influences on breastfeeding - Professor Amy Brown

Breastfeeding 2020 - 10 parts
01:00 AM The Growing Trend for “Evidence informed Parenting" - Benefits and Risks. - Professor Amy Brown
02:00 AM The impact of violence against women in the perinatal period. - Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
03:00 AM What really matters when introducing solid foods? Timing, experience and responsiveness. - Professor Amy Brown
03:45 AM What can we learn from fed is best? - Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
04:45 AM How can we better support mothers who don’t meet their breastfeeding goals? - Professor Amy Brown
05:30 AM Making all the difference – Breastfeeding’s role in overcoming adversity. - Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
06:45 AM Cannabis, opioids and more: Substance use in the breastfeeding woman. - Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
07:45 AM Birth trauma: The causes and consequences of child birth related PTSD. - Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
08:45 AM Is he good? How messages around infant routines can damage breastfeeding. - Professor Amy Brown
09:45 AM Why do so many women find breastfeeding a challenge? Exploring biological, psychological, bio-cultural and political influences on breastfeeding. - Professor Amy Brown
SPEAKERS: Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Professor Amy Brown
Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
Kathleen Kendall-Tackett

Dr Kathleen Kendall-Tackett is a health psychologist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and the owner and editor-in-chief of Praeclarus Press, a small press specialising in women’s health. Dr Kendall-Tackett is editor-in-chief of two peer-reviewed journals: Clinical Lactation and Psychological Trauma. She is Fellow of the American Psychological Association in Health and Trauma Psychology, Past President of the APA Division of Trauma Psychology, and a member of the APA’s Publications and Communications Board.

Dr Kendall-Tackett specialises in women’s health research including breastfeeding, depression, trauma and health psychology, and has won many awards for her work including the 2017 President’s Award for Outstanding Service to the Field of Trauma Psychology from the American Psychological Association’s Division of Trauma Psychology.



Professor Amy Brown
Professor Amy Brown

Professor Amy Brown is based in the Department of Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences at Swansea University in the UK. With a background in psychology, she has spent the last 13 years exploring psychological, cultural and societal influences upon infant-feeding decisions in the first year. Her research seeks to understand how we can shift our perception of how babies are fed away from an individual mothering issue to a wider public health problem – with societal level solutions. Dr Brown has published more than 60 papers exploring the barriers women face in feeding their baby during the first year.

Abstracts Breastfeeding 2020 Webinar

Breastfeeding makes all the difference: Breastfeeding’s role in overcoming adversity.

We do not live in a perfect world. Many new mothers have experienced abuse and adversity as children. They want to be good mothers, but they often wonder whether they will perpetuate the cycle of violence that they have experienced. They may also have a history of depression, anxiety, or PTSD, and wonder whether these conditions have harmed their children. Fortunately, we can offer new mothers hope. Recent studies have found that breastfeeding helps mothers mother—even when there is a history of abuse. It’s not about the milk; it’s the physical act of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding improves maternal sleep, lowers the risk of depression, lessens anger and irritability, and even attenuates the negative effects of past sexual assault. Breastfeeding offers mothers a chance to do things differently. When it comes to overcoming adversity and stopping the intergenerational cycle of violence, breastfeeding makes all the difference.

What can we learn from Fed Is Best?

Fed Is Best is an organization with a large social media presence that advocates for supplemental formula to be given to newborns in order to prevent accidental starvation. Although many breastfeeding advocates feel that they do not accurately portray breastfeeding, and they strenuously disagree with their recommendations, Fed Is Best have identified some areas where we could improve motherinfant care. It’s important for breastfeeding professionals to understand and learn from situations where mothers have fallen through the cracks in our system of care.

The impact of violence against women in the perinatal period.

Events from childhood can influence a woman’s current mothering experience and her health and well-being. Fortunately, these experiences do not have to be the blueprint for the rest of her life. This session provides an overview of recent research on the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Intimate Partner Violence. Also covered are the impact of violence on breastfeeding and how it can affect a woman’s body, mind and spirit. You will learn how providers can help and how to stay within your scope of practice as a breastfeeding supporter.

 ‘Is he good? How messages around infant routines can damage breastfeeding’.  

Some of the most common concerns and questions that new parents have are based around the concept of the ‘infant routine’. Books and self styled experts promising to share methods that will help parents get their baby to sleep through the night, feed at set intervals, or have predictable behaviour have been around for decades. However, on closer look, the evidence base for any benefits or success of routines is sparse. This presentation brings together a body of published research from the last 10 years that has explored what types of routines parents are using, the reasons for adopting them, and the impact – on their baby, their own wellbeing, and infant feeding experience. It considers why routines can be unachievable and detrimental to families, and the importance of ensuring a more supportive environment is created for new parents, to enable them to responsively meet their infant’s normal needs. 

What really matters when introducing solid foods? Timing, experience and responsiveness.

How, when and why to introduce solid foods can feel overwhelming for new parents. Anxiety over which foods are ‘right’, whether their baby is ready or not and how much to give them can be high. Extra questions around whether you should give finger foods only, spoon-feed or a mixture of both can complicate the issue. Advice can be confusing – who do you trust, how do you know what they are saying is up to date, and what or who is influencing their words? If you are a health professional supporting parents the same concerns can arise. 

This talk will examine the evidence for the what, when, how and why behind introducing solids to babies. It will explore what we know is important about this period, how this can be applied across different situations and unpick the different layers of influence upon advice around giving babies solid foods. It will pay specific attention to the evidence surrounding baby-led weaning as a method of introducing solids and consider how its underlying principles encourage a positive experience. The role of industry, sponsorship and generational advice will be central to this talk. 

The growing trend for ‘evidence informed parenting’ – benefits and risks.

Research and evidence can help support our parenting decisions but to what extent should we be listening to academic experts who provide such evidence? This talk brings together a wider discussion of whether so called parenting experts are presenting ‘the truth’ and examines the gaps in our evidence base. It emphasises the importance of researchers not just knowing how to construct a good research design, but to have a thorough understanding of the research area. For example, too much research (that is often then used by critics to defy the importance of breastfeeding) uses measures such as ‘ever breastfed’ or doesn’t consider duration of exclusivity meaning much of the research fails to find a difference. It also explores whether the popular ‘gold standard’ research design of the randomised controlled trial is always helpful in research areas that cannot ethically or easily be randomised. Alongside this is explores the bigger picture of research – who gets funding and for what subject areas, highlighting the greater presence of men, particularly White men in well paid research fields. Finally it considers to what degree science should play a role in mothering. Science is important, but we do not need evidence to mother our babies in the way nature intended. Mothering is more than health outcomes. 

How can we better support mothers don’t meet their breastfeeding goals?

Promoting breastfeeding as protective of both maternal and infant health is a central role or governments, health professionals and breastfeeding advocates. Talking about breastfeeding difficulties and why ingrained barriers must be tackled is essential to ensuring the situation changes for future mothers. However, sometimes it feels as if we are caught in a vicious circle; we must talk about breastfeeding as our rates are low and many women wish they had breastfed for longer, yet discussing these issues is often criticized as causing pain. 

This talk will present findings from a large research study which explored the experiences of over 3000 women who could not breastfeed for as long as they wanted, presenting their lasting emotions from their experience and their ideas for how we could promote breastfeeding in ways that cause them the least pain. The concept of negative breastfeeding emotions displaying as psychological trauma for a sub group of women will be discussed.  

Cannabis, Opiods and more.

The rates of cannabis use among pregnant and breastfeeding women range from 5% to 5.7%. However, rates are significantly higher, ranging from 27% to 83% when considering other risk factors, such as unplanned pregnancy, lack of exercise, and 3 or more stressors in the past year. If women use cannabis during pregnancy, they are likely to continue using it while breastfeeding, which raises several concerns. Is breastfeeding contraindicated? If the mother is breastfeeding, how much cannabis transfers into milk and the baby? Are the parents impaired while using? Is the baby in danger? This session addresses these important questions and offers suggestions for creating a safe environment for mothers to discuss their cannabis use so we can help her plan for infant safety. If mothers cannot abstain, practitioners should focus on harm reduction, while considering “how much is too much.” For heavy cannabis users, breastfeeding is contraindicated. Some harm-reduction strategies include addressing the underlying reasons for mothers’ cannabis use (such as trauma, depression, or anxiety) with referrals to supportive services. Can mothers use CBD products instead of cannabis? Can they use edibles instead of smoking or inhaling it? Is the infant in a safe sleep location? The most important goals are ensuring infant safety, caring for the mother, supporting breastfeeding (when possible), and facilitating mother-infant attachment.


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