Our training awarded 57 CERPs from the IBLCE

We are proud to announce that the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) has awarded our Breastfeeding and Mental Health Online Training course with 57 CERPs. Breastfeeding is a fundamental part of the psychological and health processes inherent to maternity, and is intimately tied to maternal and infant physical and emotional wellbeing, as well…

Babies protected from effects of intimate partner violence during pregnancy… by breastfeeding

Study suggests that exclusive breastfeeding diffuses the intergenerational transmission of risk for infants born to mothers exposed to intimate partner violence.  Women in this situation during pregnancy would benefit not only from psychosocial support, but also from specific breastfeeding support, as this can have major personal and public health benefits. A study from Nôtre Dame…

Postpartum depression and the role of oxytocin receptors

A recent study from the University of Louisiana (summarized below) has discovered that some mothers with postpartum depression have an “altered expression of oxytocin receptors”. Oxytocin is the hormone of love, human connection and wellbeing; it is produced at high levels during birth and breastfeeding and it is intimately involved in the mother-infant bond, as…

Breast – pump – bottle: emotional cost of triple feeding

Some dyads (mother-infant pair) start their breastfeeding relationship in harsh circumstances. Frequently, due to medicalized births and unfavorable hospital routines, there are so many interferences to initiate breastfeeding that by the time mother and baby arrive home they are already using bottles and formula – despite mother having desired to exclusively breastfeed. These mothers often…

Impact of epidural on bonding

In many women’s minds, birth and epidural go together. But how many of us are conscious of the impact of this routine intervention on birth and the days that follow? According to Dr Sarah Buckley, author of Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering, its effects can significantly alter birth progression and have an impact on the woman´s…