Impact of Birth Practices on Breastfeeding

In this webinar, Linda Smith, MPH, IBCLC, FACCE, FILCA discusses how a mother’s confidence and trust in her ability to birth directly affects her confidence in her ability to breastfeed.

For breastfeeding to succeed, the baby must emerge from birth able to feed; the mother must be able and willing to let her baby feed; lactogenesis must proceed normally; breastfeeding must be comfortable for both, and the surroundings must support the mother and baby as mutual caregivers, an “inseparable biological and social unit” during the baby’s early days and weeks.

Linda is the author of the book Impact of Birthing Practices on Breastfeeding. She is also the liaison from the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) to the World Health Organization’s Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. Learn more about Linda on her website.

Continuing Education Units: One (1) ICEA Contact Hour, One (1) R-CERP