Breastfeeding Grief in the Postpartum Patient

Time-frame: 30-60
CERP: yes

Breastfeeding is recognized as a public health issue, and parents and medical providers are aware of the importance of breastfeeding to the health of babies and mothers.  In the U.S., over 80% of women initiate breastfeeding, but less than 25% of babies are exclusively breastfeeding at 6 months of age.  Breastfeeding grief can occur when the realities of breastfeeding don’t match the parent’s expectations.  Health care providers often deliver the message that breastfeeding isn’t going well, yet they are not aware of how profoundly this message impacts mothers.  Postpartum mothers are vulnerable to physical, emotional, and behavioral health issues, and breastfeeding complications or disruptions increase the risk of perinatal mood disorders.  This talk explores the application of hospice principles and a multidisciplinary approach including trained lactation supporters in order to adequately address the complexities of breastfeeding grief and to ensure the health and well-being of mother and baby.

Amy Barron Smolinski

Amy Barron Smolinski, MA, ALC, CLC

Country: USA/Germany
Phone number: US: 402-557-0532 DE: +49.152.07430986
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#MilitaryMonday: The New Military Parental Leave–What does it really mean?

Paid Family Leave for military families has rapidly changed in the past two years, and the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act brings even more changes.  While some of these changes appear to be improvements for military parental leave, several points of the new law have left us with some serious concerns.

Regular Contributor to #MilitaryMonday

Established in 2006, MomsRising and its members are organizing and speaking out to improve public policy and to change the national dialogue on issues that are critically important to America’s women and families. In addition to being a grassroots force, MomsRising also has a strong readership reach: With over 1,000 blogger, in 2013, Forbes.comnamed MomsRising‘s web site as one of the Top 100 Websites For Women for the fourth year in a row and Working Mother magazine included MomsRising on its “Best of the Net” list.

Regular Contributor to Mom2Mom Global Blog

Regular contributor to the Mom2Mom Global blog, with particular focus on national policies and events that impact military families and equity gaps in breastfeeding rates within military culture.

Why is it so important to give all military servicemembers paid family leave?

Guest blog post for the United States Breastfeeding Committee in support of the Military Parental Leave Modernization Act, proposed by Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) to give all active duty servicemembers 12 weeks of paid parental leave when a new child enters the family by birth, adoption, or foster care placement.

Taking the Village Online: Mothers, Motherhood, and Social Media (Chapter 4)

From Demeter Press: The rise of social media has changed how we understand and enact relationships across our lives, including motherhood. The meanings and practices of mothering have been significantly impacted by the availability of [online] communities…  The village that now contributes to the mothering experience has grown exponentially, granting mothers access to interactional partners and knowledge never before available. This volume of works explores the impact of social media forms on our cultural understandings of motherhood and the ways that we communicate about the experience and practice of mothering.

Chapter 4, authored by Amy Barron Smolinski, specifically explores the intersectionality of breastfeeding, military families, and social media.