Epigenetics and breastfeeding: how do they relate?

Time-frame: 90-120
CERP: yes

The topic of epigenetics has been increasingly on health care provider’s radar as something of importance. What are epigenetics and what do they have to do with breastfeeding? This and other questions, such as how do epigenetics play into a baby’s growth both in the womb, once it is born, and throughout a lifetime, will be explored. We inherit genetic materials from our parents but what controls those genes and how they are expressed? These controls from our external environment and from inside our bodies greatly impact this process. The nutrition from breastmilk and the very act of breastfeeding itself influence both the mother and baby’s epigenetics. We also now know that these factors are passed down through many generations. We will discuss the basics of epigenetics and how does breastfeeding fit into this picture based upon the latest research.



Barbara D. Robertson


Country: USA
Phone number: 734-975-6534
Email: barbara@bfcaa.com
Site: http://bfcaa.com
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Supporting Families, Building Confidence, and Increasing Breastfeeding Success

Helping families feel more confident can lead to greater breastfeeding success. IBCLCs can play a role in this. They can help families learn to trust their own parenting abilities, trust themselves,and trust their babies to tell them what they need. This article outlines many practical tips forIBCLCs to try. Better communication leads to improved relationships with families and this inturn can help families learn to trust themselves.

Eight Things Fostering Kittens Have Taught Me About Infant Feeding

In this article Barbara discusses the lessons she has learned from feeding another type of mammal, kittens. Because of her fostering experience and needing to supplement these orphaned babies, Barbara has come up with eight key points about supplementation that apply to all mammals, not just kittens.

Robertson, Barbara D., An Alternative Treatment: Using ultrasound for plugged ducts. Clinical Lactation. 2016, 7 (4).

Robertson, Barbara D. Breastfeeding Without Birthing- An interview with Alyssa Schnell. Clinical Lactation. 2016, 7(1).

Robertson, Barbara D. Hope from ashes: The creation of the NEC society- An interview with Jennifer Canvassar. Clinical Lactation, 2015 6(4). 156-160.

Robertson, Barbara D. Revisiting Nipple and Breast Pain: A Conversation with Anne Eglash, MD. Clinical Lactation. 2015, 6(3), 124-128.

Robertson, Barbara D. Free to Breastfeed—Voices of Black Mothers. Clinical Lactation, 2014, 5(3), 90-96. http://www.clinicallactation.org/sites/default/files/articlepdf/s3-CL-5-3.pdf

Robertson, Barbara D. Working and Breastfeeding: Practical Ways You Can Support Employed Breastfeeding Mothers. Clinical Lactation, 2014, 5(4), 137-140. http://www.clinicallactation.org/sites/default/files/articlepdf/CL5-4_Final_A7_137-140.pdf