Hypnobirthing Study Day
th October 2013
12
Breastfeeding & Birth
Claire Rocuzzi – Better Birthing
Doula and Antenatal Educ...
Breastfeeding Education in the
Antenatal Period
Where do women get their information from?
• Google & Internet
• Friends
•...
Breastfeeding Education in the
Antenatal Period
What information are we giving mothers-to-be?
Can you remember what you we...
Breastfeeding Education in the
Antenatal Period
What information are we giving mothers-to-be?
Do mothers see mothers breas...
Breastfeeding Education in the
Antenatal Period
What SHOULD we be telling them?
‘The constant warning that help is needed ...
Type of Birth and Breastfeeding
What is needed in order to breastfeed?
• ‘A woman’s confidence and trust in her ability to...
Type of Birth and Breastfeeding
How birth type affect breastfeeding.
• Smith (2009) looks at the impact of birthing practi...
What now?
• If we can provide a mother with enough support and confidence in her
own body throughout her pregnancy and lab...
Q&A

Hypnobirthing Study Day
12th October 2013

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  1. 1. Hypnobirthing Study Day th October 2013 12 Breastfeeding & Birth Claire Rocuzzi – Better Birthing Doula and Antenatal Educator www.betterbirthing.org.uk
  2. 2. Breastfeeding Education in the Antenatal Period Where do women get their information from? • Google & Internet • Friends • Family • Books • Classes & Groups • Professionals Hypnobirthing Study Day 12th October 2013 www.betterbirthing.org.uk
  3. 3. Breastfeeding Education in the Antenatal Period What information are we giving mothers-to-be? Can you remember what you were told/taught? How much time did you spend thinking about breastfeeding? Pregnancy is a teachable moment in life. A ‘teachable moment’ is theorized to increase motivation to change a behaviour through increased risk perceptions, emotional responses, and changes in self-image. Hypnobirthing Study Day 12th October 2013 www.betterbirthing.org.uk
  4. 4. Breastfeeding Education in the Antenatal Period What information are we giving mothers-to-be? Do mothers see mothers breastfeeding and do we see it as the norm? Gonzalez (2012:25) believes that one of the reasons we have difficulties is because we do not see mothers in our natural habitat breastfeeding often enough. Research with gorillas in zoo vs wild and in the zoo the gorilla needs to be ‘shown’ how to breastfeed. He suggests that we are in captivity, in our communal captivities and all instinct is gone and fear and doubt left. 2010 Infant Feeding Survey (McAndrew et al 2012) While increased initiation of breastfeeding levels from 76% to 81% in the UK, still issues around early cessation of breastfeeding and exclusive breastfeeding. Woman’s attitudes to breastfeeding shown as ‘deep seated anxiety and embarrassment’, ‘uncomfortable breastfeeding in front of others’ and others made to feel wrong and unaccepted when breastfeeding in public. (Angell: The Practicing Midwife March 2013:5) Also makes mention of the media and it’s attitude to breasts as being purely sexual with breastfeeding breasts being shown in a negative light if at all. (Angell 2013) Hypnobirthing Study Day 12th October 2013 www.betterbirthing.org.uk
  5. 5. Breastfeeding Education in the Antenatal Period What SHOULD we be telling them? ‘The constant warning that help is needed decreases a mother’s confidence in her capability to even hold her baby let alone breastfeed it. This discourse also classifies breastfeeding as one of those activities that requires help from an expert. In that way it expropriates breastfeeding and causes Nemesis’ (Colson 1998:29) • Support • Signposts • Encouragement • What to expect ie how much, how often, positions • Feeding cues – to look and listen to our babies •Skin to Skin – Biological Nurturing Hypnobirthing Study Day 12th October 2013 www.betterbirthing.org.uk
  6. 6. Type of Birth and Breastfeeding What is needed in order to breastfeed? • ‘A woman’s confidence and trust in her ability to birth spills into her confidence and ability to breastfeed.’ (McGrath KE 2007) • Breastfeeding is a natural progression following birth. • Baby needs to be able and willing • Mother needs to be confident and supported Hypnobirthing Study Day 12th October 2013 www.betterbirthing.org.uk
  7. 7. Type of Birth and Breastfeeding How birth type affect breastfeeding. • Smith (2009) looks at the impact of birthing practices on breastfeeding •Pain relief crosses the placenta •Epidural drugs found in cord blood •Drugs used to numb sensory nerves in mother and also affect the infant namely sucking and co-ordination •Induction •Forceps/Ventouse •Position of the baby and time in birth canal • 22 bones, 6 nerves and 60 muscles are required in order for the baby to breastfeed. Hypnobirthing Study Day 12th October 2013 www.betterbirthing.org.uk
  8. 8. What now? • If we can provide a mother with enough support and confidence in her own body throughout her pregnancy and labour, regardless of her birth experience she will be more confident in her breastfeeding. • Breastfeeding needs to be normalised and seen as the norm and not as a problem. •Media portrayal needs to be changed Hypnobirthing Study Day 12th October 2013 www.betterbirthing.org.uk
  9. 9. Q&A Hypnobirthing Study Day 12th October 2013 www.betterbirthing.org.uk
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