Breastfeeding and the Baby's Experience
A PPNE View of Breastfeeding
New technology and an emerging emphasis on neuroscience and epigenetics have awakened an interest in knowing more about human development. Science has now proven that the period of time from before conception and through pregnancy, birth and early parenting lays the blueprint upon which that human being will experience health and emotionally act out his/her life.
Members of APPPAH have been studying prenatal awareness for over 30 years, and have become very aware of the impact of pre- and perinatal issues through studying the way human beings live their lives. As Dr. David Chamberlain, a famous pre and perinatal psychologist / psychotherapist states, “I am especially aware of the need to create babies that are mentally and physically healthy in order to have a world that is healthy and peaceful.” (Windows to the Womb, 2013)
At APPPAH, we see the early period, including birth, as formative. We also see the tremendous potential to support birthing families and their babies at this critical time.
We've gathered together some of Birth Psychology's best resources about Breastfeeding from a Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Somatic Health perspective. Our approach is different. We look at the baby's experience as a part of our conversation. After watching and listening to our expert practitioners and researchers, we know you'll leave with new information that you can apply to your work with birthing families starting today.
Please enjoy this series of lectures to deepen your understanding of breastfeeding through the Prenatal and Perinatal lens.
Kate White is an award-winning prenatal and perinatal educator and an advanced bodyworker. She is trained in somatic therapies, prenatal and perinatal health, lactation, brain development, infant mental health, and has specialized in mother-baby dyad care using somatic prevention and trauma healing approaches for nearly 20 years. She is a mother of two children, holds a BA and MA in Communication, a Registered Craniosacral Therapist in the Biodynamic Craniosacral method and a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner. Her work combines somatic therapy, birth preparation, recovery from difficult birth, trauma resolution and brain development to help give families with babies and small children the best possible start. She is the Founding Director of Education for the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health and currently co-directs this department, administering an online program for parents and parent professionals, runs a private practice and offers her own seminars through the Center for Prenatal and Perinatal Programs, ppncenter.com.