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Module 9: Breastfeeding

Self Attachment & Breastfeeding

Module 9: Self Attachment & Breastfeeding

Birth, bonding, breastfeeding, and attachment all affect babies and their relationships with their caregivers, as well as their caregivers with them. This module offers a wealth of information about birth and breastfeeding from a pre and perinatal psychology perspectives. Students will learn about skin-to-skin practices, the breast crawl and the importance of self attachment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the importance of Skin-to-Skin, especially the health outcomes for mother and baby, its impact on breastfeeding and the mother-baby bond.
  • Identify the 9 stages that babies go through during the first hour after birth.
  • Understand the importance of the Breast Crawl and be able to educate others.
  • Educate listeners on breastfeeding from a pre and perinatal psychology perspective.
  • Define bonding and attachment and name their potential positive psychological and psychosocial outcomes, especially their influences on nervous system functioning in newborns.
  • Name major influences in the field and be able to refer listeners to resources for further study or support.
  • Define and educate about prenatal and birth shock and trauma, especially how they impact the body and the psyche.
  • Describe what health and healing from prenatal and birth trauma looks and feels like.
  • Name the characteristics of non-traumatized newborns.
  • Name shock affects of newborns.
  • Name the skills that practitioners use to renegotiate prenatal or birth difficulties.
  • Describe the various baby cries and the importance of emotional expression in babies.
  • Understand the aspects of betrayal connected to our treatment of babies and how to support a sense of trust, especially in an educational setting.
  • Name the seven steps in healing betrayal.
  • Name and describe the pre and perinatal imprinting process.
  • Discuss the role of memory during the pre and perinatal period.
  • Educate about birth from a baby's perspective.
  • Describe therapeutic approaches for families, moms, dads, and babies who have experienced prenatal and birth trauma, and have resources for referrals.


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