When Breast Isn’t Best: Challenges and Opportunities for Sexual Abuse Survivors in Breastfeeding

14 November 2018 | Elizabeth Johnson

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The benefits of breastfeeding are well known. Less known is how pervasive and long-lasting the effects of sexual abuse can be. As many as 1 in 3 women are survivors of contact sexual abuse. And, unfortunately, sexual abuse is rarely over when it’s over.

Most new parents state that they want to at least “try” breastfeeding. And yet everyone knows someone for whom breastfeeding “didn’t work.” While informed care can sometimes help families stick with breastfeeding, even well-intended support can be triggering.  Any breastfeeding advocates who deal with new families must have a working knowledge of sexual abuse as well as a trauma-informed approach in order to effectively support breastfeeding families.  Learn how abuse can impact ability and desire to breastfeed, red flags that could indicate a history of sexual abuse and practical tools to support all families in a thoughtful way.

This webinar is available in English and currently has translated materials in Arabic, Italian, and Simplified Chinese.  We are currently working on translating in additional languages.  Please email if you would like the translated materials.

This webinar is eligible for 1 L-CERPs credit.

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Registration Fees:

Leaders and Leader Applicants– Webinar without 1 L-CERPs: $8.50

Non-Leaders– Webinar without 1 L-CERPs: $15.50

Webinar with 1 L-CERPs: $22.50


About Elizabeth Johnson:

Elizabeth M. Johnson, MA is the owner of Spark Equity, LLC a boutique training and consulting firm based in Durham, North Carolina. She specializes in helping people understand how trauma impacts quality of care as well as quality of life.  She loves helping clients shrink stress, reduce attrition and feel more effective with even the most challenging patients or groups. Elizabeth also offers a free, weekly support group for sexual abuse survivors.

Elizabeth has been worked with abuse survivors since 2005. She has training as a professional coach, postpartum doula and childbirth educator. Elizabeth is one of only five trainers worldwide certified to deliver content based on the book, When Survivors Give Birth: How Child Sexual Abuse Affects Women in Pregnancy, Childbirth and Postpartum by Doulas of North America co-founder Penny Simkin. Elizabeth holds a Masters of Arts degree in Womens Studies from Southern Connecticut State University.