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Lactation Support in the Shadow of Maternal Trauma


Caregivers under both acute and chronic stress sometimes make decisions that are difficult for health care providers to understand. Recent research into the neurobiology of behavior provides insight on how stress influences our ability to make decisions. In this 3-part webinar series, participants will learn about this research and how the findings might be used to better support informed infant-feeding decisions among mothers facing serious physical, financial, social or emotional challenges.

Part 1: Supporting Breastfeeding Mothers under Acute Stress

In part 1, we will describe the influence of stress hormones on decision-making, describe the indicators of Acute Stress Disorder, and discuss support for mothers coping with acute stress in the NICU. Part 1 is also available to be purchased individually at https://registration.ucdavis.edu/Item/Details/382

Part 2: Supporting Breastfeeding Mothers Struggling with Chronic Stress

In part 2, we will describe the influence of chronic stress on maternal mental and physical health and discuss potential counseling interventions that may be used to support breastfeeding among mothers coping with ongoing stress.

Part 3: Supporting Breastfeeding Mothers affected by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

In part 3, we will describe current research related to the influence of Adverse Childhood Experiences on maternal mental and physical health as well as decision making surrounding infant feeding.  We will also discuss options for effective assessment and support for breastfeeding mothers with higher ACE scores.


At the end of the sessions, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the two “pathways” typically used to make day-to-day decisions
  • Describe the potential effects of stress hormones on decision-making processes
  • List at least 4 of the criteria used to identify acute stress disorder
  • List 2 behaviors commonly seen among individuals coping with chronic stress or scarcity
  • Describe at least 3 ways in which Adverse Childhood Experiences may influence mothers who are struggling with early breastfeeding challenges
  • List at least 3 ways in which professionals may support effective decision-making among mothers coping with stress and trauma

Continuing Education Units

  • Nurses (CA BRN) – 3.0 Contact Hours (1.0 per part)
  • Lactation Consultants (IBLCE) - 3.0 R CERPs (1.0 per part)

Note: Please disregard the event date and time on the right side of this page. This webinar is pre-recorded and available to watch at your own convenience. 

After you submit the registration form, an email will be auto-generated with a payment confirmation and instructions for accessing the recordings and evaluation.

Registration for this webinar is intended for an individual viewer. Do not share the link or password. If purchasing for a group, please contact our office for the group pricing information. A live version of this webinar is available for groups of 5 or more. For group or live options, contact us by email (lactation@ucdavis.edu) or by phone (530-754-5364) before registering.

If you have any questions or trouble with this registration site, please contact our office at 530-754-5364 or lactation@ucdavis.edu.   


Register by Dec 31 st

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Dec 31, 2024

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Tuesday, December 31, 2024