It’s not unusual to get 100+ messages a day flowing through the various neighborhood forums hosted by Front Porch Forum across greater Burlington, VT. Most are straight-forward affairs… “Lost Cat,” “Car for Sale,” “Yard Sale on Sat.” But once in awhile we see a headline that gives pause. Here’s today’s…
Free Breastfeeding Symposium – Lunch Included
All joking aside, as a father of two nursing little ones, I’d be remiss if I didn’t share the message that goes with the headline…
I am recommending this informative and supportive event as an interested man and nurse in the community who believes that breastfeeding should be more culturally accepted. I do not agree with the idea that breastfeeding is like sex and should be done in “private”. Its benefits far outweigh the social inconveniences perceived by some. I would like to see breastfeeding done wherever and whenever it is needed for a child’s well-being. It is clear to me that we need more supportive environmental conditions provided to nursing mothers in our community. I encourage everyone to become better educated about breastfeeding and its powerful effects. Come to the free symposium on Tuesday, October 23.
Please pass this message on as widely as possible and thank you!!
Your neighborhood volunteer,
Breastfeeding Symposium: Postpartum Depression and Breastfeeding
Vermont Department of Health
108 Cherry Street, Room 2B
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Speaker: Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., IBCLC
Dr. Kendall-Tackett is a health psychologist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She is a Research Associate Professor of Psychology specializing in women’s health at the Family Research Lab, University of New Hampshire. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in Health Psychology and Trauma Psychology, is the co-editor of Journal of Trauma Psychology, and is on the editorial boards of Child Abuse & Neglect, Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, and Journal of Human Lactation. Dr. Kendall-Tackett is a La Leche League leader, chair of the New Hampshire Breastfeeding Taskforce, and the Area Coordinator of Leaders for La Leche League of Maine and New Hampshire.
Kathleen Kendall-Tackett specializes in synthesizing current research on breastfeeding and related fields, facilitating the provision of evidence-based care. She is an academic researcher who also works clinically with mothers as a Lactation Consultant/LLL Leader. Dr. Kendall-Tackett has a long-standing interest in maternal depression, the lifetime health effects of childhood abuse, the link between trauma and chronic pain, and the psychological aspects of breastfeeding. Her current work examines the relationship between stress, depression and inflammation, and how this combination increases the risk of depression in new mothers. Breastfeeding, with its stress-lowering effects, is protective of maternal mood. She is also interested in psychological trauma related to difficult birth experiences and the long-term impact of childhood abuse on women’s experiences of mothering and breastfeeding. Dr. Kendall-Tackett has authored more than 150 articles or chapters and is the author or editor of 15 books on maternal depression, family violence and breastfeeding.
Send registration by email, fax, or postal mail
Fax: (802) 863-7229
Questions: Call Tricia (802) 652-4177
Postal Mail: Tricia Cassi
VT Dept of Health – WIC Program
108 Cherry Street, PO Box 70
Burlington, VT 05402