XL22: Ann Sinnott: Breastfeeding Older Children: myths and prejudices

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Some of these misconceptions include that sustained breastfeeding is unnatural, that mothers continue for their own purposes, or that children are developmentally harmed by the practice, fathers are negatively affected, or even that breastfeeding an older child is sexual.

In her presentation Ann Sinnott will address each of these issues citing available research and survey data and examining from where the misconceptions have arisen.

Other questions she'll answer include: Is the urge to sustain breastfeeding into middle childhood, and sometimes beyond, linked to the maturation of the immune system? What could we learn from differences in breastfed and non-breastfed toddler behaviour? How do the reported effects of long-term breastfeeding square up with Attachment Theory and the findings of neuroscience? Ann also explores the familial and social pressures on long-term breastfeeding mothers and the impact the practice can have on fathers and the couple relationship.

Ann Sinnott
It is known in breastfeeding circles that the incidence of long-term breastfeeding is increasing year on year. Negative reactions reveal common misconceptions which will be addressed in this lecture.
1 L CERPs / 1 Lactation Specific Hours
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One week
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Ann Sinnott has a background in health journalism. As a freelance journalist she wrote features for many UK national newspapers and magazines and combined this with mothering.

Ann then spent more than 2 years researching long-term breastfeeding, sparked by personal experience when her own daughter chose to breastfeed for six and a half years. Ann has published a book titled Breastfeeding Older Children.