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Breastfeeding has received immense attention in the medical community and increasing interest in the field of psychology and social work. The majority of research demonstrates that breastfeeding is essential for normal physiological development, while paying only minimal attention to the contribution of nursing to psychological development. This book fills in the gap by providing important insight into the development of relationships and interactions in breastfeeding families.
Author, researcher and clinician Dr. Keren Epstein-Gilboa has spent many years researching and working with breastfeeding families. In this book she describes the findings of her research and discusses the salient themes, relationships, and interactions in breastfeeding families.
Issues covered include the development of sensitive parenting styles through nursing; the reverberation of sensitivity in the family system; the evolvement of family themes that sustain physiological nursing and sensitivity; child, maternal, and paternal development through nursing; couple relations; and practitioner self-awareness. A brief review of history describes the impact of authoritarian figures on nursing and the salient themes that promoted or interfered with the development of physiological and maternal nursing throughout history. Feminism, artificial baby milk, breastfeeding aids, and breastfeeding in adoptive families exemplify other issues discussed. Each chapter ends with implications for practice.
An amazing new view of the intricacies of family life and interactions in nursing families will be revealed as you read this book. If you work with parents and babies, this insightful and intriguing book is a must read! It will open your eyes as to how the most experienced breastfeeding consultant or clinician may be currently hindering rather than helping when teaching or counseling breastfeeding families.
Author: Keren Epstein-Gilboa PhD, MEd, BSN, RN, FACCE, LCCE, IBCLC, RLC
Total Pages: 324