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Recorded Webinar: Weighing in on Obesity and Breastfeeding by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett


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Weighing in on Obesity and Breastfeeding

by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett


This is a recording of a webinar originally aired on:




12 PM, CT


Length: 1hr 30mins



Public health officials have been sounding the alarm about the “obesity epidemic,” not only in the U.S., but in industrialized nations around the world. In response, breastfeeding is offered as an important preventative measure for both maternal and childhood obesity. Unfortunately, strategies designed to improve breastfeeding rates among women with higher BMIs often backfire and become self-fulfilling prophecies by discouraging heavier women from breastfeeding. Despite these limitations, breastfeeding has an important role to play in obesity prevention. This presentation provides an overview of current research on surprising causes of obesity, such as sleep disorders, psychological trauma, and discrimination and outlines the limitations of current approaches. This session also describes research on the impact of BMI on breastfeeding, and provides practical steps for working with mothers with higher BMIs.



I. Limitations in current paradigms about weight

A)  Obesity definition


C) Current theories of weight gain


II. Causes of weight gain

A)  Diet

B)   Lack of exercise

C)  Sleep problems

D)  Stress

E)  Trauma

F)  Genetics/Epigenetics

G)Ethnic group and SES differences


III. Insulin and satiety mechanisms

A)    The role of insulin resistance in weight gain

B)    The impact of stress and depression in insulin resistance

C)    The role of breastfeeding


IV. Sleep and trauma  impact weight gain

A) Sleep and obesity

B) Trauma and obesity

C) Ethnic group differences


V. Weight Bias and Fat Hatred

A) Neurobiological effects

B) Case study of the Pima Indians

VI.  The impact of breastfeeding on mother and baby

A) Breastfeeding helps regulate intake for babies

B) Breastfeeding reverses metabolic syndrome that occurs during pregnancy


VII. The Impact of Maternal BMI on Breastfeeding

A)    Breastfeeding initiation

B)     Breastfeeding duration

C)    Possible hormonal effects


VIII. Delivering effective care for mothers with higher BMIs

The importance of supportive and empowering care




I.      Describe limitations of current definitions of BMI, obesity, and theories of weight gain and loss.

II.    Describe the six factors related to weight gain and how they are related to differences by ethnic group and SES.

III.  Describe the role of insulin and satiety mechanisms in weight gain, and how breastfeeding addresses both.

IV.  Discuss the impact of sleep and psychological trauma on insulin resistance and weight gain.

 V.    Discuss weight bias and the neuropsychology of social rejection.

VI.  Discuss how breastfeeding lowers the risk of obesity in mothers and babies.

VII.  Describe the impact of maternal obesity on breastfeeding initiation and duration.

VIII. Discuss strategies for meeting the needs of mothers with higher BMIs.


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