PB5018 Breastfeeding, Health & Abundance

Breastfeeding is a gift for life! Why is that? And what happens when it is not there? What are the psychological dimensions of Breastfeeding and what are the Life-Long benefits for the body-mind health of the child? What can each one of us do and what is the social responsibility? Join us and learn!


At a Glance…

Breastfeeding within the first few moments after birth and during the 3 years of the child’s life has much more to offer than we have known so far. Breastfeeding goes beyond the nourishment of the physical body, beyond the strengthening of the immune system of the child to establish the foundations of a healthy, secure, based on mutual trust relationship with the world. It is an excellent template lesson for resource management and abundance.

In the Educational Program, we will see what happens when breastfeeding is not there or when it is only for a short length of time. And what happens when the weaning experience is violent or whatever but respectful and early in life.

Furthermore, we will study why some Mothers can  not breastfeed their babies and we will cast light on possible pre/Perinatal or early postnatal traumas still unhealed that are associated with the present unpleasant situations. We will see the dynamics behind a possible pathology can can show in the form of mastitis and such and we will analyze case studies to better understand the hidden mechanisms.

Finally, we will see how we can help in the direction of promoting optimum breastfeeding experiences for all involved and what we can and should do on a social level to promote human wellbeing.

Recommended Background

There are no prerequisites for this course. Anyone who can critically think and reflect is welcome to join the Educational Program. However, for all participants, reading and writing comfortably in English can be an extra advantage which will enable them to further benefit from extra educational material. 

Suggested Readings

Although the lectures are designed to be self-contained, students wanting to expand their knowledge even further will be guided to do so through extensive bibliography. Students are advised to read the required readings either before or soon after each unit, but in advance of the next unit. Recommended and supplemental readings can be read any time throughout the course in the self-study context and this is what will take your understanding to new heights

Course Format

There will be video lectures (60-75 minutes each) each week. The lectures can be divided into about 4-6 segments, separated by interactive quiz questions for you to to help you process and understand the material. In addition, there will be a problem set and a programming assignment each week and there will be a final exam. You are encouraged to maintain a personal journal of thoughts, observations and experiences during the course. For the community work, there will be action learning activities which will involve you talking to others in your environment. A brief essay is to be written based on your experience.


Syllabus

The module teaches the following subjects:

Why Breastfeeding? 

The Guidelines of the WHO about Breastfeeding 

The Life-Long Benefits of Breastfeeding

The Psychological Dimesnsions of Breastfeeding 

Why Can't I Breastfeed my Baby?

Hidden Pre/Perinatal Experiences Associated with Breastfeeding & Relevant Pathology (eg. mastitis)

Case Studies

Weaning: When? How?

Mild Remedies from Nature

The Social Responsibility: Nourishing Healthy Citizens

Conclusions 


FAQ

What is the miraculous thing about this course?

You will discover that Breastfeeding is not only a pre-requisite for a well-functioning Immune System and optimum Physical Health but also a Gift that promotes wellbeing and healthy relationships in life. You will also be able to realize that behind each story of a woman that has failed to breastfeed her baby, there is a painful unhealed trauma.

Will I be able to apply the learning?

Yes, each unit will include reflective exercises and action learning assignments to help you understand and experiment with the ideas studies at work or at home in your life. You will reflect on what the role of Breastfeeding and its influence in life is, as well as the importance of "Nourishing Life" and this will affect other aspects of your personal and working life inspiring you to adopt attitudes and behaviors towards co-operation and co-creation in full respect of who each of the team is extending a helpful hand when needed and a clearer mind at times of confusion.

Shall I get a Certificate?

Yes, on successful completion of the educational program you will be awarded the Professional Life-Long Learning Certificate. If you get 85% success and/or above, it will be with Distinction.

What resources will I need for this course?

All you need is an Internet connection and the time to read and discuss the exciting materials available online. 

Is this program available in other languages?

The program runs in English and Greek

in a Nutshell

30 hours - 6 weeks of study 
5 hours of work / week 
Go at your Own Pace
1 credit 
English/ Greek
Educational Team

Certification


Duration

5/1/2015 - 12/31/2020

Educator

Terms and Conditions

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