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
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.
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
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
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
The module teaches the following subjects:
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)
Weaning: When? How?
Mild Remedies from Nature
The Social Responsibility: Nourishing Healthy Citizens
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