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APPPAH Live: Exploring Birth Psychology- Biological Nurturing with Suzanne Colson PhD, MSc, BA, Retired Midwife & Joelle Colson BSc, BA

July 4 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Biological Nurturing: 20 years on…  Research Findings and Clinical Applications

Widespread breastfeeding protocols, introduced in the 1980s, mandate teaching mothers correct positioning and attachment skills. These instructions activate thinking which suppresses maternal innate breastfeeding wisdom. Concurrently, although breastfeeding rates of initiation have increased, rates for breastfeeding duration have stagnated, remaining well below the WHO recommendations.  In response to low maternal satisfaction and early, unintended breastfeeding cessation, the mechanisms of the Biological Nurturing (BN) approach were researched in the early millennium. BN emphasizes maternal comfort and competence: mothers take the lead; they keep their sleeping newborns on their breasts ‘at the right address’. Importantly, mothers sit back at a degree of recline which promotes comfortable baby gazing and eye-to-eye contact. Twenty years on, research findings indicate that BN compares favorably with traditional breastfeeding teaching protocols. Since 2017, integrating BN within BFI practice demonstrates a 50% reduction in sore nipples and the highest rates of breastfeeding continuance over 36 months ever recorded in an industrialized country.

Suzanne Colson. PhD, MSc, BA, Retired Midwife

Dr. Suzanne Colson, Visiting Reader (associate professor) at Canterbury Christ Church University, is first and foremost a mother of 3 breastfed children and co-founder of La Leche League, France.  Suzanne’s personal journey of extended breastfeeding for over 10 years combined with 40 years of clinical experience and 10 years as a passionate researcher provide a unique platform for breastfeeding innovation.  Suzanne developed the biological nurturing approach during the 1990s and completed her Ph.D. research examining the mechanisms of biological nurturing in 2006.  Working closely with Dr. Michel Odent in Pithiviers State hospital in the 1980s provided insight into the importance of inhibiting neocortical activity not only during parturition but also during breastfeeding initiation.  As an NHS caseload midwife, Suzanne was responsible for 54 French-speaking African refugees.  Many of these mothers said, “I can’t breastfeed, here in England”.  Suzanne’s practice, focusing on neocortical inhibition, reduced the rate of cesarian section for this vulnerable group from 28% to 12% in one year with 100% breastfeeding rates. Suzanne now lectures widely online (Zoom conferences) and teaches a 6-day biological nurturing certification workshop in both French and English. Since 2017, over 150 French healthcare professionals have been certified in Biological Nurturing.

Joelle Colson, BSc, BA

Like her mother, Joelle is passionate about breastfeeding, her personal experience of daily breastfeeding spans over 10 years. Her three children are now teenagers.  Joelle became a La Leche League Leader in 2007 and later qualified as a nurse working in the NHS community public health sector where she championed infant feeding. She is the director of The Nurturing Project, a small organisation with the purpose of disseminating Biological Nurturing research through conferences, workshops and other events.  Joelle now works independently as an antenatal/postnatal doula and together with Suzanne, organizes and teaches the Biological Nurturing certification 6-day workshop.

Register for APPPAH Live  To attend this event, please Register to receive the APPPAH Live: Exploring Birth Psychology email notices. This is a free one-time registration and then you will receive weekly emails of our sessions with links to join on zoom for free. The APPPAH Live Library of recordings is available to view anytime for APPPAH members at the premier membership level. Become a member here.


Zoom Link   You can use this link to join us live on Zoom on Monday, July 4th at noon eastern.


July 4
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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