Breastfeeding After Sexual Abuse:
Resources for Survivors & their Supporters
Breastfeeding Housecalls & Lactation Clinic takes a special interest in helping survivors of sexual abuse in the area of breastfeeding. While we know that many mothers who have survived sexual abuse are able to find healing through breastfeeding, we know that others may not (and that's ok).
Being breastfeeding experts means that we not only understand the benefits of breastfeeding, but it also means that our larger focus is on the wellness of women, not on a feeding method having to be experienced similarly by every woman. Our hope in providing this resource page for survivors of sexual abuse (and those who support them), is that by taking the time to read each and every article listed below, readers will gain:
• Perspective of what it feels like to be both a survivor and a new parent
• Relief from guilt and pressure of the choice to breastfeed or not
• The green light to talk about survivorship and breastfeeding with providers
• The green light for survivors to think about breastfeeding and educate themselves while pregnant
• Empowerment to be able to do something impactful about sexual abuse within the birth and breastfeeding realm
• Confidence to explore the topic more with those who need to hear about it
• Knowledge on how to talk about sexual abuse to other new parents
If you're here, please book mark this page regardless of your personal experience with sexual abuse. These are some pretty interesting articles worth a few hours of your life...
If you're a survivor, we pray that these resources will bless you. If you support survivors, we pray that you'll find insight and sensitivity on what survivorship can be like during the birth and breastfeeding season. a