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The Gold Lactation Online Conference started on Monday with a keynote speech by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC. This keynote speech is being made available to the public for FREE access from April 13 until April 21. It was given live on Monday, April 13 at 12 noon (CDT) and again at 5 PM (CDT). Now you can access the recorded version until April 21. I just listened to it and it was excellent.  It is rare to get to hear such a fine speaker for free on your own time schedule and from your own home.

For more information, and to sign up to view the talk, see the web site at

Information there on this speaker and her topic:

Dr. Kendall-Tackett is a health psychologist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and the Owner and Editor-in-Chief of Praeclarus Press, a small press specializing in women’s health. Dr. Kendall-Tackett is Editor-in-Chief of two peer-reviewed Clinical Lactation and Psychological Trauma. She is Fellow of the American Psychological Association in Health and Trauma Psychology, Past President of the APA Division of Trauma Psychology. Dr. Kendall-Tackett specializes in women’s-health research including breastfeeding, depression, trauma, and health psychology. Her research interests include the psychoneuroimmunology of maternal depression and the lifetime health effects of trauma. Dr. Kendall-Tackett has authored more than 370 articles or chapters and is the author or editor of 24 books on maternal depression, family violence, and breastfeeding. Her most recent books include: Psychology of Trauma 101 (2015) and The Science of Mother-Infant Sleep (2014). Her websites are,,, and Google Scholar link:

Abstract: Breastfeeding Helps Mothers Overcome the Legacy of Abuse and Adversity: It Makes All the Difference
We do not live in a perfect world. Many new mothers have experienced abuse and adversity as children. They often wonder whether they will perpetuate the cycle of violence that they have experienced. They may also have a history of depression and wonder whether this has harmed their children. Fortunately, we can offer new mothers hope. Recent studies have found that breastfeeding helps mothers mother—even when there is a history of abuse. It not about the milk; it’s the physical act of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding improves maternal sleep, lowers the risk of depression, lessens anger and irritability, and even attenuates the negative effects of past sexual assault. Breastfeeding offers mothers a chance to do things differently—to be a different kind of parent. When it comes to overcoming adversity, breastfeeding makes all the difference.

Also of interest, La Leche League of Madison is having a screening of the film, ”The Milky Way,” on April 30 at Promega. Details are at

You can purchase tickets right there on the web site. It is $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $8 for students with ID, and free to current members of La Leche League of Madison (membership is $25 a year).

This is said to be an excellent film. All are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Anne Altshuler