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An Independent Study Continuing Education Program—Sex and Breastfeeding: An Educational Perspective

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Expectant and new parents have many concerns regarding the relationship between sexuality and breastfeeding. How is a new mother's libido affected by breastfeeding? Why do some women get sexually excited when breastfeeding? Is this frequent or normal? How does the partner feel about breasts full of milk? Why do breasts leak during a woman's orgasm? Perinatal educators are in a privileged position to reassure these parents about this relationship while promoting the breastfeeding bond between the mother and child and the intimacy bond between the parents.

Keywords: breastfeeding; sexuality

Document Type: Standard Article


Affiliations: VIOLA POLOMENO teaches perinatal health nursing and supervises students in community health nursing at the Faculty of Nursing at the Université de Montréal, Canada. She maintains a private practice in perinatal education in the Montréal region, mostly for French-speaking parents.

Publication date: January 1, 1999

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