Information sheet on assisting adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) through breastfeeding

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National Network on Environment and Women's Health (NNEWH)
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National Network on Environments and Women's Health
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Toronto, ON

This information sheet is based on the 2005 study “From Hurting Touch to Healing Touch: The Infant Feeding Experiences of Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA)” by Penny Van Esterik and Karen Wood. The experience of CSA can often impact a woman throughout her life, and may affect infant feeding practices. Many lay and professional women find it rewarding to help other women who want to succeed with breastfeeding and overcome any possible obstacles. There are many invisible obstacles to having a good breastfeeding experience. One of these obstacles may be CSA.

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