Adverse Childhood Experiences -ACES: Related to Breastfeeding?

with guest Colleen Weeks

Air Date: July 2, 2018



More and more, studies are showing the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on health and well-being. And, there is a clear dose-response relationship; the more ACEs the person has encountered, the greater their risk for long-term health consequences (e.g., obesity, cancer, alcoholism, depression and more.) What are categories or examples ACES during childhood? What is their impact on initiation and continuation of breastfeeding, if any? Just as importantly, what is the impact of breastfeeding on ACES, if at all? Join Marie and her guest, Colleen Weeks, as they discuss diseases and disorders that “run in families”. Discover the critical role of the brain’s amygdala in reacting to ACES. Learn ways in which these ACES are avoidable, and how each us can hope for—and even facilitate—a child’s resilience—after ACES.

Guest Profile – Colleen Weeks

Confucius said “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” For more than 35 years she has passionately worked with childbearing women. Colleen is a Certified Childbirth, Lactation and Sex Educator. At Kaiser Permanente Orange County’s Anaheim and Irvine Medical Center’s she is the Perinatal Education manager and over see’s a team of educators who teach 150 classes a month. Colleen serves on the Family Violence Prevention Team where she piloted an (ACE’s) Adverse Childhood Experience’s project. Colleen is also a bereaved mother and leader of the Perinatal Bereavement Program and Empathy video project. Colleen serves on the Board of Directors for the International Childbirth Education Association, Forever Footprints Perinatal Loss Organization and the Foundation for Peaceful Parenting. Colleen’s passions are Jazz, the beach, her husband, family and Christian faith.
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