Freebie Friday: Free webinar “Sorting the Fog through the Smoke: Marijuana and Breastfeeding” by Sekeita Lewis-Johnson (and more!)

I just stumbled upon a great find with a monthly freebie and can’t wait to share. Great Lakes NetWORK Series hosts a monthly breastfeeding education webinar series where every 3rd Tuesday of the month from 1-2pm (GMT-4/EST), a FREE webinar is broadcast. Yup, you read that right, it’s FREE! CERPs (and other types of CE credit) are offered BUT only if you watch it in ‘real time.’ Click here for more information and to register for future webinars – and make sure to check out the past webinars as well. The next one is scheduled for Tuesday, August 21 from 1-2pm (GMT-4/EST)

Sekeita Lewis-Johnson, BSN, RN, IBCLC

You can tune into the presentation titled, “Sorting the Fog through the Smoke: Marijuana and Breastfeeding” by Sekeita Lewis-Johnson, BSN, RN, IBCLC by clicking here. Since it’s recorded and not in ‘real time’ so to speak, there aren’t any CERPs awarded for this specific presentation – but you will gain knowledge and lots of it! So sit back and enjoy.

 

Do you have an idea for FREEBIE FRIDAY? Don’t be shy! Please do share – I promise to give you full credit. If you’re a company, private practice, NGO, etc. and have a FREE opportunity or item to offer to Galactablog readers, please drop me a line. As long as you are WHO Code Compliant, you’ll be given full consideration. You can contact me here or email me at: galactablog@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

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FREEBIE FRIDAY: Get organized with a FREE ‘Private Practice Workbook’ from Annie Frisbie, IBCLC

If you’re anything like me, you’ll try anything to control the clutter and chaos in your life. Organization isn’t just good business sense, evidence shows that being organized offers several physical and mental benefits as well, in addition to lowering your risk of a heart attack. For me, organization equals a happy heart – and better yet – a more organized lactation practice that allows me to give more of my time and energy to my clients.

Annie Frisbie, IBCLC & Author

So if you’re living in a state of clutter, ‘organized chaos’ or even if you think you’ve gotten this whole organization thing down, check out this week’s Freebie Friday courtesy of Annie Frisbie, IBCLC and author of Paperless Private Practice for the IBCLCandIBCLC Private Practice: From Start to Strong  This time she is graciously offering a FREE ‘Private Practice Workbook’ for FREE! Just click here to download it. That’s it. Easy peasy.

If you weren’t aware, Annie has also created an affiliated private Facebook group that you can join, ask questions and see what other Lactation Professionals are up to. You can join here. Thanks a bunch Annie! And to everyone out there, happy Friday!

If you’re interested in seeing what else Annie is up to, find her at:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paperlessibclc/

Website: http://paperlessibclc.com

Do you have an idea for FREEBIE FRIDAY? Don’t be shy! Please share – I promise to give you full credit. If you’re a company, private practice, NGO, etc. and have a FREE opportunity or item to offer to Galactablog readers, please drop me a line. As long as you are WHO Code Compliant, you’ll be given full consideration. You can contact me here or email me at: galactablog@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you. Cheers, xx

FREEBIE FRIDAY: FREE Resource Guide: “10 Ways to Inspire Families to Say ‘I love My IBCLC'” by Annie Frisbie

 

Annie Frisbie, IBCLC & Author

It’s that time again! Annie Frisbie, IBCLC and author of Paperless Private Practice for the IBCLC and IBCLC Private Practice: From Start to Strong is generously offering a FREE resource guide illustrating 10 ways you can be the BEST lactation professional you can be.

Whether you’re in private practice, work in a hospital or clinic, the public health arena or serve as a breastfeeding supporter – this advice is essential and relevant. So hurry up and check it out. Your work/life balance and breastfeeding families you serve will thank you. You download it here.

Feel free to share your favorite tip in the comments. I’d love to hear your opinion. Thanks again Annie for yet another Freebie!

Wanted to share with everyone that Annie also created an affiliated private Facebook group that you can join, ask questions and see what other Lactation Professionals are up to. And yup, totally free. You can join here. Thanks a bunch Annie!

If you’re interested in seeing what else Annie is up to, find her at:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paperlessibclc/

FREEBIE FRIDAY: Free Template to Organize Your CERPs from Annie Frisbie, IBCLC

Annie Frisibe – IBCLC & Author

One of the joys of being an IBCLC (or preparing to become one), is keeping track of your Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs). Whether you are re-certifying or intending to take the exam for the first time, the CERPs are a necessary component of the lactation field.

CERPs aren’t just necessary for IBCLCs, in fact, any lactation specialist (and those aspiring-to-be) can benefit from CERPs. This ensures they are are getting the latest evidence-based training, recommendations and information.

Yet, with the responsibility to obtain and record dozens (and sometimes hundreds!) of different CERPs, it can become a stressful and chaotic ordeal. You may find yourself wanting to bury your head in the sand or put it off. Does “I’ll do it next year sound familiar?”

But stress no more! Annie Frisbie, IBCLC and author of the popular Paperless Private Practice for the IBCLC and the newly released IBCLC Private Practice: From Start to Strong has developed a brilliant system for organizing CERPS. Best of all, she’s offering it to you for FREE. Yup, you read that right, a free template to organize all of your CERP chaos. You can download it here.  Now all of that precious time you spent procrastinating or being overwhelmed, you can put towards obtaining more CERPs (or couch surfing, taking a yoga class, sleeping-in, deep cleaning your house – whatever your heart desires). Thanks a bunch Annie – this is literally a life-saver!

If you didn’t already know, Annie created a private Facebook group that you can join, ask questions and see what other Lactation Professionals are up to. You can join here.

If you’re interested in seeing what else Annie is up to, find her at:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paperlessibclc/

Website: http://paperlessibclc.com

Do you have an idea for FREEBIE FRIDAY? Don’t be shy! Please do share – I promise to give you full credit. If you’re a company, private practice, NGO, etc. and have a FREE opportunity or item to offer to Galactablog readers, please drop me a line. As long as you are WHO Code Compliant, you’ll be given full consideration. You can contact me here or email me at: galactablog@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

FREEBIE FRIDAY: “How to Be a HIPAA-Compliant IBCLC” Free Guide From Annie Frisbie, IBCLC

 

 

Are you ready for some more FREEBIES? If so, then you’re just in time. Annie Frisbie, IBCLC and author of the best selling Paperless Private Practice for the IBCLC and newly released IBCLC Private Practice: From Start to Strong is graciously offering a FREE resource on “How to Be a HIPAA-Compliant IBCLC.” Just click here and register. This will give you instant access to the FREE guide. Easy peasy.

And better yet, Annie also created an affiliated private Facebook group that you can join, ask questions and see what other Lactation Professionals are up to. You can join here. Thanks a bunch Annie!

If you’re interested in seeing what else Annie is up to, find her at:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paperlessibclc/

Do you have an idea for FREEBIE FRIDAY? Don’t be shy! Please do share – I promise to give you full credit. If you’re a company, private practice, NGO, etc. and have a FREE opportunity or item to offer to Galactablog readers, please drop me a line. As long as you are WHO Code Compliant, you’ll be given full consideration. You can contact me here or email me at: galactablog@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

FREEBIE FRIDAY: 3 FREE online courses to help make your lactation practice more inclusive

Are you trying to make your lactation practice more inclusive? Or perhaps you’re interested in learning more about LGBTQ communities in general, best practices when working with the LGBTQ population, collecting sexual orientation and gender identity data and/or effective interventions regarding LGBTQ healthcare.

If so, then it’s your lucky day because Rainbow Health Initiative is offering 3 FREE online courses through its e-learning program. You can read more about it here.  While it’s not specifically lactation-related, you can definitely take the knowledge and apply it towards your lactation practice. Thank you Rainbow Health Initiative!

Do you have an idea for FREEBIE FRIDAY? Don’t be shy! Please do share – I promise to give you full credit. If you’re a company, private practice, NGO, etc. and have a FREE opportunity or item to offer to Galactablog readers, please drop me a line. As long as you are WHO Code Compliant, you’ll be given full consideration. You can contact me here or email me at: galactablog@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

Freebie Friday: Free WEBINAR on April 9 “The Mystery of D-MER: What Can Hormonal Research Tell Us About Dysphoric Milk-Ejection Reflex?”

It’s that time again. Mark your calendar for April 9, 2018 because Kerstin Uvnas Moberg, MD, PhD and Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA will be unraveling the mystery of Dysphoric Milk-Ejection Reflex (D-MER) in a FREE live podcast titled,  “The Mystery of D-MER: What Can Hormonal Research Tell Us About Dysphoric Milk-Ejection Reflex?”

Kerstin Uvnas Moberg, MD, PhD

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA

Click here for more details, including presenters’ bios and links to the FREE live podcast. The podcast is FREE and will stream live on April 9, 2018 at 1pm Eastern Time.

 

Do you have an idea for FREEBIE FRIDAY? Don’t be shy! Please do share – I promise to give you full credit. If you’re a company, private practice, NGO, etc. and have a FREE item to offer to Galactablog readers, please drop me a line. As long as you are WHO Code Compliant, you’ll be given full consideration. You can contact me here or email me at: galactablog@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

FREEBIE FRIDAY: 6 FREE Presentations from iLactation

Chris Auer – RN, IBCLC

I’m doing Freebie Friday a bit early this week so you can catch a FREE presentation before it ends. It’s available until March 21, 2018. So hurry up before it’s gone. It’s titled, “Under One Sky: Intimate encounters with moms and babies by a breastfeeding consultant and nurse” by Chris Auer and you can access it here. 

The freebies don’t stop here!  iLactation is offering 5 more presentations for free. Yup you read that right – FREE! You can access all of them here.

While iLactation doesn’t offer CERPs for these free presentations specifically, at the end of each presentation, you can download a certificate of completion. You can use these certificates for recertification or other purposes of your choosing. Happy watching and learning. Thanks so much iLactation for the many freebies – all of us here at Galactablog are extremely grateful.

Do you have an idea for FREEBIE FRIDAY? Don’t be shy! Please do share – I promise to give you full credit. If you’re a company, private practice, NGO, etc. and have a FREE item to offer to Galactablog readers, please drop me a line. As long as you are WHO Code Compliant, you’ll be given full consideration. You can contact me here or email me at: galactablog@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Tips & Tricks: DIY Versions of the ‘Happy Knappy’ (Breast Milk Poop Diaper) for Non-Knitters

 

If you remember reading about the ‘Happy Knappy’ Knitted Breastfed Baby Poop Diaper here on Galactablog awhile back, I promised an easy DIY version for those of you who don’t knit. In fact, I have more than 1 option to share, so let’s get started!

I want to emphasize that the ‘Happy Knappy’ is a teaching tool meant to show the breastfeeding families you’re working with what to expect with typical changes in breast milk poop (formula poop will look different). I’ve received many frantic calls from parents worrying themselves sick because their babe’s poop is turning green or is starting to resemble grainy mustard.  This is a great visual aid to show new and expecting parents what’s normal and what to expect. But it’s important to keep in mind that this is just 1 way for to gauge if their babe is getting enough milk, it should not be considered the only indicator. Big picture matters here folks. 

Option 1: Find someone you know who knits. It could be your grandma, neighbor, the crazy cat lady down the street, really, don’t be shy, just ASK! It can be a great way to meet someone new and if you’re like me, you’ll get to hear all about their own breastfeeding experience when you ask for the favor. Really, who would turn down the opportunity to knit some poop? Lucky for me, my awesome neighbor Patricia didn’t have the heart to say no (and she was excited to help in my efforts to promote breastfeeding).

We did an easier version of the original knitted ‘Happy Knappy.’ Instead  of knitting the white diaper AND all of the fun colored circles of poop, we found some super soft furry white fabric, cut it out into a diaper-like shape and then Patricia kindly knitted me some poop. We used double stick velcro to attach the poop to the diaper. According to her, the little poop circles were super easy and quick to knit – I think it took me longer running around the souqs and durham (dollar) stores here in the UAE trying to find poop-colored yarn than it did for her to knit it. Whatever the case, I’m extremely grateful.

Option 2: Use Fabric. I used the same soft fluffy white fabric as above since I already had it (but you could easily use a white dish towel, white bath towel, cut up an old white t-shirt, even a white sock) and then I dug in my fabric bin for colors that resembled poop. Low and behold, I had options!  Lots of options for poop. Who knew?! So I cut little circles using various shades of satin, velvet, linen and cotton fabric I had laying around and used double stick velcro to attach (you could also use tape, glue, sticky tack, etc.).  I must admit that the hoarder in me was secretly thrilled that I had enough fabric scraps to be selective of my poop options.

1. Foam Poop Circles

Option 3: Use foam, felt or even paper. Again I used the same white fabric but like I said above, use your imagination – you can use anything that’s white. If it’s used and a bit dirty, that’s okay, it will only make your diaper look more real. For the poop circles, I used colored foam (but you could use paper, felt, anything colored really that’s easy to cut). I did 2 examples of the foam poop – the 1st, I used just basic primary colors: black, green, 2 shades of brown and yellow.

For the 2nd version, I used a crayon to color over the foam in an attempt to make the poop look more realistic and authentic. Had I had more energy, I would’ve busted out my watercolors or acrylic paints and really went to town. But that’s for another day. I’m a bit pooped out at the moment.

2. Foam Poop Circles with Crayon Detailing On Top

Do you have a tip or trick that you think should be featured on Galactablog? If so, don’t be shy. Please share with me! You can contact me here.

FREEBIE FRIDAY: 1 FREE L-CERP “Leadership Skills in Lactation: Make extraordinary things happen” from GOLD Lactation

Are you trying to earn enough CERPs to qualify for the IBCLE exam or to recertify? Well, your wallet will thank you because here’s your chance to earn 1 FREE L-CERP courtesy of Gold Lactation Online Conference.

Paulina Erices, BS, IBCLC

In this free live webinar, Paulina Erices, BS, IBCLC, RLC will be speaking about “Leadership Skills in Lactation: Make extraordinary things happen.” To earn your 1 FREE L-CERP, simply click here to get started. The webinar is 60 minutes long and you have 4 weeks of FREE access. Thanks Gold Lactation for the FREEBIE, all of us here at Galactablog are extremely grateful.

Do you have an idea for FREEBIE FRIDAY? Don’t be shy! Please do share – I promise to give you full credit. If you’re a company, private practice, NGO, etc. and have a FREE item to offer to Galactablog readers, please drop me a line. As long as you are WHO Code Compliant, you’ll be given full consideration. You can contact me here or email me at: galactablog@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you.