Tuesday’s Tips: Helpful Counseling Tips for Medications, Herbs & Galactagogues from Dr. Frank Nice


As a lactation specialist or one aspiring-to-be, you may find yourself getting asked questions regarding the safety of prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs by your breastfeeding clients. Or maybe it’s not medications, but the safety of herbs or the use of Galactagogues.


As lactation professionals (and those aspiring to be), it’s essential we stay within the scope of our training and certification. Diagnosing and prescribing prescription and OTC medications, herbs and galactagogues are outside the scope of practice for IBCLCs (and other lactation specialists) – unless of course, you’re also a licensed health care provider who has the ability to diagnose and prescribe medication. What we CAN do as lactation specialists is to counsel our breastfeeding clients and provide them with evidence-based resources so that they can make an informed decision that is best for themselves and their family.


In the Middle East where I used to live and practice, it was not common practice to question your physician’s recommendations, ask questions, or even to begin an open dialogue about potential alternatives, risks and benefits, etc. To question your doctor was a big no-no and it was something that just wasn’t done.

But because my client’s (and their infant’s) health and well-being come first, I encouraged every single one to bring every single evidence-based resources to their health care provider – to ask questions, demand answers and to begin an open dialogue. Yes, I admit I probably committed a few cultural faux pas, but it was worth it.

I found this not only enabled those I worked with to make informed decisions that worked best for them and their families, but it EMPOWERED them as well. The cherry on top was that it also educated health care professionals on lactation issues, which was often desperately lacking. Due to this approach, I was able to establish working relationships with local health care providers and to network. It was a win-win.


Dr. Frank Nice, RPh, DPA, CPHP

You may be wondering where to start when counseling your breastfeeding families on prescription and OTC drugs, herbs and galactagogues. How do you go about it? What approach would you take? What questions should you be asking and answering? Well, thanks for Dr. Frank Nice over at Nice Breastfeeding, he’s got all of this covered.

He has shared a wealth of information in order to help you help your breastfeeding families. Best of all, it’s all FREE and immediately accessble – just click here for practical, relevant counseling tips that you can begin applying with soon as the situation arises.

This link is divided into 3 sections: 1) About Mom, 2) About Baby, 3) Useful PDFs (on several topics including but not limited to Domperidone, Galactalogues and Herbs, and Recreational Drugs). These are free, downloadable and are perfect resources to share with your breastfeeding families.

And don’t forget to encourage your clients to share these handouts with their health care providers – not only will this create an open dialogue of how to best approach their situation and meet their needs, but it will also help to educate health care providers as well.

There is also a helpful ‘Patient Resources’ section with  Useful Links that you can share with your expecting and breastfeeding clients. Again, these are free!


Dr. Frank Nice, RPh, DPA, CPHP,  founder of Nice Breastfeeding, has over 40+ experience specializing in medications and  breastfeeding. He has also authored 2 books: Nonprescription Drugs for the Breastfeeding Mother, 2nd Edition (2011) and The Galactogogue Recipe Book (2017).


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Freebie Friday: FREE Podcast on “Marijuana & Breastfeeding”


Yup, it’s the end of the week already. That means it’s time for FREEBIE FRIDAY! This week’s freebie is a FREE Podcast on “Marijuana and Breastfeeding”
by Anne Eglash MD, IBCLC and Karen Bodnar MD, IBCLC.


From the Institute for the Advancement of Breastfeeding & Lactation Education (IABLE) website:

“Join us to learn about the 2018 American Academy of Pediatrics statement on marijuana during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Dr. Bodnar summarizes the major points in the AAP’s 2018 statement on marijuana during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Learn the latest recommendations on how to counsel families regarding perinatal marijuana use!”

It was originally recorded in September 2018, but don’t worry, it’s still available as a podcast for free. Just click here to listen to it.

Quick tip: When you click on the link to view the Podcast, check out the “Programs” header on the left side of the site. You’ll find lots more FREE lactation resources including Podcasts, Videos, Breastfeeding Handouts, Breastfeeding Education for Healthcare Providers, Clinical
Questions for the Week, Conferences and more.

Happy listening (and learning). Oh, Happy Friday too!


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Freebie Friday: Free 0.25 L- CERP from Medscape – Earn in 30 minutes or less! + More Freebies!


Are you a new IBCLC who is trying to earn CERPS? Or maybe you’re a seasoned IBCLC who needs to recertify soon (or eventually). Or perhaps you’re an aspiring IBCLC who is piecemealing free/low-cost CERPs together to obtain the 90 hours of lactation education required to sit for the IBCLC exam. Maybe, you just love reading and learning new things! Whatever your case, this week’s freebie is definitely relevant to you (make sure to continue scrolling down, because there’s more freebies at the bottom of this post).

You may be asking yourself, “Well, what do I have to do to obtain this FREE 0.25 CERP)?” It’s quite easy actually and takes 30 minutes or less. All you do is read this article, How Does Marijuana Use Affect Lactating Mothers? by Diana Phillips & Charles P. Vega, MD and answer some questions. You must answer 75% of the questions correctly to obtain the CERP. That’s it! You get a free 0.25 L-CERP + some new knowledge.


Make sure to check out Medscape’s Multispecialty Activities: CME & Education site – There is a wide array of multispecialty FREE accredited activities you can do to earn FREE CERPs, continuing education credits and even to fulfill licensure requirements. This is not only relevant to IBCLCs but for other types of health professionals as well. Registration is FREE and you can sign up here for daily or weekly email updates if you choose.


On a personal note, I can’t take credit for this freebie myself – the credit goes to Debra Swank, RN BSN IBCLC who shared this fantastic find in a private lactation group. Thanks Debra, we appreciate you keeping us in the loop!


Do you have an idea for FREEBIE FRIDAY? Don’t be shy! Share it with Galactablog – you will be given full credit. If you’re a company, private practice, NGO, etc. and have a FREE opportunity or item to offer to Galactablog readers, let us know. As long as you are WHO Code Compliant, you’ll be given full consideration. You can contact us here or email: galactablog@gmail.com. 

Freebie Friday: “Lactation Business Coaching with Annie & Leah: Launching your Lactation Business” (Free Podcast)


Annie Frisbie, IBCLC, creator of  Paperless Private Practice and author of IBCLC Private Practice Essential Toolkit and Leah Jolly, BA, IBCLC, RLC  with Bay Area Breastfeeding are offering their Lactation Business Coaching podcast for free. Yup you read that right, it’s FREE! 


Click here to listen to Episode 1. If you prefer to go through iTunes directly, you can find the podcast here. Annie and Leah are a have a great rapport. They are a joy to listen to. I think they need their own reality show! I can’t wait for Episode 2.


Annie and Leah welcome your questions, comments and even ideas for future podcast topics here (or you can leave a comment on their show page). Reviews on iTunes are also welcome. You can find them on Facebook too!



Do you have an idea for FREEBIE FRIDAY? Don’t be shy! Share it with Galactablog – you will be given full credit. If you’re a company, private practice, NGO, etc. and have a FREE opportunity or item to offer to Galactablog readers, let us know. As long as you are WHO Code Compliant, you’ll be given full consideration. You can contact us here or email: galactablog@gmail.com. 

Freebie Friday: 6 FREE presentations from iLactation


iLactation is generously offering FREE access to 6 different presentations which cover a wide array of lactation topics. You can view the list of FREE presentations offered here. There’s a terrific line up of speakers and fascinating topics, so don’t miss out on this FREE opportunity.


***Disclaimer: CERPs are NOT offered for the free presentations, but you WILL gain free knowledge and resources, which is priceless. Certificates of attendance ARE offered for each presentation and these are FREE. You can use the certificate of attendance to claim for the minutes/hours you’ve spent on the individual CERPs. See here for how to do this and scroll down to ‘May I use continuing education that has not been awarded CERPs?’ for specific details.


If you are in need of CERPs or just interested in hearing more lactation-related presentations, check out iLactation’s 13th annual online breastfeeding conference. This year, iLactation’s online breastfeeding conference: “Inform • Improve • Impact,” is offering 18+ CERPs. You can view the ‘Rock Stars of Lactation’™ line-up here.  But hurry up, it’s only online until November 30,2018.


Inform • Improve • Impact
Online breastfeeding conference
Online until Nov 30, 2018

 


Do you have an idea for FREEBIE FRIDAY? Don’t be shy! Share it with Galactablog – you will be given full credit. If you’re a company, private practice, NGO, etc. and have a FREE opportunity or item to offer to Galactablog readers, let us know. As long as you are WHO Code Compliant, you’ll be given full consideration. You can contact us here or email: galactablog@gmail.com. 

Freebie Friday: FREE Keynote Presentation, “The Return of Breastsleeping: Humankind’s Oldest and Most Successful Sleep and Feeding Arrangement” by Dr. James McKenna

James J. McKenna, PhD

In celebration of Gold’s annual online Perinatal Conference, Gold Lactation is offering FREE access to its live Keynote Presentation titled, “The Return of Breastsleeping: Humankind’s Oldest and Most Successful Sleep and Feeding Arrangement” by renowned co-sleeping expert Dr. James McKanna taking place on October 29, 2018. You read that right, it’s FREE!

But you’d better hurry up and register early because access is limited to the first 500 attendees. You can reserve your free seat here.

For more information on Safe Co-Sleeping Guidelines, articles and presentations, important resources for parents, and an in-depth look into Dr. McKenna’s fascinating work and research at the Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame click here.

Fine Print: This presentation will be recorded and will be available publicly until November 15, 2018. A certificate of attendance will be available for download. For those registered for Gold’s 2018 Perinatal Conference, participants will get CERPs for the presentations and unlimited access to all conference presentations through Dec. 3. (Dec. 27 for GOLD Annual Members). Registration for Gold Perinatal Online conference is open until November 15, 2018.

Freebie Friday: FREE Live Training: “How to Practice your Passion & Build a Thriving Business” by Jacqueline Kincer, IBCLC

Jacqueline Kincer, IBCLC, COMS & Success Coach

It’s Freebie Friday time – only a bit early because I didn’t want you to miss out on this fantastic opportunity! If you’re in private practice or thinking about going into private practice, then this is your lucky day because Jacqueline Kincer, IBCLC, COMS & Success Coach is offering a FREE training on how you can not only grow your private lactation practice but make it thrive (even if you have no business background or experience whatsoever). Yup you read that right, it’s FREE.

So don’t miss out because it’s TODAY: Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern (USA time-zones, see here to convert to your local time if you reside outside of the USA). Click here to sign-up.

If you’d like to find out more about Jacqueline Kincer, IBCLC, COMS & Success Coach, you can find her at:

Facebook      Instagram     Website

Freebie Friday: 1 FREE L-CERP From Gold Lactation: “Full-Term Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding: Benefits, Considerations, and Ways to Offer Support” by Joy MacTavish

Looking for a FREE CERP for IBCLC certification or recertification? Or just looking to expand your lactation knowledge base? Well, either way, we’ve got you covered thanks to Gold Lactation.

Wondering what this topic is all about? Joy MacTavish, IBCLC, RLC, MA will be discussing “Full-Term Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding: Benefits, Considerations, and Ways to Offer Support.” So mark your calendars for September 10, 2018. You can reserve your FREE seat here. 

A big shout out and thank you to Joy and Gold Lactation for this freebie!

 

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 “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.

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