FREE Webinar: “COVID-19, Delivery & The Newborn,” from Gold Learning

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It’s Day #4 of a FREE FREEBIE! It’s timely, relevant and in these times, shedding light on a topic that everyone desperately wants (and needs) more information on.


Gold Learning is offering FREE access to their webinar titled, “COVID-19, Delivery and the Newborn,” by Michael Narvey, MD, FRCPC, FAAP where he discusses how to stay on top of current best practices when it comes to caring for newborns during the COVID-19 global pandemic with newborns.

 

In his presentation, Dr. Narvey delves into the practical issues around
planning for delivery and the concerns with interruption of processes such as kangaroo care, breastfeeding, and visiting. This presentation reviews current knowledge as well as the unknowns. Definitely not one to miss!

Fortunately, there’s still time to register. This webinar broadcasts live tomorrow, May 12, 2020 at 8pm UTC / 4pm EST / 1pm PST. In addition to joining the live event, you will also have 4 weeks of free access to the recording. For more information and registration details, see here.


For those that are interested in learning more about topics related to birthing and breastfeeding, Gold Learning is currently offering 2 online conferences and there’s still time to register.


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Cheers, Tamara xx


Freebie Week Day #3: Freebies for those in HELPING PROFESSIONS including a webinar, a 15-hour training program & 3 short training courses

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center for adolescent studies CASWell, it’s day #3 of FREEBIES! Today is your lucky day because again, there’s a few different freebies offered including a webinar (pre-registration ends today!), 3 short online self-paced courses and a 15-hour training program for those in helping professions – all for free. So keep scrolling down to learn about each free opportunity – all offered by the Center for Adolescent Studies.


Author’s Note & Disclosure: All of today’s freebies are from the Center of Adolescent Studies (CAS). I am in no way affiliated with CAS. I am disseminating CAS’s free offerings because I believe that lactation specialists and those aspiring-to-be ARE in the helping profession and WE can benefit from what CAS has to offer. While these offerings are not directly related to lactation per say, the subjects these freebies delve into including but not limited to –  mindfulness, compassion, providing trauma-informed care, counseling skills, working with teens and vulnerable populations and the importance of self-care are vital skills that will only make us better, stronger, more compassionate, knowledgeable and resilient lactation specialists (and those aspiring-to-be).  So let’s get to it!


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Sam Himelstein, Ph.D. & Licensed Psychologist

To the best of my knowledge, all courses, webinars and training programs are taught by Sam Himelstein, Ph.D. & Licensed Psychologist.

First up, CAS is broadcasting a free webinar titled, “Compassion as a Resilience Tool for Helping Professionals in Trying Times.” Last day to pre-register is TODAY – Thursday, May 7, 2020! So if you’re interested, hurry up and register here. It goes live tomorrow, Friday, May 8, 2020 at 10:30AM PST (USA & Canada). If you miss the live version, don’t sweat it, as long as you’re registered, a replay will be sent out to you.


Second up, a free 15-hour completely online and self-paced course titled, “Resilience and Self-Care Basics for Helping Professionals.” For more details and to register, see here.


And last but not least, 3 more FREE completely online and self-paced courses. Just click the hyperlinked title for more information and to register.


***Disclaimer: Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) are offered for the free online courses, training programs and webinars offered from the Center for Adolescent Studies (CAS). However, as of the date of this post, they are NOT lactation-related CERPs, instead they are CEUs for psychologists, social workers and other types of healthcare professionals. You can read more about the CE details here. I am in no way affiliated with the CAS, so any questions or concerns, please contact them directly.


do you have an idea for a freebie please shareDo you have an idea for Galactablog’s FREEBIE Week? Don’t be shy! Please do share – I promise to give you full credit. If you’re a company, private practice, clinic, hospital, non-profit, non-governmental organization, etc. and have a FREE opportunity, resource or item that you’d love offer to Galactablog readers, 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. 

Cheers, Tamara xx

 

Lots of Breastfeeding Freebies Today Brought to You by Cindy & Jana! A COVID-19 Infographic, an Ebook for your Clients & 2 Online Birth & Breastfeeding Classes

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Whew! That title is a mouth full. So many wonderful FREEBIES today courtesy of Cindy Leclerc, RN IBCLC and Jana Stockham, RN IBCLC (also known as Cindy and Jana). I’m not even sure where to start!


Since we’re still living (and many still in lockdown) in the COVID-19 era, it makes sense to start with the most pressing freebie first. Cindy and Jana have made a fantastic yet simple infographic that answers the most common breastfeeding and COVID-19 answers your clients may be asking you. You can download it for free here.

Infographic Created By Cindy & Jana (2020)

Feel free to print, share and distribute widely, just make sure you give proper credit where it’s due and don’t make any alterations without explicit permission from Cindy and Jana.

5 crucial ways to preparing for breastfeeding nowNext up, how about grabbing a free Ebook written by Cindy and Jana while you’re already here. It’s titled, “5 Crucial Ways to Prepare for Breastfeeding Now.” It’s a helpful book for both new and expecting parents and for some, could be an invaluable tool. We all know that for our clients, it’s never too early to start learning about breastfeeding – wherever they are in their journey. So why not share it with them?


Last but not least, Cindy and Jana have made not 1 but 2 of their online courses FREE! That’s right, both are absolutely free (for a limited time).  The first is, “Healing & Recovery from Birth: Avoiding Infection, Complications & Pain,” and the second  is a 3 part mini-series titled, “Getting Ready to Breastfeeding: What women wished they had known ahead of time.” Just click on the name of the course you’re interested in (or both of them), enroll and you’re all set to go!

When I was first discussing Cindy and Jana’s online birth and breastfeeding courses with them, the first question that popped into my mind was, “Why are they making these courses free? And why now?” They passionately explained their reasoning and why particularly, at this time:

We have seen firsthand how health care provider contact is now limited and we want to help. During this difficult time, there is more need than ever for research-based information for new and expectant moms. We are trying our best to keep up with the need and are pleased to now offer the following resources for FREE. We want to make sure no new mother misses the information she will need.

~Cindy and Jana

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Cindy Leclerc, RN IBCLC & Jana Stockham, RN IBCLC


Want to get to know more about  Cindy and Jana? It’s pretty hard not to find them, they are available on almost every single social media platform there is. Don’t be shy – reach out to them, introduce yourself, say hello and if you so desire, thank them for their generous freebies.


Do you have an idea for Galactablog’s FREEBIE Week? Don’t be shy! Please do share – I promise to give you full credit. If you’re a company, private practice, clinic, hospital, non-profit, non-governmental organization, etc. and have a FREE opportunity, resource or item that you’d love offer to Galactablog readers, 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. 

Cheers, Tamara xx

***Disclosure: I am an affiliate of Cindy and Jana. This means, at no additional cost to you, if you decide to sign-up for one of Cindy and Jana’s paid online courses (using my affiliate link), then I am financially compensated. I receive no financial compensation from any of the free resources Cindy and Jana generously provide.

FREE Vintage ‘Eat at Mom’s’ Poster from Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA

Galactablog has some exciting news! Each day this week (and maybe next week too if I have the energy and enough material), a new FREEBIE will be offered to Galactablog’s readers daily. Life has been difficult enough lately. My goal is to give you something to look forward to when you wake up in the morning (or when you go to bed at night depending on where in the world you are) that’s absolutely free and lactation-related – no strings attached.


So what’s up for today? Well, I’m a sucker for art. Any art. But what really grabs my heart is breastfeeding art. Does anyone else here feel the same way? So when my hear colleague Christine Staricka, IBCLC shared this charming vintage-style ‘Eat at Mom’s: Open 24 hours’ with me and I found out it was FREE, I literally had to stop myself from jumping up and down with joy! Yes, I’m that passionate about breastfeeding and art and when it’s combined, my heart swoons.

This vintage poster was created by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., IBCLC, FPA and available through Praeclarus Press – a website you should definitely check out because it’s full of articles, webinars, books for both parents and professionals and so much more – including more FREE printable breastfeeding-related posters and graphics here and more free resources here.

All free posters and free resources are completely yours to keep, print, share publicly, and distribute however you like, royalty-free. Just ensure you respect Dr. Kendall-Tackett’s copyright and do not alter without her explicit permission. You know the rules – give credit when credit is due and respect each other’s work.

So if you’re just dying to get your hands on this vintage-style poster, all you have to do is to click here to download. Now you have some pretty cool artwork for your office or home, without having to leave your house or empty your wallet.

Created by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., IBCLC, FAPA ~ Praeclarus Press

If you’d like to learn more about Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA, you can read more about her here. Not only is she a renowned speaker, author of several articles and books and videos, podcasts and webinars, but she’s also the founder of Praeclarus Press. You can also find her on Facebook and Linked-In.

Do you have an idea for Galactablog’s FREEBIE Week? Don’t be shy! Please do share – I promise to give you full credit. If you’re a company, private practice, clinic, hospital, non-profit, non-governmental organization, etc. and have a FREE opportunity or item that you’d love 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,
Tamara xx

FREEBIE FRIDAY: “Breastfeeding With Ease: The Impact of Infant Reflex Emergence and Integration” by Bryna Sampey, IBCLC from Gold Lactation

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It’s that GOLDEN time again! GOLD Lactation’s 2020 online conference is kicking off on March 30, 2020 with a FREE Opening Keynote webinar. The esteemed Bryna Sampey, IBCLC will be presenting, “Breastfeeding With Ease: The Impact of Infant Reflex Emergence and Integration” live.

Bryna Sampey IBCLC

If you can’t make the live presentation, don’t fret. A recording will also be available to those who register and you’ll be given 4 weeks of free access. Hurry up and reserve your free seat here to access the live event and the recording.

If you just can’t get enough of anything lactation-related or are a health professional who would like to hone their lactation knowledge and skills (or you just need to grab a few CERPs), then check out Gold Lactation’s 2020 Online conference.

The full conference includes 32.5 hours of accredited education, with presentations covering a wide variety of key topics in lactation. Delegates will have full access to the conference from March 30 – June 29, 2020.

If that’s not enough to keep you busy while self-isolating and/or working from home, Gold also has 2 add-on lectures packs which include presentations that take a close look at complex medical issues in breastfeeding parents and infants. Delegates can also access brand new interactive sessions, giving them extended opportunities to tap into the knowledge and expertise of GOLD Speakers.

Enjoy this golden opportunity and happy learning! xx

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.

Cheers,
Tamara xx

Freebie Friday: 1 FREE L-CERP From Gold Lactation: “Promoting Self-Management of Breast & Nipple Pain During Breastfeeding” by Dr. Ruth Lucas

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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 presentation is all about? Dr. Ruth Lucas PhD, RLC, CLS will be speaking on: “Promoting Self-Management of Breast and Nipple Pain During Breastfeeding.” So mark your calendars for Monday, September 9, 2019. You can reserve your FREE seat here.  Sign-up is free and you’ll be given free viewing access for 4 weeks.

Thanks for the freebie Gold Lactation!

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 Presentation, “Does Breastfeeding Protect Maternal Mental Health? The Role of Oxytocin & Stress” by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett from Gold Lactation


Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
PhD, IBCLC, FAPA

Gold Lactation is back with another freebie! This time it’s a free keynote presentation marking the beginning of its 2019 Gold Lactation Online Conference.

This year, the title of the Gold’s keynote presentation is:
“Does Breastfeeding Protect Maternal Mental Health? The Role of Oxytocin & Stress” by the esteemed Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA.

Best of all, this presentation is FREE! You can access the recording until April 19, 2019 (or until June 3, 2019 if you’re registered for Gold’s Conference). Sign up here for instant access to Kathleen’s talk.


FYI: CERPS are ONLY provided if you’re registered for Gold’s full 2019 Lactation Conference. If you’re not, you still have access to this FREE keynote presentation and will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance at no cost.


Do you have an idea for FREEBIE FRIDAY? Don’t be shy! Share it with Galactablog – you’ll be given full credit. If you’re a company, private practice, NGO, etc. and have a FREE opportunity or item to offer 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 at galactablog@gmail.com


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).


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!


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 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.