FREE WEBINAR STARTING TODAY! “Awakening the Parent: Are You Supporting or Sabotaging Your Client’s Transformation?” by Britta Bushnell, PhD from Gold

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***Editor’s Note: This will be the last FREEBIE post in this format. Moving forward, each freebie post will contain several different freebies – ranging from webinars, research, podcasts, classes, trainings, CERPs and private practice tips to free breastfeeding artwork, client-friendly articles, handouts, lactation resources and last but not least, tips and tricks for lactation professionals. This is not an exhaustive list, just a bit of what’s coming up!

GOLD Birth & Beyond 2020 is a brand new online conference coming up soon from our friends at GOLD Learning! This event is perfect for healthcare professionals working with families throughout the perinatal and postpartum periods. This new online conference from Gold runs from October 5 to November 30 – complete with 12 internationally renowned speakers. Presentations cover topics including disparities in care among women with disabilities, parenting the high-needs baby, perinatal mental health, and much more.

I know you’re probably asking yourself, “Where the heck is my FREEBIE?Well, to kick off Gold’s new conference on October 5 (that’s today!), Britta Bushnell, PhD will be sharing her Opening Keynote presentation “Awakening the Parent: Are You Supporting or Sabotaging Your Client’s Transformation?”

Britta Bushnell, PhD

This presentation offers an opportunity to reexamine the way we approach teaching new parents. Dr. Bushnell will highlight how we might unknowingly reinforce the mindset that experts hold the knowledge that parents need. She’ll share ways that we can instead support parents to grow into a position of being autonomous and self-guided, with a sense of inner authority. You won’t want to miss this chance to hear these insights and to gain some new tools!

This is a free event so be sure to register and access all the info! The presentation will be shared live two times (yup, you read that right, TWO times: 1600 UTC and then again at 2300 UTC). If you missed the live versions, don’t fret. As long as you register to reserve your seat, you will have full FREE access until October 30, 2020. You can reserve your free seat and read about all of the details here.

***Disclaimer: Only those registered for the entire GOLD Birth & Beyond 2020 Online Conference will receive CERPS. CERPS are not available if you are just registering and attending the free webinar, however, you will obtain a Certificate of Completion after finishing the webinar.


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You can contact me here or email me at: galactablog@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

Cheers,
Tamara Brand 
MA, MPH, IBCLC
Galactablog Founder

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.


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


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: 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: 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 Patient Handouts, Posters & Educator Flip Charts (and More!) from Ready, Set, Baby!

It’s FREEBIE FRIDAY again! Well, actually it’s Saturday, but I figured better late than never, so here it goes. The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute’s Ready, Set, Baby! program has lots of great resources for lactation professionals in English and Spanish (with Arabic coming soon). Best of all, it’s all FREE – you just print it out.

Click here for English resources

Click here for Spanish resources – and make sure to check back, Arabic is coming soon.

Do you have an idea or freebie that you would like featured on Galactablog’s FREEBIE FRIDAY series? If so, don’t be shy! Please do share. You can contact me here. I look forward to hearing from you.

Tuesdays Tips & Tricks: Knitted Breastfed Baby Poop Diaper (a.k.a. ‘Happy Knappy’) as a Teaching Tool

Photo courtesy of Philippa Pearson-Glaze, IBCLC (2017) from the website: breastfeeding.support

Do you knit? If not, perhaps you have a friend, neighbor, relative or co-worker that knits? It is definitely worth asking around (and being willing to bribe) if you do not – or perhaps using this as a perfect excuse to learn yourself – because this adorable knitted diaper demonstrating what normal breastfed baby poop looks like for the first 5 days (and in weeks 1-6 postpartum) is a great, effective teaching tool – not only for prenatal breastfeeding classes but also for home and hospital consultations you may be doing soon after birth.

I’m sure many of you have received frantic phone calls from scared, worried parents telling you their baby’s poop is black, green and/or yellow. A visual teaching aid like the ‘Happy Knappy’ not only teaches parents what to expect (and what’s normal) with regards to the color, consistency and size of an exclusively breastfed baby’s poop, but it also is an indicator if babe is getting enough milk or not, babe’s general health and how breastfeeding is going.  See Philippa Pearson-Glaze’s article, “Breastfed Baby Poop” for more detail on what exclusively breastfed baby poop should look like and how to use the ‘Happy Knappy’ as a teaching tool.

Wondering how to knit the ‘Happy Knappy’? La Leche League International has a FREE pattern here.

(courtesy of Alison Blenkinsop, 2014)

Don’t knit yourself? And you don’t know anyone who knits? Have no fear – next Tuesday’s ‘Tips & Tricks’ will feature DIY options that do NOT require any knitting whatsoever. Stay tuned.

Do you have musical talent? Want to make your clients giggle and give them a fun way to remember what normal breastfed baby poop looks like? Try singing the song, “The Five Days of Feeding” while you are demonstrating your ‘Happy Knappy.’

“The Five Days of Feeding” Song

Sung to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”

On the first day of feeding, your babe will give to you a wee and a sticky black poo.

On the second day of feeding, 
your babe will give to you
two little wees and a less sticky, thinner dark poo.

On the third day of feeding, 
your babe will give to you
three little wees, two little burpsand a big greeny-browny soft poo.

On the fourth day of feeding, 
your babe will give to you four little wees, three little farts, two little burps and a nice runny toffee-brown poo.

On the fifth day of feeding, 
your babe will give to you five bi-ig wees;
four little farts, three big burps, two overflows, and a large golden mustard-seed poo!

(Song from Alison Blenkinsop’s 2008 book Fit to Bust: A Comic Treasure Chest, chapter 5.)

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.