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Ethics for Lactation Professionals Online Course(s) & Continuing Education

Access the latest clinical skills and research for Ethics for Lactation Professionals for Lactation & Breastfeeding professional training. These Ethics for Lactation Professionals online courses provide practice-changing skills and valuable perspectives from leading global experts. This Ethics for Lactation Professionals education has been accredited for a variety of CEUs / CERPs and can be accessed on-demand, at your own pace.

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United States Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA

Nancy Mohrbacher was born and raised in the Chicago area, where she lives today. She is a board-certified lactation consultant who has been helping nursing mothers since 1982. Her breastfeeding books for parents and professionals include Breastfeeding Answers Made Simple and its Pocket Guide; Breastfeeding Made Simple(with Kathleen Kendall-Tackett); Working and Breastfeeding Made Simple; and Breastfeeding Solutions and its companion app for Android and iPhone.

Nancy currently contracts with hospitals to improve breastfeeding practices, writes for many publications, and speaks at events around the world. Nancy was in the first group of 16 to be honored for her lifetime contributions to breastfeeding with the designation FILCA, Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association.


United States Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA
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This session provides a summary of the 7 universal principles of bioethics and examples of how they apply to milk banking and milk sharing. It also offers an analysis of the evidence that supports the use of pasteurized donor human milk with preterm babies and examines the range of milk-sharing options and the ethical and practical considerations for parents and breastfeeding supporters.

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Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 6 Weeks
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U.S.A. Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC

Marsha is a registered nurse and international board certified lactation consultant. She has been assisting breastfeeding families in hospital, clinic, and home settings since 1976. Marsha is the executive director of the National Alliance for Breastfeeding Advocacy: Research, Education, and Legal Branch (NABA REAL). As such, she advocates for breastfeeding at the state and federal levels. She served as a vice president of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) from 1990-1994 and in 1999 as president of ILCA. She is a board member of the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition, the US Lactation Consultant Association, and Baby Friendly USA, USLCA’s representative to the USDA’s Breastfeeding Promotion Consortium, and NABA REAL’s representative to the US Breastfeeding Committee. Marsha is an international speaker, and an author of numerous publications including ones on the hazards of infant formula use, Code issues in the US, and Breastfeeding Management for the Clinician: Using the Evidence.

U.S.A. Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC
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Medical ethics is a foundation of clinical practice. While we all strive to practice in an ethical manner, there are a number of situations and issues that arise which may challenge our ethical principles. This presentation explores the application of medical ethics to clinical lactation practice.

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Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 6 Weeks
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U.S.A. Liz Brooks, JD, IBCLC, FILCA

Liz Brooks is a private practice International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and licensed lawyer, with expertise in criminal, administrative, non-profit, ethics, and lactation-related law. Liz offers in-home lactation consultations, and bedside care and teaching in two Baby-Friendly-designated hospitals.

She has been a leader in organizations for IBCLCs, breastfeeding promotion, and non-profit human milk banking. She authored the only textbook on legal and ethical issues for the IBCLC, and writes on health care ethics, equity, and conflict-of-interest in several books, blogs, and peer-reviewed journals.

She is a popular international conference speaker, offering practical tips with wit and wisdom for anyone who works with lactating and human milk-using families. Liz self-identifies as a cisgender hetero white woman with unearned privilege, and uses she/her/hers pronouns.

U.S.A. Liz Brooks, JD, IBCLC, FILCA
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This presentation is a first of its kind: a "survey course" of legal and ethical tensions unique to the IBCLC. Regardless of one’s other professional licenses or credentials, there are four primary practice-guiding documents for the IBCLC. After a review of those “rules of the road,” we’ll navigate a simple algorithm the IBCLC can use to determine what she could, should or must do, in any situation that sets off ethical red flags in the IBCLC’s mind. Then, we’ll hit highlights of legal and ethical issues for the IBCLC: certification vs. licensure vs. certificates-for-classes-and-courses; who is the patient/client?; conflicts of interest (and tensions from “wearing many hats”); intellectual property law; the (WHO) International Code; the IBCLC in the courtroom (as expert or witness); the IBCLC on the Internet; the IBCLC as breastfeeding advocate, and its corollary: the IBCLC as advocate for a breastfeeding mother.

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Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 6 Weeks
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United States Marion Rice, Ed.D., IBCLC

Dr. Rice  has been working at the intersection of education and health for social justice and public good.  She is the former Executive Director of the Breastfeeding Coalition of Oregon.  Currently,  Dr. Rice works on organizational development, communication, marketing, public policy and community engagement to advance health equity through access to donor human milk.  A national thought leader, she is deeply engaged in convening conversations about the importance of maintaining women’s biological integrity, advancing feminist approaches to human milk banking and at the same time, encouraging capacity building for human milk derived therapies improving health outcomes for the most vulnerable babies .

 

Most recently Dr. Rice provided consulting as a Policy Associate with Mothers' Milk Bank of San Jose and has provided strategy and policy consulting for the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA). Marion holds a doctorate in Education Leadership and is an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant, IBCLC.

United States Marion Rice, Ed.D., IBCLC
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This session will look at how for profit corporations are seeking to aggregate, control and exploit human milk. In the absence of federal health policy and consumer regulation/protection, companies are emerging seeking to build commercial markets for human milk often under the guise of improving the economic status of women and infant health.
We will examine companies currently paying for milk both domestically and internationally and the implications for women and emerging policy both at the federal and state level.
Entities setting a price for human milk in the absence of supportive public policy may in fact undermine women’s biological integrity, infant health and contribute to the vulnerability of women and babies.
I will ask participants to consider the issues and to support models of community engagement and decision making that are women centered and women led that keep this biologically critical substance within the community from where it comes; supporting breastfeeding and benefiting women and babies.

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Presentations: 6  |  Hours / CE Credits: 6  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks
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Kathy O'Grady Venter is a registered nurse and retired midwife. She has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) since 1990.

Kathy is a WHO|UNICEF trained BFHI Assessor and Trainer (1991) through IBFAN Africa and currently she is a CoChair of the BFI assessment committee of the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada (BCC), BFI Lead Assessor – BCC Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) Assessment Committee, Lactation consultant Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto and Breastfeeding educator and BFI consultant.

In the past, Kathy has been Chair for the BCC, Chair of the BFI assessment/education committee of the Baby Friendly Initiative Ontario and the recipient of the Canadian Lactation Consult Association Award for Clinical Excellence.

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Approaching clinical care in an ethical manner is a core component of providing care as an IBCLC. Sometimes however, it can be hard to figure out what the ethical response is during everyday practice. Through the lens of clinical scenarios, this presentation encourages delegates to think critically about ethical practice and raises awareness of potential inconsistencies in care and subtle ethical issues which are sometimes overlooked. Learn more about your ethical responsibilities and ways to manage ethical dilemmas in clinical practice.

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Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 6 Weeks
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U.S.A. Cynthia Good, MS, LMHCA, IBCLC, CATSM

Cynthia Good, MS Clinical Psychology, is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Clinical Counselor, author, consultant, and internationally recognized speaker. She is the Director of LifeCircle Consulting, LLC and is Certified in Acute Traumatic Stress Management. She is based in the Seattle, Washington, USA area, where she formerly served as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Midwifery at Bastyr University where she taught counseling skills and is a therapist at Sandbox Therapy Group where she works with children, adults, and families. Cynthia has a strong interest in the emerging field of lactational psychology. She brings the evidence and insights of psychology and lactation consulting to her presentations, providing information and teaching skills that are essential to understanding and effectively responding to the complex psychosocial realities of families living in diverse contexts. The focus of her presentations includes communication skills and counseling techniques for perinatal care providers; equity, diversity, and inclusion; infant feeding rhetoric; perinatal mental health; perinatal loss, grief, and trauma; ethics; serving as an expert witness in lactation-related court cases; cultural competence and humility; vitamin D; and more.

U.S.A. Cynthia Good, MS, LMHCA, IBCLC, CATSM
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Culture is an integral part of all encounters with breastfeeding families—whether the lactation specialist’s and the family’s cultural backgrounds are similar or dissimilar. Cultural competence is explicitly or implicitly mandated or recommended in codes of ethics, position statements, and legislation related to a variety of fields, including those that involve the provision of breastfeeding support. For example, IBCLCs are ethically required to provide culturally appropriate care. In spite of the mandate for cultural competence, there is a dearth of information in the field of breastfeeding support regarding its development. This session reviews the ethical call for the development of cultural competence. Five areas of cultural competence—including cultural awareness, knowledge, skill, encounters, and desire—are presented and contrasted with cultural humility. This session also offers 10 “guideposts” for lactation specialists to explore on the non-linear, lifelong, transformative journey of cultural humility.

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Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 6 Weeks
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United States Barbara D. Robertson, BA, MA, IBCLC, RLC

Barbara D. Robertson, IBCLC, has been an educator for over 29 years. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 1988 and her Master’s in Education in 1995. Barbara left teaching elementary students in 1995 to raise her two children. Barbara is now the Director of The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor. Barbara has developed a 90 hour professional lactation training, a 20 hour course which fulfills the "Baby Friendly" requirements, and is a speaker for hire on a wide variety of topics. Barbara volunteered for the United States Lactation Consultation Association as the Director of Professional Development for 4.5 years. She just retired as Associate Editor for Clinical Lactation, a journal she helped create for USLCA. Barbara has free podcasts, a blog, and Youtube videos which can all be found on her website bfcaa.com. She loves working with mothers and babies, helping them with breastfeeding problems in whatever way she can.

United States Barbara D. Robertson, BA, MA, IBCLC, RLC
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If it is on the internet, it must be true! Not. Online media may present as an entertainment video but really be a commercial for a product. A publication can appear to a research article but actually be an opinion blog. We will identify ways in which businesses try to manipulate the viewer. Underlying messages will be decoded using the values of biomedical ethics and marketing techniques. Online breastfeeding media will be analyzed through the lens of biomedical ethics to uncover their true meaning.

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Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 6 Weeks
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Robyn Lee is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at the University of Alberta. Previously, she was visiting scholar at the Brocher Foundation (Geneva, Switzerland) and a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at Brock University. She holds a PhD in Social and Political Thought from York University. Her research interests include contemporary social theory, gender, sexuality, care work, and embodiment. She is the author of The Ethics and Politics of Breastfeeding: Power, Pleasure, Poetics, published by University of Toronto Press (2018) and has published articles in journals including Feminist Theory, Hypatia, Gender, Work, and Organization, and Family Theory and Review.

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This presentation will explore some contemporary ethical issues in breastfeeding, situating them in social contexts. Issues to be explored will include social responsibilities vs individual responsibilities, social disparities and inequalities, and gender identity/expression.

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Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 6 Weeks
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USA Pauline Sakamoto, MS, RN, PHN

Pauline Sakamoto's nursing career in milk banking started as a volunteer donor to the Mothers’ Milk Bank in San Jose 35 years ago. Previously, she worked at the County Health Department of San Bernardino as a Public Health Nurse in the largest county in the US covering the Hi Desert. She was also employed by the CA State Department of Health, Fiscal Intermediary Management Division for Medi-Cal. Her experience with the nonprofit San Jose Milk Bank for 35 years included processing and operations, the screening of donors and dispensing of donor human milk for inpatient and outpatient services, administration of the San Jose Mothers’ Milk Bank for over 20 years and concurrently leadership roles in the Human Milk Banking Association of North America. Currently, she serves on multiple committees within HMBANA regarding policies and standards, auditing member banks, and reviews legislative and state statutes on milk banking and lactation. She has been representing HMBANA at the US Breastfeeding Committee for over 9 years and served on the Board of USBC for 6 years. Internationally, in 2012-14, she served on PATH’s Milk Banking Policy Group and continues to work internationally on issues on processing and safety. She has stepped down from the Executive Director position at the Milk Bank in 2019 but continue to pursue her passion on milk banking (half time in the office) and Lactation.

USA Pauline Sakamoto, MS, RN, PHN
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This session will explore the ethical issues of milk collection, priority use and distribution. Currently, there are limited regulations and cultural norms regarding human milk. Is it a human tissue or food? Is human milk a commodity? How does this relate to the treatment of women and their infants? What is the current status of access to human milk and equity of services? What does “safe milk” mean? This session is to explore the current condition of ethical issues surrounding human milk, “liquid gold”…the panacea for life for the most vulnerable in our society.

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Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 6 Weeks
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Australia Lisa Amir, MBBS, MMed, PhD, IBCLC, FABM

Professor Lisa Amir is a general practitioner and has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 1989. She is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed articles on breastfeeding. She works in breastfeeding medicine at The Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. She is a Principal Research Fellow at Judith Lumley Centre, La Trobe University and is the Editor-in-Chief of the open access journal, International Breastfeeding Journal.

Australia Lisa Amir, MBBS, MMed, PhD, IBCLC, FABM
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Public health ethics relates to moral implications of activities aimed at maintaining and improving population health. Public health researchers embrace participation of affected populations in all stages of research from design to translation. In the past, pharmaceutical companies have avoided the issue of women’s reproductive life and excluded pregnant and breastfeeding women from the drug development process and then advised prescribers to avoid their medications in pregnancy and lactation. Therefore, when clinicians need to prescribe medications during lactation, they do this off-label, often without evidence or guidance regarding optimal dosing or treatment recommendations. Application of the concept of equity should ensure that all groups, including breastfeeding parents, are not neglected and receive directly targeted interventions to improve their health outcomes. The ethical frame which routinely excluded participants who may be pregnant or lactating from clinical trials, is now being turned around to recognise that these groups have the right to be included.

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Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 6 Weeks
This presentation is currently available through a bundled series of lectures.