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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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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

Professor Lisa Amir is a general practitioner and has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 1989. She is the author of over 120 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
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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
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Indra Lusero is founder of Elephant Circle and the Birth Rights Bar Association. As a Queer, Genderqueer, Latinx parent rooted in the Rocky Mountain West, Indra is attuned to the importance of people on the margins and our role in leading the dismantling of oppressive systems to build a more equitable world. Indra helped pass legislation in Colorado to eliminate the shackling of incarcerated women during pregnancy and birth, to improve midwifery and birth center regulations, and to create more humane policies for families impacted by substance use. Indra also spearheaded the creation of "Birth Rights: A resource for everyday people to defend human rights during labor and birth.

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Human rights violations related to childbearing are an international phenomenon. Such violations have only recently been recognized by organizations like the World Health Organization and the United Nations, and avenues for accountability and redress remain limited across the globe. Nonetheless, empowering health care providers, including lactation professionals, with the confidence and courage to be human rights defenders is a critical step in vanquishing these harms and protecting people from conception through lactation.

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Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 6 Weeks
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Michelle Pensa Branco MPH IBCLC is a lactation consultant and public health advocate. In addition to her clinical practice, which has included in-hospital, outpatient and private practice settings, she advocates for improved maternal-child health practices at the local, national and global level. She has a particular interest in the impact of trauma to breastfeeding families, models of peer support to improve breastfeeding outcomes and the application of health communication principles to the promotion and protection of breastfeeding. Michelle serves as the Director of Peer Support Programs and provides clinical lactation expertise for Nurture Project International, the only international NGO focused exclusively on infant feeding in emergencies. With Jodine Chase, she co-founded a Canadian non-profit organization, SafelyFed Canada. She is also an active member of the Ontario Public Health Association’s Breastfeeding Promotion Working Group. Michelle has previously served as the Vice-Chair of La Leche League Canada, the Communications Director for the Canadian Lactation Consultants Association as well as the Toronto Coordinator of INFACT Canada. When she is not travelling for work, Michelle stays close to home, living with her family just outside Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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Adhering to the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and relevant subsequent WHA resolutions (the Code) is a personal and professional obligation for IBCLCs and breastfeeding helpers and advocates. Beyond that, we are often called upon to provide advice and support to the organizations we work for and support in respect of their Code obligations.

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Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 6 Weeks
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Jessica Lee is a Staff Attorney at the Center for WorkLife Law, and co-founder of the Center’s Nursing Mothers Law Project. She works to advance gender equality in the workplace and in education, and is a nationally recognized expert on discrimination related to pregnancy and breastfeeding. Lee has provided know-your-rights resources and training on workplace supports for breastfeeding to thousands of healthcare providers, public health practitioners, and employers. She also seeks to prevent discrimination by working with institutions to draft and implement family-responsive policies.

Lee’s writing has been featured in publications ranging from Harvard Business Review and The Chronicle of Higher Education to the journals Breastfeeding Medicine and Midwifery and Women’s Health. She is a co-author of the study, Exposed: Discrimination Against Breastfeeding Workers.

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One of the most challenging experiences on a parent’s lactation journey is managing return to work. When lactating workers have access to both time and space for expressing breast milk, they are more likely to meet their breast/chestfeeding goals, yet many struggle to access these simple accommodations. Participants will gain an understanding of how workplace conditions influence lactation, become familiar with key legal principles protecting lactating parents in the workplace, and, learn strategies to ethically support their clients in reducing workplace barriers to continued lactation.

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Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 6 Weeks
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CAN Joy Noel-Weiss, RN, IBCLC

Joy Noel-Weiss RN IBCLC is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa. Dr. Noel-Weiss researches breastfeeding and human lactation. Professor Noel-Weiss' doctoral research study was titled Relationship Between Intravenous Fluids Given to Women During Parturition and Their Breastfed Newborns' Weight Loss. Her Masters' research was a randomized controlled trial testing a prenatal breastfeeding workshop designed to increase maternal breastfeeding self-efficacy. For future research, Dr. Noel-Weiss is developing tools to measure infant feeding patterns and to measure clinicians' confidence in their ability (i.e., their self-efficacy) to support individuals who choose to breastfeed.

In addition to these quantitative studies, Dr. Noel-Weiss recently completed qualitative research about ethical dilemmas and lactation consultants and about mothers' experiences using baby scales in their homes. Currently, Dr. Noel-Weiss works with a research team as the principal investigator on a research study titled Transmasculine Individuals' Experiences with Pregnancy, Birthing and Feeding Their Newborns. The study is funded with an operating grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Institute of Gender and Health.

Dr. Noel-Weiss chairs the International Lactation Consultants Association's Ethics and International Code Committee and co-chairs the uOttawa School of Nursing's working group for joint appointees and adjuncts. She has a cross appointment to the Ottawa Hospital and is a member of The Ottawa Hospital Nursing Research Work Group. Recently, Dr. Noel-Weiss became a member of the Champlain Maternal Newborn Regional Program's Breastfeeding Promotion Committee.

CAN Joy Noel-Weiss, RN, IBCLC
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In this session, Professor Noel-Weiss explains and defines bioethics, principles of bioethics, and ethical dilemmas. She presents results from her research study about IBCLCs and ethical dilemmas and uses case studies to demonstrate how to identify and resolve ethical dilemmas.

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Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 6 Weeks
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United States Annie Frisbie, MA, IBCLC

Annie Frisbie has been an IBCLC in private practice since 2011. Her background is in media, where she worked very closely with producers, content developers, and tech thought leaders on business strategy, content development, contracts, legal clearances, and more. She has also produced training for professional media software solutions as well as created and managed print and video content for media professionals.
In 2018 she was honored with the US Lactation Consultant Association's President's Award, "awarding those that demonstrate extraordinary service to the association and profession."
She is a produced screenwriter and proud member of the Writers Guild of America, East. She have a BA from Franklin and Marshall College, and an MA in Cinema Studies from New York University. In a previous life I was a film critic. I live with my husband and our two children in Queens, New York.

United States Annie Frisbie, MA, IBCLC
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As healthcare providers incorporate technological solutions into their practices, they also face the increasingly complex task of protecting the privacy of their patients/clients. Some countries have laws in place that healthcare providers need to understand and follow, but all healthcare providers regardless of practice setting have an ethical responsibility to maintain rigorous standards when it comes to digital privacy.

Because technology changes so rapidly, keeping up-to-date with privacy regulations proves challenging for both large institutions and solo practitioners. Lactation must also be concerned with the privacy of more than one entity while serving a patient base that may have already faced numerous privacy and consent violations during pregnancy and childbirth. By valuing the privacy of lactating persons and their children, legal, ethical, and moral obligations can be met, enhancing client/patient autonomy and improving self-efficacy.

This session provides a framework for understanding digital privacy and privacy threats, and offers resources for implementing policies and procedures that protect patient/client privacy.

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Presentations: 33  |  Hours / CE Credits: 32.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 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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It's all about the Internet! Families in 2015 want to be connected to their network of families and friends. They use Internet-accessing devices and social media to share news, gather information and seek opinions. If this is where families are ... can an IBCLC (or other healthcare provider) be there, too, without violating long-standing principles of privacy and professional ethics? Can healthcare providers engage in clinical discussion with someone on Facebook, Twitter, a chat room or a website? What about real-time webinars, or static websites, where mothers type in their clinical questions? Is texting ever permissible? Can a clinician post a picture of a client, or ask colleagues on a private listserv about a tricky case? We'll learn how the Internet is used by new families to seek and share information, and the professional risks of "friendly" clinical care by the IBCLC or HCP who joins the conversation.

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Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 6 Weeks
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