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Mast Cell Diseases and Lactation Care in the Post-Covid Era

by Tamara Drenttel Brand, MA, MPH
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP, 1 Nurse Contact Hours, 1 CME
  • Handout: Yes

Mast cell diseases remain highly misunderstood and underdiagnosed conditions, even among medical professionals. Patients often take years to be diagnosed due to the range of symptoms and effects that such diseases can manifest. Recently, emerging evidence-based research has found links between mast cell disease(s) and Long COVID, theorizing that COVID-19 can exacerbate existing and undiagnosed mast cell diseases and that the SARS-CoV-2 virus itself could activate mast cell diseases. This raises the possibility that mast cell diseases will become more prevalent, requiring medical professionals, including lactation specialists, to be aware of their impacts and to provide the specialized care and support that such conditions require.

This presentation will provide participants with an overview of the different types of Mast Cell Diseases, symptoms, triggers and treatments. It will discuss associated chronic conditions and will highlight potential complications that such diseases can present for birth and breastfeeding. It will also provide resources to help participants determine lactation risk and compatibility with Mast Cell disease treatments and medications. Finally, this presentation will equip participants with the knowledge and practical tools to improve lactation support and care for clients with Mast Cell Disease.

Learning Objectives:

1. Describe 3 health conditions associated with Mast Cell Disease
2.Explain 3 common triggers experienced by people with Mast Cell Disease
3. List 2 common Mast Cell medications compatible with lactation
4. Describe 2 potential solutions for common problems which may be experienced by lactating people who have Mast Cell Disease

Presentations: 3  |  Hours / CE Credits: 3  |  Viewing Time: 6 Weeks