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Encore: Building Community Support for Breastfeeding

with guest Tina Cardarelli, BS IBCLC

Air Date: July 31, 2017
Although the new mother with a baby on her breast, spit-up on her blouse, and too little sleep may feel alone in breastfeeding, efforts are underway to make such a sense of isolation a thing of the past. In Indiana, efforts to support breastfeeding have led to the development of a community-centered model based on collaborative partnerships between community groups. Read More.

To Suck or Not to Suck? Benefits and Risks of Pacifiers for Breastfed Babies

with guest Debbie Betts, M.S., CCC-SLP

Air Date: July 24, 2017
You’ve heard that breastfeeding will protect your baby from SIDS, and you’ve heard that pacifiers do, too. But don’t pacifiers cause babies to have “nipple confusion”? Or are they just a handy tool for calming a fussy baby? It’s time you sort the facts from the myths—before your baby is crying and you’re on the spot, trying to figure out whether to give the pacifier and if it is a help or a problem. Read More.

What Your Mother Never Told You About the Love Hormone!

with guest Wendy Jones

Air Date: July 17, 2017
We all know that oxytocin is the love hormone. But oxytocin has some amazing attributes that are often overlooked. If you’re a breastfeeding mother, you’ve faced situations where you wish oxytocin would go gangbusters in your body–while at other times, you wish it would fade into the background! Sure, oxytocin is stored in your pituitary gland, but what triggers or inhibits its release? Read More.

Encore: Ten Myths about Why You Can’t Breastfeed

Air Date: July 10, 2017
Meeting your baby’s nutritional needs from your own body may seem intimidating and even demanding. Maybe that’s why, although nearly 77% of babies are “ever” breastfed, only about 49% are still breastfed at six months (and only 38% are exclusively breastfed then). Read More.

The Number 1 Guide to Looking at Your Breastfed Baby’s Number Two

with guest Dr. Bryan Vartabedian

Air Date: July 3, 2017
Every parent looks in their baby’s diaper, and so have you! More than once, you’ve had questions about what’s there. For example: Why is her poo green? Is that blood—and, if so, why is it there? Oh, does what’s in his diaper suggest an allergy, and might formula feeding be a better option? And on the other end: Why is your baby not burping, when she seems uncomfortable? Read More.

Breastfeeding Together: Engaging Dads, Maximizing Support

with guest Pascal Ghazi

Air Date: June 26, 2017
The new mother focused on getting the hang of breastfeeding and making sure her baby feeds well and often can use all the help she can get. Who better to provide support than her baby’s father? Not only can he provide support for the mother’s infant feeding decisions, but also with time-management and basic problem-solving. Read More.

It Takes More Than Two: Engaging Dads in Breastfeeding Support

with guest Tom Johnston

Air Date: June 19, 2017
It can seem that breastfeeding involves only a baby and a mother, but common sense tells us that there’s another player in the family who should also be involved in this critical aspect of the new baby’s nutrition and development: Dad. How can health care providers, breastfeeding mothers, and other caregivers draw fathers into breastfeeding support? Read More.

What No One Tells You About Breastfeeding and Marijuana

with guest Dr. Isabel Basaldu-Prado

Air Date: June 12, 2017
Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug during pregnancy. Use is as high as 3% to 30% in various populations. Many women assume that because its use has now been legalized in some US states, it’s harmless to their fetus or infant. But marijuana still goes through the placenta and the mother’s milk. Bigger questions are: Read More.

Encore: Breastfeeding Solutions for Mothers Working Outside the Home

with guest Nancy Mohrbacher

Air Date: June 5, 2017
Join Marie and special guest Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA, for a discussion of particular issues common to mothers employed outside the home. Ms. Mohrbacher, breastfeeding reporter and lactation consultant, is the author of Breastfeeding Answers Made Simple as well as the smartphone app “Breastfeeding Solutions.” Read More.

Encore: The Nursing Mother’s Quick Guide to Essential Oils that Actually Work

with guest Lea Harris

Air Date: May 29, 2017
Recently, everyone seems to be exploring the touted benefits of essential oils. But hardly anyone knows what to believe! Are they safe? Effective? What about nursing mothers? Do any or all of these essential oils actually work to treat common postpartum ailments or breastfeeding problems? And, if they are said to be safe and effective, how do we know that information is credible? Read More.

Getting the Skinny on Breastfeeding After Weight-Loss Surgery

with guest Julie Stefanski

Air Date: May 22, 2017
You made the decision to have bariatric surgery to improve your health—and it has! But now you’re pregnant, and you want to breastfeed. You’ve heard it’s best for your baby’s health, and yours. Can you do it? How does your nutritional status before or during pregnancy relate to your ability to breastfeed your new baby? Read More.

Encore: Essential Oils and Breastfeeding: Stop, Look and Listen to be Safe!

with guest Lea Harris

Air Date: May 16, 2017
Mothers who breastfeed often prefer to use natural foods and natural treatments. It’s only natural, right? But just because it’s natural doesn’t mean it’s safe; essential oils are potent. If you’re a nursing mother—or anyone else, really—there are number of questions you should raise about essential oils before you use them. Read More.

Encore: Simple Steps As You Start Breastfeeding

with guest Liz Flight

Air Date: May 8, 2017
Although breastfeeding is a natural way to feed your baby, it might not feel entirely natural from the start. Fortunately, there are some simple steps that will help, immediately after your baby’s birth and later. Join Marie and Liz Flight, RN, IBCLC of the Tidewater Lactation Group for a discussion of breastfeeding tips to solve problems that many new mothers experience. Read More.

Encore: Finding Balance as a Breastfeeding Mother

with guest Judy Masucci

Air Date: May 1, 2017
Although recent changes in federal employment law are supposed to support breastfeeding mothers who work outside the home, the reality is that many still face a host of challenges in the workplace. Balancing paid work and breastfeeding is not easy. Read More.

Don’t Fear Baby’s Tears: Keys to Aware Parenting

with guest Aletha Solter

Air Date: April 24, 2017
You’re not the only one who goes through it. Just about every new parent has times of not knowing why their baby is crying, or what to do to help. Times when, although your baby has been fed, burped, and changed, he’s still crying and you don’t know why. Times when, although you’ve tried all the tricks you know, none of them have worked. Read More.

Encore: Demands of Lactation Versus The Social World: What No One Else Tells You

with guest Paige Hall Smith

Air Date: April 17, 2017
Everyone has an opinion, and they’re usually pushing it as “fact.” Breastfeeding advocates sing a litany of benefits that breastfeeding provides. Critics insist that breastfeeding is difficult and ties you down. Others imply that you’re a bad mother if you don’t breastfeed. With so many message and feelings, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, confused, guilty, or just plain crazy!Read More.

All In The Family: Breastfeeding Support from Dads and Grandmas

with guest Wendy Jones

Air Date: April 10, 2017
Conversation about breastfeeding tends to center on mothers and babies. That makes sense. But any mother will tell you that support of loved ones can make a big difference. How can family members–especially dads and grandmothers–help to support breastfeeding moms? What role can dads have in caring for their babies who are breastfed? How can grandmas help, regardless of their own infant feeding experience? Read More.

Postpartum Care Is Essential: The ‘Seven Sisters’ Approach to Community-Based Support for New Moms

with guest Michelle Peterson

Air Date: March 27, 2017
Pregnancy is an exciting time of anticipation and preparation. There are showers to attend, supplies to buy, arrangements to be made, and birth plans to write. But as much as they plan for childbirth and the arrival of their new baby, new mothers often overlook the need to plan for their postpartum care. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by their needs, new (or, better yet, expectant) mothers can reach out to friends and families to ask for the help that will support their postpartum healing and entry into parenthood. Read More.

Why won’t my breastfed baby sleep at night? One question, many answers.

with guest Rachelle Gershovich

Air Date: February 27, 2017
Have you been wondering why your baby isn’t sleeping at night? Are you worried that your baby’s not sleeping because of something with your milk? Have you heard from friends or family that he should be sleeping, that there’s something you could do to encourage him to sleep–like switching to formula, or giving cereal at bedtime? Should you be letting your baby “cry it out”? You’re left wondering what’s myth, and what’s fact. Read More.

Beyond Food, Beyond Health: Breastfeeding Is Good for the Whole Family!

with guest Dr. Keren Epstein-Gilboa

Air Date: February 13, 2017
You’ve heard it a million times: Your milk is the best source for your baby’s nutrition and protection against disease. But what else does it do? Specifically, how does breastfeeding affect human development–your baby, your relationship with your baby? Read More.

Ten Top Tips for Breastfeeding After Cesarean Surgery

Air Date: February 6, 2017
Women can breastfeed successfully after cesarean section delivery—and many do. (In truly stellar hospitals, some mothers can even breastfeed before leaving the OR.) However, mothers getting started breastfeeding after cesarean face concerns that mothers who have delivered their babies vaginally tend not to experience, such as: post-op pain, pain management, post-cesarean restrictions, babies with lots of mucous, lack of bacterial colonization of babies’ gut, and—of course—“lift nothing heavier than the baby.” Read More.

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  1. Lyn McNair

    Hi Marie,
    I enjoyed your class, in Newark, I have been an IBCLC for 20 years, 16 full time employment.
    I felt this year’s Ibclc exam was awful!!!
    I took your exam 10 years ago and got an 84, then got 86 on the boards. Yeah, exciting.
    This years exam was awful, I have no idea how I did. Frankly,I’m worried.
    I got a 70 on your practice exam, which I thought was awful too.
    You said expect 10-15% more on your boards.
    The stress is killing me.
    I also studied for 6 months.
    Sooooo what does happen to those that don’t pass?
    You need to know how down right weird the exam was this year.
    Even Kay Hoover felt it was challenging, I have heard.
    Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated,

    • mbiancuzzo

      Lyn, honestly, I’m not sure I have any useful thoughts! I have no idea how they IBLCE writes “meaningful” questions. To me, many are not clinically relevant. By now you have your results and you probably feel enormously relieved!

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