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Encore: What No One Tells You About Breastfeeding and Marijuana

with guest Dr. Isabel Basaldu-Prado

Air Date: April 16, 2018
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. Read More.

Breastfeeding in Emergencies: A Matter of Survival

with guest Dr. Karleen Gribble

Air Date: April 9, 2018
Natural disasters can happen anytime, anywhere. Around the globe, families can find themselves facing a flood … hurricane … forest fire … or another catastrophe. Aid workers and local shelters are often ill-equipped to provide optimal support for infants and mothers— breastfeeding or formula-feeding. Read More.

Encore: Full Arms, Heavy Heart: Depression in New Mothers

with guest Kathleen Kendall-Tackett

Air Date: April 2, 2018
For mothers who expect their baby’s arrival to mark a period of joy and happiness, the reality of shifting hormones and the demands of parenthood can be a rude shock. Join Marie and Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA for a discussion of depression in new mothers. Read More.

Breastfeeding: The Ultimate Way to ‘Go Green!’

with guest Donna Walls

Air Date: March 26, 2018
It is a horrible truth of modern life: Science has shown us that even before they are born, our children are exposed to harmful chemicals. And chemical exposure doesn’t stop with childbirth; our babies are exposed in what they encounter in their environment as well as what they consume–from mother’s milk to commercial formula to table foods and prepared baby foods. Read More.

Obesity and Breastfeeding: You Can Do It!

with guest Leigh Anne O’Connor

Air Date: March 19, 2018
You may have heard that obese mothers can’t breastfeed. Don’t believe it. Breastfeeding can present hurdles for many women, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. A plus-size body type or generous breasts don’t need to keep you from nursing your baby. Read More.

Top 10 Breastfeeding Concerns of the First Ten Days

Air Date: March 12, 2018
You read the books, talked to other moms, took a class or attended a group. But you couldn’t really know what it would be like to breastfeed until you did. And how is it? For many mothers, breastfeeding can be a bit daunting, or even overwhelming, in the first few days. Read More.

Eating Your Placenta: The Pros and Cons You Need to Know

with guest Donna Walls

Air Date: February 26, 2018
Biologist Charles Darwin famously pointed out that there are many similarities between humans and other mammals. Now, many mothers are wondering: Should we take a tip from the animal kingdom when it comes to placentas? Kim Kardashian West, January Jones and many others have consumed theirs. Is there some health-based reason for doing so? Read More.

What You Need to Know to Prevent, Treat, and Beat Mastitis

Air Date: February 19, 2018
If you’ve heard of mastitis (inflammation of the breast), you’ve heard how painful it is. But do you know how to reduce your risk? Many doctors and nurses didn’t learn about mastitis in their basic training, so it often goes unrecognized or undertreated, and you’ll need to know how to communicate clearly with your health care provider. Read More.

Your Before-You-Buy Guide to Breast Pumps

Air Date: February 12, 2018
You’ve read the books, talked to friends, surfed the web, and compared customer reviews. You’re sure you know which pump you want to buy or use. You’re all set, right? Not so fast. With a global market worth well over 700 million U.S. dollars, manufacturers are vying to make you choose theirs. But what’s fact, what’s fiction, and what will improve your pumping experience? Read More.

Encore: Babywearing Your Preemie in the NICU, A Beginner’s Guide

with guest Jennifer Canvasser

Air Date: February 5, 2018
Having a preemie can be stressful and frightening for many parents. Instead of having your baby in your arms while ‘rooming in” with you, he’s in a bed in the NICU with beeping machines and medical staff at the ready. The feeling of distance created by the demands of your baby’s health condition, which require others to be his primary caregivers, can make it hard to feel like you are “mothering” your little one. Read More.

Hand Expression: Getting Your Milk In a Way That Doesn’t Suck

with guest Francie Webb

Air Date: January 29, 2018
Face it: You are not in love with your pump. Hooking yourself up to a machine that literally sucks the milk out of you isn’t something you enjoy or look forward to. Yet, day after day, you do it so that you can provide the goodness of your milk for your baby. But are you sick of hooking yourself up to a machine and having all the hassles of assembling, using, disassembling and cleaning pump parts? Read More.

What You Don’t Know About Breast Pumps and Insurance Coverage

with guest Robin Williams

Air Date: January 22, 2018
You feel sure that your insurance plan will cover the purchase of a breast pump. But beyond that, what can you be sure of? You might simply assume that you can select any pump you want—and get it when and where you want it. That’s often not the case at all! More importantly, your insurance company might not cover the pump you need for your circumstances. And might you be better off renting a pump? Read More.

Sore nipples, creams, ointments: A Quick Guide for Nursing Moms

with guest Wendy Jones BSc, MSc, PhD, MRPharmS

Air Date: January 15, 2018
Are your nipples tender, painful, sore, cracked, bleeding, dry, or infected? Have your friends—or even health care professionals—urged you to put some cream, ointment, oil or other product on your nipples? Would it work if you did? Which is a magic bullet—if any? Do these products prevent, or cure—both, or neither? Read More.

Know When to Go Pro: Is a Lactation Career in Your Future?

Air Date: January 8, 2018
It’s true: love what you do, and you’ll never work a day in your life. If you love breastfeeding—if it has been a life-changing event for you–it may seem like no work at all to help others do so. There are mother-to-mother support groups and peer counseling, but is it time for you to go pro? Join Marie for a talk that will have you thinking about your experience and your options. Read More.

Encore: Beat the Odds: Top Tips for Meeting Your Goals and Keeping Your Resolutions

Air Date: January 1, 2018
Three of four people who set New Year resolutions keep them through the first week. But fewer than 1 in 10 goal-setters actually achieve them. Yet people who don’t identify their aims are even less likely to attain them. As a breastfeeding mom, maybe you have found it difficult to set your schedule and get things done in the same way as before you were feeding a baby every few hours. Read More.

Encore: You Can Breastfeed Your Baby During the Busy Holidays and Celebrate Too!

Air Date: December 18, 2017
It seems inevitable. For many of us, the holidays bring joy and festivity, but also stress and an overfull to-do list. New parents are often charmed by sharing family celebrations and seasonal favorites with their young baby, but it can feel overwhelming. Are you wondering if you can survive this holiday season? Read More.

Lactating After Loss: Companioning Bereaved Mothers and Families

with guest Amy Wright Glenn

Air Date: December 11, 2017
Pregnancy and/or infant loss brings tremendous and life-altering sorrow to expectant families. In particular, the death of a child upends the imagined trajectory of the breastfeeding relationship. Some mothers who have experienced such a loss find healing by expressing and donating their milk. Read More.

Encore: Sleep Training: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

with guest Tracy Cassels

Air Date: December 4, 2017
New parents often hear that they should let the baby “cry it out” lest they “spoil” the baby. Many parents take such advice to heart and try strategies like “crying it out,” especially at naptime or bedtime. After all, the argument goes, how will the baby ever learn to settle himself? Read More.

Cue-based feeding: A skill all parents should master

with guest Emilie Cunningham

Air Date: November 27, 2017
You might have heard the term “cue-based” feeding or “on-demand” feeding. Do you know the difference between the early cues, and the late cues? Or, perhaps you learned about early or late cue-based feeding, but you now that your baby is here, it’s not always easy to recognize those cues. Today, Marie and her guest, Emily Cunningham talk about the easy-to-recognize cues, as well as the subtler cues. Read More.

Encore: Tweak and Ye Shall Find Success

with guest Jon Gillan

Air Date: November 20, 2017
Many mothers start out with the goal of breastfeeding exclusively for 6 months. But often things don’t go as the mother had hoped. Perhaps she needed a cesarean delivery, or maybe her baby was born early. Any number of issues could arise to threaten her early successes. And then there are the later-appearing challenges. Read More.

Encore: Military Families: Serving Their Country, Breastfeeding Their Babies

with guest Jarold Johnston

Air Date: November 13, 2017
Like civilians, parents in the military service of their country face many issues: mixed messages about how to breastfeed, living far from their extended families, and having a fairly short maternity leave. But for military families, these issues are intensified, and accompanied by other issues impact breastfeeding. Read More.

Collecting, Storing and Using Your Milk: The Latest Guidelines

with guest Dr. Anne Eglash

Air Date: November 6, 2017
You’re getting ready to pump your milk and store it for later use. You’ve read books, talked to your friends, and checked online, but you’re still not sure about the rules. There’s so much contradictory information out there, and you have so many questions. How long is “too long” for your milk to be at room temperature? (Here’s betting that it’s longer than you thought!) Read More.

Encore: Meet Your Baby’s Needs with Primal Caregiving

with guest Darcia Narvaez

Air Date: October 30, 2017
For years, parents of a crying baby were often told to let them “cry it out” and warned that responding to “every” cry would have only one result: “You’ll spoil that baby!” Our evolving understanding of early child development – particularly brain development in infancy and toddlerhood – highlights the problem with such thinking… Read More.

Surgical Correction of Tongue-Tie: It isn’t the only answer

with guest Dr. Pamela Douglas

Air Date: October 23, 2017
You feel sure you’ve got milk, but your baby isn’t getting it. A few experts have insisted that he has a posterior tongue-tie. Others assert that he is swallowing air when he breastfeeds. He’s pulling away from the breast, arching his back, appearing frustrated, screaming or “tuning out” during feedings. 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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