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Adverse Childhood Experiences -ACES: Related to Breastfeeding?

with guest Colleen Weeks

Air Date: July 2, 2018
More and more, studies are showing the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on health and well-being. And, there is a clear dose-response relationship; the more ACEs the person has encountered, the greater their risk for long-term health consequences (e.g., obesity, cancer, alcoholism, depression and more.) Read More.

Dads Can Do It: How to Provide Essential Support for Breastfeeding

with guest Calvin Williams

Air Date: June 16, 2018
Several factors contribute to low breastfeeding rates in the U.S. Too many infants go without their mother’s milk after birth, at six months, and at a year. The health consequences for babies and their mothers are serious. What can be done to change this situation? Read More.

Breastfeeding After Sexual Abuse

with guest Elizabeth M Johnson

Air Date: June 11, 2018
Sexual abuse affects more women than you may think. Some estimates suggest that it has happened to 20 to 25 percent (or more) of U.S. women. You’ve probably met these women. Survivors of sexual abuse come from all walks of life and all socioeconomic backgrounds, and the effects have a profound and life-long impact. For breastfeeding mothers, their supporters, and their health care providers, this raises a multitude of questions. Read More.

When Your Partner is Unsupportive of Breastfeeding

with guest Amy Wright Glenn

Air Date: June 4, 2018
You’re in the decision-making phase: Should you do it? How does your baby’s father feel about it? If you’re unsure, have you had that conversation? Or maybe you’re in the early phases: Breastfeeding isn’t going so well, and your partner says you don’t need to do it. OK, is that a supportive statement with permission to formula-feed, or is that a way to get you to quit because your partner wasn’t keen on the idea in the first place? Read More.

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2 Comments

  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,
    Lyn

    • 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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