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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.

Encore: Hypno-Breastfeeding?

with guest Robin B. Frees

Air Date: May 28, 2018
Join Marie as she talks with special guest Robin Frees, IBCLC about how mothers can use hypnosis to overcome barriers that commonly arise during breastfeeding, such as low milk supply, and inhibited milk ejection reflex. Find out about strategies such as hypnotic relaxation, imagery, and breathing, and learn how these can help whether you’re breastfeeding the baby in your arms or using a pump to express milk for later feeding. Read More.

Providing Support for Breastfeeding Mothers from Many Cultures

with guest Chris Auer

Air Date: May 21, 2018
How do we do it? How do we connect with other mothers, from different cultures, different backgrounds, different families and different experiences? How do we bridge the differences and reach each other to provide support—essential to so many breastfeeding mothers and their babies? Read More.

Joy in Motherhood: Cultivating the Fullness of Yourself

with guest Rachel Marie Martin

Air Date: May 12, 2018
Once you become a mother, you realize your world has shifted. There comes a redefinition of self, that expands to encompass the lives you have created and will nurture to adulthood and beyond. We each embark on a journey to find a balance that feels right for us, to give the best of what we have to our children while still finding ways to nurture ourselves – our health and wellbeing as well as our dreams and passions. Read More.

Craniosacral therapy for breastfed infants: Worth Exploring?

with guest Carol Gray

Air Date: May 7, 2018
Maybe you’ve already heard about craniosacral therapy for your newborn, or older baby. Understandably, you may feel skeptical. Your questions might start with, “What is it?” And, you’d be likely to follow that with questions such as how it works, if it’s painful, and whether it’s effective. As an informed parent, you’ll need to ask these questions along with others related to the expertise of the practitioner, the cost of the treatment, and much more. Read More.

Soy and Your Baby: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

with guest Dr. Heather Patisaul

Air Date: April 30, 2018
If you’ve been in a store’s baby section lately, you’ve probably noticed the formula. It’s hard not to notice it—there are more kinds of formula than ever before, and they take up a lot of shelf space. Milk-based, soy; regular, hypoallergenic … the variety can be overwhelming! What’s a parent to do? Read More.

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

with guest Dr. Bryan Vartabedian

Air Date: April 23, 2018
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? Read More.

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.

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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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