Human Milk, Lactation, Ethics, and the Law for 21st Century Families

Time-frame: 60-90
CERP: yes

It’s not just a married couple who self-identify as “mother” and “father” anymore: Modern families reflect our changing societal customs and mores. Babies are conceived using procedures to overcome (in)fertility issues. Gestational carriers and adoption allow families to raise babies with some, all, or none of the intended parents’ gene pool. Families today may have single parents, same-sex parents, blended parenting arrangements, grandparents as primary caregivers, and shared custody and visitation. Breast/chestfeeding, lactation, and human donor milk are a part of all of it! A full range of clinical and counseling skills may be needed for the IBCLC/Healthcare provider (HCP) to offer evidence-based information and support to the primary parent. Consultations may be clinically complex, given the physiologic history at play. Culturally-relevant counseling skills are needed if parent does not have a reliable “circle of support” in their extended family and community. ¬†And because folks suffer harassment and discrimination due to their personal attributes/appearance — yes, even from IBCLCsHCPs — they may delay obtaining healthcare. The IBCLC/HCP may find all of this disconcerting, and wonder if any of this is “right.” This session will describe the many manifestations of the modern family, and the expertise and support the IBCLC/HCP can bring to bear. The learner at this E-CERPs-eligible session will be able to: (1) Identify the IBCLC’s three practice-guiding documents describing the legal and ethical obligations to a lactation patient/client; (2) Describe three non-traditional family arrangements where a breast/chestfeeding child is not receiving human milk directly from the birth parent; (3) Define when an IBCLC has a mandatory reporting obligation for child safety or protection issues; and (4) Explain when an IBCLC/HCP may not serve as an expert witness in a divorce or custody lawsuit


Country: USA
Phone number: 215-836-9088
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