You rent pumps from your home-based business. Can you give a business card to the parents you see in your second job as a hospital-based lactation consultant? You’ve been asked to speak at a local conference about breastfeeding, but the event is being underwritten by a formula manufacturer. Can you do it? How about when the gathering is sponsored by a breast pump manufacturer? You started out as a peer counselor, and eventually became an IBCLC. You still lead parent meetings, and now one of those parents has approached you to discuss suspected low milk supply. Are you a volunteer, or a lactation consultant? You sell Brand X Nursing Bras at your clinic, and you’ve been asked by a customer your opinion on Brand Y. What can you say? Lactation consultants are often faced with conflicts of interest in their professional lives, and many are confused about “what to worry about.” This session is designed to describe conflicts of interest — in easy-to-understand language. And, we’ll review how the competent, ethical IBCLC/HCP handles them. At the end of this session, the participant will be able to: 1. define a conflict of interest for a health care professional 2. describe the difference between a true, and a perceived, conflict of interest. 3. identify three common, everyday situations where true conflicts of interest can arise in lactation clinical practice 4. describe how to disclose a conflict of interest 5. identify when a conflict of interest requires an IBCLC to step back, and refer the parent elsewhere.
This session covers legal and ethical definitions of conflicts of interest for the IBCLC, and is appropriate for E-CERPS. The Q&A session can be quite lively. The presentation is ideal for 90 minutes, but Q&A can easily consume another 30 minutes.