Can you advise a family about peer-to-peer milk sharing? Can you meet privacy requirements if call or text clients on a cell phone? Can you use a photo you found on the Internet for your PowerPoint presentation? Can you have a quick chat with your neighbor’s child, visiting with the newborn, who has a few questions about this breastfeeding problem she is having?
The major practice-guiding documents for IBCLCs tell us the rules for safe and ethical professional conduct. All breastfeeding helpers have similar guidelines for counseling or care. The challenge comes when ethical questions arise that aren’t clearly answered by these documents. This session will offer a quick review (for IBCLCs and all breastfeeding helpers) of the major mandatory and voluntary practice-guiding documents. Then we’ll count down the top ten ways to assure your work with breastfeeding families remains ethical and legal.
At the end of this E-CERPs-eligible session, the learner will be able to: (1) Identify three mandatory, and one voluntary, practice-guiding document(s); (2) Describe three best practices to protect client/patient privacy, when using Internet-based forms of communication; (3) Describe how to obtain permission to re-use copyright-protected material.