IBCLC General Education Requirements

It has been awhile since I have done a post on becoming a Lactation Consultant. Currently I am working on filling in the gaps in my general education requirements. I have a bachelors degree, but there are a few courses that I managed to skip over during that process. Starting in 2012, everyone(with the exception of health professionals) will need the following general education requirements to sit for the IBCLC exam:

College credit courses:

  • Biology
  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Infant and Child Growth and Development
  • Nutrition
  • Psychology/Counseling/Communication Skills
  • Introduction to Research
  • Sociology/Cultural Sensitivity/Cultural Anthropology

Continuing Education:

  • Basic Life Support(CPR)
  • Medical Documentation
  • Medical Terminology
  • Occupational Safety and Security for Health Professionals
  • Professional Ethics for Health Professionals
  • Universal Safety Precautions and Infection Control

The continuing education courses do not need to be for-credit-classes. IBLCE does not specify the length that these courses must be. The college credit classes must be a full term or semester(depending on the institution).

I plan to take my college courses at the local community college. I am guessing I will fill in the gaps for the continuing education courses through online programs.

Resource list for online programs offering the continuing education courses:

New Dad | and baby makes three…

The adjustment from a twosome to a threesome can be quite the tricky transition. During the early days, when baby seems to be breastfeeding around the clock, dads can often feel left out in the cold. As baby gets older, and into toddler-hood, they may seem to only want mommy during times of frustration, tiredness, and stress. A fathers role in the new family triangle can be hard to figure out. Know that a fathers role, although different, is just as important as a mothers.

The following list of  “new dad tricks” was compiled with the help of my husband:


  • Skin-to-skin contact– Spend time skin-to-skin with your baby whenever it is possible. Take baths with baby, cuddle on the couch with baby on your chest, or lay in bed as you read stories and mom takes a well deserved break. Skin-to-skin contact will help to facilitate bonding between you and your child.
  • Take care of mom – During the early weeks and months it is your job to take care of mom! Breastfeeding is a 24 hour a day job and man is it exhausting. Mom needs someone to make snacks and bring her a glass of water; she needs someone to rub her aching shoulders and offer her bites of food when she does not have her hands free; she needs someone to hand her her favorite book when the baby falls asleep nursing and she left the book on the other side of the room. It is so hard to nurture someone all day and never be nurtured yourself. By nourishing mom you are nourishing your baby!
  • Mealtime – Once baby begins experimenting with solid food(around the middle of the first year), take over mealtime when you are home. Mom will be grateful for the chance to use both of her hands to eat a meal for once. Baby mealtimes do not need to be a daunting task. It is unnecessary to provide special “baby food” for your child; simply mash some healthy food from your plate with a fork and place it in front of your baby for him to grab if he is interested. Don’t worry if all he wants to do is play with his food. Playing with food is a wonderful sensory experience and mamas milk is providing all the nutrition he needs for now!
  • Baby-wearing – Wearing your baby in a carrier is a great way to bond with your child. Take walks down to the park, around the neighborhood, or simply wear your baby while you cook dinner. This is an easy way to naturally bring on a nap for the baby who usually nurses to sleep. Don’t be surprised if these daddy-baby walks become something that you look forward to all day long!
  • Diaper changes – Diaper changes are a wonderful bonding opportunity. Your baby will be looking at your face and listening to your voice. Play games with your baby during diaper time. Extremely young babies have the ability to imitate. Open and close your mouth slowly while your baby is studying your face and see if he tries it too! Try taking over the majority of diaper changes when you are home, your partner will be extremely grateful.
  • One-on-one time – As your baby gets older, spend some one-on-one time with your child as your partner runs an errand or takes a bath. These windows will gradually get longer as your baby grows. This time will help your child form a secure and trusting attachment to you. Your child will soon learn that although you are not mommy, you are there to meet their needs and provide them with loving comfort in a way that only daddy can.
  • Sleep with baby– Don’t separate yourself from nighttime parenting by sleeping in a separate room.  The family bed is a wonderful way to bond, especially if you work long hours.  If your child only wants to nurse back to sleep when they wake during the night, a loving rub on the back when the baby wakes will let your partner know that you are there if she needs you. Although you might be short on sleep for awhile, it is worth it when your baby reaches for your arm in the middle of the night or wakes you up with a big smile in the morning.

The bond that you share with your child is stronger than anything you could have possibly imagined prior to becoming a parent. Taking the time to be a nurturing, attentive, and involved father while your baby is young will help to lay a strong foundation for the relationship that the two of you will share for the rest of your life.

Baby Acne

During pregnancy and labor, a baby receives a surge of hormones that are transferred to her from her mama via the placenta. One of the side affects of this hormone kick is baby acne. If your baby develops small pimples on her face, back, or other areas of her body that look remarkably similar to the acne that a teenager would develop, it is usually nothing to worry about. Baby acne can start any time after birth and it is completely normal for it to stick around for a few months; it is also normal for the acne to peak around 3 or 4 weeks of age.  So what can you do to care for your baby’s skin in the mean time?

  • Creams or lotions are not usually necessary, and could irritate the skin; you can simply rinse your baby’s face with water during bath time.
  • Keep your little one dressed appropriately for the weather, sweat can make baby acne worse. A good rule of thumb during the early months is for baby to be wearing one light layer more than what you are wearing.
  • Breastmilk works wonders for soothing irritated skin and it is unlikely it will make anything worse! Rub a bit on the skin whenever you remember.

Be sure to keep an eye on the rash and get some professional advice if it starts to look like eczema or a rash related to food allergies. I know it is hard to see your baby’s beautiful face covered in patches of acne, but baby acne does go away! More likely than not you will barely remember that it was ever even a concern.

Infant Sleep – What’s Normal?

“Is the baby sleeping through the night yet?” is likely one question you will hear more times that you can imagine during the first year of your baby’s life. For the mother who’s baby continues to wake frequently, hearing this can be very discouraging and make someone question their nighttime parenting techniques. What needs to be known is that a baby waking frequently at night is completely normal! The child who sleeps through most of the night at a young age is actually in the minority. It is also completely normal for a child to need to be parented to sleep(and back to sleep) throughout their first years of life and beyond. So what is within the range of normal infant sleep?

  • Baby’s sleep cycles last around one hour(compared to an adult sleep cycle which lasts around an hour and a half). This means that every single hour of the night your baby goes through a “light sleep” period where she will either be able to settle herself back to sleep fairly effortlessly or she may need a little help getting through the light sleep phase back into deep sleep. Babies often have an easier time moving through light sleep by themselves during the first hours of the night and need more help as the morning approaches.
  • It takes about 20 minutes after your baby’s eyes close for him to enter “deep sleep”. Although the end of the day is a time when most parents are really itching to have some alone time, it helps to approach bedtime knowing that it might take up to an hour and rarely takes less than 30 minutes.
  • In the early months, babies need to nurse frequently throughout the night. Breast milk takes approximately 1-3 hours to be digested. Waking up frequently is a survival technique. Although breastfed babies do wake more frequently, they are often easier to get back to sleep.
  • A sleep study done in 1994 that involved 640 babies revealed that only 17{bd38cf312d03cb4cf2fa886c66cfea904e95a03e5609678ac40f4e3903a57cd6} of babies are sleeping through the night at 6 months old. Another 1994 sleep study, involving over 3,000 participants, determined that it is not until at least 24 months old that regular night waking decreases naturally.
  • Due to developmental leaps, it is common for night-waking to increase between 6 and 12 months.

I hope that some of this information eases some of the common worries regarding, and provides a clearer picture of, normal infant sleep patterns.

Morning Sickness

If you are in your early months of pregnancy chances are you are experiencing some degree of morning sickness. Despite it’s confusing name, morning sickness can strike any time of the day (or linger all day as was the case with my pregnancy). Take comfort in knowing that morning sickness is actually a sign that you have a healthy and well-implanted embryo. Nausea should subside by about the third month of pregnancy. Until then, try some of the following tips to make it through your day:

  • Recognize your triggers: Try to pinpoint what triggers your nausea and avoid these things as much as possible. Common culprits are perfumes, coffee, cooked meat, and body odors.
  • Avoid an empty stomach– Most women feel worse when they are running on an empty stomach. Keep some snacks by your bedside table to nibble on before you get out of bed.
  • Stick to the foods that agree with you– It can be hard to eat enough when nausea is involved. If the thought of cooking food makes you want to curl up into a ball (as was the case with me), consider sticking to a raw foods diet for the first few months.  Cold foods are sometimes more tolerable that hot. Smoothies are a great way to pack nutrients into an easy to eat and digest treat.
  • Avoid large meals – eat several smaller meals throughout the day instead of three large meals. Try to always have easy-to-grab snacks on hand.
  • Acupressure – I don’t know how i would have made it through my first pregnancy without the use of acupressure sea bands.These wrist bands provide continuous pressure to an anti-nausea pressure point.
  • Add anti-nausea foods to your diet – Foods that naturally calm the stomach include fennel, ginger, and peppermint. Tea is a great way to enjoy!
  • Get Plenty of Sleep – Being tired can make symptoms worse so be sure to get enough sleep at night and make time for naps!
  • Drink Water – Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
  • Snack before bed – Enjoy a protein dense snack before going to bed for the night.

I hope some of these tips help you get through the first trimester as comfortably as possible. If there is anything else that has helped you during pregnancy please share!

Medela coupons

Are there actually Medela coupons available.  We’ve all heard of the brand and we know how great they are but can you get Medela breast pumps at a reduced price?  The truth is that Medela doesn’t really discount because they don’t have to.  They have such a great reputation that there really isn’t any need.  Occasionally an online store will have a Medela promo where they discount Medela products but it doesn’t happen very often.  That’s why I put this page together, because I’ll keep an eye out for promos and list them below.

Reviews of Hairfinity

Hairfinity is one of those really innovative products that will give you long, thick hair simply by promoting growth and really nourishing your hair from the inside. It claims to be able to do this by using their patented Capilsana Complex, which is giving a really nice blend of 18 different amino acids and essential vitamins.

It doesn’t matter if you are young or old, everyone wants supermodel Herbal Essence type hair or just hair that looks its best all the time. In today’s world, that is what everyone is striving for, and our hair is the first thing that people notice these days. So, keeping that in mind Hairfinity will help your hair look healthier, while it maximizes the length and growth.

Hairfinity states that their supplement only uses certain vitamins and amino acids as well as a special form of sulfur to help encourage your hair to grow. It has also been clinically proven to improve the hair, your scalp health, and increase the elasticity and strength of your hair as well as promote growth.

A healthy body is the best environment for your hair to really thrive in, and this supplement will give your body all the right nutrients that it needs to look its best. As a result, you will get over an inch of growth a month. Not to mention that amazing skin and strong, healthy nails to go with it.

My Review

Out of all the Hairfinity reviews I’ve read – this is the best. The only main thing that can go wrong is acne and oily skin and sometimes a head ache. It is recommended that you drink a whole lot of water while taking Hairfinity, to help with these issues. The headache after 2 weeks was gone, so I believe it was just my bodies way of saying, hey something new, get it out of me. Once I got past the largeness of the pills and having to take 2 of them a day, everything went like I expected it too.

It arrived on time, and shipped well. I order from Amazon for hassle free options. The price is a bit steep though, I am not complaining because I ended up with great results and some unexpected results too. My nails have always been really brittle and I could never really grow them out. I now have long, strong nails that are really healthy. Now it does contain Biotin, which can cause some adverse reactions, such as a rash, but other than that I didn’t see anything wrong.

I liked the fact that it has a 30-day money back guarantee.

I really should have listened to other hairfinity reviewsThis site also does a good job reviewing Hairfinity.

I cut my hair between those two months so my hair would really be longer than it is today.  Try https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_hair_growth.

I didn’t encounter any reactions other than the skin inflammation. The cases were anything but difficult to swallow and goes down well while eating sustenance.  Speed up your hair growth.

Is Hairfinity Worth a Try?

Hairfinity asserts the contrast amongst theirs and different brands is that the selective Capilsana complex gives an exceptional sulfer and 18 amino acids that support solid hair development.

Overall, I had some really positive results and my hair has never looked this great. I have less shedding, more growth, and some really cool surprise growth for my nails. Now, this may not work for everyone, but it worked for me and I would certainly recommend Hairfinity to anyone who is looking for that OMG hair that everyone, including celebrities brag about. Even though it can be a bit expensive, it is worth it in the long run.


Review of the My Pillow

When it comes down to My Pillow, you are looking a pillow that will give you a great night sleep without any hassle. The luxurious My Pillow is poly filled and the patented interlocking fill creates great support that doesn’t flatten the way that normal poly filled pillows will. This unique design gives you a supportive and cool comfort that keeps your back and head in the right position to help avoid common sleep related issues and even reduce pain from illnesses and injuries.

On to the My Pillow review

Your neck is most vulnerable when you are sleeping and when it is unsupported it can bend in ways that make it really hard to stay asleep and even cause pinched nerves and create tender and sore muscles. The pinched nerves in your neck are the main causes for headaches and some migraines, sore shoulders, lower back pain, sore legs, tingling in the arms, and stiff neck muscles. The My Pillow provides you with firm support that allows you to rest on a comfortable and cool surface that is smooth and lush like a 5-star resort.  I found this really funny!

My Pillow offers a patented interlocking fill, 4 different loft choices, a 10-year warranty, it is made in the USA, is machine washable, and will not flatten.

Time for my review of the My Pillow

The filling for My Pillow is completely made in the USA and only of the highest quality fibers. It comes with an open cell design that gives the pillow resilience, allows for great air flow, and buoyancy that keeps the pillow cool, reduces body and room heat and keeps moisture and mildew as well as model in the core. Because My Pillow is washable, you can keep the whole pillow clean just by throwing it in the washer and dryer, so you are able to sleep comfortably without a chemical smell.

Why I chose to buy the My Pillow

I’d for quite some time been captivated by the My Pillow plugs and had a companion let me know quite a long while prior that she worshiped her My Pillow and it was the best one she’d ever had. However, I just couldn’t accommodate requesting a cushion online that I’d never felt or tried and on the off chance that you’ve been understanding this web journal sufficiently long you know I could snooze off in the walkway seat of a plane with no neck pad.

The My Pillow tick of approval

The My Pillow is so well designed that the company offers the longest guarantees in the sleep industry. You will get a 10-year warranty. Unlike foam pillows, this polyester filling doesn’t have an odor when you get it, so you never need to air it out. It keeps firm and supportive no matter how many times it gets washed. The My Pillow is supportive like a foam pillow without the weight and firmness. You are able to shape the My Pillow to any way you want it to be able to mold to your body and keep you supported while you are sleeping.

The Pros

In any case, I continued pondering all the guarantees from the site. It assists with neck torment and fibromyalgia and sleep apnea! If you are the type to sleep with an arm under the pillow, then the My Pillow will mold easily to give you a comfortable position to sleep in.

The Cons

The My Pillow isn’t that cheap, but it gives you great support pillow, but when you get ready to commit yourself to a good night sleep, you need the My Pillow. It is worth the price to find a pillow that really hits a home run in all the areas that you need for a good quality pillow. The fact that you are able to count on the My Pillow company to keep you happy and a long warranty. I chose it was most likely in light of the fact that I was tired to the point that I would have dozed like that regardless of the possibility that my head wasn’t laying on the official cushion of the National Sleep Foundation.

Do you take prenatal vitamins if pregnant?

If you are unsure about taking a prenatal vitamin while you are pregnant this should help you. They are necessary to get all the nutrients that you as well as your baby needs, even if you are eating a variety of food that includes dairy, vegetables, legumes, dairy products, grains, and fruits.

Breastfeeding and prenatal vitamins

The short answer is yes.  Check out some great reviews http://www.prenatalvitaminsguru.com/spring-valley-prenatal-multivitamin-review.  Spring Valley Prenatal Vitamins are considered some of the best prenatal vitamins around.

https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au is a site that I got some great info from.

Many women will benefit from taking prenatal vitamins normally before they are trying to conceive. It is almost like an insurance policy to ensure that you are getting all the right nutrients during your pregnancy.

If you have dietary restrictions, pregnancy complications, or health issues. This does include those who are vegans/vegetarians, smoke, lactose intolerant, have eating disorders, have blood disorders, have had gastric bypass surgery have chronic diseases or are having multiples.

There are two really important nutrients in prenatal vitamins that you will need because there isn’t enough in food alone and those are iron and folic acid.To find out more about the health benefits of prenatal vitamins check out http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-health/prenatal-vitamins/ and http://www.babycenter.com/0_prenatal-vitamins-why-theyre-so-important_287.bc.

Folic acid?

Folic acid is a B vitamin that if you take it before you conceive and early in your pregnancy can loweryour chance of neural tube defects by 70{bd38cf312d03cb4cf2fa886c66cfea904e95a03e5609678ac40f4e3903a57cd6} such as spina bifida, and it can also reduce the chance of other defects like cleft palate and certain heart defects and lower the risk of preeclampsia.

How to start off nursing your baby?

Iron helps moms to be meet the needs that are increased during pregnancy. Not having enough iron can lead to iron deficiency anemia, which having enough iron will cut the risk of infant mortality, preterm deliveries, and low birth weight.

Calcium may be in a prenatal, but it may not be enough. So you may have to eat food that are high in calcium.

Other prenatal vitamin choices

You will also need essential fatty acids like DHA, EPA, and Omega-3 which are really important for the development of the baby’s nerve, eye tissue and brain. Fish is a major source of these fatty acids, but you have to be really careful about not eating too much fish because of mercury.

You should begin taking prenatal vitamins as soon as you have realized that you are pregnant. Since, folic acid is really important in the early weeks of your pregnancy, you should begin taking prenatal vitamins before you even conceive, that is why even if you are on birth control, they recommend taking folic acid with it. Taking prenatal vitamins for at least three months before you conceive will help lessen morning sickness and if you are going to breastfeed, your doctor may recommend that you continue to take a prenatal vitamin once your baby has been born.

Prenatal vitamins are really important for those who are wanting to conceive or for those who are expecting. It allows moms to be a chance to have a very healthy pregnancy and to lower the risk of birth defects. Your doctor will be able to recommend a prenatal vitamin that will work with you and help you to find out what you need to be able to carry that wonderful miracle full term.

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