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Study Day London 11 November

study day put together in haste by a variety of individuals from several organisations to allow others to hear Kathleen Kendall Tackett other than at BFI
Save the Date- 11th November
and keep an eye on plans for the day via
Study day on postnatal depression and how the infant feeding relationship can impact on maternal mental health, with expert speakers:
Kathleen Kendall-Tackett PhD IBCLC FAPA: a leading authority on maternal depression and the relationship between breastfeeding and depression.
Wendy Jones PhD MRPharmS: Specialist Pharmacist with expertise in the safety of Drugs in Breastmilk and head of the Breastfeeding Network’s Drugs in Breastmilk Helpline.
The day includes lunch and a chance to network with colleagues. The event is supported by:
-The GP Infant Feeding Network (GPIFN) a growing community of primary care professionals with an interest in improving GP education on infant feeding and breastfeeding.
-Lactation Consultants of Great Britain (LCGB) the professional association for International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) in the UK
— The Breastfeeding Network Drugs in Breastmilk Helpline, a service run by the charity The Breastfeeding Network, which offers support and information to families and healthcare professionals on the safety of drugs in breastmilk.
The study day is suitable for GPs and GP Specialist Trainees, Health Visitors, Midwives, Pharmacists and other Health Care Professionals working with new families, as well as IBCLCs and Breastfeeding Supporters.

BfN Tea break challenge

Blackpool study day Friday 7th October


communication with doctors

I’m hearing of an increasing number of mothers who dont tell their doctors they are breastfeeding when prescribed medication as they have had negative reponses to duration of feeding in the past. I have examples of mums being told from 6 weeks to 3 years that braestfeeding has no value and they are doing it for their own benefit. Interesting that the World Health Organisation (WHO) says otherwise. So mothers come to me to check the safety of the drug – how many dont have any input?

Breastfeeding and Medication – the book

Some of youbf and meds who have joined recentky may not have realised that this page is an offshoot from my book published in 2013. If you are a healthcare professional encountering queries you might like to buy it or if you are a mum suggest it to your healthcare professionals. It is available on Amazon or through my publisher Routledge


Webinar for GPs (and others)

Thursday 18th Augustwebinar 3

Busy Writing!

I’m currently busy putting the finishing touches to my new book Why Mothers Medication Matters. Hopefully to be published this autumn http://www.pinterandmartin.com/why-mothers-medication-matters.html

Wrong information for a breastfeeding mother

‘I have been prescribed eye drops for a virus I have. I was told to stop breastfeeding immediately which was impossible for a exclusively BF 6 month baby. No formula or bottles at home and I was told at 11pm.’

This message I picked up today is wrong on so many counts.
1. The Dr has prescribed antibiotic drops but diagnosed a viral infection.
2. Even if the diagnosis was a bacterial infection the drops are compatible with continued breastfeeding.
3. What is the point in telling an exclusively breastfeeding mum at 11pm that she cant breastfeed when she has no formula, bottles etc – what is she meant to do overnight?

So sad that education of GPs seems to have removed common sense let alone compassion and use of evidence based information