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Identifying the cause of breast and nipple pain during lactation

so proud and delighted to have worked with Lisa, Carmella and Jane over the past year to have this published in the BMJ today. To find out different practices across the world has been fascinating but I so hope this informs clinical practice

Identifying the cause of breast and nipple pain during lactation

Inflammatory bowel disease and Breastfeeding

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I developed Crohns disease identified back in 1976 when I was just 22 years of age. It has had a massive impact on my life – lots of hospital admissions, 3 bowel resections, lots of medication. It indirectly led to me developing peripheral vascualr disease so that at one time I could only walk 40 yards without pain. It also was responsible for a malignant melanoma which luckily was caught before it spread. It has also affected my liver and spleen so as you can understand it is a big part of my life. But on the positive side it was what caused my passion for breastfeeding as I was nevr fitter than when I was pregant or breastfeeding.

I have attempted to pull all the information on diagnosis, treatment, live vaccines etc into one place into this rather large factsheet (almost a book) which I hope will help professionals support mums using evidence based information.

I have already recorded a video presentation as a facebook live https://breastfeeding-and-medication.co.uk/live-video-2/inflammatory-bowel-disease-and-breastfeeding-facebook-live but am happy if you want me to present to a team – professionals, mothers with IBD. Just message me wendy@breastfeeding-and-medication.co.uk

There is also a facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/BreastfeedingIBD with 1.4k members from all round the world.

Hope this helps everyone to use the evidence from research to support breastfeeding mums with IBD. It is a disease I wouldnt wish on my worst enemy and it is hard to deal with when you have young children. Be kind and supportive! #dontsaystoplookitup

Inflammatory bowel disease and breastfeeding – all you need to know?

Perinatal mental health and Breastfeeding

I have recorded the presentation which I have frequently given about perinatal mental health and breastfeeding. It should be used after listening to ” How drugs get into milk”

How do drugs get into breastmilk?

as it contains the pharmacokinetic data of drugs prescribed for perinatal mental health including SSRIs, anti anxiety medication and anti psychotics. It also includes research studies about the links between mental health and breastfeeding.

I hope this may increase prescriber’s knowledge as well as empower peer supporters and parents.

https://youtu.be/lGL-8SJkzgw

Anaesthesia and breastfeeding

I have been working with a small team of anaesthetists for some time to develop guidelines so that breastfeeding mothers can have surgery, pain relief etc and continue to breastfeed as normal. The guideline also recommends support for the mother in terms of pumps, information and her baby nearby – not necessarily in that order.

As we begin World Breastfeeding Week 2020 I am proud to share this guideline and infographic

Guideline on anaesthesia and sedation in breastfeeding women 2020

Infographic guideline on anaesthesia and sedation in breastfeeding women

Books to buy

Do you want to buy a copy of one of my books? They are all available on Amazon which is probably easiest. Or direct from the publishers Routledge, Pinter and Martin, or Praeclarus Press. I’m not going to available as much in the future to answer questions so maybe now is the time to buy the books so you have answers 24/7 365 days a year.

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Lack of stools / constipation in a breastfed baby

Constipation in the neonate is a topic apparently rarely discussed in medical sources and may be seen as the domain of the health visitor or midwife. However, many “constipated” babies may be seen by their GP and be the cause of concern for their parents.

This factsheet is designed to provide information for parents and their professionals on what is normal with regard to baby poo and where interventions are required be that referral to breastfeeding expert or medical treatment.

lack of stool/constipation in breastfed babies

Pharmacokinetics and Passage of Drugs into Breastmilk

This is a set of slides I use in many of my current presentations. It also forms the backbone of most decision making. I hope it helps increase your education. If you wish please email me wendy@breastfeeding-and-medication.co.uk

Pharmacokinetics of the passage of drugs into breastmilk training powerpoint

If you found this useful, maybe you need to buy the book – a good investment !

Candida (thrush) on the breast of breastfeeding mother training powerpoint

This is the presentation I have given most frequently since I co-authored the first thrush leaflet back in around 1999. I hope this helps some of the mis information eg it can be on one breast, thrush means painful feeds, all white tongues in babies are thrush

If you have any questions pleas email wendy@breastfeeding-and-medication.co.uk

Thrush and breastfeeding training powerpoint

Mastitis and Breastfeeding

This is one of the presentations I have given most frequently over the last 20 years since I co wrote the first leaflet for BfN. One of the most common complications of breastfeeding but so little understood. I hope this helps the onging learning of professionals, peer supporters and all those supporting breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding and Mastitis Training

Raynaud’s Phenomenon and Breastfeeding Training

I am uploading most of the presentations that I have given over the years as training material for others to use as continued professional development.

If you have any queries pleas email wendy@breastfeeding-and-medication.co.uk. Please consider buying my book if you find this useful

Raynauds and Breastfeeding training