The Origin of Love: Induced Lactation, Co-nursing, and Community Human Milk Sharing

Bryna Hayden, IBCLC

Course description
Clinical interaction with “non-traditional” methods of human milk production and sharing or feeding is limited to individual provider experience and information sharing of variable quality. Academic resources are often biased or incomplete. Due to various intersectionalities of identity and experience, many populations are left out of the conversation with no evidence-based resources for support or guidance.

Those who wish to induce lactation without gestation are frequently left to manage the process on their own, guided very loosely by protocols posted online that do not account for or clarify the risks of undergoing these methods— especially when their hormonal levels do not match the estrogen/progesterone profiles assumed by the authors.

This lecture will establish the real-world use of human milk sharing and cross-nursing in community settings in the United States, as well as clinical best practices for induction of lactation in non-gestating individuals. Evidence and guidance for these activities will be shared to further support communities who are desiring of clinical guidance and support.

What our learners say

Very informative, and extremely helpful to my rather isolated practice in rural Northern Alberta. There isn't a lot of oppertunity to work with and learn from communities different from my own. 
Leann Larsen, IBCLC
This was a wonderful lecture! Bryna is such a great speaker and is very thorough! I love hearing them present.
Tabitha Bassett, RN, IBCLC
I always find Bryna's sessions informative and enjoyable. Getting inside their brain is always beneficial to my practice. 
Jennifer Hafele, IBCLC
Meet the Instructor

Bryna Hayden, IBCLC

Bryna is an IBCLC (International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant), doula, adult educator, mentor IBCLC and private practice owner. They are a passionate advocate for equity in access to healthcare, informed consent, trauma-informed care, and health literacy. They have a small private practice in the Pacific Northwestern US. Bryna has also sought additional training and continuing education in the areas of oral function and infant feeding, Rhythmic Movement Training (RMT), primitive reflexes and brain development in infants, cultural congruency, trauma-informed care, harm-reduction approaches to clinical care, and other counseling strategies for client-facing care. 

A member of the 2SLGBTQIA+ and neurodivergent communities, Bryna recognizes the concepts of inclusivity and accessibility as foundational on every level of lactation from education to clinical practice and back again. Bryna also recognizes that their background as a white person in the United States places her in a position of privilege, and they are always cognizant of how that lens impacts their work both in education and clinical practice. When not working, learning, or teaching, Bryna can be found staring up at huge trees in awe or inhaling the salty air at the coast in the Pacific Northwest where they live with their children, partner, and dogs.
Patrick Jones - Course author

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Knowledge Gap
Lactation consultants often focus on one baby and one pair of breasts, and are not trained in supporting other types of nursing relationships.


Identify settings in which cross-nursing and milk sharing commonly occur.


Define guidance for clinical support of communal human milk sharing and cross-nursing.


List the process for induction of lactation on an individualized basis.
IBLCE Content Outline
I. A6 - Milk banking - formal and informal
II. 8 - Relactation
IV. 6 - Medication (prescription, over-the-counter, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures)
IV. 7 - Medicinal herbs
V. 5 - Family lifestyle

Course Lessons

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