1 L-CERP + 0.5 R-CERP + 1.5 CEU

Recreational Drug Use in Real Life

Bryna Hayden, IBCLC

Course description
The DARE-era mythology of the “bad guy drug user” has left a deep impact on our collective psyche in healthcare. Those who need the most help and social assistance are often the least represented or supported, while those who “fly under the radar” are often greeted with empathy and compassionate kindness. 

This talk seeks to turn the shame-driven narrative on its head, by exploring the ways in which people (namely, parenting people) experience recreational drug use, how the system treats them based on their socioeconomic standing, and how drug use actually impacts the lives of those who use them recreationally. Also discussed are the differences between recreational and cultural drug use, and the definitions of substance use disorder, or addiction. 

What our learners say

I admit I wasn't eager to dive in to this topic, but boy am I glad I did. Bryna delivers their extensive knowledge with compassion, and without judgement. I watched it a second time!
Annmarie Hext, IBCLC
Bryna is an amazing speaker & I really appreciate the perspective that they provided on this topic. It was really helpful in looking outside the box and realize ways to provide helpful information when likely these families are not coming & seeking help on this topic w me as a provider. I feel like I can easily provide resources w/o judgement or even pushing w questions around the topic.
Julie Fields, 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 her 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
This talk will address the lack of harm-reduction tools that are offered to the perinatal healthcare provider when discussing their lifestyle choices, past and present. Without positive models for conversations and decision-making, shame and stigma can prevent a parent from seeking information or resources about recreational drug use that may be beneficial for themselves and their family. 

With resources, dialogue, and support, the provider who attends this lecture can engage in productive information sharing that draws from the latest evidence as well as offer resources to help parents execute informed consent when choosing whether and how to engage with recreational drugs during lactation. 


The learner will be able to relay the rates of recreational drug use among parenting adults, and the demographics of the recreational drug using population.


The learner will be able to identify the ways in which the DARE-era approach to drug use has impacted both drug users and those who wish to support them in their healthcare needs. 


The learner will be able to define recreational drug use, cultural drug use, and substance use disorder, and the differences between each situation. 
IBLCE Content Outline
IV. Pharmacology and Toxicology 
1. Alcohol and tobacco
2. Contraception
3. Drugs of abuse
6. Medication (prescription, over-the-counter, diagnostic and therapeutic
7. Medicinal Herbs
VII. Clinical Skills
B. Education and Communication
1. Active listening
2. Anticipatory guidance
3. Care plan development and sharing
5. Educating mothers [parents] and families
6. Educating professionals, peers, and students
9. Empowerment
10. Group support

Course Lessons

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