Continuing Education Sources
- Getting Started with Breastfeeding: Stanford University provides a pictorial the ABCs of Breastfeeding, which can be used to talk a mother through situations over the phone. Also there are video clips that I think can be used by educators to learn various breastfeeding content. The 18 min clip is a doctor speaking – I find it too long for one-on-one mother use. Also a must for the educator is http://newborns.stanford.edu/PhotoGallery/; it walks you through newborn slides with information under the slide – great way to learn normal newborn stuff. It is designed for residents & interns.
- United States Lactation Consultant Association: CERP opportunities online and prerecorded CDs. A variety of topics $20 for USLCA members, $30 for non-members. Upcoming opportunities listed at the top.
- Wellstart’s Lactation Management Self-Study Modules: Useful for Hospital Staff Education
- Breastfeeding Training: This course from the VA Department of Health and University of Virginia will provide health professionals with detailed information regarding the theory and practice of lactation management. We hope to encourage health care professionals in all specialties to become teachers and supporters of breastfeeding and lactation management.
- Dr. Jack Newman’s website: Dr. Newman is a pediatrician in Canada who started the first breastfeeding clinic in Canada. He is an authority on the techniques necessary to get the baby latched-on and feeding correctly. He has written an important reference, Dr. Jack Newman’s Visual Guide to Breastfeeding. There are also some great handouts for Moms available on the website for download.
- New Hampshire Breastfeeding Task Force: This site provides a continuing education program on postpartal depression at this site as well as 2 handouts for moms about Omega 3 fatty acids:
- American Academy of Pediatrics
The AAP provides a variety of Breastfeeding Resources to healthcare providers and parents as well as providing links to other websites. One resource available from the AAP is the AAP Fact Sheet on Infant Feeding during Natural Disasters.
- Center for Disease Control The CDC continuously updates their website with breastfeeding information, particularly about the current H1N1 flu. There is a wealth of information available on various breastfeeding topics.
- Resources for becoming a Lactation Consultant
- Dr. Thomas Hale’s Publishing site: Dr. Hale is the foremost authority on Medications that are safe for the mother to take with breastfeeding. This site offers his books for sale. It also has a link for his newsletter that comes out 10-12 times a year. The newsletter lists all recent published research of concern with breastfeeding. It is an excellent resource. There is an archive of older newsletters available as well.
- The new InfantRISK Center website The InfantRisk Center is dedicated to providing up-to-date evidence-based information on the use of medications during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Our goal is to provide accurate information regarding the risks of exposure to mothers and their babies. By educating healthcare professionals and the general public alike, we aim to reduce the number of birth defects as well as create healthy breastfeeding relationships. Dr. Hale is the Executive Director of the InfantRISK Center, which is associated with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Amarillo and Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health. See our Feb 2, 2010 post about the new center. They are NOW OPEN to answer calls Monday-Friday 8am-5pm central time. Please contact at (806)-352-2519.
Resources Specifically for Moms
- Dr. Becky Saenz’s “Tips from the Trenches”
- A Mother’s 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding: Even if your hospital isn’t Baby Friendly (Available in English, Spanish, German, French) This LA Task Force fact sheet gives you information on the 10 Steps to becoming a ‘Baby Friendly Hospital’ as well as information for moms on how to breastfeed successfully.
- WIC Disaster Plan newsletter with Facts on how to care for baby during a disaster. These pages area available in English, Spanish, and Creole.
- Breastfeeding Triage Tool and Fact Sheets: Tips on how to properly breastfeed your infant This tool has proven invaluable to thousands of health care professionals and others who help mothers manage breastfeeding problems. The Breastfeeding Fact Sheets are two-page educational handouts on specific topics. They translate the technical information from the Breastfeeding Triage Tool into more user-friendly language for your clients/patients. Minimal words are used and the reading level is set at grade 7. Free download
- The Kellymom website: This is a wonderful resource for all things related to breastfeeding and even all of mothering. There are so many links to other great sites as well.
- Handouts from the Breastfeeding Friendly Clinic: Handouts from Christine Betzold and Diane Weissinger, as well as links to Dr. Newman’s handouts and others.
- What To Expect the First Year: Breastfeeding: This is a section of the What to Expect the First Year website that deals with breastfeeding and answers common questions about breastfeeding issues. This site is pretty accurate, but has a more general focus on baby care than specifically oriented to breastfeeding.
- Toddler Nutrition and Health Resources: From the Food and Nutrition Information Center and WIC Works Resource System. Resources include books, pamphlets, Web sites, and audiovisuals related to the topics of general nutrition, picky eaters, oral health and physical activity.
- Breastfeeding Handouts in Other Languages
- Ameda’s Breastfeeding Basics: Ameda makes and sells breastpumps and breastfeeding accessories to nursing mothers and have been doing so for over 60 years. They also provide educational materials to mothers and healthcare professionals.
- LilyPadz Silicone Nursing Pads
- Medela’s Breastfeeding Information Page: Medela markets breastpumps and breastfeeding accessories to nursing mothers around the world. Medela makes available a variety of resources for healthcare providers and mothers to facilitate breastfeeding.
- Information about Kosher/Halal products and Formula