Education

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.
    • The CDC makes available Crib Cards for both boys and girls that emphasize the importance of breastfeeding and help parents make this important infant feeding decision at the pertinent time.
  • Resources for becoming a Lactation Consultant

Medication Resources

  • 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

Product Resources

The International Breastfeeding Symbol