If your patient needs additional support breastfeeding, direct her to the For Patients page and view Find Breastfeeding Professionals.
Medication Safety and Nutrition
MotherToBaby's free fact sheets for patients answer frequently asked questions about exposures during pregnancy and breastfeeding and are available in English and Spanish.
NIH's LactMed database contains information on drugs and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. It includes possible adverse effects in the nursing infant as well as suggested alternatives.
Learn about FDA’s new prescription medication labeling changes, which include major revisions in the sections on pregnancy and breastfeeding.
United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC)
USBC is an independent nonprofit coalition of more than 50 nationally influential professional, educational, and governmental organizations that share a common mission to drive collaborative efforts for policy and practices that create a landscape of breastfeeding support across the United States.
can help professionals navigate the business of lactation support.
Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM)
ABM is a worldwide organization of physicians dedicated to the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding and human lactation whose mission is to unite members of the various medical specialists with this common purpose through:
- Physician education
- Expansion of knowledge in both breastfeeding science and human lactation.
- Facilitation of optimal breastfeeding practices
- Encouragement of the exchanged of information among organizations
Loving Support Makes Breastfeeding Work
Loving Support is USDA's national breastfeeding promotion and support campaign, providing education, training, and outreach materials for WIC staff. Resources are also available for women and their families and health care providers/community partners.
The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding
ACOG endorses the World Health Organization and UNICEF's Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. These evidence-based steps have been shown to increase breastfeeding initiation and duration.
Ready, Set, BABY
These evidence-based and pilot-tested prenatal breastfeeding educational materials are intended for use with women of all trimesters of pregnancy. The free materials consist of a patient booklet and a matching educator flip chart for use by healthcare providers or health educators in group classes or individual education sessions.
Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition
These evidence-based materials help health care providers support and promote breastfeeding. The goal is to help providers prevent, recognize, and solve breastfeeding problems should they occur.
Primary Care Interventions to Promote Breastfeeding
The Provider Fact Sheet and other resources are available from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to promote and support breastfeeding.
Safe to Sleep
The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development's (NICHD) Safe to Sleep campaign works to reduce the number of infant deaths from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Babies who are breastfed or fed with breast milk for the first six months of life are at lower risk of SIDS. The Safe to Sleep campaign offers a variety of educational materials in English and Spanish for patients and providers.
National Breastfeeding Center can help professionals navigate the business of lactation support.
Review the Healthy People 2020 objectives for improving the health and well-being of women, infants, children, and families.
The final recommendation statement, Breastfeeding: Primary Care Interventions, clarifies that "the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) interprets support as including promotion. The USPSTF revised the recommendation statement to clarify that it has not changed its confidence in the benefits of breastfeeding and that it continues to recommend interventions to encourage breastfeeding." View the letter to read why ACOG did not support the draft wording of the recommendation.
ACOG's Executive Board Statement of Policy on Breastfeeding is available to members and non-members.
ACOG's Executive Board Statement of Policy on Paid Parental Leave is available to members and non-members.
Improvements in Maternity Care Policies and Practices That Support Breastfeeding
This Vital Signs report from the CDC outlines some of the changes in maternity care policies and practices in the U.S. between 2007 and 2013.
Enabling Women to Achieve Their Breastfeeding Goals
This article discusses the integration of care among obstetricians, pediatric providers, and lactation consultants that may enable more women to achieve their breastfeeding goals, thereby improving health outcomes across two generations.
Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Breastfeeding
This article reviews the literature on racial and ethnic disparities in breastfeeding rates and practices, addresses barriers to breastfeeding among minority women, conducts a systematic review of breastfeeding interventions, and provides obstetrician-gynecologists with recommendations on how they can help increase rates among minority women.
Breastfeeding Medicine Blog
Physicians blogging about breastfeeding.
Pre and Postnatal Breastfeeding Support
This free, ACOG webinar from August 1, 2016 explains ways to improve rates of breastfeeding initiation and duration through prenatal breastfeeding counseling and postnatal support, as well as up-to-date information on insurance coverage and reimbursement.
Maintaining Breastfeeding Beyond the First Week
This free, joint ACOG-AAP webinar from September 2015 discusses maternal and infant benefits to breastfeeding beyond three months, breastfeeding challenges and complications, and resources for breastfeeding at work.
Contraception During Breastfeeding
This free, joint ACOG-AAP webinar addresses issues in counseling and selection of contraceptives during breastfeeding.
The Role of the Obstetrical Physician in Promoting and Supporting Breastfeeding and how Baby Friendly Hospitals Can Improve Your Patient Outcomes
This free webinar on the public health impact of breastfeeding, the physiology of lactation, and the 10 steps of BFHI offers 1 CME credit.
Successful Implementation of Clinical Preventive Service: Interventions to Promote Breastfeeding
This online presentation focuses on interventions to promote breastfeeding, including effective education and referral processes for providers and others working in pre- and perinatal care settings.
Breastfeeding Support: Identifying Risks, Developing Solutions, and Primary Prevention through Obstetric and Pediatric Collaboration
This free, joint ACOG-AAP webinar from August 2014 will help providers enhance their knowledge, skills, and interventions to support the mother who is at high risk for breastfeeding difficulties.
I Never Heard of LactMed! Enhancing Obstetric and Pediatric Usage
This free, joint ACOG-AAP webinar from September 2014 introduces providers to LactMed, an online resource for drug interaction information during lactation.
Hand Expression of Breastmilk
This short video from the Stanford School of Medicine demonstrates how hand expression of breastmilk can be taught to women.