Articles and Helpful Sites
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.
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.
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.
State of Breastfeeding Coverage: Health Plan Violations of the Affordable Care Act
This report from the National Women’s Law Center goes in-depth into coverage of the ACA’s breastfeeding benefits and found that women face widespread barriers to getting coverage of breastfeeding support and supplies. It includes women’s stories gathered through NWLC’s Cover Her hotline, which helps women who are having trouble getting coverage for breastfeeding benefits as required by law.
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.
Breastfeeding Medicine Blog
Physicians blogging about breastfeeding.
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.
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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.
United States Breastfeeding Committee
"All U.S. mothers should have the opportunity to breastfeed their infants and all infants should have the opportunity to be breastfed."
Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine is a worldwide organization of physicians dedicated to the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding and human lactation. Our 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
American Academy of Pediatrics Breastfeeding Initiative
The AAP is here to help you with breastfeeding whether you are a parent, professional, advocate for breastfeeding-or all three. Advocating for children through the protection, promotion, and support of breastfeeding is a high priority for the AAP. On this site, you will find information for families about our breastfeeding recommendations, advocacy materials, and resources for health professionals and who want to learn more about the importance of their role in supporting breastfeeding families.