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Breastfeeding Residency Curriculum

Curriculum Resource Guide

The resources and references listed below will help you to educate yourself, other faculty, and your residents about breastfeeding. This list, chosen by breastfeeding and residency training experts, identifies the best resources available. First take a look at the Top 5 materials used by other programs implementing the curriculum. Residents rated these materials the highest for learning about breastfeeding. In addition to the Top 5, you will also see an extensive list of books, Web sites and PDFs, policy statements and guidelines, training materials, and promotional material to help you to implement the curriculum and its activities. As costs and Web sites change frequently, we do our best to keep this list up to date, but errors may occur.


TOP 5 MATERIALS

- Breastfeeding, A Guide to Getting Started video and companion booklet, The ABCs of Breastfeeding, Jane Morton, MD

This video helps mothers to prepare for and initiate breastfeeding. It also teaches health professionals how to counsel and care for breastfeeding mothers in an efficient manner.

Where to find: Order online at Breastmilk Solutions. Excerpts of this video can be found online for free download at Stanford School of Medicine

Cost: $65 (bulk rates available)

- Breastfeeding Handbook for Physicians, 2nd edition, American Academy of Pediatrics/American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 2014

Signficantly revised and updated, the new 2nd edition provides physicians and other health professionals in all specialties with a concise reference on breastfeeding and human lactation.

Where to find: Order online at
American Academy of Pediatrics Bookstore
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Bookstore

Cost: Non-member - $79.95, Member - $69.95
(Order through the organization to which you belong and receive a member's discount)

- Lactation Management Self-Study Modules, Level I, Wellstart International, 2009

This notebook contains 3 self-study modules that teach residents and others the basic tools necessary for supporting breastfeeding, including prevention and basic management of common clinical problems affecting the mother and infant.

Where to Find: Download from Wellstart International PDF document

Cost: Free

- Medications and Mothers' Milk, Thomas Hale, PhD, 2012

A helpful reference for health professionals in determining the safety of medications given to mothers during breastfeeding.

Where to find: Order at online bookstore or Hale Publishing

Cost: $39.95

- New Mother's Guide to Breastfeeding, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2011

A basic breastfeeding 101 book for mothers. It is a good overview of the experience of breastfeeding from initiation to weaning for parents and health professionals. Available in Spanish.

Where to find: Order online at American Academy of Pediatrics Bookstore

Cost: $15.00




BOOKS - GENERAL REFERENCE MATERIALS

- Breastfeeding, A Guide for the Medical Profession, Ruth Lawrence, MD, and Robert Lawrence, MD, 2011

This authoritative textbook contains evidence-based information on all of the scientific and clinical topics related to breastfeeding - from basic data on the anatomical, physiological, biochemical, nutritional, immunological, and psychological aspects of human lactation to guidance on a full range of problems in clinical management.

Where to find: Order online at Elsevier Inc.

Cost: Approximately $99.95

- Breastfeeding Handbook for Physicians, 2nd edition, American Academy of Pediatrics/American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 2014

Signficantly revised and updated, the new 2nd edition provides physicians and other health professionals in all specialties with a concise reference on breastfeeding and human lactation.

Where to find: Order online at
American Academy of Pediatrics Bookstore
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Bookstore

Cost: Non-member - $79.95, Member - $69.95
(Order through the organization to which you belong and receive a member's discount)

- Breastfeeding the Newborn: Clinical Strategies for Nurses, Marie Biancuzzo, 1999

This resource provides the scientific basis and the "how-to" techniques to help the mother establish a milk supply and to confirm that the newborn is breastfeeding successfully before discharge. This book helps residents to quickly develop physical assessment skills, make practical recommendations to the mother, and verify that the recommendations achieved the desired results. Clinical case scenarios are also included.

Where to find: Order at online bookstore or Amazon.com

Cost: $44.95

- Breastfeeding Your Baby: Answers to Common Questions, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2009 

This pamphlet can be ordered from the American Academy of Pediatrics for educating mothers. It provides a brief overview of common breastfeeding questions.

Where to find: Order online at American Academy of Pediatrics Bookstore

Cost: Available as a Bulk Purchase (50 copies per pack) for $35 for non-members and $30 for members

- Impact of Birthing Practices on Breastfeeding, Mary Kroger and Linda Smith, 2010

This book explains the impact that birthing practices have on breastfeeding initiation and success. Residents studying obstetrics may be particularly interested in this text. 

Where to find: Order online at Jones and Bartlett Publishers

Cost: $70.95

- Medications and Mothers' Milk, Thomas Hale, PhD, 2012

A helpful reference for health professionals in determining the safety of medications given to mothers during breastfeeding.

Where to find: Order online at Hale Publishing

Cost: $39.95

- New Mother's Guide to Breastfeeding, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2011

A basic breastfeeding 101 book for mothers. It is a good overview of the experience of breastfeeding from initiation to weaning for parents and health professionals. Available in Spanish.

Where to find: Order online at American Academy of Pediatrics Bookstore

Cost: $15.00




WEB SITES AND PDF DOCUMENTS - GENERAL REFERENCE MATERIALS

- Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative

This Web site explains the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, a designation that promotes mother and infant friendly birthing and breastfeeding practices, and provides steps to become a Baby Friendly Hospital.

Where to find: Online at UNICEF

Cost: Free

- Breastfeeding Friendly Consortium

The Consortium's mission is to promote breastfeeding training - the Gold Standard in Infant Nutrition - by offering healthcare professionals and institutions a systems approach to education, individual performance improvement and institutional quality assurance.

Where to find: Online at Breastfeeding Friendly Cosortium

Cost: Varies

- Breastfeeding Basics, Mary O'Connor, MD, 1998

This online curriculum identifies the basics of breastfeeding. It is an easy way for residents to gain basic knowledge about breastfeeding.

Where to find: Online at Breastfeeding Basics

Cost: Free

- Breastfeeding Education Activity Package for Grades K-12, New York State Department of Health, 2004

The New York State Department of Health has developed a curriculum about breastfeeding to be infused into their public schools. Residents can help to advocate for the inclusion of breastfeeding education in schools systems as an activity related to advocacy.

Where to find: Online at New York State Department of Health

Cost: Free

- Breastfeeding Information in Languages Other than English

La Leche League provides breastfeeding information in a multitude of languages (including, but not limited to, Russian, Spanish, Chinese, and Italian) for diverse patient populations.

Where to find: Online at La Leche League International

Cost: Varies, mainly free

- Breastfeeding State Laws

La Leche League provides up-to-date state laws pertaining to breastfeeding, especially issues dealing with breastfeeding and public and breastfeeding and work.

Where to find:  Online at La Leche League International

Cost: Free

- CDC Guide to Breastfeeding Interventions, US Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2005

The CDC developed this guide to help health professional and others determine the breastfeeding interventions that will make the largest impact in your community.

Where to find: Download PDF at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention PDF document or email bfguide@cdc.gov for a copy

Cost: Free

- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Breastfeeding Web pages

The CDC hosts this Web site with pertinent breastfeeding information including information about breastfeeding and travel, breastfeeding and vaccination, and national breastfeeding data.

Where to find: Online at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Cost: Free

- Clinical Care Path for Breastfeeding, Lori Feldman-Winter, MD, 2003

This decision guide, developed by Dr Lori Feldman-Winter at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, will help physicians to evaluate breastfeeding in a systematic manner. 

Where to find: Download PDF at the State of New Jersey PDF document

Cost: Free

- Your Guide to Breastfeeding, Office on Women's Health, 2011

This popular pamphlet for mothers is available in many different versions and languages including a guide for African American women, American Indian and Alaska Native women, and versions in Spanish and Chinese.

Where to find: Online at Womenshealth.gov

Cost: Free

- LactMed Drugs and Lactation Database, National Libraries of Medicine, 2011

This online database, provided by the National Libraries of Medicine, is a quick reference for anyone looking for information on medications for the lactating mother. It is helpful for physicians in making decisions pertaining to medication use. 

Where to find: Online at Toxicology Data Network

Cost: Free

- Office on Women's Health Breastfeeding Web Pages and Resources

This Web site provides breastfeeding basics, common concerns, and trusted breastfeeding resources for mothers. 

Where to find: Online at Womenshealth.org

Cost: Free

- Ten Steps to Support Parents' Choice to Breastfeed Their Baby, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2014

This pamphlet, developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, helps physicians make their practice breastfeeding friendly. 

Where to find:  Download PDF at American Academy of Pediatrics PDF document
Cost: Free

 

- The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, Baby-Friendly USA, 2012

This Web site explains the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative's Ten Steps to creating a Baby Friendly hospital.

Where to find: Online at Baby Friendly USA

Cost: Free




POLICY STATEMENTS and GUIDELINES

- Breastfeeding and Child Care Position Paper, United States Breastfeeding Committee, 2002

A position paper describing the compatibility of breastfeeding and child care, and supports the use of human milk in these settings.

Where to find: Download PDF at the United States Breastfeeding Committee PDF document

Cost: Free

- Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk Policy Statement, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2012

A policy statement on breastfeeding from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Where to find: American Academy of Pediatrics

Cost: Free

- Breastfeeding Policy Statement, American Academy of Family Physicians, 2012

A short statement identifying the American Academy of Family Physicians' stance on breastfeeding.

Where to find: Online at American Academy of Family Physicians

Cost: Free

- Breastfeeding Position Paper, American Academy of Family Physicians, 2008

A paper explaining the American Academy of Family Physicians' stance on breastfeeding.

Where to find: Online at American Academy of Family Physicians

Cost: Free

- Clinical Protocol on Hypoglycemia, Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, 2006

A clinical protocol on hypoglycemia.

Where to find:  Download PDF at The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine PDF document

Cost: Free

- Clinical Protocols, Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, various publication dates

Breastfeeding protocols, developed by the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, that are useful when creating protocols for a hospital or practice.

Where to find: Online at The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine

Cost: Free

- Guidelines for Out-of-Home Child Care, Caring for our Children: National Resource Center for Health and Safety Performance Standards - Chapter 4.3, Requirements for Special Groups or Ages of Children and Standard 4.3.1.1 - Nutrition for Infants and the General Plan for Feeding Infants, 2011

Child care standards pertaining to the safe use of human milk in child care settings.

Where to find:  Online at the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care

Cost: Free

- HHS Blueprint For Action on Breastfeeding, US Department of Health and Human Services, 2000

Developed by HHS, this blueprint identifies a plan for the US to implement to increase its breastfeeding rates.

Where to find: Download PDF at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention PDF document

Cost: Free

- Management of Hyperbilirubinemia in the Newborn Infant 35 or More Weeks of Gestation Clinical Practice Guideline, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2004

A clinical guideline on the management of hyperbilirubinemia in the term infant from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Where to find: Online at the American Academy of Pediatrics

Cost: Free

- Preglandular, glandular and postglandular causes for insufficient milk production, printed in ABM News and Views, The Newsletter of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, 2003

This article explains the potential reasons for insufficient milk production, a common complaint of breastfeeding mothers.

Where to find: Contact the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine

Cost: Contact the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine for pricing

- Special Report from ACOG, Breastfeeding: Maternal and Infant Aspects, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 2007

A paper explaining the opinion of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists regarding breastfeeding.

Where to find: Online at American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists PDF Document

Cost: Free




TRAINING MATERIALS

- Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative Self-Appraisal Tool, Baby-Friendly USA, 2012

This is a tool that you can use to appraise the current practices of your hospital as they relate to the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.

Where to find: Download PDF at the Baby-Friendly USA Web site PDF document

Cost: Free

- Breastfeeding, A Guide to Getting Started video and companion booklet, The ABCs of Breastfeeding, Jane Morton, MD, 2008

This video helps mothers to prepare for and initiate breastfeeding. It also teaches health professionals how to counsel and care for breastfeeding mothers in an efficient manner.

Where to find: Order online at Breastmilk Solutions. Excerpts of this video can be found online for free download at Stanford School of Medicine

Cost: $65 (bulk rates available)

- Breastfeeding Management, Educational Tools for Physicians and Other Professionals, Jane Morton, MD, 2008

This compilation of Dr Morton's videos was developed specifically for training health professionals on how to care for breastfeeding mothers. In 15 minutes, Dr Morton demonstrates how to assess breastfeeding and ensure proper breastfeeding technique before families leave the hospital. 

Where to find: Order online at Breastmilk Solutions

Cost: Contact Videotransform Inc. for pricing

- Breastfeeding Support and Promotion Speaker's Kit, American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Breastfeeding, 2012

The Breastfeeding Support and Promotion Speaker's Kit was developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics' Section on Breastfeeding to be used as a tool for education on the topic of breastfeeding. With detailed speaker's notes, this presentation is easily presented by a wide range of professionals. We encourage its use to educate pediatricians, physicians, public health workers, nurses, hospital, clinic, or private practice staff, dentists, and anyone who has a role in breastfeeding support and promotion. Due to the size of this speaker's kit, users are asked to download the presentation in sections. Once you have downloaded the file, to see the speaker's notes you must either print out the notes pages or click on Edit, Edit Slides, in the bar at the top of your screen. Once you are within PowerPoint, ensure that you are looking at the Normal View by clicking on View, Normal, in the bar at the top of your screen. The speaker's notes will be displayed below the slide. All inquiries regarding the kit may be directed to lactation@aap.org.

  1. Section 1 — Introduction and Overview PowerPoint File (8.52 MB)
  2. Section 2 — The Benefits of Breastfeeding PowerPoint File (10.0 MB)
  3. Section 3 — The Process of Breastfeeding and Lactation PowerPoint File (8.54 MB)
  4. Section 4 — Management of Breastfeeding PowerPoint File (3.98 MB)
  5. Section 5 — Breastfeeding Advocacy PowerPoint File (4.76 MB)

This kit was made available by a grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Women's Health, Reference Number 03T030012. The information in this publication does not indicate an exclusive course of treatment or serve as a standard of medical care. Variations, taking into account individual circumstances, may be appropriate.

Copyright © 2003, Rev 2012 American Academy of Pediatrics. All rights reserved. No part of the publication may be reproduced, except for noncommercial purposes (such as for educational purposes), stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without prior written permission from the publisher. Produced in the United States of America. Any organization or individual intending to make commercial use of any of the copyrighted information must obtain separate permission from all copyright holders other than the American Academy of Pediatrics.

- Breastfeeding Teleconference Recordings, American Academy of Pediatrics Breastfeeding Promotion in Physicians' Office Practices Program, Phase III, 2006

In these pre-recorded teleconferences, the AAP members discuss breastfeeding basics and culturally appropriate breastfeeding care.

Where to find: Download PDF at the American Academy of Pediatrics

Cost: Free

- Cultural Competence Health Practitioner Assessment, National Center for Cultural Competency, 1999

This assessment will help health professionals to determine their competence in providing culturally effective care. It is not specifically related to breastfeeding, but can be helpful with all aspects of care including breastfeeding. This tool can be completed online by each resident.

Where to find: Online at Georgetown University

Cost: Free

- Delivery Self Attachment, Lennart Righard, MD

This video captures the amazing act of the newborn as he crawls from the mother's abdomen to the breast. It is a wonderful demonstration of initiating breastfeeding after birth and the power of the infant to find the breast. 

Where to find: Order online at Geddes Productions

Cost: VHS - $14.95, DVD - $22.95

- Lactation Management Self-Study Modules, Level I, Wellstart International, 2009

This notebook contains 3 self-study modules that teach residents and others the basic tools necessary for supporting breastfeeding, including prevention and basic management of common clinical problems affecting the mother and infant.

Where to Find: Download from Wellstart International PDF document

Cost: Free

- Making Enough Milk, The Key to Successful Breastfeeding Planning for Day One, Jane Morton, MD, 2008

In this video, Dr Morton explains the keys to making enough milk. She explains the value of hand expression and proper use of breast pumps and hand expression for mothers who are separated from their infants or in need of boosting their milk supply.

Where to find: Order online at Breastmilk Solutions. Excerpts of this video can be found online for free download at Stanford School of Medicine (Hand Expression of Breastmilk)

Cost: Contact Videotransform Inc. for pricing





PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL

- Breastfeeding: Baby's First Immunization Poster, American Academy of Pediatrics Childhood Immunization Support Program and Breastfeeding Promotion in Physicians' Office Practices Program, Phase III, 2007

This poster promotes the importance of breastfeeding as the first immunization and the need for breastfed babies to receive all of their recommended vaccinations.

Where to find: Download PDF at the American Academy of Pediatrics PDF document

Cost: Free

- Infant Feeding During a Disaster: Breastfeeding and Other Options, American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Breastfeeding, 2006

This fact sheet explains the need for breastfeeding as a part of disaster preparedness and how to help breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding mothers during a disaster.

Where to find: Download PDF at the American Academy of Pediatrics PDF document

Cost: Free



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