Breastfeeding Educational Resources

Breastfeeding Educational Resources  

Text Books

  • Breastfeeding Handbook for Physicians 
    This handbook, authored by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, provides physicians in all specialties with a concise reference on breastfeeding and human lactation.​
  • Breastfeeding: A Guide for the Medical Profession 
    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.

Online Courses

Live Conferences 

Breastfeeding Relevant Journals

  • Breastfeeding Medicine
    The official journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, published by Mary Ann Liebert Publishers Inc., includes articles specific to breastfeeding medicine.
  • Journal of Human Lactation
    This journal reports on every aspect of human lactation from breastfeeding to the use of donor milk.
  • Pediatrics, AAP Journal
    The journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Breastfeeding related articles are often included.

Additional Breastfeeding Courses & Materials

Section on Breastfeeding List of Educational Courses and Materials 
This grid contains a list of breastfeeding courses and materials available to health professionals.

1. AAP PediaLink CME Course: Breastfeeding Matter's ‐ The Pediatrician's Role
This course will help pediatric health care providers identify barriers to breastfeeding, show how to assess breastfed infants during early follow‐up visits, and how to implement protocols for breastfeeding care/services.
Course expires 11/30/2018

The AAP designates this Enduring Material for a maximum of 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™    
Cost:  AAP Members: $48/Non‐Members: $58 

2. Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Massachusetts AAP Expanding Clinicians' Roles in Breastfeeding Support: Continuing Medical   Education (CME) Online Tutorial (CME#1) 1.5 CME 

  • Section 1: Current AAP Guidelines on Breastfeeding 
  • Section 2: Breastfeeding Background 
  • Section 3: Role of Broader Factors in Infant Feeding Decisions and Practices 
  • Section 4: Breastfeeding Management and Troubleshooting 
  • Section 5: Successful Breastfeeding Requires Support 
  • Section 6: Integrative Case Studies 
  • Section7: Resources and Posttest ​

Expanding Clinicians' Roles in Breastfeeding Support: Focus on Maternal &   Infant Care Prenatally and During the Hospital Stay: Continuing Medical Education (CME) Online Tutorial (CME#2)  1.5 CME
  • Section 1: Prenatal Activities
  • Section 2: Maternity Care Practices 
  • Section 3: Maternity Care Challenges 
  • Section 4: Special Topics 
  • Section 5: Integrative Case Studies 
  • Section 6: Resources and Posttest
Authors/affiliations: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the American Association of Pediatrics‐Massachusetts Chapter Breastfeeding Committee collaborated with Hallmark Health System and Northeastern University.  CME is provided by Massachusetts Medical Society 

    • ​​Prenatal Care 
    • Hospital Care Part 1 
    • Hospital Care Part 2 
    • Early Postpartum/Postnatal Care

​1 hr CM​​E/module
Authors/af​​filiations:  School of Public Health, University at Albany, State University of New York
Cost: free

4a ​Breastfeeding Training Course
Current Trends in Infant Feeding 2.5 hrs
CME Prenatal Nutrition and Breastfeeding Education 3 hrs CME
Labor, Delivery, and Immediate Postpartum Care 5.75 hrs CME
Preterm and Late Preterm Infants 2.25 hrs C​ME
Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative 5 hrs CME
Feeding the Older Infant and Young Child 1.5 hrs CME
Total 20 hrs CME
Cost $99, volume discounts available 

4b Breastfeeding Friendly Performance Improvement  ​

This activity has been approved by the American Board of Pediatrics for 10 Part 2 and 25 Part 4 Maintenance of Certification points and by the University of Virginia Office of Continuing Medical Educ​ation for a maximum of 20 PI‐CME AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. This activity has been approved by the American Board of Family Medicine for Maintenance of Certification for Family Physicians Part IV credit
Cost $275 (no cost to Virginia residents)
Authors and affiliations:  University of Virginia Health System, Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics 

5. Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has posted a series of sic 1‐hour pre‐ taped webinars on breastfeeding topics. Additionally, there are modules​ for maternity nursing staff in hospitals preparing to go Baby‐Friendly at the same link.

CME Available
Cost: Free 

​​​​6. Breastfeeding Residency Curriculum​ 
Designed for residents in Pediatrics, Family Medicine and Obstetrics/Gynecology

Medical Knowledge
Patient Care
Systems Based Practice
Practiced Based Learning
Interpersonal Communication Skills 

No CME  
Cost: free
Authors/affiliations:  Section on Breastfeeding, AAP 

7. Wellstart International
Lactation Management Modules Level 1
Breastfeeding: A Basic Health Promotion Strategy in Primary Care
Basics of Breastfeeding: Getting Started
Common Breastfeeding Problems
No CME but institutions may give their own, recommended 3 hours.  A certificate of completion can be printed.
Cost: free
Authors/affiliations:  Audrey Naylor MD, DPH and Ruth Wester RN, PNP, Wellstart International  

8. Breastfeeding Essentials for Doctors
Provider information and assess breastfeeding women
Manage the breastfeeding dyad
Manage abnormal situations for the breastfeeding dyad
CME ‐ 4 hrs
Cost:  $65‐$100/participant depending on the number of participants
Authors/affiliations:  Wendy Brodribb, MBBS, IBCLC, PhD, and Denise Fisher, AM, MMP, BN, IBCLC and Step 2 Education 

9. The Health Care Providers Guide to Breastfeeding​
Protecting, Promoting and Supporting Breastfeeding
Prenatal Lactation Support
Hospital Lactation Support
Lactation Fundamentals
Postpartum Growth Monitoring
Management Issues
Infant Medical Conditions
Contraindications and Medications
Lifestyle and Nutrition
Breastfeeding Statistics and Data
Breastfeeding Resources
Lactation Diagnosis Codes 

On‐line booklet, PDF to be printed, No CME, on‐site course can be arranged in Texas only
Cost:  on‐line free
Authors/affiliations:  Nutrition Services, Texas State Department of Health and Texas WIC 

10. What Every Physician Needs to Know about Breastfeeding ​
4 ‐ 5 hour course at Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine annual meeting in fall,
May also be available at other sites around the country
CME: yes
Cost:  $120‐150 Authors/affiliations:  Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine for location and date 

11. AAP National Conference & Exhibition (NCE) courses on Breastfeeding

  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Breastfeeding Basic Clinical Support Skills 
  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Breastfeeding Advanced Clinical Care 

On‐site, AAP National Conference (annually)
CME – yes, amount depends on length of session
Cost – included in AAP NCE registration fee 

12. AAP Section on Breastfeeding Archived Webinars  
Topics Include:

  • Maintaining Breastfeeding Beyond the First Week
    Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 
  • Contraception During Breastfeeding
    Date: Thursday, August 27, 2015 
  • I Never Heard of LactMed! Enhancing Obstetric and Pediatric Usage
    Date: Monday, September 22, 2014 
  • Breastfeeding Support: Identifying Risks, Developing Solutions, and Primary Prevention through Obstetric & Pediatric Collaboration
    Date: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 
  • Peers, Professionals, and Pediatricians Working Together to Support Breastfeeding
    Date: Friday, August 9, 2013 
  • New Joint Commission Perinatal Care Core Measure on Exclusive Breast Milk Feeding
    Date: Thursday, September 19, 2013 
  • Breastfeeding Assessment During the 48‐72 Hour Visit
    Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 

Duration: 1 hour each
Cost: Free
Authors/affiliations:  Section on Breastfeeding, AAP; American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Family Voices; United States Breastfeeding Committee; Joan Meek, MD, FAAP; Michelle Brenner, MD, FAAP; Lori Feldman‐Winter, MD, FAAP, Ann Kellams, MD, FAAP; Jennifer Thomas, MD, FAAP; Kinga Szucs, MD, FAAP; Eyla Boies, MD, FAAP; Natasha Sriraman, MD, FAAP; Todd Wolynn, MD, FAAP; Susan Crowe, MD; Pamela Berens, MD, FACOG; Lauren Hanley, MD, FACOG; Philip Anderson, PharmD; Melissa Clark Vickers, MEd, IBCLC; & Amelia Psmythe.​​​​​​​

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