Resources for Health Professionals

Resources for Health Professionals

Resources for Your Practice

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

  • BiliTool
    BiliTool is designed to help clinicians assess the risks for the development of hyperbilirubinemia or "jaundice" in newborns.

  • Breastfeeding and Lactation: The Pediatrician's Guide to Coding 
    Coding fact sheets to help you get paid for your breastfeeding and lactation support.

  • Clinical Protocols, Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine 
    Breastfeeding protocols, for the care of breastfeeding mothers and infants. 

  • How To Have A Breastfeeding Friendly Practice 
    As the breastfeeding rates in the US increase, there is now, more than ever, a need for health professionals who are able to care for and support breastfeeding families in their practice. This guideline provides you with suggestions on how to have a breastfeeding friendly practice.

  • National Library of Medicine Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed)
    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.

  • Safe and Healthy Beginnings Toolkit
    The AAP developed and tested this set of tools to help you to make sure that infants in your practice or hospital get off to the best start in life. The tools specifically relate to hyperbilirubinemia and jaundice prevention and treatment and breastfeeding support.

  • Sample Hospital Breastfeeding Policy for Newborns 
    Many hospitals have practices that are detrimental to breastfeeding including the routine use of formula supplementation and free samples, pacifier use, and the separation of mother and infant. The AAP Section on Breastfeeding and the Section on Perinatal Pediatrics have written a sample breastfeeding hospital policy that outlines the policies and procedures that hospitals should take to support breastfeeding.

  • Ten Steps to Support Parents' Choice to Breastfeed Their Infant 
    Information developed by the AAP Section on Breastfeeding to help physicians make their practice breastfeeding friendly and better support parents' choice to breastfeed their baby.

​Speaker's Kit

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

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.​

Current Research

Breastfeeding Organizations

Government Agencies 

  • World Health Organization 
    The WHO works within the United Nations to address the health needs of families all over the world. The WHO has many breastfeeding specific resources for health professionals.

Non-profit Organizations

  • Human Milk Banking Association of North America 
    Setting the standards for human milk banking in North America, including information about donated milk, how to donate, and milk bank locations.

  • International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® 
    IBLCE establishes the highest standards in lactation and breastfeeding care worldwide and certifies individuals who meet these standards as International Board Certified Lactation Consultants® (IBCLC®). IBCLCs provide a full range of breastfeeding care, particularly involving high acuity breastfeeding situations.
  • United States Breastfeeding Committee
    An independent nonprofit organization composed of national breastfeeding advocacy organizations that specialize in advocacy projects and coordinating the state breastfeeding coalitions.
  • Wellstart International
    Provides breastfeeding education to health professionals regarding the promotion, protection, and support of optimal infant and maternal health and nutrition from conception through the completion of weaning.

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