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American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2012 “Policy on Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk (PDF)
The American Academy of Pediatrics position on breastfeeding: Infant feeding should not be considered as a lifestyle choice but rather as a basic health issue.
AAP Breastfeeding and Infant Assessment: Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk (PDF)
Breastfeeding assessments should be done during the first 3-5 days of life and 2-3 weeks to meet the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement “Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk”
Breastfeeding Support: Community Clinics and the Affordable Care Act Requirements (PDF)
Pregnant and postpartum women will have access to comprehensive lactation support from trained providers, as well as breastfeeding equipment per health insurance policies renewing on or after August 1, 2012
The MCAH Program compiles data to monitor progress towards achieving Healthy People 2020 objectives for breastfeeding initiation, duration and exclusivity, and hospital and worksite support for breastfeeding mothers and infants
Family Planning and use of Contraception during Breastfeeding; Some issues to discuss with patients in order to assist them in choosing the best family planning option can be found
Core Competencies in Breastfeeding Care (United States Breastfeeding Committee)
These core competencies in breastfeeding care and services were developed to provide health professionals with a guideline and framework to integrate evidence-based breastfeeding knowledge, skills, and attitudes into their standard health care delivery practices.
Education for Professionals: Information about becoming an IBCLC
Information from the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE), Lactation Course Accreditation, American Academy of Pediatrics, and Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
How can my community prepare for infant feeding in emergencies? Links to address mother/infant transportation and care, as well as infant and toddler nutrition
Fourth Edition of the Lactation Management Self-Study Modules, Level 1
Designed by Wellstart International for medical and nursing students and anyone who has not been exposed to this information previously. It is accepted by Baby-Friendly USA to meet the requirement of three hours of training for physicians as well as partially meeting the requirement of 20 hours of training for nurses.
Going Back to Work or School
Health care providers can be instrumental in helping provide anticipatory guidance and support so that women can make the best choice for their families
Guidance for Local Health Jurisdictions and Communities Addressing Infant Safe Sleep Environments (PDF)
Guidance for addressing the 2011 AAP recommendations, SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Expansion of Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment. Please refer to the 2011 AAP policy statement and technical report for additional details.
Medications while Breastfeeding
There are many issues to be considered when deciding whether and which medications to use with a breastfeeding mother, including the risk of NOT breastfeeding for both mother and baby
Mental Health Issues
Studies have shown that women are more likely to suffer mental health disorders in the early postpartum period. There are various resources that health care providers and families can use to try to protect the breastfeeding relationship and avoid premature weaning if at all possible
Model Policy: Payer Coverage of Breastfeeding Support and Counseling Services, Pumps and Supplies
Created by the United States Breastfeeding Committee and the National Breastfeeding Center to identify best practices for supporting coverage of services, pumps and supplies per the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The Oral Health Program helps to ensure the oral health needs of pregnant women, mothers, children and adolescents, especially within low-income families
Reimbursement Resources for Lactation Support Services
Informational resources on reimbursement, opportunities to bill for lactation services and cost effective use of lactation consultants
Strategies to Prevent Obesity and Other Chronic Diseases: The CDC Guide to Strategies to Support Breastfeeding Mothers and Babies (2013)
Provides state and local community members information to choose the breastfeeding intervention strategy that best meets their needs.
Vitamin D Information and Resources
DRI for Vitamin D, Supplementation fact sheet, deficiency in infants, children and Adolescents and vitamin D and Rickets in infants
Adolescent Family Life Program (AFLP) Teen Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines
Guidelines, handouts, and links to other resources to assist AFLP case managers in promoting optimal nutrition and physical activity practices of their clients.
Infant Feeding Section (PDF)
To assist motivating adolescent clients: The Infant Feeding chapter focuses on breastfeeding and provides related handouts.
Breastfeeding Model Hospital Policy Recommendations On-line Toolkit
Toolkit provides resources and web links to assist hospitals and health care providers in meeting the national and state public health breastfeeding goals. It includes both the full and summary of the Breastfeeding Model Hospital Policies.
California Diabetes and Pregnancy Program (CDAPP) Sweet Success Guidelines for Care
Patient management references for multidiscipline providers serving women with diabetes before, during and after pregnancy. Includes nutrition, breastfeeding and physical activity guidelines.
Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards - Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs (3rd ed.)
A comprehensive set of health and safety standards for early child care and education settings.
Comprehensive Perinatal Services Steps to Take Program Guidelines For Enhanced Health Education, Nutrition and Psychosocial Services ((PDF, 18.93MB)
Created for Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP) staff members, this document supplements and enhances existing CPSP protocols on a broad range of topics common to pregnancy. There are guidelines on nutrition, physical activity, maternal diabetes, and breastfeeding. Infant feeding Chapter (pages 347 to 404).
Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Breastfeeding Steps to Take Handouts
These handouts provide nutrition information and tips for pregnant women from conception through 60 days postpartum in both English and Spanish.
Normal Infant Feeding Guide (0-12 months) (PDF)
A CDPH food guide for normal infant feeding (0-12 months) with a focus on breastfeeding. Provides an overview of infant feeding. Includes nutrient recommendations and barriers and benefits to breastfeeding.