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American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Breastfeeding Toolkit 
Contains materials designed to help birth professionals and women's healthcare providers support new parents in meeting their infant feeding goals.  The toolkit contains provider and patient education on the benefits of breastfeeding, answers to common questions, tips for dialoguing with parents, and additional sources of breastfeeding support.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2012 “Policy on Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk (PDF)Opens a new browser window.
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.

Breastfeeding Support: Community Clinics and the Affordable Care Act Requirements (PDF)Opens a new browser window.
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

Breastfeeding Data
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

Emergency Preparedness
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

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).

MyPlate Resources
MyPlate Resources were developed to help individuals achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Tools and handouts encourage teens and pregnant and breastfeeding women to include a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and dairy on their plates every day and be physically active.

Oral Health
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)Opens a new browser window.
To assist motivating adolescent clients: The Infant Feeding chapter focuses on breastfeeding and provides related handouts.

California Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines for Adolescents Handouts
These handouts provide nutrition, physical activity, and infant feeding information and tips for pregnant and parenting teens.

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. 

Disaster Preparedness Resources for Childcare Programs from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
AAP has created a webpage with links to Caring for Our Children, 3rd Edition standards that relate to disaster preparedness in child care programs and a list of links to other resources and tools for disaster preparedness.

Comprehensive Perinatal Services Steps to Take Program Guidelines For Enhanced Health Education, Nutrition and Psychosocial Services (PDF, 18.93MB)  Opens a new browser window.
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.

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.

CPSP Provider Handbook
This Handbook was developed to provide a CPSP provider with the information and tools needed to implement the program at their site.

California Infant Feeding Guide
This guide is an update to Chapter 9: Lifecycle: Normal Infant Feeding (0-12 months), found in the California Food Guide, California Department of Public Health. 2008.

Last modified on: 12/8/2016 1:09 PM