Evidence-based practice and continued breastfeeding education ensures that healthcare providers can best meet the needs of mothers and babies while protecting breastfeeding. The following resources are made available for you to reference and share with other healthcare providers.

General Breastfeeding Information for Providers
Best Practices for Healthcare Providers
Supporting Breastfeeding in Your Medical Practice
Protecting Breastfeeding When Supplementation is Indicated
Jaundice and Breastfeeding
Increasing Milk Supply
Medication Use (Maternal) and Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding After Surgery (Maternal)
Medication/Procedures (Infant) and Breastfeeding
Tongue Tie/Lip Tie and Breastfeeding
Allergies in the Breastfed Infant
Lactose Intolerance in the Breastfed Baby
Breastfeeding and Dental Health

 

General Breastfeeding Information for Providers

AAP Policy Statement: Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk, Published February 2012

AAP Breastfeeding Initiatives Health Professionals Resource Guide: Includes links to policies, resources for hospitals and offices, education resources for providers, current research, organizations and journals, and resources for breastfeeding families.

BFMed Podcasts: Sponsored by the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, these short podcasts are geared toward physicians and cover a variety of topics related to breastfeeding and breastfeeding-related challenges.

 

Best Practices for Healthcare Providers

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Physician Education Statement

Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding (as outlined by Unicef/WHO and part of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative)

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Protocol #7: Model Hospital Policy

 

Supporting Breastfeeding in Your Medical Practice

9 Step Guide to Breastfeeding Friendly: Guidelines for Community Health Centers and Outpatient Care Settings (CA Department of Public Health, CA Breastfeeding Coalition, CA WIC Association)

How to Have a Breastfeeding Friendly Practice (AAP)

Breastfeeding and Lactation: The Pediatrician’s Guide to Coding (AAP)

Insurance: The Affordable Care Act and Breastfeeding Support

 

Protecting Breastfeeding When Supplementation is Indicated

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Clinical Protocol #3: Hospital Guidelines for the Use of Supplementary Feeds in the Healthy Term Breastfed Neonate

 

Jaundice and Breastfeeding

AAP: Management of Hyperbilirubinemia in the Newborn Infant 35 or More Weeks of Gestation

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Clinical Protocol #22: Guidelines for Management of Jaundice in the Breastfeeding Infant Equal to or Greater Than 35 Weeks’ Gestation

 

Increasing Milk Supply

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Protocol #9: Use of Galactagogues in Initiating or Augmenting the Rate of Maternal Milk Secretion

 

Medication Use (Maternal) and Breastfeeding

LactMed Drugs and Lactation Database: A peer-reviewed and fully referenced database of drugs to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. Among the data included are maternal and infant levels of drugs, possible effects on breastfed infants and on lactation, and alternate drugs to consider.

AAP Policy: The Transfer of Drugs and Other Chemicals Into Human Milk: Includes list of “Maternal Medication Usually Compatible With Breastfeeding”.

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine: Use of Antidepressants in Nursing Mothers

 

Breastfeeding After Surgery (Maternal)

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine: Analgesia and Anesthesia for the Breastfeeding Mother

 

Medication/Procedures (Infant) and Breastfeeding

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Protocol #25: Recommendations for Preprocedural Fasting for the Breastfed Infant: “NPO” Guidelines

 

Tongue and Lip Tie and Breastfeeding

AAP: Ankyloglossia: Assessment, Incidence, and Effect of Frenuloplasty on the Breastfeeding Dyad

AAP: Efficacy of Neonatal Release of Ankyloglossia: A Randomized Trial

AAP: Frenulotomy for Breastfeeding Infants With Ankyloglossia: Effect on Milk Removal and Sucking Mechanism as Imaged by Ultrasound

AAP Bulletin, Section on Breastfeeding: Congenital Tongue-Tie and its Impact on Breastfeeding
By Elizabeth Coryllos, MD, MSs, FAAP, FACS, FRCSc, IBCLC, Catherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC, Alexander C. Salloum, MD, MA

The Basics of Tongue and Lip Tie: Related Issues, Assessment and Treatment
By Melissa Cole, IBCLC, RLC and Bobby Ghaheri, MD

Infant Reflux and Aerophagia Associated with the Maxillary Lip-Tie and Ankyloglossia (Tongue-Tie)
By Lawrence Kotlow, DDS

 

Allergies in the Breastfed Infant

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Protocol #24: Allergic Protocolitis in the Exclusively Breastfed Infant

 

Lactose Intolerance in the Breastfed Baby

Lactose Intolerance in the Breastfed Baby, By Joy Anderson BSc(Nutrition), PostgradDipDiet, APD, IBCLC, ABA Breastfeeding Counselor

 

Breastfeeding and Dental Health

American Dental Association: No Association Between Breastfeeding and Early Childhoold Caries

Study: Human Breast Milk is Not Cariogenic

Breastfeeding and Dental Health
, Janna L. Cataldo, MD