As a lactation specialist who does lots of hospital consultations abroad, I’ve found the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine’s (ABM) Clinical Protocols to be extremely helpful – particularly in instances where physicians and/or other healthcare professionals are giving recommendations or advice that will create impediments or “booby traps” for breastfeeding. Having evidence-based research at your fingertips not only assists the breastfeeding families seeking your help and expertise but can perhaps educate a few healthcare professionals along the way as well.
The clinical protocols are offered in several different languages (English, German, Spanish, Korean and Japanese) and cover a whole range of breastfeeding-related topics including supplementation, jaundice, milk storage, galactogogues, mastitis, engorgement, use of anti-depressants, model hospital policy, hypoglycemia, etc.). You can find all of the clinical protocols here.
Lactation Education Resources (LER) has a wide variety of handouts available.
Best yet, they are free and available for your use!
You can download handouts for lactation professionals here. These cover topics like:
All Purpose Nipple Ointment
Breast Massage & Compression
Estimating Milk Supply
Sample Job Description
You can download handouts for parents here. These cover a wide range of categories:
There are also several handouts available in Spanish and Chinese
Do you have breastfeeding mothers asking you how to they should approach their employer about pumping and even wondering if they can continue to breastfeed once they go back to work?
Do you have employers contacting you, asking how they can how they can better support their breastfeeding employees, how to assess their current lactation program or even wondering what lactation policies to put into place?
Whatever the case, check out the Business Case for Breastfeeding, a free lactation support toolkit put out by the U.S Health and Human Services. It gives not only provides awesome, helpful tools (in the form of handouts and brochures) for families to make the case for breastfeeding to their employer, but it gives resources for employers as well. All are free to to download, print and distribute.
This lactation support toolkit also has a section of resources specifically geared towards lactation and health professionals in order to support outreach with businesses – including marketing guides and presentations.
Here’s a free handout on “Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergency Situations” from Wellstart International. Definitely worth downloading, reading and keeping for a “what if” situation. It covers misconceptions about breastfeeding during emergencies, special assistance that nursing mothers DO need, the fact that human milk substitutes are not always necessary, optimal feeding practices and a triage diagram detailing steps to take for infants under 6 months of age. This is very relevant and timely information – particularly for those of us in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and other countries in experiencing emergency situations.