“Tips from the Trenches” by Dr. Becky Saenz (free handouts)

“Tips from the Trenches”

by Dr. Becky Saenz, MD, FABM, IBCLC


Through the Emerald Coast Alliance for Breastfeeding Support, Dr. Becky Saenz, MD, FABM, IBCLC has developed “Tips from the Trenches.” First off, this is an awesomely amazing name. Love it! Even better, she’s offering her “tips” for free! Yup, you read that right, for free. Each tip is in the form of a handout and covers topics from getting started with breastfeeding and working from preemies, to increasing your milk supply, dealing with sore nipples, mastitis, jaundice, plugged ducts, thrush, oversupply and vasospams, going back to work, dairy intolerance, traveling with a breastfed baby and extended breastfeeding. She also addresses postpartum depression, tongue-tie and breastfeeding after a c-section in addition to other topics not mentioned here. Pretty much anything a parent needs to know about breastfeeding, well Dr. Becky Saenz has it covered. You can download them individually here. These handouts are a MUST HAVE for all lactation specialists and those aspiring to be. Best yet, they are written in accessible language and they are FREE!

Approval has been given to reproduce these handouts as long as they are for educational purposes only. If you’d like to receive more “Tips from the Trenches,” don’t hesitate to contact Becky at: drbecky@msbfmedclinic.com. Don’t forget to “like” Emerald Coast Alliance Breastfeeding Support Facebook page. Thank you Dr. Becky Saenz for creating these handouts and allowing free access – this allows us to disseminate knowledge and to help breastfeeding families all over the world.


Free Handouts: Depression, Breastfeeding & Related Topics in New Mothers (+ more!)

UppityScienceChick: Evidence-Based With Attitude is one of my new favorite sites that I’m incredibly excited to share with all of you. It’s run by the esteemed Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., IBCLC, FAPA and she provides a plethora of resources on breastfeeding, mothering, women’s health, postpartum depression and chronic diseases. Originally when I planned this post, I was writing it solely to share the FREE handouts on depression in new mothers but then as I explored her site more deeply, I become enthralled.

I had no idea that she was the author of one of my favorite breastfeeding books for new moms (easy and simple to read, to the point), titled, Breastfeeding Made Simple: 7 Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers

See here for FREE handouts on “Treatment for Depression” (topics included are in yellow box below)

treatments for depressionSee here for FREE handouts on “Depression, Breastfeeding and Related Topics” (topics included in the orange box below)

related topics

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett has also written (or collaborated on) over 17 articles on the Stress-Lowering Effects of Breastfeeding, which you can find here.

On her Postpartum Depression Home Page, there are 2 articles available for access:

Kendall-Tackett, K. A. (2007). A new paradigm for depression in new mothers: The central role of inflammation and how breastfeeding and anti-inflammatory treatments protect maternal mental health. International Breastfeeding Journal, 2:6

New Hampshire Breastfeeding Task Force. A breastfeeding-friendly approach to depression in new mothers: A Curriculum and Resource Guide for Health Care Providers. 2009 Edition.

And there’s more! She’s also published 2 more books:

All of these articles are open access. You are welcome to use, post or share any or all of them. If you would like reprint them, please contact Kathleen Kendall-Tackett  for the actual Word files. 

Free Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) Clinical Protocols (Handouts)

abm_logoAs 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.

Free Breastfeeding Handouts for Lactation Professionals & Parents

LERLactation 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
Teaching Breastfeeding

You can download handouts for parents here. These cover a wide range of categories:

Infant Care

There are also several handouts available in Spanish and Chinese



Free Handout: “Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergency Situations”

wellstart logoHere’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.