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.
Wellstart International has released it’s current evidenced-based Lactation Management Self-Study Modules (Level 1). 4th ed. Edited by Audrey J. Naylor & Ruth A. Wester (2014). This 151 page lactation training manual consists of 3 modules, a pre and post test to test knowledge gained, case studies for application of knowledge and a comprehensive annex full of useful resources such as an extensive list of lactation management and breastfeeding promotion websites, guidelines for topics like milk storage, guidelines for hand expression, Provisions of the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and infant feeding in emergency situations (and more). The information is certainly not limited that that merely mentioned, there is more. Best yet, this training module is FREE!
You can find the Spanish version here.
Not only is it a excellent training resource for lactation managers, but it can also be utilized as a study tool for those of us preparing for the IBCLC exam.
Wellstart International points out that:
“This educational tool is downloadable without charge. Visitors are invited but not required to help this tool to continue to be available by donating any amount they wish to Wellstart International, a US based 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization.”
This Self-Study Module can be used by physicians, nurses and other maternity care staff to satisfy a portion of the 20 hour Baby Friendly® Hospital by Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. (BFUSA) training. Please refer to the Important Notice for U.S. Users of Wellstart International’s Lactation Management Self-Study Modules, Level 1, Fourth Edition 2013 for further details.
Did I mention that the annex has little cheat sheets you can print off and take along with you on home or hospital visits? Very helpful! Here’s a quick peek, but download the actual module for higher quality formats.