Wellstart International FREE Lactation Management Self-Study Module

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Table of Contents for Wellstart International Lactation Management Self-Study Module, 2014. Click to enlarge.

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.

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Free Podcast(s): “Born to be Breastfed” & 62 Others

born to BF marie biancuzzoMarie Biancuzzo, RN MS IBCLC has published 62 audio podcasts related to breastfeeding on iTunes. Yes! You read that right – 62! And guess what? They are all FREE! You can access them here. She passionately explains:

“Every new mother hears that breast is best. Many decide to breastfeed so their baby has the best. But soon after birth, the days are often fraught with sleep deprivation and conflicting messages from peers, family members, and health care professionals. Later, negative messages from the media and critical comments from family members and others may trigger mothers to question their decision. Feelings of inadequacy, intimidation and societal pressure to wean can cause mothers to give up breastfeeding before meeting their goals. The aim of this show is to empower parents to overcome the barriers that keep them from beginning or continuing to breastfeed. Through discussion of hospital practices, milk supply, medications, returning to work, milk storage options, and more, this show will provide an informed and supportive voice for new families and established families, so that they can take charge of their breastfeeding experience from conception through weaning.”

Thank you Marie Biancuzzo and Breastfeeding Outlook for providing all of us aspiring to help breastfeeding families around the world for the wealth of FREE resources you’ve provided.