Resources for Healthcare Providers

Breastfeeding-friendly healthcare practices support families to meet their unique breastfeeding/chestfeeding/human milk feeding goals. In fact, studies show that this support is vital to the success of breastfeeding and human milk feeding. Comprehensive breastfeeding support in prenatal, birth, and postnatal care results in improved breastfeeding success.  

Here are some resources to help you in your healthcare practice. Did you find the following resources helpful?  What other resource might be helpful?  We would love your input. Please email orangenc@breastfeedingcommunities.org with any questions or suggestions for additional resources.

Resources from Your Professional Academy or College

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

The Breastfeeding-Friendly Pediatric Office Practice

Breastfeeding Practice Tools for Health Professionals

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)

Breastfeeding, Family Physicians Supporting (Position Paper)

American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG)

Optimizing Support for Breastfeeding as Part of Obstetric Practice


Resources from Other Healthcare and Breastfeeding Organizations

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM)

ABM Clinical Protocol #14: Breastfeeding-Friendly Physician’s Office: Optimizing Care for Infants and Children, Revised 2013

Additional ABM PROTOCOLS

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 

Physician Education and Training to Support Breastfeeding, Reviewed March 11, 2021


Training Resources

Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI)

  • CGBI Breastfeeding University offers four 20-30 minute Healthcare modules that provide evidence-based, up-to-date information from an interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, lactation consultants, and public health professionals, The four interactive modules will help to establish a working knowledge of how to support families to meet their breastfeeding goals. 
  • View the Healthcare Module Descriptors: Healthcare Settings

Lactation Education Resources (LER)

LER offers courses for physicians and healthcare professionals that provide CME credits and breastfeeding support.

La Leche League (LLL) 

LLL Webinar Library includes a number of relevant topics, including the following recommended webinars:

  • Covid-19 Pandemic – The Challenges For Breastfeeding Families 
  • Breastfeeding In The Context Of HIV
  • Impact Of Birth Practices On The Breastfeeding Mother-baby Dyad
  • What We Can Learn From Fed Is Best
  • Tongue-tie, Lip-tie, Tethered Oral Tissues (Tots) And Infant Feeding
  • Using Cultural Awareness And Cultural Humility In Breastfeeding Conversations 
  • Torticollis And Jaw Asymmetry: Strategies For Assisting And Counseling The Breastfeeding Dyad
  • When Breast Isn’t Best: Challenges And Opportunities For Sexual Abuse Survivors In Breastfeeding
  • Divorce + Breastfeeding: Legal And Practical Considerations
  • Drogas, Y Lactancia Materna
  • Decoding The Codes: International Code Of Marketing, Code Of Ethics And Conflict Of Interest
  • What’s New In Postpartum Depression

Michigan Breastfeeding Network (MIBFN)

MIBFN presents FREE Great Lakes Breastfeeding Webinars, including the following recommended webinars:

  • Serving Indigenous Families in Lactation
  • Queer Like Radical: Affirming Abundance with Newborn/Infant Feeding
  • Equitable Milk Sharing: The Risks and Burdens of Food Insecurity
  • A Look Inside the NICU: How to Best Support Families
  • Innovative Community Solutions to Support Breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding in Color: Representation Matters
  • Ethical Lactation Support: Motivational Interviewing
  • Remembering the Role of Social Support in Fostering Breastfeeding
  • Motivating and Equipping Fathers with Tools for Success
  • Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence through Postpartum Care
  • Breastfeeding and Safe Sleep
  • Pushing Through: Community Breastfeeding Support in a Pandemic
  • Black Breastfeeding: Trauma and Resilience