Breastfeeding Resources for Healthcare Professionals

healthcare professional helping mother position for breastfeedingThis a collection of breastfeeding resources designed for healthcare professionals.  If you are not a healthcare professional, please use these resources only under the guidance of your own healthcare providers.

Breast Anatomy and Lactation Physiology

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Protocols

(additional ABM protocols can be found here)

UNC School of Medicine Center for Maternal and Infant Health

(additional UNC resources here)

Medication Safety

  • Texas TIPS provides information about exposures related to pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • InfantRisk Center for Healthcare Providers App (Android & iOS)
  • Medications & Mothers’ Milk Book or Online Database (subscription often available through your institution)
  • e-lactancia (has medications and herbs)
  • The above resources can be used in conjunction with the Medication in Lactation Algorithm in a shared decision-making process considering maternal and infant factors.


Stanford Medicine Breastfeeding Resources

(additional resources can be found here)

  • Preparing for Successful Breastfeeding (Video, 15min 25sec)
  • Maximizing Milk Production with Hands-On Pumping (Video, 9min 34sec)
  • Hand Expression of Breast Milk (Video, 7min 33sec)
  • Babies at Risk (Document, plus links at bottom of page for Sub-Groups at Risk for Lactation Failure)
    • C-section mothers
    • Mothers with multiples
    • Infants who have not latched-on or nursed effectively for 12 hours
    • Mothers of NICU or PSCN infants
    • Infants supplemented more than once in 24 hours
    • Infants < 38 weeks or less than 6 pounds
    • Infant with loss of 10% birth weight
    • Mothers with breast surgery
    • Mothers with a history of breastfeeding failure
    • Antepartum mothers at risk of preterm delivery

Global Health Media Breastfeeding Videos

(additional videos can also be found here)

Other Breastfeeding Resources for Healthcare Professionals