The ICEA Lactation Advisory Committee recommended to the ICEA Board of Directors that a resource page for breastfeeding information be added to the ICEA website. The Board enthusiastically embraced this idea and the committee has assembled the resources listed below for use by all ICEA members, including certified childbirth educators, birth doulas, postpartum doulas, postnatal educators and prenatal fitness educators. The listings include the appropriate links to the primary information. The committee hopes you will find this information helpful in your practice.
Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee (LEAARC) – for accredited educational programs in Human Lactation and Breastfeeding (evaluates and lists quality lactation education programs)
WHO Infant and Young Child Feeding – Model Chapter for textbooks for medical students and allied health professionals
AAP Breastfeeding Residency Curriculum
Centers For Disease Control and Prevention – many resources and links
International Lactation Consultant Association – (ILCA) for information to support those in the lactation field.
International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners – (IBLCE) for information on how to become a International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
The World Health Organization – For information on the International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes.
United States Breastfeeding Committee – to find US local coalitions, Core Competencies in Breastfeeding for all Health Care Professionals, latest legislation and news and action alerts.
Federal Drug Administration – for info handout on choosing and using breast pumps and news alerts
USLCA’s Who’s Who in Lactation in the USA? – discusses the confusing credentials in the lactation world with a table comparing requirements
Resources for Breastfeeding Families
For questions regarding breastfeeding and diseases/conditions it is best to refer patients and care givers to the CDC for the most current information For information on diseases and conditions while breastfeeding:
Support Groups and information on basic breastfeeding:
LaLeche League- LLLI.org
Office of Women’s Health- womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/
Phone: 800-994-9662 Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., EST. (closed on federal holidays)
Information on medications and breastfeeding:
Infant Risk Center- InfantRisk.com 806-352-2519
Looking for Baby Friendly Hospitals:
For the 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding:
Information on Handling and storing breastmilk:
Human Milk Banking Association of North America
The Healthy Children Project
For more information on becoming a Certified Lactation Counselor
National Miracle Milk™ Stroll, from BfB
The Best for Babes Foundation will host the Second Annual Miracle Milk™ Stroll on May 2. The stroll is a campaign/event to raise funds, educate, and raise appreciation for the life-saving power of human milk. There are many ways to participate: register for a stroll, start a stroll near you, or donate.
Pocket Guide for Lactation Management
Simple Steps to Getting Breastfeeding off to a Good Start
Work with your care givers and birth place to ensure:
1. Immediate skin to skin care and remain skin to skin until the newborn attaches and breastfeeds
2. Keep your baby with you to learn your baby’s feeding cues
3. Feed with baby’s cues rather than a schedule
4. Do not limit nursing times
5. Continue skin to skin care in the first days of breastfeeding
Breastfeeding should not be painful, if breastfeeding hurts, ask for help
Avoid giving formula unless it is medically necessary
Make sure you receive the numbers of community breastfeeding resources before you leave the hospital