Section 7: Resources Available to Assist Mothers Seeking Breastfeeding and Lactation Information
The following are resources for pediatricians related to breastfeeding.
- CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO)
- Gerald G. Briggs’ Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation
- Briggs GG, Freeman RK, Yaffe SJ, eds. Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation. 9th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins; 2011
- American Academy of Pediatrics: Transfer of Drugs and Other Chemicals Into Human Milk
- Thomas Hale’s Medications and Mother’s Milk. Thomas Wright Hale. Hale Pub. (2019) – Book – 928 pages – ISBN 13 9780826135582 or can be found online here.
- LactMed App
- Micromedex NeoFax Essentials App
- Breastfeeding Handbook for Physicians by AAP and ACOG
- Ruth and Robert Lawrence, Breastfeeding, A Guide for the Medical Profession, Elsevier, Mosby
The following are resources for breastfeeding mothers:
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Women's Health (DHHS)
- La Leche League
- The Office of Women’s Health’s National Breastfeeding Hotline: 1-800-994-9662
- The American Academy of Pediatrics New Mother's Guide to Breastfeeding
- The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program has resources for breastfeeding mothers.
- USDA WIC Breastfeeding Support: USDA Breastfeeding Support Campaign
- Academy of Pediatrics: healthychildren.org
Since a major goal of the WIC Program is to improve the nutritional status of infants, WIC mothers are encouraged to breastfeed their infants. WIC has historically promoted breastfeeding to all pregnant women as the optimal infant feeding choice, unless medically contraindicated.
- WIC mothers choosing to breastfeed are provided information through counseling and breastfeeding educational materials.
- Breastfeeding mothers receive follow-up support through peer counselors.
- Breastfeeding mothers are eligible to participate in WIC longer than non-breastfeeding mothers.
- Mothers who exclusively breastfeed their infants receive an enhanced food package.
- Breastfeeding mothers can receive breast pumps to help support the initiation and continuation of breastfeeding.