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Breastfeeding Resources for CHDP

The CHDP Statewide Nutrition Subcommittee developed this resource guide to help CHDP Providers and their staff promote, assist and support mothers and babies with breastfeeding. Publication dates for document downloads are listed in parentheses. Check individual websites or pages for copyright date or date of most recent update or professional review of content. English translations of Spanish titles are shown in italics. Resources are available on the following topics:

Clinical Guidelines

Parent Education

Professional Education

Professional Phone Apps

Pump Resources

California Resources

National Resources

Ventura County Resources and Support

Clinical Guidelines and Recommendations


Parent Education

English

Spanish

Chinese

Multiple Languages

Cultural Groups

Phone Apps for Mothers

  • latchME
    Price: Free for Android, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch
    Description: Connect with professionals and experienced mothers, view videos, get feeding tips, find nearby places to breastfeed your baby and share breastfeeding friendly restaurants.
    Pros:  Tips and videos on a variety of topics, support community.
    Cons:  Reports of technical issues with app.
  • Text 4 Baby
    Price: Free for Android, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch
    Description: Text messaging app by the National Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition to help families access information about healthy parenting, including prenatal care, safe sleep, immunizations, infant feeding, nutrition, oral health, safety, car seat safety, labor and delivery, and other issues.

Professional Education

  • AAP Breastfeeding Residency Curriculum
    Description: Strategies and tools to help residency programs incorporate breastfeeding education into existing curricula based on the ACGME Core Competencies. Topic areas include medical knowledge, patient care, systems based practice, practice based learning, and interpersonal communication skills.
    Continuing education credits: None.
  • BreastfeedingConferences.com
    Description: Database of CERP-approved national and international breastfeeding education opportunities for health care professionals.
    Continuing education credits: CME, IBCLC pre-exam education hours, IBCLC CERP, RDN CPEU, RN Contact Hours and other professional credits depending on the course.
  • Breastfeeding Friendly Consortium Breastfeeding Training Course & MOC Knowledge Self Assessment Course
    Description: Self-paced, stand-alone, online courses cover topics ranging from Current Trends in Infant Feeding to Prenatal Nutrition and Breastfeeding Education to Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative training.
    Continuing education credits: AAFP Prescribed Credit, AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, IBCLC CERP, RDN CPEU, RN Contact Hours or Certificate of Participation.
  • Evergreen Perinatal Education
    Description: Comprehensive programs focusing on infant feeding practices including lactation courses, workshops and lectures as well as web-based lactation education. Live half-day to five-day workshops can be customized for hospitals (with an emphasis on Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative practices), private and public clinics, and community maternity and pediatric services. Offers challenging case studies to prepare for advanced practice.
    Continuing education credits: IBCLC pre-exam education hours, IBCLC CERP, RDN CPEU and RN Contact Hours depending on the course.
  • Health e-learning Online Education
    Description: Online courses for professional development for lactation consultants and health professionals, and exam preparation courses for IBLCE exam candidates. The 10 course BreastEd series is approved by the Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee (LEAARC).
    Continuing education credits: IBLCE pre-exam education hours, IBCLC CERP and Contact Hours depending on the course.
  • Healthy Children's Center for Breastfeeding
    Description: Five-day courses, certificate courses, workshops, seminars, self-study modules, and national and international conferences including Lactation Counselor Training Course (CLC), Advanced Nurse Lactation Consultant (ANLC), and Advanced Lactation Consultant (ALC) Certification. The advanced programs can be used for CLC renewal.
    Continuing education credits: CLC Contact Hours, college credit (Union Institute & University), IBCLC pre-exam education hours, IBCLC CERP, RDN CPEU and RN Contact Hours depending on the course.
  • International Breastfeeding Centre > Breastfeeding Training
    Description: Tongue & lip-tie release training, lactation medicine program and e-learning courses, authored by Dr. Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC, IBCLC, provide clinical guidance for common breastfeeding problems.
    Continuing education credits: IBCLC CERPs and Contact Hours.
  • International Lactation Consultant Association
    Description: Annual conference sessions, live webinars, recorded webinars, and Journal of Human Lactation study modules. All ILCA educational programs comply with the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes.
    Continuing education credits: IBCLC CERP, RDN CPEU and RN Contact Hours for webinars. CME, RDN CPEU and RN Contact Hours for the annual conference.
  • Lactation Education Resources
    Description: Online courses for Baby-Friendly Hospital Training, the Lactation Consultant Training, IBLCE certification exam preparation, NICU breastfeeding training, and lactation management for health care professionals. On-site courses can be customized. All programs comply with the WHO Code on Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes. Clinical internship program in Maryland, Virginia or Washington, DC.
    Continuing education credits: CME, IBLCE pre-exam education hours, IBCLC CERP, RDN CPEU and RN Contact Hours depending on the course.
  • Step2 Education
    Description: Courses for health professionals and ancillary staff to meet the needs of hospitals and health organizations working toward the 10 Steps to Becoming Baby Friendly or to maintaining Baby Friendly status.
    Continuing education credits: CME, IBCLC CERP and RN Contact Hours depending on the course.
  • UC San Diego Extension Lactation Consultant Certificate
    Description: Certificate course to prepare for practice as an IBCLC, utilization of research based clinical information and techniques to promote breastfeeding, triage and formulation of care plans for difficult breastfeeding situations, and IBCLC exam preparation.
    Continuing education credits: 12 CE units in Reproductive Medicine; 120 RN Contact Hours; 120 RDN CPEU.
  • United States Breastfeeding Committee Learning Communities
    Description: Online learning communities on breastfeeding-related topic areas from the Surgeon General's Call to Action. Site users may explore all the Learning Communities, and join those of interest to share information and resources as well as find opportunities for collaborative action.
    Continuing education credits: CEUs are not awarded.
  • Wellstart International
    Description: Free, evidenced-based Lactation Management Self-Study Modules for physicians, nurses and other maternity care staff in English and Spanish.
    Continuing education credits: May be used satisfy a portion of the 20-hour Baby Friendly® Hospital by Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. (BFUSA) training. CEUs not awarded for completion of the modules.

Professional Phone Apps

  • Breastfeeding Management 2 (Android) or Breastfeeding Management 2 (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch)
    Price: $1.99 for Android, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch
    Description: The app provides information for health care providers on how to manage common breastfeeding concerns, organized by birth to 48 hours and 48 hours to 2 weeks
    Pros: Good basic information, easy to use calculator for determining weight loss and metric conversions
    Cons: Only used until infant is 2 weeks old, lacks clinical depth
  • Healthcare Provider's Guide to Breastfeeding
    Price: Free for Android, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch
    Description: The application includes guidance on lactation assessment, drug interactions and treatment of common maternal and infant conditions, and numerous breastfeeding resources.
    Pros: Easy to find topics
    Cons: Produced by Texas Ten Step Program so many of the resources apply only to residents of Texas.
  • LactMed
    Price: Free for Android, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch
    Description: This app is part of the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) Toxicology Data Network (TOXNET®). The database includes prescription and non-prescription drugs and dietary supplements that may affect breastfeeding.
    Pros: Wide range of prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, and supplements listed
    Cons: Does not give Dr. Hale's risk scale (L1 – L5)

Pump Resources

Insurance Benefits

Medi-Cal Benefits

  • Check with your local Medi-Cal Managed Care Plan for coverage and local distributors of breast pumps and supplies

Parent Education Resources

Pump Manufacturers

Supplemental Lactation Aids

Use only under supervision of a lactation professional trained in the use of these devices

WIC Benefits

Check with your local WIC Program for coverage of breast pumps and supplies for participants who do not have other health care coverage – see Ventura County Breastfeeding Resources and Support below for more information


California Resources


National Resources


Ventura County Resources and Support


Although health professionals reviewed and selected the websites listed above, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and the Ventura County Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) Program are not responsible for content reached by external links. Links to external resources are provided for informational purposes and do not constitute endorsement by DHCS or CHDP of the site sponsors or the information presented. Information obtained on the internet is not a substitute for the medical care and advice of your physician. There may be variations in treatment that your physician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.