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Provider Resources

The following is a list of resources that may be useful to other healthcare professionals helping breastfeeding dyads. 

Physician Guide to Breastfeeding: A fantastic website with evidence based information on management of lactation concerns. Please check out their myth busters section, in particular the section on "do not massage a breast" & "mastitis". 

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Protocols: These protocols serve only as guidelines for the care of breastfeeding mothers and infants and do not delineate an exclusive course of treatment or serve as standards of medical care. Variations in treatment may be appropriate according to the needs of an individual patient.

Lactational Mastitis and Abscess Treatment Algorithm: A useful resource created by Dr. Katrina Mitchell, creator of the the Physician Guide to Breastfeeding site. 

Lymphatic Massage: Another useful handout created by Dr. Katrina Mitchell. Lymphatic massage is a valuable tool for management of engorgement in the first 1-2 weeks postpartum, along with other times edema in the breasts. 

Infant Risk: They provide up-to-date knowledge on the safety of various medications for all nursing mothers. They want to ensure each mother has a strong, healthy breastfeeding journey by connecting parents and providers with our cutting-edge resources. Their app, listed on this site, is a very useful tool to reference for medication safety. 

Lact Med: This website is a useful tool to utilize when reviewing evidence regarding medication safety in lactation.

E-Lactancia: Another useful website for evidence of safety regarding medication use in lactation. 


Mother to Baby: Fact Sheets on medications during pregnancy & lactation. 

Trash the Pump & Dump: This publication encompasses medical conditions, medications and substances of concern during lactation. Please note that in these categories there are very few absolute contraindications to lactation. If you are uncertain about a situation, please advise PUMPING AND SAVING! Most often dumping milk is NOT necessary, and the expressed milk can be given to the child later.

IABLE: The Institute for Advancement of Breastfeeding & Lactation Education is a nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to optimize the promotion and support of breastfeeding for families in the outpatient sector. IABLE is dedicated to building Breastfeeding Knowledgeable Medical Systems and Communities. Much of their content is targeted to physicians, but is also very useful to others working in the lactation world. Check out their upcoming events and their online e-courses, which are all very affordable. Their e-course "Primary Care Breastfeeding Medicine Course for Physicians & Other Providers" is a great introduction that all providers working with lactating parents and infants should complete. 

North American Board of Breastfeeding & Lactation Medicine: The North American Board of Breastfeeding and Lactation Medicine (NABBLM) was founded by a passionate group of seasoned Breastfeeding and Lactation Medicine Specialists who identify the need to help other physicians practice this specialty by outlining an evidence-based canon of knowledge, scope of practice, and pathway to board certification. NABBLM plans to board-certify physicians who are licensed in the United States and Canada.

Please take a look at the patient resources page for other useful links. 

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