Lactation Resources for Clinicians

Authors

  • Cynthia Turner-Maffei MA, IBCLC, RLC

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    • Cynthia Turner-Maffei, MA, IBCLC, RLC, is a faculty member of the Healthy Children Project in Massachusetts and the national coordinator of Baby-Friendly USA.


Healthy Children Project, 327 Quaker Meeting House Rd., East Sandwich, MA 02537. E-mail: cindy@healthychildren.cc

Abstract

Breastfeeding is widely acknowledged as the optimal infant feeding choice. However, many clinicians working in maternal and child health do not receive adequate university preparation to support breastfeeding. Knowledge and skill are most often gained through on-the-job and personal experience. Myriad resources exist to support clinicians in delivering the best quality care to breastfeeding clients. Among the available resources are policies and protocols of professional organizations, governmental, and health advocacy groups. Breastfeeding-focused academic and continuing education programs are identified. Electronic and other resources for breastfeeding information are available for both professional and consumer audiences.

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