Resources are necessary to find up-to-date, scientifically based information on breastfeeding for lactation professionals and healthcare professionals interested in breastfeeding medicine.
On many occasions, generalist information, even if it comes from scientific organisations, does not take into account the unique characteristics of this particular stage of life and gives inadequate messages.
For this reason, we have compiled a collection of the most widely used resources on breastfeeding for professionals:
The World Health Organisation (WHO) frequently publishes information on breastfeeding, as well as guideline publications, both on general recommended practices and on special situations.
Open access database specialised in health sciences, with more than 19 million bibliographic references.
An organisation that publishes both high-level scientific evidence and systematic reviews of published evidence.
Global organisation of physicians dedicated to the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding. The organisation has published protocols on breastfeeding care in different languages.
Database of medications in which the risk of use during breastfeeding is evaluated.
Database from the US National Library of Medicine listing the active ingredients of drugs marketed in the US and their effects on breastfeeding.
Database on the risk of medications, treatments, maternal illnesses, herbal infusions and other situations on breastfeeding, published in a very accessible way for both healthcare professionals and mothers. Published in English and Spanish.
Website of the US Center for Disease Control, which periodically reviews its content. Very interesting to find information on breastfeeding and different diseases. The original publication is in English and can often be found in Spanish translation.
Australian Breastfeeding Association. It has published very interesting guidance on breastfeeding.
British National Health Service Clinical Practice Guidelines. Regularly reviewed and based on the latest evidence.
Volunteer associations and breastfeeding support groups with many resources for breastfeeding care.
The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative has been launched by WHO and UNICEF. On their website, you can find breastfeeding resources and documentation for accreditation of health centres and hospitals as baby-friendly centres.
Please let us know of any other resources that might be helpful for breastfeeding professionals!