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Guidelines and Resources for Providers


California Infant Feeding Guide
A feeding guide for children from birth to one year of age, with a focus on breastfeeding.

International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes 
In May 1981 the Health Assembly adopted the international code of marketing of infant formula and other products used as breast-milk substitutes.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Breastfeeding Toolkit 
Contains materials designed to help birth professionals and women's healthcare providers support new parents in meeting their infant feeding goals.  The toolkit contains provider and patient education on the benefits of breastfeeding, answers to common questions, tips for dialoguing with parents, and additional sources of breastfeeding support.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2012 "Policy on Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk (PDF) 
The American Academy of Pediatrics position on breastfeeding: Infant feeding should not be considered as a lifestyle choice but rather as a basic health issue.

Core Competencies in Breastfeeding Care (United States Breastfeeding Committee) 
These core competencies in breastfeeding care and services were developed to provide health professionals with a guideline and framework to integrate evidence-based breastfeeding knowledge, skills, and attitudes into their standard health care delivery practices.

Fourth Edition of the Lactation Management Self-Study Modules, Level 1 
Designed by Wellstart International for medical and nursing students and anyone who has not been exposed to this information previously. It is accepted by Baby-Friendly USA to meet the requirement of three hours of training for physicians as well as partially meeting the requirement of 20 hours of training for nurses.

Model Policy: Payer Coverage of Breastfeeding Support and Counseling Services, Pumps and Supplies 
Created by the United States Breastfeeding Committee and the National Breastfeeding Center to identify best practices for supporting coverage of services, pumps and supplies per the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

MyPlate Resources
MyPlate Resources were developed to help individuals achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Tools and handouts encourage teens and pregnant and breastfeeding women to include a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and dairy on their plates every day and be physically active.

Adolescent Family Life Program (AFLP) Teen Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines
Guidelines, handouts, and links to other resources to assist AFLP case managers in promoting optimal nutrition and physical activity practices of their clients. The Infant Feeding chapter focuses on breastfeeding and provides related handouts.

California Diabetes and Pregnancy Program (CDAPP) Sweet Success Guidelines for Care 
Patient management references for multidiscipline providers serving women with diabetes before, during and after pregnancy. Includes nutrition, breastfeeding and physical activity guidelines.

Comprehensive Perinatal Services Steps to Take Program Guidelines For Enhanced Health Education, Nutrition and Psychosocial Services  Created for Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP) staff members, this document supplements and enhances existing CPSP protocols on a broad range of topics common to pregnancy. There are guidelines on nutrition, physical activity, maternal diabetes, and breastfeeding.

Annual Summit Program and Presentations  California Breastfeeding Summits since 2012.

The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine provides clear guidelines related to discharge and post-discharge assessment and support in its Guidelines for Hospital Discharge of the Breastfeeding Term Newborn and Mother: 'The Going Home Protocol' (PDF) 

United States Lactation Consultant Association:

Find a lactation consultant directory : A board-certified lactation consultant is an invaluable asset to breastfeeding families, reassuring you when breastfeeding and lactation are going well, and by providing information and support to help prevent and manage common concerns.

Breastfeeding Savings Calculator : Two cost calculators that predict the cost of suboptimal breastfeeding by state.

Emergency Preparedness: Infant and Young Child Feeding Resources for safe infant and child feeding during a disaster.

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