Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition

Collaborative Resources

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Breastfeeding training online

  1.  Massachusetts’ free breastfeeding CME/CEU sponsored by MA Dept of Public Health, –3.0 hours’ credit FREE. (Course includes pediatric and OB/prenatal content)
  2. Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygeine (taught by fellows of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine), 6 hours of free CME
  3. (Verity Livingstone, MD, Vancouver, BC, Canada)
  4. Breastfeeding Training from University of Virginia and Va Dept of Health 20 CE credits at
  5. Breastfeeding Basics (Mary O’Connor, MD, Linda Levin, MD, Case Western Reserve, College of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio and the University of Colorado, Denver, CO)
  6. Wellstart International (Audrey Naylor, MD, DrPH, Ruth Wester, RN, PNP, UCSD Medical Center, San Diego, CA, and University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT)
  7. General resources from Massachusetts Department of Public Health:
  8. Bella Breastfeeding– Provider Training is a peer-reviewed online course on OPENPediatrics, a free web-based learning platform designed for health care professionals. The purpose of this course is to fulfill the 3 hr requirement for provider education (Physicians, CNM, PA, APRN) as outlined in the Baby-Friendly USA Guideline and Evaluation Criteria manual.  CME pending. Go to, register, then search for “breastfeeding” or “bella.” Created by Massachusetts’ own Dr. Bobbi Philipp and Mary Foley.

General resources:

The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative’s US website, with info and resources

Massachusetts Department of Public Health: Includes training and multiple links:

CDC website: For data and statistics, publications, such as Infant Feeding Practices Survey and National Immunization survey, and other resources such as:

CDC’s healthcare resources such as crib cards, mPINC survey

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
-Has multiple evidence based clinical protocols for topics such as supplementation, jaundice, hypoglycemia, as well as model hospital policies and discharge planning

CHAMPS Webinar series Wednesday webinars from 12-1 Eastern once a month on great topics designed to help hospitals make changes needed to implement Baby-Friendly (eg,Skin-to-Skin, Staff Education, Rooming-In). Archived webinars available, too. From  CHAMPS (Communities and Hospitals Advancing Maternity Practices), a collaborative advancing the number of Baby-Friendly hospitals across the Southeast and elsewhere.

NICHQ’s Best Fed Beginnings

US Breastfeeding Committee
Includes a toolkit and links for the Joint Commission Perinatal Care Core Measure Set
Includes Core Competencies for all health care professionals

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement has a number of resources for supporting your quality improvement efforts: The Quick Links for the IHI Open School and the Improvement Map are good starting places.
Here is Link to their PDSA worksheet

AAP statement, March 12, 2012
“Breastfeeding is about public health, not just lifestyle.”
American Academy of Pediatrics: Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk

AAP’s 2016 Guideline for Safe Sleep in the Hospital and Newborn Period

ACOG’s Breastfeeding Page, ACOG Committee Opinion #658, Feb 2016, Optimizing Breastfeeding Support as Part of Obstetric Practice and ACOG Breastfeeding Toolkit

AAFP’s Position Paper (2015) and Breastfeeding Toolkit (2015)

Stanford University Newborn Nursery resources
Includes multiple demonstration videos including:
hand expression and a perfect latch, as well as info on frenotomy and a diverse array of clinical guidelines

UCSF Newborn Weight loss Calculator (NEWT) – Unique and tool that tells you what is common and normal for exclusively breastfed infants by hour of life for vaginal and cesarean births, released in 2015.

Other videos:
The Warm Chain (YouTube) 9:46
The Baby Friendly Rap (YouTube) 3:42

Teach Me How to Breastfeed (YouTube 3:00)

Resources from Massachusetts and Collaborative members

Mass. MotherBaby Summit:

Massachusetts DPH Breastfeeding Page
Mass. DPH Baby-Friendly Toolkit
Includes Model Hospital Policies, and tools for all 10 steps

Formula Pricing Tool for calculating Fair Market Price of formula– From Mass. DPH and Northeastern University

Exclusive Breastmilk Feeding Data Collection Tool v2 May 2014

Download Tobey’s “Skin to Skin Zone” sign

Resources from Brigham and Women’s Hospital on family centered care and skin to skin during c-sections.

Breastfeeding logs in 4 languages– English, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese and Haitian Creole from Cambridge Health Alliance

CHA Weight Loss Guideline -Since changing its weight loss and supplementation guideline in 2013, Cambridge Health Alliance has been able to markedly reduce supplementation rates

Melrose Wakefield tools for exclusivity: Educational checklist and handout/poster for parents

Formula vs Breastmilk photo (from Bobbi Philipp/Boston Medical Center)

Fishbone and Swimlane slides-QI techniques from 01-09-2014 meeting (Edward/Boisvert)

Information on breastfeeding for parents of preemies from the Mass NeoQIC Collaborative, in 8 languages

Hand expression:

The Basics of Breast Massage and Hand Expression (4:37)
Courtesy of Ann Witt and Maya Bolman
“You may use our video for educational purposes and not in any context that violates the WHO International Code on the Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes. The video should not be edited.”

hand expression from Stanford University (Jane Morton): (7:33)

Paced bottle-feeding— Excellent short video (5:47)

Example of consent form for formula (courtesy Hospital Materno Infantil, La Paz, Bolivia and Dr. Roxana Saunero Nava)

Password protected videos, for educational purposes only
Go to, MassBreastfeeding Coalition

Warm Chain (not on YouTube) 9:45
Self Latch at birth 2:09
Self Latch at 4 hours 1:31
Skin to Skin with c-section of twins

Handouts and Slides Collaborative meetings (selected)

Feb 27 2014 -Everett MA

Sept 12 2013– Leominster MA

January 17, 2013- Worcester MA