Breastfeeding: Next steps in learning...

Last updated: Monday, March 14, 2016


This tutorial has covered the core knowledge you need on this subject, but there are some more in-depth resources which will help extend your knowledge about breastfeeding and the use of medicines in women who breastfeed:

The CPPE has a very comprehensive training package aimed at pharmacists entitled Breastfeeding which was developed by NHS Education for Scotland. Site registration is required. This e-learning shows pharmacists how to promote breastfeeding, takes into account common breastfeeding problems, and shows how to promote the safe use of medicines for breastfeeding mothers.

Clinical Knowledge Summaries (CKS) has evidence-based advice on managing various medical concerns in breastfeeding such as nipple soreness and caring for women with a low milk production or excess milk supply.

The BMJ provides e-learning on breastfeeding (2011) which looks at the medical advantages of breastfeeding, assessing adequate milk intake, increasing a mother's milk supply, diagnosing and treating medical conditions in breastfeeding, and prescribing safely. A subscription is required unless your institution provides you with access. There is also a helpful BMJ review on how to manage breastfeeding problems in the community (May 2014) that is available via Athens.

The Best Beginnings charity have produced a film From Bump to Breastfeeding, which is endorsed by five Royal Colleges. It aims to motivate the next generation of mothers to make a supported choice to breastfeed. Films can be viewed online in English and several other languages including Urdu, Bengali, Polish and Somali.

The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine is a worldwide organisation with members from over fifty countries. It has published 25 clinical protocols for managing issues connected with breastfeeding. This includes the management of mastitis, and jaundice in the breastfed infant, as well as the use of galactogogues, antidepressants, analgesics, and contraception.


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