Mississippi Breastfeeding Coalition

Mississippi WIC Program
P.O. Box 1700
Jackson, MS 39215

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Exclusive breastfeeding is the reference or normative model against which all alternative feeding methods must be measured with regard to growth, health, development, and all other short- and long-term outcomes.

American Academy of Pediatrics

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As a health care provider, you know that breastfeeding is best for babies. Because of human milk’s benefits and the risks associated with not breastfeeding, several prominent health organizations have endorsed breastfeeding. Among them:

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine:  Worldwide organization of physicians dedicated to the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding and human lactation.

American Academy of Family Physicians, Position Paper: Family Physicians Support Breastfeeding

American Academy of Pediatrics, Policy Statement: Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Special Report from ACOG: Breastfeeding: Maternal and Infant Aspects

American Dietetic Association, Position Paper: Promoting and Supporting Breastfeeding

Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses, Position Statement on Breastfeeding

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Healthy People 2020, Breastfeeding Goals: Maternal, Infant, Child Health (MICH) -21

Medela Breastfeeding Education Tear sheets

Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding

World Health Organization: Support for Breastfeeding

Medication references

“Since the PDR basically lists only the pharmaceutical manufacturer’s package insert, the standard recommendation is to not take the medication while breastfeeding... [This] is almost always incorrect.”-Dr. Tom Hale, R.Ph, Professor of Pediatrics and Assistant Dean of Research, Texas Tech University School of Medicine.

Infant Risk Center at Texas Tech University

The Infant Risk Center provides up-to-date evidence-based information on the use of medications during pregnancy and breastfeeding and the risks of exposure to mothers and their babies. They provide answers to questions about the safety of prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, herbal products, chemicals, vaccines, and other substances. By educating healthcare professionals and the general public alike, they aim to reduce the number of birth defects as well as create healthy breastfeeding relationships. They answer calls (for free) Monday-Friday 8am-5pm central time. Call (806)-352-2519. A smart phone app of their database is available for purchase on iTunes.

Medications and Mother’s Milk by Dr. Tom Hale

Considered the best source of medication information for breastfeeding patients in the world, Medications and Mothers’ Milk provides the latest data on medications affecting breastfeeding mothers and babies. If you work with pregnant and/or breastfeeding mothers, this definitive reference will help you answer detailed questions about which medications are safe or unsafe for breastfeeding mothers and babies. Note: a smart phone app for this book is available on iTunes.

Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed)

LactMed is a peer-reviewed and fully referenced database of drugs to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. Among the data included are maternal and infant levels of drugs, possible effects on breastfed infants and on lactation, and alternate drugs to consider.