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October 2014

Teaching staff and parents about breastfeeding is made a lot easier with these handy teaching tools. How many of them have you used before? Do you have your own favorites?

  1. Ameda Belly Balls. These visual aids are helpful when discussing infant intake amounts in the early days. A shooter marble, showing the 5-7 ml size of an infant's stomach, serves to demonstrate intake on day one post-delivery. A ping pong ball, showing 22-27 ml suggests day 3, and a large chicken egg, for 60-81 ml, serves as day 10 intake. 
  2. Lactation Consultant Nancy Mohrbacher developed for Ameda a Nipple Pain & Trauma Algorithm which can assist staff with determining the cause of nipple pain for a nursing mother. This free download includes staging for nipple trauma, suggested comfort measures, as well as a system for rating nipple trauma. 
  3. Customized Communications Inc. produces Baby Friendly versions of teaching books for childbirth classes, breastfeeding, and mother/infant care post-delivery. Information is kept current, photos are beautiful, and the books can be customized for your hospital.
  4. Lactation Consultants of Australia & New Zealand (LCANZ) produces several laminated teaching tools that are helpful to both staff and new mothers. "The Magic of Breastmilk" shows color photos of colostrum, transitional milk, and mature milk, providing descriptions of amount ranges, contents of each, and breastfeeding facts. "Baby Feeding Cues" provides color photos of infants in various stages of feeding cues (early, mid, and late).
  5. Lactation Consultant Maya Bohlman has developed a fantastic video for breast massage used in Russia. 
  6. Lactation Consultant Jessica Barton provides excellent demonstration of paced bottle-feeding on YouTube.
  7. Lactation Consultants Barbara Wilson-Clay and Kay Hoover developed "The Diaper Diary" to provide color photos of various stages of infant stooling. Staff unfamiliar with the look of a normal breastmilk stool have found this valuable. New parents also benefit from seeing these changes prior to their new baby experiencing them.
  8. For mothers who are pumping for a hospitalized infant, this video developed by Dr. Jane Morton at the Stanford School of Medicine is invaluable. In it, she demonstrates hand expression of breastmilk with breast massage and pumping, to double or even triple the amount of milk obtained in the early days postpartum. 


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Kathy Parkes, MSN-Ed, RN, IBCLC, FILCA
Course Tutor, Step2 Education
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