​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Breastfeeding Resources for CHDP

The CHDP Statewide Nutrition Subcommittee developed this resource guide to help CHDP Providers and their staff promote, assist and support mothers and babies with breastfeeding.  Publication dates for document downl​​​oads are shown in parentheses. Check individual websites for copyright date and/or date of most recent update or professional review.  Resources are available on the following topics:

 Clinical Guidelines and Recommendations

Parent Education



Multiple Languages​

Cultural Groups

Phone Apps for Mothers

  • latchME
    Price:  Free for Android, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch
    Description: Connect with professionals and experienced mothers, view videos, get feeding tips, find nearby places to breastfeed your baby and share breastfeeding friendly restaurants.
    Pros:  Tips and videos on a variety of topics, support community
    Cons:  Reports of technical issues with app
  • Text 4 Baby
    Price: Free for Android, IPhone, IPad, IPod Touch
    Description: Text messaging app by the National Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition to help families access information about healthy parenting, including prenatal care, safe sleep, immunizations, infant feeding, nutrition, oral health, safety, car seat safety, labor and delivery, and other issues.

Professional Education

  • AAP Breastfeeding Residency Curriculum
    Description:  Strategies and tools to help residency programs incorporate breastfeeding education into existing curricula based on the ACGME Core Competencies.  Topic areas include medical knowledge, patient care, systems based practice, practice based learning, and interpersonal communication skills.
    Continuing education credits:  None.
  • BreastfeedingConferences.com
    Description:  Database of CERP-approved national and international breastfeeding education opportunities for health care professionals.
    Continuing education credits:  CME, IBCLC pre-exam education hours, IBCLC CERP, RDN CPEU, RN Contact Hours and other professional credits depending on the course.
  • Evergreen Perinatal Education
    Description:  Comprehensive programs focusing on infant feeding practices including lactation courses, workshops and lectures as well as web-based lactation education. Live half-day to five-day workshops can be customized for hospitals (with an emphasis on Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative practices), private and public clinics, and community maternity and pediatric services. Offers challenging case studies to prepare for advanced practice.
    Continuing education credits:  IBCLC pre-exam education hours, IBCLC CERP, RDN CPEU and RN Contact Hours depending on the course.
  • Health e-learning Online Education
    Description:  Online courses for professional development for lactation consultants and health professionals, and exam preparation courses for IBLCE exam candidates. The 10 course BreastEd series is approved by the Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee (LEAARC).
    Continuing education credits:  IBLCE pre-exam education hours, IBCLC CERP, and Contact Hours depending on the course.
  • Healthy Children’s Center for Breastfeeding
    Description:  Five-day courses, certificate courses, workshops, seminars, self-study modules, and national and international conferences including Lactation Counselor Training Course (CLC), Advanced Nurse Lactation Consultant (ANLC), and Advanced Lactation Consultant (ALC) Certification. The advanced programs can be used for CLC renewal.
    Continuing education credits:  CLC Contact Hours, college credit (Union Institute & University), IBCLC pre-exam education hours, IBCLC CERP, RDN CPEU and RN Contact Hours depending on the course.
  • International Breastfeeding Centre > Breastfeeding Training
    Description: Tongue & lip-tie release training, lactation medicine program and e-learning courses, authored by Dr. Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC, IBCLC, provide clinical guidance for common breastfeeding problems.
    Continuing education credits:  IBCLC CERPs and Contact Hours.
  • International Lactation Consultant Association
    Description:  Annual conference sessions, live webinars, recorded webinars, and Journal of Human Lactation study modules. All ILCA educational programs comply with the International Code of Marketing of Breast milk Substitutes.
    Continuing education credits:  IBCLC CERP,
    RDN CPEU and RN Contact Hours for webinars.  CME, RDN CPEU and RN Contact Hours for the annual conference.
  • Lactation Education Resources
    Description:  Online courses for Baby-Friendly Hospital Training, the Lactation Consultant Training, IBLCE certification exam preparation, NICU breastfeeding training, and lactation management for health care professionals. On-site courses can be customized. All programs comply with the WHO Code on Marketing of Breast milk Substitutes. Clinical internship program in Maryland, Virginia or Washington, DC.
    Continuing education credits:  CME, IBLCE pre-exam education hours, IBCLC CERP,
    RDN CPEU and RN Contact Hours depending on the course.
  • Step2 Education
    Description:  Courses for health professionals and ancillary staff to meet the needs of hospitals and health organizations working toward the 10 Steps to Becoming Baby Friendly or to maintaining Baby Friendly status.
    Continuing education credits:  CME, IBCLC CERP and RN Contact Hours depending on the course.
  • UC San Diego Extension Lactation Consultant Certificate
    Description:  Certificate course to prepare for practice as an IBCLC, utilization of research based clinical information and techniques to promote breastfeeding, triage and formulation of care plans for difficult breastfeeding situations, and IBCLC exam preparation.
    Continuing education credits: 12 CE units in Reproductive Medicine; 120 RN Contact Hours; 120 RDN CPEU.
  • United States Breastfeeding Committee Learning Communities
    Description:  Online learning communities on breastfeeding-related topic areas from the Surgeon General’s Call to Action. Site users may explore all the Learning Communities, and join those of interest to share information and resources as well as find opportunities for collaborative action.
    Continuing education credits: CEUs are not awarded.
  • Wellstart International
    Description:  Free, evidenced-based Lactation Management Self-Study Modules for physicians, nurses and other maternity care staff in English and Spanish. Serves as a study tool for IBCLC exam preparation.
    Continuing education credits:  May be used to satisfy a portion of the 20-hour Baby Friendly® Hospital by Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. (BFUSA) training. CEUs not awarded for completion of the modules.

Professional Phone Apps​

  • Healthcare Provider’s Guide to Breastfeeding
    Price: Free for Android, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch
    Description:The application includes guidance on lactation assessment, drug interactions and treatment of common maternal and infant conditions, and numerous breastfeeding resources.
    Pros: Easy to find topics
    Cons: Produced by Texas Ten Step Program so many of the resources apply only to residents of Texas​

Pump Resources

Insurance Benefits

Medi-Cal Benefits

  • Check with your local Medi-Cal Managed Care Plan for coverage and local distributors of breast pumps and supplies

Parent Education Resources

Supplemental Lactation Aids

Use only under the supervision of a lactation professional trained in the use of these devices

​WIC Benefits​

  • Check with your local WIC Program for coverage of breast pumps and supplies for participants who do not have other health care coverage – see Local County Resources below for more information

California Resources

National Resources

Local County Resources​​

Alameda County

Alpine County

Amador County

  • The Resource Connection > WIC

Butte County

Calaveras County

Colusa County​​

Contra Costa County

Del Norte County

El Dorado County

Fresno County

Glenn County

Humboldt County

Imperial County​

Inyo County

Kern County

Kings County

Lake County

Lassen County

Los Angeles County​​​

Madera County

Marin County

Mariposa County

Mendocino County

Merced County

Modoc County

Mono County

Monterey County

Napa County

Nevada County

Orange County

  • OC Health Care Agency Public Health

Placer County

Plumas County

Riverside County

Sacramento County​

San Benito County​

San Bernardino County

San Diego County

San Francisco County

San Joaquin County

San Luis Obispo County

    • Telephone Support list
    • Breastfeeding Support Groups
    • Lactation Consultants
    • Maternity Classes
    • Breast Pumps
    • Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program
    • At Work
  • San Luis Obispo County > Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program

San Mateo County

Santa Clara County

Santa Cruz County

Shasta County

Sierra County

Solano County

    • County breastfeeding resources
    • Breastfeeding support groups
    • Breastfeeding education
    • Laws & legislation
    • Medication information
    • Nutrition & growth information
  • Solano County > WIC Services

Sonoma County​

​Stanislaus County

Sutter County

Tehama County

Trinity County

Tulare County​

Tuolumne County

Ventura County

Yolo County

Yuba County

Although health professionals reviewed and selected the websites listed above, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is not responsible for content reached by external links. Links to external resources are provided for informational purposes and do not constitute DHCS endorsement of the site sponsors or the information presented. Information obtained on the internet is not a substitute for the medical care and advice of your physician. There may be variations in treatment that your physician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.​​
Last modified date: 5/9/2022 8:48 AM