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OBS Recommended Resources for Health Professionals

In addition to our Recommended Resources for Parents, we recommend these resources for health professionals.

General resources

Baby Friendly Initiative UK

The Baby Friendly Initiative is transforming healthcare for babies, their mothers and families in the UK, as part of a wider global partnership between the World Health Organization (WHO) and Unicef. “We enable public services to better support families with feeding and developing close, loving relationships, ensuring that all babies get the best possible start in life”. Their annual conference is one of the biggest breastfeeding conferences in Europe.

Hospital Infant Feeding Network (HIFN)

A network of health professionals interested in supporting and facilitating breastfeeding in a hospital setting in the UK. 

GP Infant Feeding Network (GPIFN)

A national network of primary care professionals and supportive colleagues advocating for improvements in infant feeding practice. Useful section on prescribing for lactating women.

First Steps Nutrition

An independent public health nutrition charity that provides information and resources to support eating well from pre-conception to five years. Excellent free resources for parents on infant milks in the UK, and more.

Baby Sleep Information Source (Basis) Resources for Practitioners

A project of the Durham Infancy and Sleep Centre (DISC), in the Department of Anthropology at Durham University, UK that provides research and resources about biologically normal infant sleep to parents and to professionals in the UK. 

Covid-19 Specific Resources

HIFN's Factsheet on the use of Covid-19 vaccinations in pregnancy and breastfeeding

Baby Friendly UK's Covid-19 resources and guidance

GPIFN's resources for Covid-19, Vaccination & Infant Feeding

The Breastfeeding Network's Drugs in Breastmilk Information Service's Statement on Covid-19 Vaccines while breastfeeding

The Human Milk Foundation's Statement on milk donation and Covid-19 vaccination

RCOG's pages on Coronavirus infection and pregnancy and COVID-19 vaccines, pregnancy and breastfeeding

RCM's page on Covid Vaccine Facts, Guidance for Pregnant Women

RCPI's Covid-19 Vaccine Decision Aid for pregnant women (in several languages)

Oxford University Hospitals Trust information about maternity care during the pandemic

Families’ experiences of breastfeeding support during COVID-19 by researchers from Swansea University, Imperial College and the Human Milk Foundation with the collaboration of the Breastfeeding Network

Other Specific Resources

GP Infant Feeding Network guide to Galactagogues 

The Association for Breastfeeding Mothers page on Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy, a guide for GPs.

The Association for Breastfeeding Mothers page on supporting LGBTQ families with breastfeeding

GP Infant Feeding Network page on Maternal Mental Health

The Royal College of GP's Perinatal Mental Health Toolkit

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Last updated September 2021

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