I was talking to one of the lactation consultants at work yesterday and naturally, our conversation turned towards breastfeeding stories. I mentioned to her that I was studying to become a certified lactation educator through CAPPA and that one of the requirements for certification is to create and submit a local resource list for breastfeeding families.
Fast forward a few hours and Marie (the lactation consultant) pulled me over to a computer and showed me a website. “I don’t know if this is what you are looking for, but this website is a GREAT resource for any breastfeeding mother or professional! The website is called breastfeedingonline.com and it is run by Cindy Curtis, RN, IBCLC, RLC. The website features a page highlighting Dr. Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC, a Canadian pediatrician who has dedicated almost his entire career to advocating for and supporting breastfeeding and promoting the WHO/UNICEF Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. Some of you might have read his books: Dr. Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding in Canada and The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers in the United States.
According to the biography posted on breastfeedingonline.com:
“Dr. Jack Newman graduated from the University of Toronto medical school in 1970, interning at the Vancouver General Hospital. He did his training in paediatrics in Quebec City and at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto from 1977-1981, to become a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in 1981 as well as Board Certified by the AAP in 1981. He has worked as a physician in Central America, New Zealand and South Africa. He founded the first hospital based breastfeeding clinic in Canada in 1984. He has been a consultant for UNICEF for the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, evaluating the first Baby Friendly Hospitals in Gabon, the Ivory Coast and Canada.
Dr. Newman was a staff paediatrician at the Hospital for Sick Children emergency department from 1983 to 1992, and was, for a period of time the acting chief of the emergency services. However, once the breastfeeding clinic started functioning, it took more and more of his time, and he eventually worked full time helping mothers and babies succeed with breastfeeding. He now works in several clinics around the city of Toronto.”
The resources on this website are GREAT! It includes PDF handouts and videos on a variety of topics including: adoptive nursing, beginning to breastfeed, blocked duct, colic, engorgement, expressing milk, extended nursing, how to know if your baby is getting enough milk, and increasing your milk supply. There are also at least nine videos regarding proper latching technique and what to do if a baby doesn’t latch on right.
So if you get a chance today, check this website out!