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Physician Lactation Education Collaborative: Fostering Breastfeeding-Friendly Health Care Practices and Policies

The Physician Lactation Education Collaborative developed ten evidence-based lactation education modules on topics such as breast pain, latch, multicultural aspects of breastfeeding, immunology, and lactation policy development. Eight modules have been piloted with nearly 250 health care providers in King County and Spokane County. The Collaborative is releasing four of the modules on compact disk in October 2007 and will make the disks available to Washington state residents at no charge. Each module includes a guide for presenters, a PowerPoint presentation, culturally-appropriate photographs and a bibliography from peer reviewed publications. Suggestions for organizing trainings using the modules will also be included with the disk.


WithinReach, the Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington (BCW) and Public Health-Seattle & King County’s WIC Program established the Physician Lactation Education Collaborative to provide evidence-based research, education and support to health care providers. The Collaborative is made up of more than 20 members including physicians representing eight hospitals and representatives from county public health agencies, the Washington State Department of Health, and nonprofit organizations.


Training participants and presenters provided feedback to inform the revision of the modules. Approximately 42% of the training participants were physicians or residents. Other health care providers included medical students, midwives, nurse practitioners, nurses, lactation consultants and dietitians.

Target Audience

Healthcare providers


Washington State