Core Curriculum for Interdisciplinary Lactation Care

Core Curriculum for Interdisciplinary Lactation Care
2nd Ed.
2024 © Jones & Bartlett Learning
Suzanne Hetzel Campbell, PhD, RN, FCNEI, IBCLC; Becky Spencer, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC, IBCLC, FILCA
ISBN-13: 978-1-284-25551-5
eISBN-13: 978-1-284-25556-0
Nursing, Obstetrics/Gynecology


Core Curriculum for Interdisciplinary Lactation Care continues to be a trustworthy source for lactation-specific information and education in a thoroughly updated second edition. Published in association with the Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee (LEAARC), it presents the core curriculum required to practice as a beginning lactation consultant in an easy-to-read format. Written by an interdisciplinary team of clinical lactation experts, it reflects the current state of practice and offers evidence-based information regardless of discipline or specialty.

The updated Second Edition includes new information on scientific evidence supporting breastfeeding, the biochemistry of human milk, breastfeeding multiples or a preterm infant, lactation and maternal mental health, breast pathology, and more. With a focus on the science, management, and professional aspects of lactation care, Core Curriculum for Interdisciplinary Lactation Care, Second Edition prepares beginning consultants and clinicians to provide comprehensive care for breastfeeding families.

  • • Complements the LEAARC core curriculum used in recognition of lactation education programs.
  • • Updated throughout to reflect current research, policy, and practice guidelines regarding lactation and the care of breastfeeding mothers/chestfeeding parents
  • • New and updated information on milk banking, The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative for Neonatal Wards, and innovative teaching pedagogies.
  • • New details on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the lactation consultant profession, lactation consultants as change agents from the family level to a national and global level, and more timely topics!
  • • Key Points, clinical case studies, Clinical Tips, and real-life stories from breastfeeding families and their healthcare team help the reader put theory into practice.

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"Other than the issue of the organization of the chapters, this is an excellent book. It definitely meets its objective of providing an evidence-based core curriculum for lactation care professionals. The updated edition is justified due to the changing evidence in the field. The emphasis on interprofessional care in the final section is particularly helpful given the growing interest in and appreciation of the value of interprofessional education and practice."

-- Susan Stapleton, DNP, CNM (American Association of Birth Centers) Doody's Review


Although the primary audience is lactation care specialists, all professionals need the information in this comprehensive book as they provide lactation care and support. The authors note that lactation care is, by nature, interprofessional. The book meets the needs of the target audience well by providing a well-organized and comprehensive review of the knowledge base needed for lactation care. The editors and contributors are all experienced lactation professionals from a wide variety of institutions and geographic areas. Their cumulative expertise makes them ideal authors for the book's content.

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