Breastfeeding Basics

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Course Outline
Anatomy & Physiology
Growth & Development
Breastfeeding Around the World
The Breastfeeding Couple
The Term Infant with Problems
Breast Milk and Drugs

Site News: updated Sep 5, 2000
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Breastfeeding Basics is an academic, non-commercial, short course on the fundamentals of breastfeeding. It is geared primarily for the medical practitioner, although anyone is welcome to browse or take the course.

The content of the course is based upon lectures and short courses given by Mary O'Connor MD, Linda Lewin MD and their associates at CWRU, University Hospitals of Cleveland.

Our aim is to disseminate factual information on human breastfeeding. It is important to understand that one cannot become skilled in the art of helping mothers and their infants breastfeed without training with skilled practitioners and hands on experience.

At times there may be correct answers or treatment methods that we did not suggest. We do not pretend to know all the answers, and we certainly could not cover the entire topic of breastfeeding in this course. We have given references throughout the course for those who are interested in delving deeper.

If you are a parent or prospective parent looking here for more information on breastfeeding, we hope that this site is useful and informative. If there is material that you don't understand, we suggest that you print it and ask your doctor or nurse or your child's doctor or nurse about it.

Registration and special features

You can browse this site without registering. However, we encourage you to register. Registering will enable the special features of this site , and provide us with feedback on the effectiveness of this educational method. The registration form does not ask for any personal identifying information.

Ray E. Helfer Award

Breastfeeding Basics received the Ray E.Helfer Award for excellence in pediatric education from the Ambulatory Pediatric Association at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting in Boston on May 15, 2000.


We want to acknowledge the people and organizations that help bring this resource to the global public internet without commercial interruptions.

  • The Northern Ohio chapter of the March of Dimes provided funding for the development of this resource.

  • The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education of Case Western Reserve University provided a grant to enhance this resource.

  • Wellstart International allowed us to use some of their breastfeeding education material.

  • Lydia Furman MD and MaryAnn Blatz RN, MSN, IBCLC provided information on breastfeeding the preterm infant. Betty Rogers RN, IBCLC provided information for the section on the breastfeeding couple.

  • Betty Rogers RN, IBCLC and the nurses and lactation consultants of University Hospitals for developing the patient information brochures.

  • University Hospitals of Cleveland for allowing the use of their patient information brochures and their drawings of breastfeeding techniques.

  • Case Western Reserve University and its Digital Media Services department provide an academic home for this site.

  • The CME Office of Case Western Reserve University for collaboration in obtaining CME credit for this site.

  • WebStation, Inc. provides hosting services for the site under the name

  • We would like to thank our friends, family and co-workers for allowing the use of photos of their lovely breastfed children.

Special Thanks to the March of Dimes - Saving babies, together

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