Breastfeeding Roundup: resources to share with families

Breastfeeding offers extensive health benefits for moms and their babies, facilitates bonding and even has financial and environmental benefits. But with it comes challenges that—for some women—leads to an earlier end to breastfeeding than planned.

Below is a list of resources providers can share with breastfeeding patients to help ease worries and frustrations. These articles cover a range of concerns and provide helpful tips for both mom and baby.

Breastfeeding troubleshooting

The excitement of breastfeeding can quickly turn to frustration, discomfort or defeat if issues aren’t dealt with quickly. Encourage breastfeeding patients to get help from the experts, covered in this CHOC Children’s blog about lactation consultants and the CHOC Lactation Services team.

Spanish language breastfeeding resources

The CHOC Lactation Services team presents several useful flyers about breastfeeding for Spanish-speaking patients:

Breastfeeding and milk storage on-the-go

Managing milk when you are separated from your baby: a fact sheet for parents planning a little time away.

This piece from American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) presents tips for an oft-dreaded scenario for new moms: nursing on an airplane. And with it comes another stressor, storing breast milk safely when flying.

For partners of breastfeeding women

AAP offers a fact sheet for partners of women who are breastfeeding.

What can others do to support a breastfeeding mom? Take a look at this CHOC Children’s blog for ideas.

Click here to learn more about Lactation Services at CHOC.

Infant and Pediatric Feedings Book Receives Hermes Platinum Award

Caroline Steele, CHOC’s director of the Clinical Nutrition and Lactation Services Department, recently announced the book she co-authored with registered dietitian Katherine Bennett received a 2019 Hermes Creative Award. The book, Infant and Pediatric Feedings: Guidelines for Preparation of Human Milk and Formula in Health Care Facilities (third edition), was given Platinum award status—the highest distinction given by the group for excellence in concept, writing and design. We chatted with Caroline about the honor and about what makes this new edition of the book such a valuable read for providers.

Caroline Steele, MS, RD, CSP, IBCLC, FAND
Caroline Steele, MS, RD, CSP, IBCLC, FAND

Q: What inspired you to co-author a book on the topic of milk and formula preparation guidelines in healthcare facilities? 

A: Over the past 20 years, I have conducted and published many research studies specifically looking at patient safety and outcomes related to centralized handling of human milk and formula within the hospital setting. I was an author on the second edition of this publication. Therefore, when the opportunity arose to be the co-editor and author on the third edition, I jumped at it!

Katherine Bennett, Clinical Dietitian
Katherine Bennett, Clinical Dietitian

Q: What are some important themes providers can expect to learn about in the book? 

A: There are really three predominant themes in the publication. First is that the location of infant/pediatric feeding preparation is critical to prevent contamination. Second, use of dedicated technicians improves safety and accuracy. Third, the use of technology can reduce risk of human error during both preparation of feedings and administering feedings to the patient.

Q: Can you hint at some of the new research topics covered in the third edition?

A: In this edition, we included new chapters on lactoengineering and the use of blenderized tube feedings. We also provided expanded information on use of donor human milk and milk products as well as modular enteral ingredients.

Q: How does it feel to be recognized with this award? 

A: This award was a great honor and one outside my normal realm of nutrition! The award is granted as platinum, gold or honorable mention. We are thrilled that we received a platinum award, meaning that our book scored 90 to 100 on a scale of 100!

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to highlight about the book?

A: Infant and Pediatric Feedings is the most comprehensive resource for all things related to feeding preparation. I use my own copy all the time!

Q: How can people order a physical or digital copy?

A: This may be purchased from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Eat Right Store website.   

CHOC Clinical Nutrition and Lactation Services Director and Registered Dietician Contribute to Infant and Pediatric Feedings Book

We are proud of our clinical nutrition and lactation services team for continuing to advance best practices. Caroline Steele, the department’s director, co-authored Infant and Pediatric Feedings: Guidelines for Preparation of Human Milk and Formula in Health Care Facilities (third edition), with CHOC RD Katherine Bennett contributing a chapter. And we’ve just learned more than 2,000 copies of this authoritative guide have been sold in just a couple of months!

This edition of the book addresses the most up-to-date information on human milk and formula storage, handling, and preparation techniques. Five new chapters have been added. Further updates and additions include: both infant and pediatric feeding preparation; guidelines for facilities seeking to implement centralized infant and pediatric feeding preparation for the first time or expand scope of operations; and information on donor human milk along with guidelines for human milk products. The book discusses lactoengineering techniques and current research. There is a chapter on use of blenderized (real food) tube feedings within the hospital setting. In addition, the book contains expanded information on modular components and other additives.

To order a copy, visit

CHOC Children’s Hosts Nutrition and Feeding Conference, Sept. 27-29

An upcoming conference hosted by CHOC Children’s will highlight the impact of diet on the human microbiome, food allergies, and neonatal and surgical nutrition, among other critical topics for infants and toddlers. We spoke to Caroline Steele, director, clinical nutrition and lactation services at CHOC Children’s about what participants can expect at this event:

Q: What is the importance of the “Nutrition and Feeding in Infants and Toddlers” conference?

A: Held on Sept. 27-29, at the Marriott Newport Beach Hotel & Spa in Newport Beach, the conference will give pediatricians, neonatologists, registered dietitians, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, lactation consultants, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, and other pediatric healthcare providers a unique opportunity to receive advanced level education on infant and toddler nutrition.  Emphasis will be placed on the impact of diet on the human microbiome, feeding strategies, food allergies, human milk and formula handling within the healthcare setting, and optimizing care for the surgical infant.

Q: What excites you most about the conference?

A: I am excited about bringing together such an impressive slate of speakers from a variety of disciplines.  We have many nationally known speakers presenting their areas of expertise including Dr. Josef Neu, professor of pediatrics, division of neonatology at University of Florida Health, as our keynote speaker discussing the microbiome and having presentations from four of the authors from the definitive publication on handling of infant feedings within the hospital setting.  The opportunity for attendees from all over the country and from a variety of disciplines to network and share best practices is also going to be a highlight of this conference.

Q: What can attendees expect to learn about infant and toddler feeding?

A: Participants will take away specific tactics for setting up a new centralized human milk and formula preparation room or specific guidelines surrounding allergies from use of the elimination diet for breastfeeding to timing and content of complementary foods to reduce risk of allergies, to the management of food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES) and eosinophilic esophagitis.

Q: What other topic are you looking forward to at this conference?

A: I am looking forward to learning more about the physical and tactile aspects of eating such as what can be done from a pre-feeding standpoint for infants who will have a prolonged NPO status to help promote oral feeding when the time comes or how to prevent picky eating from developing into problem feeding.

Register and learn more about the Nutrition and Feeding in Infants and Toddlers conference.