Thank you for visiting the Hospital Infant Feeding Network. This website is a repository of relevant knowledge and best practice resources for health professionals. To join the conversation, ask questions and share your experiences please join us on Facebook or Twitter.


We will be running Q&A sessions on various topics, which will be advertised on our social media sites. Please email if you have ideas or want to get more involved. We welcome health professionals passionate about supporting breastfeeding in the hospital setting to join our steering group, please get in contact if this is you!

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Download a poster for HIFN here - put it up in your work coffee room


See separate page for e-learning and training

The Australian resource for doctors, "LactaMap" is a very comprehensive

website covering a range of topics

Journal articles and blogs for health professionals


  • Free electronic textbook hosted by the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative

  • Recent UK textbook for medical professionals, edited by Amy Brown and Wendy Jones

General breastfeeding information


Infant formula

Specific medical conditions


NICE Guidance specifies that prescribers should consult specialist services rather than relying on the BNF

  • UK Drugs in Lactation advisory service gives high quality lactation-specific information on each drug individually, and provides general topic question and answer sheets. Health professionals can contact them to ask specific questions

  • LactMed is a searchable database of medications from the US National Library of Medicine

  • The Breastfeeding Network fact sheets on common specific medications

Allied Health Professionals

  • RCN guidance on breastfeeding on children's wards and departments

Posters and flyers promoting breastfeeding

HIFN resources available for download

See separate pages for downloadable posters related to medication in lactation and general health professional education

Please join our Facebook group to access example teaching slide decks for different hospital settings