Conflicting advice is one of the most common factors that impact on a mother’s confidence in her ability to breastfeed and sustain lactation. Consistent terminology is the most basic requirement for the prevention of conflicting advice, and the foundation that supports a common understanding of this important biological function. The University of Western Australia (UWA) hopes to build this foundation with the online resource LactaPedia.
LactaPedia was developed under the leadership of Principal Investigators:
- Melinda Boss, BPharm MPS, Senior Research Fellow, UWA
- Peter Hartmann, BRurSc, PhD, Emeritus Professor, UWA
LactaPedia aims to establish a globally consistent and accepted terminology for human lactation through the collaborative LactaPedia website that invites comments on any of the suggested terminology. Ultimately, UWA hopes the easily accessible and publicly available resource will help prevent dissemination of conflicting advice for mothers and their infants.
LactaPedia can be accessed by healthcare providers, researchers and the public as a stand-alone website. It is also included in the online lactation care support system LactaMap - An online lactation care support system and in the research book published by the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation, Breastfeeding and Breast Milk – From Biochemistry to Impact. A Multidisciplinary Introduction.