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) and the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation (FLRF) seek to build this foundation with the online resource LactaPedia – A glossary of lactation for science and medicine.

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 and FLRF hope 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 FLRF, Breastfeeding and Breast Milk – From Biochemistry to Impact. A Multidisciplinary Introduction. FLRF contributed AUD 106,000 to its creation.

Further reading

Boss M, Hartmann P, Turner J, Pritchard D, Pérez-Escamilla R, Clifford R. Development of LactaPedia: A lactation glossary for science and medicine. Matern Child Nutr. 2020;16(3):e12969. DOI: 10.1111/mcn.12969