Development of LactaPedia: A lactation glossary for science and medicine

Melinda Boss, Peter Hartmann, Jennifer Turner, Doug Pritchard, Rafael Perez-Escamilla, Rhonda Clifford

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During the last decade, there have been several publications highlighting the need for consistent terminology in breastfeeding research. Standard terms and definitions are essential for the comparison and interpretation of scientific studies that, in turn, support evidence-based education, consistency of health care, and breastfeeding policy. Inconsistent advice is commonly reported by mothers to contribute to early weaning. A standard language is the fundamental starting point required for the provision of consistent advice. LactaPedia ( is a comprehensive lactation glossary of over 500 terms and definitions created during the development of LactaMap (, an online lactation care support system. This paper describes the development of LactaPedia, a website that is accessible free of charge to anyone with access to the Internet. Multiple methodological frameworks were incorporated in LactaPedia's development in order to meet the needs of a glossary to support both consistent health care and scientific research. The resulting LactaPedia methodology is a six-stage process that was developed inductively and includes framework to guide vetting and extension of its content using public feedback via discussion forums. The discussion forums support ongoing usability and refinement of the glossary. The development of LactaPedia provides a fundamental first step towards improving breastfeeding outcomes that are currently well below World Health Organisation recommendations globally.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12969
JournalMaternal and Child Nutrition
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2020


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