Hello, and welcome to the Department of State Health Services class: Evidence-Based Lactation Management: how to find, evaluate, and apply evidence to improve outcomes for breastfeeding mothers and babies The goal of this workshop is to help you understand and use the scientific literature to promote and support breastfeeding. This workshop is intended to enhance your ability to practice evidence based lactation management. Specific skills that should be improved include your ability to Find the research you need on the internet Read and better understand research papers Evaluate study methods and understand study statistics Understand the value of diagnostic tests Describe strengths and limitations of published research and diagnostic tests to clients, students, and colleagues Identify levels of evidence for specific breastfeeding recommendations and for policy development You won’t be an expert, but you should feel a bit more confident in your ability to use the evidence in your work. Breastfeeding research will be used as examples to explain the concepts presented in the workshop. Breastfeeding topic areas will include use of pacifiers, evaluation of latch, efficacy of donor milk, the impact of breastfeeding on otitis media, obesity, and other diseases, the impact of epidurals on breastfeeding success, and several other topics. In preparation for this workshop, we ask that you do the following things before you arrive: 1) Read the article “How to read a paper: getting your bearings” by Trish Greenhalgh. This article will introduce you to key concepts that will be discussed in the workshop. 2) Read through the list of statistical terms just to become somewhat familiar with these words before the workshop begins. They will all be explained again, but reading them ahead of time will help. 3) If you have an article that you would like to discuss, bring a few copies of it with you to the workshop and we will help you evaluate it. 4) Pick a breastfeeding topic that you would like to research. You should be able to leave the workshop with a bibliography of studies on this topic and a critique of key studies in your list. If you pick a topic that will help you support a change in breastfeeding policy at your institution, you should also be able to rank the level of evidence for your proposed change in policy.