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Coach's Notebook: Games and Strategies for Lactation Education

Author(s): Linda J. Smith, MPH, FACCE, IBCLC, FILCA, Director, Bright Future Lactation Resource Centre, Dayton, Ohio
  • ISBN-13: 9780763718190
  • ISBN-10:076371819X
  • Paperback    172 pages      © 2002
Price: $109.95 US List
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Coach's Notebook: Games and Strategies for Lactation Education contains a wide variety of games and activities for teaching breastfeeding and human lactation. Each of the games included has been tried, tested, and refined by the author and other educators. For each game you'll find goals, ideal audiences, times to play, and specific instructions for making teaching and learning human lactation fun and informative.

Features & Benefits

Excellent and inviting resource for faculty teaching lactation to students in Midwifery/OB nursing programs and for clinicians teaching parenting classes.
Games and strategies present the knowledge and help to fine-tune the skills necessary for lactation management and breastfeeding care.

Chapter 1.  Coach’s Rule Book: Using Games in Breastfeeding and Lactation Education

  • Avoiding Memories of Second Grade: Using Principles of Adult Education
  • Putting the Rabbit in the Hat: Making and Using Props
  • Murphy’s Law Is Alive and Well: Projection Devices and Other Equipment
  • Send in the Clowns: Working with Live Humans
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Rooms for Group Teaching
  • After You Say Hello: Structuring a Lecture, Class, and Presentation
  • Post-Mortems and Wrap-ups: Formal and Informal Evaluations

Chapter 2.  Warm-ups and Stretches: Introductions and Icebreakers

  • Find Someone Who
  • Who’s Glad You’re Breastfeeding
  • Secret Success
  • “Did You Know” Table Tents
  • Breastfeeding Trivia

Chapter 3.  On the Deck, or in the Pool?  Games for Exploring the Decision to Breastfeed

  • Cookie Game
  • Feeding Line Game
  • Everybody’s Doing It
  • The Guilt Game, or If Only I Had Known
  • Treasure Hunt (“Breastfeeding Is”) Game
  • Breastfeeding Quiz

Chapter 4.  Drill and Lead-ups: Games for Presenting Specific Concepts

  • Breastmilk Biochemistry Bingo
  • Eating Patterns (Golf Ball) Game
  • Figures Don’t Lie: Evaluating Breastfeeding Research
  • How To Talk So Mothers Will Listen and Listen So Mothers Will Talk OR Listening between the Lines
  • Solving the Puzzle: Infant Illness/Breastfeeding Care Plan Exercise
  • Jelly Belly Game
  • Latch-on Group Game
  • Lifecycle of the Mother-Baby Breastfeeding Dyad
  • Mock Trial
  • Mystery Game
  • The Snake Oil Show
  • Sleeping Through
  • Suckle Up
  • Your Teenagers Game

Chapter 5.  Secrets of the Pros: Neat and Nifty Ideas from Master Teachers

  • Balloon Sandwiches
  • Belly Stones
  • Brilliant Plays: Analogies and Metaphors
  • Fork It Over
  • How to Make Breastfeeding Difficult
  • Making Milk
  • Milk Fat Properties
  • Multitasking Mama
  • Rules of the Game
  • Triple Play

Linda J. Smith, MPH, FACCE, IBCLC, FILCA-Director, Bright Future Lactation Resource Centre, Dayton, Ohio

Linda J. Smith, MPH, IBCLC, FACCE, FILCA is currently Adjunct Instructor in the Center for Global Health, Department of Community Health, Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University. She is also the Owner/Director of Bright Future Lactation Resource Centre in Dayton, OH. Linda’s 40-year career in women's health advocacy and support began as a physical education teacher and extends into her practice as lactation consultant, childbirth educator, and public speaker. She is the author of 4 professional textbooks on birth and breastfeeding and co-author of Sweet Sleep by La Leche League International. She has lectured in 19 countries; her presentations have been translated into 12 languages including Chinese, Russian and Inuktitut. She has presented her key research areas to international health experts at the World Health Organization meetings.  Linda was a founder of IBLCE, founder and past board member of ILCA, and her Lactation Consultant Exam Preparation Course is the longest-running of its kind and the first to be based on the IBLCE Exam Blueprint.

Linda Smith obtained her MPH from Wright State University and her BSE from the State University of New York at Cortland in physical education. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE), and a La Leche League International Accredited Leader. She holds or has held leadership positions in the American Public Health Association (APHA), United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC), the American Breastfeeding Institute (ABI), the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA), and the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE).  Linda serves as ILCA’s liaison to the World Health Organization’s Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative and as a consultant to Baby-Friendly USA and INFACT Canada/IBFAN North America. She has been an expert reviewer on several documents published by the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 


  • "Dear Linda:
    I just had to write to you and thank you for the wonderful book you wrote: Coach's Notebook.  I love it. Yesterday I started a breastfeeding class with a group of expectant mothers. I used the Feeding Line game and they loved it and so did I! I noticed the difference in the expressions on their faces as we went through it and the talk was very animated. I really appreciate it!"

    --Cathy Urroz, IBCLC

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