LactaMedia - A Clinical Image Collection on LactaHub

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LactaMedia is an open access, expanding collection of educational breastfeeding photos and videos, each exhibiting a specific lactation or breastfeeding topic. Images are intended for use by health professionals when developing training materials or presentations, or when assisting mothers with breastfeeding challenges. All photos and videos are exclusively for nonprofit, educational, medical or scientific purposes.

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LactaMedia is for health professionals

Photos and videos can be used by trained health professionals who are looking for appropriate images to develop training materials or presentations, or to assist mothers with breastfeeding challenges.

LactaMedia is free of charge

All photos and videos are free of charge, exclusively for nonprofit, educational, medical or scientific use.

All images have been approved by an IBCLC

All photos and videos have been reviewed and approved by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). They have been produced in strict accordance with ethical and legal requirements for medical photography in which patients are involved. Patients have signed photographic consent forms or had one signed on their behalf by a parent.

LactaMedia is an emerging collection

LactaHub's goal is to curate a robust, ever growing resource, rich with contributions that reflect different communities around the globe.

Access LactaMedia photos and videos in 4 easy steps

Working with images of vulnerable populations requires extreme care and sensitivity – this process helps LactaHub ensure LactaMedia images are used appropriately:

  1. Browse watermarked photos and videos in our published galleries to select images (list of available images). WARNING: Content is graphic and potentially disturbing.
  2. Fill out and send us a request form.
  3. Receive a personal link via email by us inviting you to download your selected image(s) without watermarks (within 3 business days).
  4. Click on your personal link to download your images. Your link will expire 7 days after it is sent, and it shall not be shared.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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Learn how to use LactaMedia in 4 easy steps:

Can you help?

Our goal is to curate a robust resource, rich with contributions that reflect communities around the globe. And we hope you can help.

If you have feedback about LactaMedia, we would love to hear from you. If you work with lactating women and their breastfeeding infants and want to help populate LactaMedia, we would also love to hear from you. Reach us at

Wondering about the reaction you might receive from mothers? The LactaHub team has been amazed at the positive response from women who want to share their lactation and breastfeeding experiences. We believe that together, we can channel this spirit of support into a uniquely educational resource.

All photos and videos on LactaMedia have been gathered for LactaHub, a partnership project of The Global Health Network (University of Oxford) and the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation.

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Would you like to help us develop LactaHub? If yes, please take 5-10 minutes to share your feedback in a survey about the tools and resources available through LactaHub.

Your feedback will help shape and inform the development of the platform and its offerings. We appreciate your time and valuable input. Thank you very much! I want to share feedback.

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