Pacer Lactation Conference

Sacremento California

Louisiana WIC Conference


Iowa Breastfeeding Conference


La Leche International 65th Anniversary Conference


National WIC Association


Native Indian and Native American WIC Virtual Conference


Northern Illinois Breastfeeding Task Force


GOLD Lactation 2021


Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition 2020 Breastfeeding Conference

Virtual Hosted by Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition

MBHS Fatherhood Virtual Learning Collaborative Workshop

Virtual. Hosted by Misouri Health Start

Missouri Bootheel Health Start, Virtual Breastfeeding Workshop

Sikeston, MO (on-line)

Memphis Breastfeeding Update, 2020

Memphis TN, (on-line)

Fathers: The essential puzzle piece

Colmbia SC

Breastfeed LA

Los Angeles, California (On-line)

3rd Annual Conception to Cradle Conference – 2019

Renaissance School of Medicine, Stony Brook University, Long Island, NY

2019 West Virginia Perinatal Summit

Stonewall Resort, Roanoke WV

Georgia WIC Training

Atlanta Georgia

Breastfeeding: Baby’s Natural Choice Conference

La Vista Conference Center, LaVista, NE

2018 North Dakota Biennial Breastfeeding Conference

Alerus Center, Grand Forks ND

Arkansas Breastfeeding Coalition and ANGELS Lactation Symposium 2018

UAMS College of Medicine, Little Rock, Arkansas

La Leche League of Connecticut, Healthcare Provider Seminar

Sheraton Heartford South, Rocky Hill, CT

The Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative (BLC)

Fairmont Hotsprings Resort, Anaconda MT

GOLD Lactation 2018


GOLD Perinatal Online Conference

Webinar: Keynote Address "The perintal microbiome" (Open Access presentation)

USLCA Webinar Series: The Role of the Father in Breastfeeding


Romanian Lactation Consultant Association IBCLC Training

Webinar: Two hours of training "The Role of the Father in Breastfeeding" and "The maternal-child microbiome: or the Oroboobular axis"

New Horizons in Clinical Lactation (USLCA)

San Antonio, Texas

South Regional AHEC – Obstetrical Nursing Update

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Global On-line Lactation Discussion (GOLD) 2017


5th Annual Breastfeeding Forum: Practices for the Future

Winston-Salem, NC

2016 AWHONN Florida Section Conference

Sheraton Sand Key Resort 1160 Gulf Blvd, Clearwater Beach FL, 33767

Norwich University School of Nursing

Northfield VT

Jarold (Tom) Johnston

Country: United States of America
Phone number: 910-964-7679
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Incorporating “Father-Friendly” Breastfeeding language in maternity settings

The purpose of this commentary is to provide perinatal providers with the tools they need to incorporate fathers into the breastfeeding relationship. Research shows that engaged fathers increase initiation rates, decrease the rate of breastfeeding complications that lead to premature cessation, and increase the duration and exclusivity of a mother’s breastfeeding efforts. Despite this evidence, studies frequently show that fathers report being ignored or excluded from breastfeeding education. This is likely an oversight on the behalf of perinatal providers rather than a conscious effort. Ultimately, however, perinatal providers need to be prepared to address the concerns of all parents who will provide care to the infant and not the mother alone. This commentary discusses the value of fathers as breastfeeding supporters and offers evidence-based teaching strategies requested by fathers. This commentary also identifies and describes 4 father-friendly breastfeeding promotion resources and highlights the techniques used to draw fathers into the mother’s breastfeeding efforts.

Johnston & LeRoy (2018) Engaging and Supporting Fathers with Breastfeeding Partners. Clinical Lactation 9(1); 18-22

This article explores the need for healthcare professionals to address fathers’ concerns regarding engagement and supportiveness with breastfeeding partners. Fathers often feel left out during the partner’s perinatal care and do not get the same amount of education and support, especially regarding breastfeeding. The desire to have practical information that is specifically related to the paternal figure is a common complaint among fathers. Educational classes involving childcare and breastfeeding information provide positive results regarding an increase in breastfeeding rates. The purpose of this article is to address the need to acquire interventions that engage and assist fathers with supporting their partners. Currently, two known programs exist to attempt to speak directly to fathers seeking practical breastfeeding advice: “Dads and Breastfeeding” and “Cribside Assistance.” However, there is still a lack of research regarding effective interventions that assist fathers and increase breastfeeding duration.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 2018

“Clinical Lactation” in A Guide to Mastery in Clinical Nursing

This chapter is a brief description of Human Lactation for the nurse generalist.  It includes the major concepts of human lactation (Milk Synthesis, Milk Production, and Milk Transfer). The chapter also offers an explanation and description of the clinical assessment skills required to provide basic breastfeeding supportive care.  This chapter is intended for the generalist nurse or the newly qualified registered nurse.

“Self-Efficacy” in The Encyclopedia of Nursing Research, 4th Ed.

This chapter is a brief description of Albert Bandura’s Self-Efficacy Theory.  It includes examples of the application of Self-Efficacy Theory in Modern Nursing Research

Labor and Delivery in my Pocket: “Fetal Death”

Tom contributed a small section on perinatal loss and bereavement care to the first and second edition of this handy little pocket guide for Labor and Delivery nurses.

New route of Danazol for Endometriosis needs more study

Johnston, JT & Ericson-Owens, D. (2004) “New route of Danazol for Endometriosis needs more study” JNMWH 49(6) p. 546-8

In this article the authors discuss the use of a Danazol loaded IUD tested for the treatment of endometriosis.

On Bed Sharing [Letter]

On Bed Sharing [letter]  JOGNN 37(6), p. 619-21. Nov/Dec

In this letter to the editor the authors discuss a recent study regarding the hazards of bed sharing and attempt to counter arguments that American mothers continue to sleep with their babies despite knowing the risks.  The Authors took issue with the statistics used and the exaggerated risks portrayed in the original published article.

Dads in Breastfeeding (published in Breastfeeding in Combat Boots, 2010)

Published in Robyn Rouche-Paull’s groundbreaking book on Breastfeeding while serving in the US Military, this little piece lays out breastfeeding for new fathers using military friendly language that all Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines can understand.  Perhaps the most popular section is the appropriation of the well known basic rifle marksmanship acronym SPORTS as a troubleshooting mantra to help fathers fix a bad latch.  Mrs. Rouche-Paull has kindly modified that section into a father friendly handout for public use.


Johnston, J.T. (2013) “Fatherhood”.  Breastfeeding Matters, La Leche League of the United Kingdom.

A brief article written by a father, for fathers in the UK.  This article discusses useful tips that fathers can use to help his wife and child breastfeed successfully.