Action 10. Include basic support for breastfeeding as a standard of care for midwives, obstetricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, and pediatricians.
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- Define standards for clinical practice that will ensure continuity of care for pregnant women and mother-baby pairs in the first four weeks of life
- Conduct analyses and disseminate their findings on the comparative effectiveness of different models for integrating skilled lactation support into settings where midwives, obstetricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, and pediatricians practice
- Key Website Features: News Room, Advocacy HQ, and Coalitions Directory
- Learning Community: Standard of Care Learning Community
- Webinar & Conference Archives: Nurses
- Webinar & Conference Archives: Physicians
- Webinar & Conference Archives: Other Health Care Professionals
- Webpage: Other Organizations' Policy Statements
- Publication: Core Competencies in Breastfeeding Care and Services for All Health Professionals
Action Activities: The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine continues to produce evidence-based clinical protocols and revise existing protocols every 5 years in multiple languages.
Supporting Link: http://www.bfmed.org/Resources/Protocols.aspx
Action Activities: The AAFP supports the core competencies for health care professionals to provide breastfeeding support and education. Medical schools and family medicine residencies should include appropriate curricula in lactation physiology and breastfeeding management so that family physicians are adequately trained to provide care to breastfeeding mothers and infants.
Supporting Link: https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/breastfeeding-support.html
Action Activities: With the encouragement and strong support of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration, the America Academy of Pediatrics and its many collaborating partners updated the Bright Futures Guidelines as a uniform set of recommendations for health care professionals. AAP has developed the Breastfeeding...The First Immunization and Obesity Prevention Begins with Breastfeeding posters to raise awareness of the link between breastfeeding and health promotion.
Action Activities: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists produces clinical recommendations and content on breastfeeding for providers. Women are strongly encouraged to breastfeed, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists supports each woman’s right to breastfeeding.
Action Activities: 1. We include lactation services at our annual meeting and also have policies to support lactating employees in the organization.
Action Activities: BCUSA encourages all cafes to link with other health services, and to invite them to attend Cafes for education.
Action Activities: Breastfeeding outcome tracking is one of the measures we expect our CenteringPregnancy sites to include in their data collection
Action Activities: --Under Alive and Thrive (A&T), established a network of Centers for Breastfeeding Excellence (CBFE) in its four focus countries. Four hospitals in Viet Nam have been designated as the first CBFE’s in the country, providing A&T the opportunity to test, adapt, and replicate the process in Viet Nam and its other focus countries (Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar).
--FHI 360 has staff that is a Steering Committee Member of the Global Breastfeeding Coalition which is chaired by UNICEF and WHO (Advocacy Coalition to protect and promote BF globally).
Action Activities: HMBANA regularly publishes two guidelines for donor milk and milk banking, these are: "Best Practices for Expressing, Storing, and Handling Human Milk in Hospitals, Homes" and "Child Care Settings and Guidelines for the Establishment and Operation of a Donor Human Milk Bank". HMBANA also convenes a biennial international conference on donor milk and a biennial membership symposium on milk banking.
Supporting Link: https://www.hmbana.org/news/events
Action Activities: ImprovingBirth's Mother-Friendly Accreditation Program (MFAP) outlines specific measures for hospitals and providers to improve maternity care, one of which are specific steps to improve breastfeeding success for new mothers.
Supporting Link: https://improvingbirth.org/mfap/
Action Activities: ICEA provides breastfeeding information on the web site for resources for both parents and profession as well as a regularly updated facebook page and blog with current, evidence-based information
Supporting Link: http://icea.org
Action Activities: Lamaze International disseminates research and evidence-based practices that support breastfeeding as a standard of care through publications in the Journal of Perinatal Education, the Lamaze newsletter/blog Science and Sensibility, and through the Lamaze website.
Supporting Link: http://www.lamaze.org/
Action Activities: Transcultural Position statement
Action Activities: CBC is conducting some outreach to physicians. A small study was conducted in 2017 to examine obstetricians and pediatricians breastfeeding knowledge, attitudes and practices.
Supporting Link: http://a
Action Activities: The DCBFC (and the Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition) recognize healthcare provider offices that promote and support breastfeeding through the annual Healthcare Professional Awards.
Supporting Link: http://dcbfc.org/WorkplaceAwardPressRelease_2018.php
Action Activities: Website links and educational info on the benefits of breastfeeding.
Supporting Link: http://flbreastfeeding.org/benefits.htm
Action Activities: The KBC has partnered with the Kansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatricians to create and implement a "Breastfeeding Friendly Physician's Practice" designation. Once enrolled in the designation program, the practice receives a free 1-hour "lunch-and-learn" presentation along with a tool kit of resources. Enrolled practices also participate in quarterly webinars on lactation-specific topics using the USBC's Core Competencies as the content outline. The KBC assists with the development and presentation of all trainings for this project.
Supporting Link: http://ksbreastfeeding.org/physicians/
Action Activities: This is part of the education required as the state supports more birthing facilities to move toward becoming Baby Friendly.