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: 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: BCUSA encourages all cafes to link with other health services, and to invite them to attend Cafes for education.
Supporting Link: http://babycafeusa.org see: how to set up a cafe
Action Activities: The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute is developing ongoing research exploring the effectiveness of various approaches to increasing basic breastfeeding support.
Supporting Link: http://breastfeeding.sph.unc.edu/what-we-do/research/
Action Activities: Breastfeeding outcome tracking is one of the measures we expect our CenteringPregnancy sites to include in their data collection
Action Activities: The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services's Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative outlines 10 steps which must be taken by hospitals, birth centers, and home birth service providers in order to achieve Mother-Friendly designation. One of the 10 steps requires that the provider "strives to achieve the WHO-UNICEF "Ten Steps of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative" to promote successful breastfeeding." The Mother-Friendly Nurse Recognition program honors nurses who provide quality, evidence-based care, including breastfeeding support.
Supporting Link: http://www.motherfriendly.org/MFCI
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: 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/