“A mother’s prenatal intention to breastfeed is influenced to a great extent by the opinion and support of the healthcare providers she encounters. Ongoing parental support through in-person visits and phone contacts with healthcare providers usually results in increased breastfeeding duration. Healthcare providers who interact with mothers and babies are in a unique position to contribute to the initial and ongoing support of the breastfeeding dyad. Practices that employ a healthcare professional trained in lactation have significantly higher breastfeeding initiation and maintenance rates, with mothers experiencing fewer problems related to breastfeeding.” Excerpted from ABM Protocol #14
If your physician and staff are not breastfeeding-friendly, encourage them to adopt the ABM protocol and create an office setting that promotes and supports breastfeeding. Let’s make Texas breastfeeding friendly, y’all!