“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. To find breastfeeding friendly physicians in your area, contact your local breastfeeding coalition. Lactation consultants, La Leche League leaders, and WIC breastfeeding staff are also good sources for recommendations.
Is your physician supportive of breastfeeding? If so, write a letter or send an email to the physician and staff and let them know about the good breastfeeding support or bad breastfeeding support you experienced in their care. In this way, you can acknowledge the good support you receive or educate the physician and staff about how they can be more supportive.
Honor physicians that support breastfeeding mothers and babies with a certificate at a World Breastfeeding Week event, health fair, or other related event.
Let’s make Texas breastfeeding friendly, y’all!