Breastfeeding support through training, early career, beyond
TrishaKorioth, Staff Writer
For Your Information
New resources offer breastfeeding and lactation support for medical students, residents,
trainees and Fellows and call on pediatricians and medical educators to be their advocates.
The AAP Section on Breastfeeding has identified the need for such guidance. The AAP
provided input on policies that urge medical educators, schools, residency and fellowship
programs, and health care facilities to establish breastfeeding-supportive environments
Developed by the American Academy of Family Physicians, Breastfeeding and Lactation for Medical Trainees (http://bit.ly/2JqonF9) includes key recommendations from the AAP Physician Education and Training on Breastfeeding
Action Plan (http://bit.ly/2LJ3OVQ), which was developed with key stakeholders from 12 organizations.
The AAP recognizes that young physicians, trainees and their partners who have breastfeeding
support go on to become advocates, while those who are unsuccessful may introduce
bias or discourage breastfeeding in their patients.
By addressing gaps in breastfeeding-related education and training for providers throughout
career points in different settings and specialties, the action plan aims to foster
a culture of support for breastfeeding as the norm within the medical community.