The Breastfeeding Handbook for Physicians, 3rd Edition, is the definitive resource on breastfeeding initiation, maintenance, support, and advocacy. Jointly developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), this must-have handbook features the most important and up-to-date developments in breastfeeding practice, research, policies, and outreach guidance, assembled by an expert physician panel. Available for purchase at https://www.aap.org/breastfeeding-handbook-for-physicians-3rd-edition-paperback/
11: The Breastfeeding-Friendly Medical Office
The medical home, including the partnership between the family and the pediatric, obstetric, and/or family health care professionals, should establish a breastfeeding-friendly environment that encourages breastfeeding in the office setting. Office medical practices should be directed to support the goals of Healthy People 2030 to increase the percentage of mothers who breastfeed and the duration of breastfeeding. In addition, the entire office staff, professional and nonprofessional, should be educated about the value and implementation of breastfeeding and how to support the breastfeeding dyad during the visit. Each visit is a valuable opportunity to provide that initial and ongoing support. Furthermore, incorporating breastfeeding management into the office can provide a resource to patients while offering a financial benefit to the practice.