Physician Education and Training on Breastfeeding Action Plan
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct the Physician Engagement and Training focused on Breastfeeding project.
The intent of the project sought to engage physicians and stakeholders to (1) increase availability and accessibility of medical provider education and training related to breastfeeding, and (2) improve capacity of medical practitioners to facilitate the safe implementation of evidence-based maternity care practices at the hospital level and within their practices, and to promote
continuity of breastfeeding-related care in their communities.
The AAP developed a
comprehensive action plan that includes recommendations for addressing: (1) gaps in breastfeeding training and education for physicians, with special emphasis on underserved populations and (2) training to support the safe implementation of evidence-based maternity practices supportive of breastfeeding.
Strategies include integration of breastfeeding training in the various stages of formal medical education, encouraging culture change to support breastfeeding within the medical education and training process, and encouragement of continuity of care with community breastfeeding resources.