Common concerns regarding breastfeeding in a family practice setting

Mattar C N, Fok D, Chong Y S
Singapore Med J 2008; 49(4) : 272


Breastfeeding and the role of a primary physician
Clinicians can influence a woman’s decision to breastfeed and can contribute to a successful breastfeeding practice. A physician’s affirmation of breastfeeding can significantly increase breastfeeding initiation of women from various backgrounds. When a mother encounters a difficult situation that may jeopardise lactation, her physician should be able to counsel her appropriately and encourage a continued effort to breastfeed, bearing in mind the strong sociocultural influences that encourage a trend towards formula feeding.

It is important for the clinician to understand the many short- and long-term benefits of breast milk to prevent premature cessation of breastfeeding.

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