Educational Objectives and Skills for the Physician with Respect to Breastfeeding
The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Statement, 2011
The science of breastfeeding and human lactation requires that physicians from many different specialties have a collaborative forum to promote progress in physician education. To optimize breastfeeding practices globally, physicians must incorporate the attitudes and skills needed to practice evidence-based breastfeeding medicine. The study of breastfeeding and human lactation is not currently recognized as a medical subspecialty, so that the maintenance of a multispecialty, physician-only organization dedicated to physician education and expansion of knowledge in this field has been vital.
The benefits of breastfeeding have been well documented. Medical doctors worldwide play a key role in advocating for breastfeeding, and they interact with women and children throughout the lifespan.
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