New Breastfeeding Toolkit Offers Comprehensive Resource

Academy Provides Tools for Clinical Use, Coding and Patient Education

March 05, 2015 02:44 pm Chris Crawford

A new breastfeeding resource and toolkit from the AAFP offers office- and community-based tools, advocacy resources, evidence-based knowledge and educational material that family physicians can share with their patients.

[Infant breastfeeding]

The toolkit, which bolsters AAFP policy, also includes the breastfeeding position paper that the Academy released in November with updates informed by evidence-based research that occurred since the previous position paper's 2008 release.

Jennifer Frost, M.D., medical director for the AAFP Health of the Public and Science Division, told AAFP News that the toolkit provides practical information and resources to help family physicians support and promote breastfeeding in their practice.

Key Practice Resources

Frost said the HHS' business case for breastfeeding(mchb.hrsa.gov) is an especially useful part of the new toolkit.

"It provides economic reasons for why businesses should support breastfeeding employees," she said. "Members can use this with their own employers, and also can refer patients/peers. We know that there is discrimination in the workplace against breastfeeding women. Businesses need to understand that supporting breastfeeding can actually be cost-saving."

Story highlights
  • The Academy has created a breastfeeding resource and toolkit to bolster its policy on breastfeeding.
  • The toolkit includes the HHS' business case for why employers should support breastfeeding.
  • The toolkit also offers resources from FamilyDoctor.org that family physicians can share with their patients.

She added that the community-based resources in the kit include culturally specific tools for different races and ethnicities, including for African-American(lovingsupport.nal.usda.gov) and Hispanic(lovingsupport.nal.usda.gov) populations.

Additional resources for family medicine offices include:

A button at the top of the toolkit page links to the breastfeeding position paper, which Frost said includes useful information on educating medical students and residents on breastfeeding, as well as the United States Breastfeeding Committee's core competencies in breastfeeding care and services for all health professionals.

Key Patient Resources

The toolkit also offers resources from FamilyDoctor.org that family physicians can share with their patients on the topics of:
Why should I breastfeed?,(familydoctor.org)
Breastfeeding: Hints to help you get off to a good start(familydoctor.org) and
Breastfeeding: Returning to work.(familydoctor.org)

Related AAFP News Coverage

Fresh Perspectives
Breastfeeding: What Every FP Should Know But Didn't Learn in Med School

(3/4/2015)

AAFP Resources Encourage FPs to Promote, Support Breastfeeding
Updated Position Paper Offers Comprehensive Information, Key Recommendations

(11/18/2014)

Guest Editorial
Supporting Breastfeeding Makes a Difference for Moms, Babies

(8/22/2013)


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