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.
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."
- 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 telephone triage protocol(massbreastfeeding.org) to help family doctors troubleshoot breastfeeding difficulties over the phone,
- a breastfeeding and billing resource(137 KB PDF) listing related ICD-9 codes and
- an AAFP-branded "Breastfeeding is welcome here" poster(280 KB PDF) to hang in the office.
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)
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