The February 2007 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology includes an article called “Breastfeeding: Maternal and Infant Aspects.” In this two-page article, the Committee on Health Care for Underserved Women and the Committee on Obstetric Practice co-authored their opinions regarding breastfeeding practices and beliefs. Here are some of the highlights:
- ACOG recognizes that “breastfeeding and human milk provide benefits to infants, women, families, and societies.”
- ACOG calls for breastfeeding education and support for all women, during “preconception, prenatal, postpartum, and interconception care.”
- ACOG recognizes that “nearly every woman can breastfeed her child.”
- ACOG calls for its “Fellows, other health care professionals who care for women and their infants, hospitals, and employers to support women in choosing to breastfeed their infants.”
- ACOG urges OB/GYN doctors to “provide supportive clinical care” and “be in the forefront of fostering changes in the public environment” – such as hospital practices, community efforts, supportive legislation, etc.
- ACOG recognizes that formula “gift bags” commonly undermine breastfeeding continuation.
What can each of us do to promote the education of women to encourage them to choose breastfeeding? What can each of us do to support these women’s choice to breastfeed and encourage them on to success?