Although 84% of Vermont mothers initiate breastfeeding, only 26% exclusively breastfeed at 6 months of age. Surveyed physicians agree with the benefits of breastfeeding but claim insufficient knowledge and lack confidence in evaluating and managing breastfeeding, despite the availability of evidence-based strategies that address these concerns.
To increase the percentage of infants receiving a documented breastfeeding assessment at each well-child visit in the first 6 months.
To increase documentation of follow up plan in well-child exams in which a breastfeeding problem is identified.
To increase duration and exclusivity of breastfeeding and increase confidence of providers in performing a clinical breastfeeding assessment.
Koutras, Anya S. M.D., F.A.A.F.P., I.B.C.L.C, "Improving Breastfeeding Supports in Primary Care Settings" (2014). Family Medicine Scholarly Works. 11.
Presented at the Annual Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine International Conference in Cleveland, OH, November 13-16, 2014, abstract #37. Awarded “Best US Poster.”