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.