AAP recommends pediatricians offer more breastfeeding support to new moms
CINCINNATI (WKRC) – There’s a new push to have pediatricians support new moms even more than ever before.
The American Academy of Pediatrics released a recommendation on Monday.
They report one study found 85 percent of moms intend to breastfeed
Exclusively for at least the first three months of a baby's life, but only about thirty percent of moms achieve this goal.
This is all part of a growing trend to support moms who are breastfeeding by giving them everything from safe spaces to privacy, support and understanding.
You may remember that there are new nursing suites now showing up in area airports and hospitals.
Moms who use them, such as Nicole Broomall, say the designated spaces and support make a big difference.
“I think it's important that moms feel they are supported and that this is something from their immediate circle to spaces that they are in, especially working moms,” said Nicole.
Now the recommendation from the AAP suggests pediatricians make their office space as breastfeeding friendly as possible.
They suggest parents have a lactation room with supplies for employees and patients who want to breastfeed or pump milk.
They also suggest that breastfeeding also be allowed and encouraged in waiting rooms.
In addition, they suggest extra training for staff on how to support breastfeeding moms.
This all because the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of life.
The health benefits according to the AAP include everything from fewer ear infections to reducing the risk for SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Pediatricians at Cincinnati Children's Hospital say they support breastfeeding, and if you need help where you see your doctor, ask for it.