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Breastfeeding Friendly Practices: Spotlight on the Obstetric Care Setting and Managing Step 3 of the NYS Ten Steps to a Breastfeeding Friendly Practice


Originally presented on February 23, 2015

Speakers:
Carlos A. Santos, MD
OB/GYN Associates of Western New York

Erika Pelczynski, RN, BSN, IBCLC
OB/GYN Associates of Western New York

Sara Bonam Welge, MS, RDN, CDN
New York State Department of Health

Increasing access to primary care settings that support and promote breastfeeding, especially exclusive breastfeeding and breastfeeding of longer duration, is a key Prevention Agenda strategy to improve the health of women, infants and children and to prevent chronic diseases among women and children. Participants will review how one obstetric practice has successfully achieved the NYS Breastfeeding Friendly Practice Designation and will help participants recognize the prenatal care components necessary to start and continue the breastfeeding conversation. Multiple practice setting enhancements to support breastfeeding during pregnancy and the postpartum period will also be addressed.   

Learning Objectives
After this program participants will be able to:

  • Identify essential aspects of prenatal care and enhancements to the obstetric practice setting that support and promote breastfeeding.
  • Describe how the NYS Breastfeeding Friendly Practice Designation may be advantageous to obstetrics practices.
  • Recognize the policies and professional recommendations that support Step 3 of the NYS Ten Steps to a Breastfeeding Friendly Practice.
  • Describe the impact of infant formula advertising on women’s perceptions of breastfeeding.