Survey Reveals Change in Pediatrician Attitudes to Breastfeeding

More pediatricians report recommending exclusive breastfeeding from 1994 to 2014
More pediatricians report recommending exclusive breastfeeding from 1994 to 2014

HealthDay News — Pediatricians' recommendations and practices regarding breastfeeding became more closely aligned with American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy from 1995 to 2014, according to a study published online September 18 in Pediatrics.

Lori Feldman-Winter, MD, from Rowan University in Camden, NJ, and colleagues analyzed data from the Periodic Survey of Fellows, a nationally representative survey of AAP members, to assess pediatricians' practices and attitudes about breastfeeding. 

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The researchers found that from 1995 to 2014, more pediatricians reported their affiliated hospitals applied for "baby-friendly" designation (P<0.05), and more reported that they recommend exclusive breastfeeding (P<0.05). However, attitudes about the likelihood of breastfeeding success have worsened (P<0.05). Younger pediatricians reported lower confidence in managing breastfeeding problems, compared to older pediatricians (P<0.01).

"These two divergent trends indicate that even as breastfeeding rates continue to rise, continued efforts to enhance pediatricians' training and attitudes about breastfeeding are necessary," the authors write.

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