U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
Update of a 2003 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation on counseling to promote breastfeeding.
The USPSTF evaluated the results of a systematic review, conducted by the Tufts-New England Medical Center Evidence-based Practice Center, of literature published since January 2007 on primary careâ€“initiated, â€“conducted, or â€“referable activities to promote and support breastfeeding.
The USPSTF recommends interventions during pregnancy and after birth to promote and support breastfeeding (Grade B recommendation).
For a summary of the evidence systematically reviewed in making these recommendations, the full recommendation statement, and supporting documents, please go to http://www.preventiveservices.ahrq.gov.
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After reviewing the evidence, the USPSTF concludes that primary care providers can increase breastfeeding rates and duration by encouraging and supporting breastfeeding to their patients.
UTCOM Internal Medicine Resident
November 16, 2008
culturally competent medicine
I agree about the importance of different interventions to promote breastfeeding for the benefit of both infant and mother. Given my background and my interest in culturally competent medicine I was hoping to hear more about the cultural factors and religious beliefs that may influence breastfeeding. For instance; in Islamic culture mother is encouraged to nurse her infant for 2 years if possible. Knowing that fact may explain the high rates of breastfeeding in Muslim countries compared to the western world. On the other hand ignoring the the importance of privacy and modesty for the Muslim woman in our hospitals may discourage that incentive and motivation for breastfeeding.
Ulfat Shaikh, Omar Ahmed.Breastfeeding Medicine. Sep 2006, Vol. 1, No. 3: 164-167
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Primary Care Interventions to Promote Breastfeeding: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement. Ann Intern Med. 2008;149:560–564. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-149-8-200810210-00008
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