TABLE 3

Summary of Breastfeeding Supportive Office Practices

1. Have a written breastfeeding-friendly office policy
2. Train staff in breastfeeding support skills
3. Discuss breastfeeding during prenatal visits and at each well-child visit
4. Encourage exclusive breastfeeding for ∼6 months
5. Provide appropriate anticipatory guidance that supports the continuation of breastfeeding as long as desired
6. Incorporate breastfeeding observation into routine care
7. Educate mothers on breast-milk expression and return to work
8. Provide noncommercial breastfeeding educational resources for parents
9. Encourage breastfeeding in the waiting room, but provide private space on request
10. Eliminate the distribution of free formula
11. Train staff to follow telephone triage protocols to address breastfeeding concerns
12. Collaborate with the local hospital or birthing center and obstetric community regarding breastfeeding-friendly care
13. Link with breastfeeding community resources
14. Monitor breastfeeding rates in your practice