Summary: Questions related to breastfeeding may be a reason for consulting a family doctor and belong in family medicine's spectrum of competence. Breastfeeding, a natural health behavior, protects the infant from infection and promotes development. Competent advice on lactation given by physicians promotes breastfeeding rates and duration. Lactation counselling includes a basic understanding of the physiology of lactation, as well as practice related skills pertaining to contraindications, prescription of medications, milk supply and treatment of common breast symptoms. A family doctor can resort to many sources of information for support. Since positive health effects continue throughout the breastfeeding period, unnecessary weaning should be avoided.
|Translated title of the contribution||Questions related to breastfeeding - What every family physician should know|
|Journal||Zeitschrift fur Allgemeinmedizin|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 01.01.2014|