The Healthiest Babies are Breastfed.
Our mission is to assist new mothers by providing support and accurate information on breastfeeding to both mom’s and their doctors, midwives and nurse practitioners.
Health care providers, we want to help assist you in the development of a baby-friendly and breastfeeding-amicable clinical practice, for heathier patients and babies.
The process of helping others learn about breastfeeding and bringing about change in our community is often a slow and tedious process. Each step we take is a step closer to healthy babies and healthy parenthood.
Contact Your Host :Christine Betzold MSN NP IBCLC
TBFC Program Results
This program was built within a family practice setting that followed the American Academy of Pediatrics’, “Ten steps to Support Parents’ Choice to Breastfeed Their Baby”. It included 33 mostly Caucasian upper or middle class women of which 48% had a bachelors or higher degree.
Questionnaires were used to assess: breastfeeding goals, breastfeeding rates and maternal perception. Percent change was used to measure increases in goals. A 200% increase in exclusive breastfeeding goals and 160% increase in the overall duration of breastfeeding goals were demonstrated. 6 month breastfeeding duration rates were 73% of which 27% were almost exclusively breastfeeding. 12 month duration rates were 33%. 100% of mothers recommended the prenatal component and 97% recommended the postnatal component. 78% felt successful in meeting their duration goals.
In conclusion, distributing handouts within a breastfeeding friendly family practice setting at each prenatal visit in conjunction with asking mothers to set breastfeeding goals, effectively increased exclusive and overall duration goals and may have increased breastfeeding rates.
The rates reported in this study far exceeded most current U.S. rates as well as the Healthy People 2010 goals. Overall, program perception was positive and mothers felt successful.
I strongly encourage you to start a program in your clinic!
Breastfeeding Handouts for Providers and Mothers
Educational Breastfeeding Handouts for the Physician, Health Care Provider & Mothers can help guide mom’s to some wonderful information about the milestones in a mom and baby’s breastfeeding journey together, give them the schedule they long to understand, and some not often found information to help them get through any tough moments they may come across.
Start a TBFC Well Baby Program in Your Clinic
One goal of this program is to gently encourage women to continue breastfeeding their infants and to prevent premature weaning due to misinformation, myths and cultural misconceptions.
The other goal is to enlighten mothers about the superiority of their human milk which provides the most effective means of comfort during times of illness, fatigue and other discomforts and can keep their babies safe from illness, hospitalization and even death.
To run the program in your clinic, simply give the handouts at the onset of every routine. The program begins with the first week visit and ends with the 1 year visit or weaning, whichever comes first.