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Hope K. Lima

Provider Perceptions of IBCLCs in Primary Care Settings: A Pilot Study

  • Speaker: Hope K. Lima , PhD, RDN, IBCLC
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  • Duration: 60 Mins
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Abstract:

In 2020, only 25.6% of dyads in the US were exclusively breastfeeding at six months. One contributing factor to low exclusivity rates is the absence of a specialized physician who provides dyad care. Consequently, pediatricians and obstetricians provide lactation education and support in the primary care setting. Little is published about perceptions of and roles related to lactation practices in primary care settings, and no survey instrument exists to investigate these topics. A 58-question survey was developed, validated, and subsequently distributed to primary care providers (PCPs) in the field of maternal and child health to help define current perceptions and practices related to lactation care and referrals. In this pilot study, responses were received from 40 PCPs in the Southeastern United States and included in the analysis. Results highlight areas of strengths and areas for improvement in current practices of PCPs with regards to lactation services. These data can be utilized as a framework for developing interventions and/or programs that will improve lactation care in primary care settings.