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Breastfeeding-Friendly Self-Assessment Tool for Physician Practices

Cancer Prevention

Breastfeeding lowers a women’s risk of breast and ovarian cancer.  One reason may be that when a woman is breastfeeding, she experiences hormonal changes that may delay the return of her menstrual periods. This reduces her lifetime exposure to hormones such as estrogen, which are linked to an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancers.

The KBC created the following handouts to help raise awareness about this important benefit of breastfeeding.

Handout for Patients – for patients of all ages to let them know breastfeeding reduces the risk of breast cancer (Spanish) To free copies in bulk, use Kansas Cancer Partnership Order Form.

Handout for Physicians/Health Care Providers – for physicians with the following action items:

  • Tell patients that breastfeeding reduces the risk of breast cancer—even if the
    woman is not of childbearing age. She is probably a friend or family member to
    women who are having children. She will pass this information along.
  • Add lactation history to patient health history form—this will raise awareness
    about the woman’s breastfeeding history and its impact on her lifelong health.
  • Provide patients with the accompanying “Patient” handout—this information
    maybe personally useful and/or may be shared with others in their lives.

More about breastfeeding and breast cancer:

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Physician Practices

Kansas Breastfeeding Friendly Practice Designation

The Kansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatricians (KAAP) in collaboration with the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition has created the Kansas Breastfeeding Friendly Practice Designation that can be earned by physician practices in Kansas. Medical providers who care for mothers and babies are in a position to offer support and encouragement that can lead to successful breastfeeding. Created to increase exclusive breastfeeding rates at six months of age and beyond in Kansas, this initiative will help practices create policy and environmental changes that will support breastfeeding mothers.

Participating practices can earn up to a 5-star designation, one star for each of the Breastfeeding. Check-out if your local provider is participating: Check out if your provider is participating.

Friendly Practice Criteria:

  • A breastfeeding-friendly office environment
  • Education for both staff and parents
  • Policies and procedures that promote breastfeeding
  • Community connections and breastfeeding resources
  • On-site individualized breastfeeding support

A physician trainer will give an on-site training – FREE CME and lunch included for the practice – based on the Breastfeeding Friendly Practice criteria to each participating practice. Practices will receive a tool kit including a window cling, poster, parent handouts, and electronic resources on a portable drive.

Know a practice you’d like to encourage to apply? Download the Promotional Flyer to share with local practices.

Visit KAAP Breastfeeding for more information or to enroll. Contact Mel Hudelson at mel.hudelson@kansasaap.org with questions. This program is funded and administered by the Kansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatricians (KAAP).

Breastfeeding Webinars
FREE one-hour webinars: (CEUs/CMEs are not available)

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