132686 - Infant Feeding and Parental Health
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The 2017 AMA Position Statement outlines best practice on infant feeding and parental health.
This introductory module is a great way to learn how to put the latest evidence into practice in this important area of public health.
Infant nutrition and early infant growth patterns lay the foundation for eating patterns and weight gain later in life. Infants need a healthy start to life to reduce the risk of chronic conditions later in life. Doctors and healthcare professionals are uniquely positioned to support parents to achieve this.
Breastfeeding confers immediate and long-term health benefits to mother and infant. Breastfeeding can support the infant immune system, and lead to long-term reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity, and lower systolic blood pressure. Maternal benefits include improved infant bonding, progress towards a healthy body weight, and reduction of some cancer risks.
Improving rates of breastfeeding at a population level is a proven, cost-effective public health intervention. General Practitioners can play a pivotal role in supporting new parents to meet their breastfeeding goals, and improving the community rates of breastfeeding initiation and duration.