Breastfeeding is Best
Breastfeeding benefits both the mother and the child, but statistics show only 68 percent of Arkansas infants have ever been breastfed, and this number drops further for low-income households. SPAN is working with family medicine providers who play a key role in promoting breastfeeding with their patients. We also are training early childcare centers on how to be breastfeeding friendly.
Family medicine providers play a critical role in promoting and encouraging breastfeeding with their pregnant and post-partum patients. Some great resources we offer are the Breastfeeding Initiative and a series of videos to better equip you in helping breastfeeding patients.
Providers in 13 counties have joined. Get free CME, a protocol guide and more.
Short videos with Dr. Misty Virmani on talking to patients, billing, cases you’ll see.
USDA Dietary Guidelines
An excerpt of the USDA Dietary Guidelines for kids 0 – 2 and lactating moms.
Online Breastfeeding CME
CME and journal offerings from the American Academy of Pediatrics
CDC Link on Breastfeeding
CDC info for family medicine providers to share with pregnant and breastfeeding patents.
Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Education Center
Webinars, free protocols, session recordings, and other topical resources for providers
Moms / Early Childcare Center Trainings
Breastfeeding a child can be a struggle for some moms if not given the support they need. Explore some links to help moms with returning to work and issues with breastfeeding. Early childcare education centers need to support breastfeeding moms as a breastfeeding friendly facility. SPAN offers trainings with PDR credits on breastfeeding and milk storage policies and encouraging breastfeeding on site.
Dr. Misty Virmani talks about returning to work, breastfeeding vs. formula and more.
Prenatal care with regular check-ups and joining with other pregnant moms.
Upcoming breastfeeding trainings for early childcare education.