A breastfeeding curriculum for residents and medical students: A multidiciplinary approach

Tony Ogburn, Eve Espey, Larry Leeman, Kathy Alvarez

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Medical school and residency training programs, in which practice patterns are established, frequently lack formal education in breastfeeding in the United States. This project, a curriculum based on the Wellstart Lactation Management Guide, was developed for resident physicians and medical students at the University of New Mexico to address the deficiency in formal education about breastfeeding. The curriculum, developed and implemented by faculty members from obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, and family medicine, includes formal interactive teaching sessions, discussion of breastfeeding issues on daily clinical rounds, and patient visits with lactation support personnel. Interns from the Departments of Pediatrics, Obstetrics/Gynecology, and Family Medicine participate. Surveys of participating residents and faculty demonstrate highly favorable attitudes. In conclusion, a multidisciplinary approach to breastfeeding education is feasible and well received by both teachers and residents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)458-464
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Human Lactation
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Breastfeeding education
  • Medical student
  • Resident
  • Wellstart curriculum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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