Physician Attitudes About Breastfeeding

  • MaryAnn O’Hara
  • David Grossman
  • Lorna Rhodes
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 503)


Despite mounting evidence of the health importance of breastfeeding, physicians demonstrate persistent, suboptimal knowledge about and support for breastfeeding.1 Educational interventions can increase physician breastfeeding knowledge, and yet not necessarily improve behavior.2 This suggests the need for a richer understanding of physician attitudes towards breastfeeding, including how those attitudes relate to utilization of data and clinical practice.




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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • MaryAnn O’Hara
    • 1
  • David Grossman
    • 2
  • Lorna Rhodes
    • 3
  1. 1.Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and Department of Family MedicineUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  3. 3.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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