ABM Member Profile: Featuring Rima L. Strassman, MD, FABM
Strassman: ABM‘s strength is its network of support and knowledge in the area of breastfeeding medicine.
ABM: What inspires you to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding?
Strassman: The satisfaction I get from helping mothers accomplish their goals in parenting their infants and making breastfeeding a part of that. ABM helps me do this by sharing knowledge and offering support from peers doing the same thing.
ABM: What advice can you offer to physicians who are interested in learning more about breastfeeding?
Strassman: Attend ABM meetings including the WEPNTK pre-conference course, look for other lactation/breastfeeding conferences, and read the ABM listserv.
ABM: What accomplishment are you most proud of in your career?
Strassman: This is a tough question to answer, but I suppose becoming a Fellow of ABM and being acknowledged by people I admire within the organization as someone who deserved that honor.
ABM: What is a current challenge for you in your work?
Strassman: Finding time to do as much as I would like to assist nursing mom and baby dyads while still attending to the practice of general pediatrics and meeting the needs of these patients as well as those with nursing issues and questions.
ABM: What can ABM offer physicians worldwide?
Strassman: ABM can offer physicians the knowledge needed to support breastfeeding as well as support and networking for those who already have the knowledge.
Thank you, Dr. Strassman. We look forward to featuring additional Lifetime and Gold Members on the ABM Blog each month.
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