ABM Member Profile: Featuring Caroline Chantry, MD, FABM
Chantry: To attain more knowledge, skill and inspiration; to promote, protect and support breastfeeding, because surely it is an important cause.
ABM: What is ABM‘s greatest strength?
Chantry: Its membership which possesses vast expertise, experience and enthusiasm, and spans the globe.
ABM: What inspires you to promote, protect and support breastfeeding?
Chantry: Breastfeeding has the potential, by far, to make the most impact on maternal and child health of any preventive intervention. ABM helps me in many ways, e.g. with information and tools, but also by reinforcing the importance of what I do. Sometimes at work I feel like an army of one, and ABM is full of reinforcements at the ready – I can call on them by phone, email or read the journal!
ABM: What advice can you offer to physicians who are interested in learning more about breastfeeding?
Chantry: ABM conferences help, starting with “What Every Physician Needs To Know About Breastfeeding”; there are several online courses also. You also need hands-on experience. Find an expert to shadow and also just starting helps mothers and babies to get your own experience of what works. Every dyad is unique.
ABM: What accomplishment are you most proud of in your career?
Chantry: I am proud to have had the opportunity to serve ABM previously as President and for many years on the protocol committee. I am also proud of some of my research that ultimately I hope will help breastfeeding dyads.
ABM: What is a current challenge for you in your work?
Chantry: Still, in 2012, my hospital is resisting BFHI because they want the free formula! Ethical blinders!
ABM: What can ABM offer physicians worldwide?
Chantry: The protocols are available for all physicians. ABM‘s real treasure is the community of experts and advocates that are its membership. It is small enough that you can actually get to know many of the members and access their expertise and share yours.
Thank you, Dr. Chantry. We look forward to featuring additional Lifetime and Gold Members on the ABM Blog each month.
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