ABM Gold Member Profile: Lori Feldman-Winter, MD, MPH, FABM
ABM: Why did you become a member of ABM?
Feldman-Winter: I wanted opportunities to network with colleagues that had a shared interest and learn from others work.
ABM: What is ABM‘s greatest strength?
Feldman-Winter: The members are definitely what makes this organization special. Each member makes their own unique contributions and we all learn from each other.
ABM: What inspires you to promote, protect and support breastfeeding?
Feldman-Winter: For too many years breastfeeding fell outside the realm of mainstream medicine and physicians were unprepared to support mothers decisions to breastfeed. Through organizations such as ABM physicians are much more knowledgeable and skillful in their support, but we still have a long way to go!
ABM: What advice can you offer to physicians who are interested in learning more about breastfeeding?
Feldman-Winter: First take courses, especially those geared for physicians such as the WEPNTKAB course. Then join organizations such as the ABM to gain a better understanding of the field from the physicians’ perspective. Then get involved, there are so many opportunities to make a real difference.
ABM: What accomplishment are you most proud of in your career?
Feldman-Winter: I have dedicated a large part of my career in breastfeeding medicine to physician education. Being part of the inaugural group of FABM’s is one of the highlights of my career.
ABM: What is a current challenge for you in your work?
Feldman-Winter: In my current work as a consultant to NICHQ Best Fed Beginnings Project, my biggest challenge is to convince physicians all over the country that they need to make changes, including getting the required education, to help their hospitals achieve Baby-Friendly designation. The resistance to change is sometimes overwhelming. Somehow we need to convince all physicians to acknowledge that we all have much to learn about breastfeeding, and that it is a vital component of healthcare.
ABM: What can ABM offer physicians worldwide?
Feldman-Winter: The clinical protocols are helpful to set a global agenda for optimal evidence based care.
Thank you, Dr. Feldman-Winter. We look forward to featuring additional Lifetime and Gold Members on the ABM Blog each week.
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