ABM Gold Member Profile: Anne M. Montgomery, MD, FABM
ABM: Why did you become a member of ABM?
Montgomery: I was very involved in breastfeeding support and wanted to be part of a group of similar physicians.
ABM: What is ABM‘s greatest strength?
Montgomery: The diversity and expertise of our members.
ABM: What inspires you to promote, protect and support breastfeeding?
Montgomery: Like many people, I was a “mainstream breastfeeding supporter” til I had my son; breastfeeding him exclusively for 5.5 months then continuing for 4.5 years “radicalized” me. I recognized that not not everyone had the tenacity/stubbornness to overcome all the barriers. As a physician to mothers and babies, it was part of my responsibility to be sure that all babies had the opportunity to be breastfed and that all mothers were supported in their feeding choices.
ABM: What advice can you offer to physicians who are interested in learning more about breastfeeding?
Montgomery: Join ABM! Don’t be afraid to attend courses aimed at nurses and lactation consultants if that is all that is available in your area.
ABM: What accomplishment are you most proud of in your career?
Montgomery: I achieved full professor academic rank in my late 40’s and have taught many residents and students about family medicine including breastfeeding.
ABM: What is a current challenge for you in your work?
Montgomery: Starting a new job soon, I don’t know what to expect yet! A brand new family medicine residency program should be interesting.
ABM: What can ABM offer physicians worldwide?
Montgomery: A chance to network with other like-minded physicians, good breastfeeding education, and support for their work assisting mothers and babies.
Thank you, Dr. Montgomery. We look forward to featuring additional Lifetime and Gold Members on the ABM Blog each month.
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