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ABM Member Profile: Featuring Rima L. Strassman, MD, FABM

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ABM: What is ABM‘s greatest strength? 

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.

Don’t forget to register for the 17th Annual International Meeting to be held October 11-14, 2012 in Chicago. Early-bird rates end August 15.

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July 27, 2012 at 12:13 pm

ABM Member Profile: Featuring Susan Landers, MD, FABM

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ABM: Why did you become a member of ABM?

Landers: I joined to get involved with other experts in breastfeeding.

ABM: What is ABM‘s greatest strength?

Landers: ABM‘s strengths are its multidisciplinary nature (Obstetrics, Family Practice, Surgery, etc.) and international members.

ABM: What advice can you offer to physicians who are interested in learning more about breastfeeding?

Landers: Take a basic skills course (6-8 hours), work with an IBCLC in your practice, volunteer on your hospital breastfeeding committee, ask your hospital to track the perinatal care core measures (especially exclusive breastfeeding at hospital discharge).

ABM: What accomplishment are you most proud of in your career?

Landers: I am most proud of becoming an ABM Fellow (FABM) and being elected to a position on the AAP’s Section on Breastfeeding Executive Committee.

ABM: What is a current challenge for you in your work?

Landers: Dealing with entrenched hospital-based maternity care practices that undermine breastfeeding.

ABM: What can ABM offer physicians worldwide?

Landers: ABM can offer physicians protocols and guidelines in breastfeeding medicine.

Thank you, Dr. Landers.  We look forward to featuring additional Lifetime and Gold Members on the ABM Blog each week.

Don’t forget to submit your abstract for the 17th Annual International Meeting to be held October 11-14, 2012 in Chicago.  The deadline is June 20.

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June 13, 2012 at 11:30 am

ABM Member Profile: Featuring Felicity Savage, MD, FABM

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ABM: Why did you become a member of ABM?

Savage: Because I am so supportive of its aims and enjoy the support of other physicians interested in breastfeeding.

ABM: What is ABM‘s greatest strength?

Savage: Bringing physicians who care and are knowledgeable about breastfeeding together, and setting a high technical evidence-based standard.

ABM: What inspires you to promote, protect and support breastfeeding?

Savage: I developed a passionate interest in the subject when having my own babies, and seeing the harm done to babies who bottle feed, especially when I worked in Africa and Indonesia. I was working for breastfeeding and the BFHI long before ABM existed, but now ABM helps by providing supportive colleagues, and normalizing breastfeeding as part of the physicians’ role.

ABM: What advice can you offer to physicians who are interested in learning more about breastfeeding?

Savage: Take a breastfeeding-related course, and join all the breastfeeding organizations you can, especially ABM.

ABM: What accomplishment are you most proud of in your career?

Savage: Developing breastfeeding training courses – one Masters level 3-4 week course at the Institute of Child Health in London (now transferred to Brighton University), conducting 2 week outreach versions of the course in 7 other countries, and developing the 40-hour in-service “book-led” course “Breastfeeding Counselling” for WHO which has been used and adapted and translated all over the world; writing 2 books “Breastfeeding in practice” (with Elisabeth Helsing) and “Helping Mothers to Breastfeed” which were translated into over 20 languages. These activities have contributed significantly to improved knowledge for doctors and other senior health workers in many countries.

ABM: What is a current challenge for you in your work?

Savage: Trying to ensure that there are future generations of senior health workers with sufficient authority to continue establishing breastfeeding as a mainstream public health subject, for evidence-based teaching and implementation

ABM: What can ABM offer physicians worldwide?

Savage: Ensure that all medical students learn about breastfeeding and feel responsible for promoting it throughout medical services, whether or not they specialize in the subject themselves.

Thank you, Dr. Savage.  We look forward to featuring additional Lifetime and Gold Members on the ABM Blog each week.

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April 5, 2012 at 9:53 am