February 24, 2017
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The family medicine clinic at The University of Kansas Health System has received a five-star rating, the highest possible, from the Kansas Breastfeeding Friendly Practice Designation.
Family Medicine staff have made a commitment to help the breastfeeding mothers they see each day to reach their breastfeeding goals, according to Kelsie Kelly, MD, MPH, Family Medicine's assistant program director.
"Breastfeeding has many known benefits for mothers and infants, and we're excited to provide the quality of care needed to help mothers and infants reach their potential," she said.
Family Medicine nurses, for instance, are involved in breastfeeding education among pregnant women, as well as emphasizing the importance of skin-to-skin contact. Residents are focused on quality initiatives, including a research project to determine breastfeeding duration – how many months after birth they should continue to breastfeed.