The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) & American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) are working together to support a new project, Breastfeeding & Lactation Support for Medical Trainees Implementation Project, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Medical residents and other medical providers are a surprising risk group for not reaching their breastfeeding goals. This project aims to increase medical trainees’ positive experiences with breastfeeding and lactation.

We’re seeking nine Residency Programs interested in implementing or revising Breastfeeding/Lactation Support policies over eight months. Interested sites will recruit representatives (one from each of the following categories) from the administration, attending faculty, nurse, and residents to attend six, monthly learning collaborative virtual meetings and work toward policy implementation.

This project will foster uptake and evaluate the AAFP model policy Breastfeeding & Lactation Support for Medical Trainees (https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/breastfeeding-accommodations-trainees.html). Participating practices will receive a $1000 stipend at the completion of the 8-month project (January-August 2021). Sites need not have any residents who are currently breastfeeding or have a breastfeeding policy that covers residents before beginning this project. Apply using this survey before November 20, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact Kera Beskin at kbeskin@aap.org.

Project Timeline: January - August 2021
 
Project Expectations:
●      Recruit an interdisciplinary team to join the project including an Administrative representative (HR, administration, CEO), Someone who supervises medical trainees (Attending, faculty), a Medical trainee representative (Chief resident or a resident interested in breastfeeding), & a Nursing representative
●      Complete pre/post survey about breastfeeding support and infrastructure
●      Survey medical residents to assess breastfeeding perceptions and attitudes
●      Actively participate in six-monthly (60 minute) learning sessions in February through July 2021
●      Monthly interdisciplinary team meetings to create a plan of how to increase breastfeeding support for medical trainees within your organization
●      Report progress through submission of monthly reports
●      Two representatives (one medical resident rep and one admin/faculty rep) will participate in a 60-minute interview in July/August 2021

Important Dates:
Application announced October 2020
Applications due: November 20th, 2020
Calls with potential finalists: December/January 2021
Award letters sent out: January 2021
Project launches: February 1, 2021
Project concludes: August 31, 2021

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* 1. Please provide information for the provider who will be taking responsibility for this hospital's participation in this project:

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* 2. Please provide information for the person who will be the secondary contact for this hospital:

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* 3. What is the name of the hospital you are applying on behalf of? (for example University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Pediatrics)

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* 4. Where is your hospital geographically located (city, state)?

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* 5. How many medical residents does this hospital typically have per year?

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* 6. What is(are) the specific program(s) interested in participating (for example Mount Sinai's department of pediatrics)

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* 7. How many medical residents does the interested program train annually?

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* 8. Is your hospital baby-friendly designated? https://www.babyfriendlyusa.org/ for more information)

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* 9. Is your hospital interested in seeking baby-friendly designation? (This project aimed at creating a breastfeeding policy is one of the first steps in the baby-friendly process)

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* 10. Please describe your hospital

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* 11. Please describe the insurance mix of patients seen at your hospital:

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* 12. Have you successfully recruited an interdisciplinary team to participate in this learning collaborative (1 representative from each of the following nursing, administration, faculty/attendings, medical residents)?

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* 13. Please list name, title, and email for each of the 4 representatives (1 representative from each of the following nursing, administration, faculty/attendings, medical residents)?

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* 14. What days work best for your interdisciplinary team to meet for a 1-hour virtual learning collaborative meeting?

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* 15. What time of day works best for your interdisciplinary team to meet for a 1-hour virtual learning collaborative meeting?

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* 16. What improvements or changes would you like to make to your hospital’s policy or culture around breastfeeding employees and medical residents?

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* 17. Does your hospital currently have a policy to support breastfeeding employees?

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* 18. If yes, does that policy specifically address breastfeeding medical residents?

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* 19. When was the breastfeeding policy enacted? 

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* 20. Does the breastfeeding policy address the following?

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The lactation room provided is private, comfortable, sanitary, and conveniently located
Milk and pump storage is available within the lactation room
Computer, internet, and phone are available in the lactation room to allow working
Hospital grade pump is available
Access to breastfeeding support such as lactation councilors are available to employees and medical residents
Time is protected for employees to express breastmilk
Clear responsibilities of supervisors and employees are outlined
Breastfeeding employees feel supported by administration, supervisors, and coworkers to adjust their schedules to pump at work or breastfeed their infant

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