Some Ideas for
the Role of General Practitioners in Protecting
GPs are the first contacts for all patients
are family confidantes
relied upon for
every little problem (medical and non-medical)
influence on patients and thus society is very
This influence can be put to many positive uses
of which is promotion and protection of breastfeeding.
GPs have a responsibility to the society just
as all other health professionals
be exercised to not only treat, but also prevent
Breastfeeding can prevent mortality in 1.5 million
infants world wide every year by preventing
diarrheal deaths, and those due to respiratory
infections. It prevents malnutrition in infants
especially in third world countries and poor
households where nutritious food supplements
What can GPs do?
a) Learn about benefits of breastfeeding, through
books, seminars and lactation management courses.
b) Commit themselves to talking with all expectant
and new mothers about the benefits of breastfeeding,
c) Encourage their patients to deliver in baby