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University of Chicago pediatrics professor Lawrence M. Gartner, MD, agrees.
Gartner chaired the AAP committee that updated the group's breastfeeding
guidelines earlier this year.
"It is clear that ob-gyns could have an enormous impact on
breastfeeding, but, in general, I don't think they are doing as much as they
could be doing to promote it," he tells WebMD.
State University of New York obstetrics and gynecology professor Richard H.
Aubry, MD, acknowledges that more could be done. But he also notes that the
nation's largest group of women's health doctors has taken a strong stand in
favor of breastfeeding.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecology recommends that women
breastfeed their babies exclusively for at least six months.
"We do try to make this point, but there is a reluctance to beat women
over the head with it," he tells WebMD. "I do agree, though, that for
the benefit of both the baby and the mother we may need to be more aggressive
with this message."