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Comment & Response
July 2018

Ethical Issues Related to Breastfeeding for US Physicians Who Are Mothers

Author Affiliations
  • 1Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 2Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
JAMA Intern Med. 2018;178(7):1001-1002. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.2559

To the Editor US physicians who are mothers may be at particularly high risk for not successfully meeting their breastfeeding goals, despite federal policy specifying the need for lactation breaks and adequate space to pump.1,2

In the recent Research Letter by Melnitchouk and colleagues,3 only 19.7% of the physician mothers surveyed reported that they used dedicated lactation rooms to express breastmilk at work. Other respondents used their offices, call rooms, empty patient rooms, bathrooms, locker rooms, closets, and cars. Ethical issues should be considered.

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