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Comment & Response
July 2018

Ethical Issues Related to Breastfeeding for US Physicians Who are Mothers—Reply

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  • 1Center for Surgery and Public Health, Department of Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston Massachusetts
  • 2Department of Surgery, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester
JAMA Intern Med. 2018;178(7):1002. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.2569

In Reply It takes a village to raise a child. For physicians who are mothers, that village must include the workplace. As Drs Perumalswami and Laventhal noted, there is a critical need for institutional lactation support for physicians who are mothers to optimize health and well-being for both mother and child. As surgeons who are mothers, we acknowledge the considerable challenge of meeting lactation needs without compromising the quality of patient care, often in high-acuity situations.

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