Background Breastfeeding is an important public health measure. General
practitioners are in an ideal position to provide information,
support and encouragement for breastfeeding women but require
up to date knowledge and skills. Overseas studies indicate
that doctors often have significant breastfeeding knowledge
deficits. This article examines the sources of information about
breastfeeding available to general practice registrars and the
perceived adequacy of this knowledge for their work in the
general practice setting.
Discussion Breastfeeding training opportunities in medical schools
and postgraduation are limited. There is a clear need for a
breastfeeding training program for both general practice
registrars and GPs.
Results The questionnaire response rate was 33%. The most common
avenue for learning about breastfeeding was at medical
school (49.4%), while the most useful source of breastfeeding
information was personal breastfeeding experience for registrars
who were parents (62.2%), and during hospital terms after
graduation for registrars who were not parents (35.5%). Only
23.6% of the participants thought they did not require further
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