Health-care providers have to meet many educational and performance standards, obtain licences, and stay current in their knowledge and skills. Different countries and jurisdictions may have a variety of provider types.
Some health-care providers have additional expertise in breastfeeding (breastfeeding specialists).
Doctors can care for your family through major health challenges, illness, and accidents.
Family doctors, also known as general practitioners, can help both you and your baby. They co-ordinate care with other doctors and with other providers.
Doctors can be specialized in areas such as delivering babies (obstetricians), caring for sick babies (paediatricians) or premature or sick newborns (neonatologists), doing operations (surgeons), and so on.
2) Other health-care providers
There are many types of other health-care providers, each with unique skills. Breastfeeding families are most likely to come into contact with:
- Nurse practitioners
- Physician assistants
- Speech and language therapists