American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
The American Academy of Pediatrics supports breastfeeding by recommending “exclusive breastfeeding for about 6 months, followed by continued breastfeeding as complementary foods are introduced, with continuation of breastfeeding for 1 year or longer as mutually desired by mother and infant.”
“The American Academy of Pediatrics’ policy, Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk is one of the most accessed policies available from the AAP because of its importance for the health of families here in the US and throughout the world. This statement details the benefits of breastfeeding, its true contraindications and those that are not, the challenge of breastfeeding in the US, recommendations for breastfeeding for healthy as well as high risk infants, and the role pediatricians play in protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding.”
The American Academy of Pediatrics also hosts the Breastfeeding Residency Curriculum on their website, which is meant to increase medical professionals’ awareness and skills in breastfeeding care. The curriculum includes a data collection guide, evaluation tools, and teaching tools.
Did you know?
The Lactation Simulation Model Case Series can be used for physician and physician resident breastfeeding education. This open-source video series demonstrates breastfeeding management skills such as hand expression of breastmilk, setting up and using a breast pump, and practicing massage techniques for alleviating plugged ducts and engorgement.