Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses

“The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) supports, protects, and promotes breastfeeding as the ideal and normative method for feeding infants, including the provision of human milk for preterm and other vulnerable newborns. Women should be encouraged and supported to exclusively breastfeed for the first six months of an infant’s life and continue to breastfeed for the first year and beyond. AWHONN partners with other maternal child health organization to improve cultural, institutional, and socioeconomic systems so that more women and newborns can experience the numerous physiologic and psychosocial benefits of breastfeeding.”

According to The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) “nurses and other health care professionals who care for mother-infant dyads should acquire the knowledge and demonstrate the competence needed to provide consistent and evidence based breastfeeding information and support throughout the preconception, prenatal, and postpartum periods. If the health care professional does not possess the knowledge and skills needed to provide support, consultation with or referral to a lactation specialist or other clinical expert should be offered for all mother-infant dyads.”

The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)’s breastfeeding resources include educational webinars, Nursing for Women’s Health, their official clinical practice journal, and their research published in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing.

Did you know?

The LiquidGoldConcept Lactation Simulation Model Case Series can easily be used for providing breastfeeding education to hospital staff, nursing students and other health professional trainees. This open-access video series demonstrates essential breastfeeding skills such as hand expression of breastmilk, setting up and using a breast pump, and breast massage techniques for alleviating plugged ducts and engorgement.