Breastfeeding Overview and Frequently Asked Questions

The AAP continues to support the unequivocal evidence that breastfeeding protects against a variety of diseases and conditions. Read about the benefits of breastfeeding, the few true contraindications and the role of the pediatrician as well as some frequently asked questions about breastfeeding.

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Breastfeeding & Lactation Support Policies for Medical Trainees

View a step-by-step guide to help you create or revise your institution's policy to best support medical trainees to breastfeed. 

Professional Tools and Resources

Podcasts and Voices Blogs

Learn what others are saying. Listen to our podcasts and read our blog posts.

Breastfeeding - Episode 23

Hosts David Hill, MD, FAAP, and Joanna Parga-Belinkie, MD, FAAP discuss with Lori Feldman-Winter, MD, MPH, FAAP, strategies for increasing rates of breastfeeding.

Pediatrics on Call


October 6, 2020

Racial Disparities in Breastfeeding - Epsiode 57

In this episode Shaquita Bell, MD, FAAP, lead author of the AAP policy statement, Caring for American Indian and Alaska Native Children and Adolescents, offers strategies for connecting with indigenous families. Hosts David Hill, MD, FAAP, and Joanna Parga-Belinkie, MD, FAAP, also talk to S. Kam Lam, MD, MPH, MS, FAAP, about the roots of racial disparities in breastfeeding.

Pediatrics on Call-


April 20, 2021

Supporting Breastfeeding Mothers

Many women struggle with breastfeeding, especially after returning to work. We can do more to help them.

Voices Blog


August 9, 2022

Breastfeeding Success

In an AAP Voices post, Julie Ware, MD, MPH, IBCLC, FAAP discusses breastfeeding.

Voices Blog


August 2, 2019

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