Breastfeeding Policy Statement

The AAP policy, Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk is one of the most accessed AAP policies.

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Breastfeeding Overview

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.

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AAP Recommendations

The AAP provides recommendations and guidelines to support pediatricians and other health care professionals working with breastfeeding families.


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

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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.

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April 20, 2021

Breastfeeding Success

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

Voices Blog

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August 2, 2019

Debunking Breastfeeding Myths for New Mothers

Pediatricians are urged to provide their expertise to debunk myths and misinformation that new mothers may hear that can affect whether they choose to breastfeed their infants.

Voices Blog

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July 26, 2017