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Training for Health Care Professionals

The following organizations provide breastfeeding education and training for health care professionals.

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM)

ABM is a worldwide organization of physicians dedicated to the promotion, protection, and support of breastfeeding and human lactation. ABM's mission is to unite members of the various medical specialties with this common purpose through:

  • Physician education
  • Expansion of knowledge in both breastfeeding science and human lactation
  • Facilitation of optimal breastfeeding practices
  • Encouragement of the exchange of information among organizations

ABM Position Statement

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)

AAFP is one of the largest national medical organizations, representing more than 94,000 family physicians, family medicine residents, and medical students nationwide. Founded in 1947, its mission has been to preserve and promote the science and art of family medicine and to ensure high-quality, cost-effective health care for patients of all ages.

AAFP Policy Statement

AAFP Position Paper

American Academy of Nursing (AAN)

AAN serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge. Every day across America, the Academy and its members create and execute knowledge-driven and policy-related initiatives to drive reform of America's health care system. AAN's 1,500 members--known as Fellows--are nursing's most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice, and research.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

AAP is an organization of 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

AAP Breastfeeding Initiatives Web Site

AAP Policy Statement

American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)

ACNM is the oldest women's health care organization in the United States--the professional association that represents Certified Nurse-Midwives and Certified Midwives. ACNM provides research, administers and promotes continuing education programs, establishes clinical practice standards, and creates liaisons with state and federal agencies and members of Congress.

ACNM Position Statement

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)

ACOG has over 52,000 members and is the nation's leading group of professionals providing health care for women, working primarily in four areas:

  • Serving as a strong advocate for quality health care for women.
  • Maintaining the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education for its members.
  • Promoting patient education and stimulating patient understanding of and involvement in medical care.
  • Increasing awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women's health care.

ACOG Statement

American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians (ACOP)

ACOP is the official pediatric organization of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). The AOA's mission is to advance the philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine by promoting excellence in education, research, and the delivery of quality, cost-effective healthcare within a distinct, unified profession.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND - Formally the American Dietetic Association)

AND is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education, and advocacy.

AND Position Statement

American Nurses Association (ANA)

ANA is the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation's 2.9 million registered nurses (RNs) through its 51 constituent member nurses associations and its 24 specialty nursing and workforce advocacy affiliate organizations. ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the rights of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and lobbying Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.

Association of Military Surgeons of the United States

AMSUS was founded in 1891 and chartered by Congress in 1903. The name of this organization, the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, is historically significant but the literal wording of its title does not cover its current full mission of advancing all aspects of federal medicine. It was originally a membership organization for surgeons and physicians. However, AMSUS is now comprised of professionals serving in the full spectrum of healthcare disciplines in the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, US Public Health Service, Department of Veterans Affairs, US Army Reserve, US Navy Reserve, US Air Force Reserve, Army National Guard, Air National Guard, and the Coast Guard. More than 9,000 members count on AMSUS to provide them with up-to-date information and services.

Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health (ATMCH)

ATMCH aims to provide leadership in education, research, and service in the field of maternal and child health. ATMCH offers an interdisciplinary forum through which MCH faculty from schools of public health and other institutions of higher learning can share the knowledge, ideas, and skills essential to educating students, advancing MCH research, and applying research results to MCH policies, programs, and services.

Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)

AWHONN is a nonprofit membership organization with a mission to improve and promote the health of women and newborns and to strengthen the nursing profession through the delivery of superior advocacy, research, education and other professional and clinical resources to nurses and other health care professionals.

AWHONN Position Statement

Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CBI)

CBI was established in 2006 within the Maternal and Child Health Department of the School of Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill as the Center for Infant and Young Child Feeding and Care, and serves as the first such center in a school of public health. It furthers statewide, national, and global health through increased understanding and support for optimal infant and young child feeding in relation to maternal and child health, with attention to associated child survival, growth and development, and maternal reproductive health and survival as essential for quality of care in infant and young child feeding, and to the creation of an optimal breastfeeding norm.

Every Mother, Inc.

Every Mother, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing counseling and lactation training and resources for health professionals and the families they serve.

Healthy Children Project - The Center for Breastfeeding

Healthy Children is defining the field of research based breastfeeding education and ethical, evidence-based breastfeeding practice, with a focus on:

  • Education: Offering lactation training programs for novices and professionals
  • Collaboration: Working together to create meaningful change in the field of maternal and child health care delivery
  • Research: Designing and implementing collaborative inquiry to solve practical dilemmas incorporating evidence-based protocols and solutions
  • Consulting: Developing and implementing community specific strategies to promote, protect and support breastfeeding

Lactation Counselor Trainings

Lamaze International

Lamaze International's mission is to promote, support and protect normal birth through education and advocacy. Lamaze members and volunteers include childbirth educators, labor support specialists, lactation consultants, maternal-child nurses, midwives, physicians, physical therapists, social workers, hospital nursing managers, students, and parents.

Lamaze Breastfeeding Support Specialist Workshop

Lamaze Position Paper

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP)

NAPNAP is the professional association for PNPs and other advanced practice nurses who care for children. With approximately 7,000 members, NAPNAP has been actively advocating for children's health by: providing funding, education, and research opportunities to PNPs; influencing legislation that affects maternal/child health care; and producing and distributing educational materials to parents and families.

NAPNAP Position Statement

National Black Nurses Association (NBNA)

NBNA is a non-profit organization representing approximately 150,000 African-American nurses from the U.S., Eastern Caribbean and Africa, with 76 chartered chapters nationwide. Its mission is to provide a forum for collective action by African-American nurses to "investigate, define and determine what the health care needs of African Americans are and to implement change to make available to African Americans and other minorities health care commensurate with that of the larger society."

Wellstart International

Wellstart International's mission is to advance the knowledge, skills, and ability of health care providers regarding the promotion, protection, and support of optimal infant and maternal health and nutrition from conception through the completion of weaning.

Wellstart Lactation Management Self-Study Module