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Other Organizations' Policy & Position Statements

The following health care professional organizations have policy or position statements on breastfeeding.

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 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

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

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

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 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