Supporting Breastfeeding: So easy even a doctor can do it!
- Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine article on ways you can support breastfeeding mothers.
How You Can Help Your Clients to Breastfeed Longer: Resources for Supporting Breastfeeding and Employment and/or School Attendance
- Information in PDF form on how to support your patients’ ability to pump while at work or school
Your Professional Organization Supports Breastfeeding!
- The US Surgeon General issued a Call to Action on Breastfeeding in 2011.
- AWHONN (Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses) has PDFs of their position statements on breastfeeding and on breastfeeding and lactation in the workplace.
- The AAFP (American Academy of Family Physicians) has position statements addressing Physicians Supporting Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding, and Hospital Use of Infant Formula.
- The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) has several resolutions and guidelines on breastfeeding.
- The ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) has a link to their breastfeeding statement here.
- The AND (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, formerly the American Dietetic Association) offers this breastfeeding information.
- The ACNW (American College of Nurse Midwives) has published their position statement on breastfeeding here.
Learn more about breastfeeding, and why we need you to protect, promote and support breastfeeding in your practice. Use the resources below to expand your knowledge about breastfeeding programs and advocacy, and how you can use them to increase breastfeeding success rates in your community.
Breastfeeding Advocacy Organizations
- United States Breastfeeding Committee, national organization for collaborative action to support breastfeeding.
- In addition, you can contact coalitions in other states and US areas through the USBC.
- Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, MD support for breastfeeding.
- Moms Rising, advocacy for a variety of women/family issues.
- Ban the Bags Campaign to remove infant formula advertising and marketing that undermines breastfeeding from hospital gift bags.
- International Baby Food Action Network, including information in support of the WHO Code for the Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes.
- United States Lactation Consultant Association
Breastfeeding Reference Information
- Baby Friendly USA
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention Breastfeeding Information
- CDC Breastfeeding Data and Statistics
- Unicef in Action, information about UN programs, research and support for breastfeeding worldwide.
- Mother-Friendly Care: Coalition for Improving Maternity Services
- Breastfeeding Promotion and Support in WIC, the USDA Nutrition Program.
- HealthyPeople.gov, Maternal, Infant and Child Health section, a Department of Health and Human Services program that provides our baseline standards for breastfeeding goals.
- WomensHealth.gov, a Department of Health and Human Services program.
- World Health Organization Growth Standards. The actual charts are inside the Standards link, under “Indicators.” “The new growth curves are expected to provide a single international standard that represents the best description of physiological growth for all children from birth to five years of age and to establish the breastfed infant as the normative model for growth and development.”
- Best Fed Beginnings, improving breastfeeding support in US hospitals, from the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ).