Be An Advocate for Breastfeeding
By projecting and promoting a positive attitude toward breastfeeding in your office or hospital, you and your health care team can significantly improve the chances that a woman will decide to breastfeed.
Healthy Goals for Healthy Families
The health benefits of breastfeeding — for mothers and children — are well-documented, yet the United States continues to fall short of the breastfeeding goals set by the Healthy People(www.healthypeople.gov) 2020 initiative:
- 81.9% of babies breastfeeding at birth
- 60.6% of babies breastfeeding at six months of age
- 34.1% of babies breastfeeding at one year of age
Family physicians can help meet these goals by educating and supporting pregnant women, new mothers, and their families, and by working to remove barriers to breastfeeding within their own practices and their communities. Studies have shown that a physician’s recommendation increases breastfeeding initiation and duration rates.
Information For Physicians
AAFP Position Paper on Breastfeeding
Read the AAFP’s updated position paper on breastfeeding for key recommendations on how you can promote breastfeeding in your office, as well as information about:
- Implementing the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, endorsed by the AAFP
- Making your office a Breastfeeding-Friendly Physician's Office(www.bfmed.org)
- Resources for family physicians and other health care professionals
- National and international breastfeeding initiatives
AAFP Partners with FDA on Labeling Video
The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Pregnancy and Lactation Labeling Rule (PLLR) set labeling changes for prescription drugs and biologic products used during pregnancy and breastfeeding. New standards replace previous pregnancy categories A, B, C, D, and X with narrative summaries of risks and benefits of a medication used during pregnancy and lactation, as well as information for men and women of reproductive potential.
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) partnered with the FDA to produce a video to communicate to family physicians and other health care providers the details about the PLLR.
Pregnancy and Lactation Labeling Rule (PLLR) Video
Learn about changes to the prescription drug labeling rules so that you can make evidence-based decisions about medications for your patients.