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
New COVID-19 Breastfeeding Statement
There has been uncertainty about how to advise parents during the pandemic. The AAFP Statement on Breastfeeding and COVID-19(204 KB PDF) recommends promotion of breastfeeding and parent-infant bonding, and avoidance of parent-infant separation.