Breastfeeding

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:

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.

Breastfeeding Support Toolkit

Access valuable resources to support your efforts to create a breastfeeding-friendly office and promote breastfeeding in your community.

Breastfeeding Support Toolkit

Access valuable resources to support your efforts to create a breastfeeding-friendly office and promote breastfeeding in your community.