American Academy of Pediatrics reaffirms support for breastfeeding

March 1, 2012

A new policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics reaffirms its support for exclusive breastfeeding for about 6 months, with continuation of breastfeeding for 1 year or longer after solid foods are introduced as desired by mother and infant.

A new policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reaffirms its support for exclusive breastfeeding for about 6 months, with continuation of breastfeeding for 1 year or longer after solid foods are introduced as desired by mother and infant.

Pediatricians should see all breastfeeding infants at age 3 to 5 days, 48 to 72 hours after hospital discharge. They should also promote hospital policies compatible with breastfeeding recommendations, collaborate with obstetric practices and community groups to support breastfeeding, and support training and education for medical students, residents, and postgraduates.

New evidence reinforces the conclusion that breastfeeding and use of human milk confer unique nutritional and nonnutritional benefits.

American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Breastfeeding. Policy statement. Breastfeeding and the use of human milk. Pediatrics. 2012;129(3):e827-e841.