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Policy statements about breastfeeding

Updated: Jun 2, 2019

Policy Statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics

"Breastfeeding and human milk are the normative standards for infant feeding and nutrition. Given the documented short- and long-term medical and neuro developmental advantages of breastfeeding, infant nutrition should be considered a public health issue and not only a lifestyle choice."

World Health Organization

"Breastfeeding contributes to the health and well-being of mothers; it helps to space children, reduces the risk of ovarian cancer and breast cancer, increases family and national resources, is a secure way of feeding and is safe for the environment.

Position Paper; Breastfeeding, Family Physicians Supporting Breastfeeding – The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)

"Because breastfeeding is the physiologic norm, we will refer to the risks of not breastfeeding for infants, children, and mothers. A systematic review of the effects of breastfeeding on maternal and infant health found that for infants in developed countries, not breastfeeding is associated with increased risks of common conditions including acute otitis media; gastroenteritis; atopic dermatitis; and life-threatening conditions including severe lower respiratory infections, necrotizing enterocolitis, and sudden infant death syndrome."

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