The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends promoting breastfeeding as the norm for infant feeding.
The AAP also recommends that providers
2. Become knowledgeable in the principles and management of lactation and breastfeeding. (click here for management strategies)
3. Develop skills necessary for assessing the adequacy of breastfeeding.
4. Support training and education for medical students, residents and postgraduate physicians in breastfeeding and lactation.
5. Promote hospital policies that are compatible with the AAP and Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Model Hospital Policy and the WHO/ UNICEF “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.”
6. Collaborate with the obstetric community to develop optimal breastfeeding support programs.
7. Coordinate with community-based health care professionals and certified breastfeeding counselors to ensure uniform and comprehensive breastfeeding support.
PDF version of AAP Breastfeeding Management -fantastic concise resource for all physicians, physician's assistants and nurse practitioners
The AAP Recommends Exclusive Breastfeeding
One quick and easy way to encourage exclusive breastfeeding is to write an order for No Bottles to be given while baby is in the hospital - even for mothers who know they are going to give both. Waiting before introducing the bottle gives breastfeeding a real chance to succeed.
"Exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life has been recommended by numerous health and professional medical organizations,1–4 including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Breastfeeding, “for all infants in whom breastfeeding is not specifically contraindicated.”1
Previous research established the benefits of breastfeeding for both mothers and children,5 and exclusive breastfeeding has been associated with greater re- ductions in infants’ risks for specific negative health outcomes, including gastrointestinal and respiratory infec- tions.6
Results of a recent cost analysis indicated that if 90% of US newborns were breastfed exclusively for their first 6 months then direct medical costs could be reduced by $2.2 billion per year.7 "
from the AAP's Factors Associated with Exclusive Breastfeeding 11-1 2011