New AAP Guidelines - Breastfeeding is not only a lifestyle choice

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
New AAP Guidelines - Breastfeeding is not only a lifestyle choice
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Tue, 02-28-2012 - 12:06pm

The American Academy of Pediatrics will issue a new policy statement in the March issue of Pediatrics about "Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk."

The AAP continues to recommend "exclusive breastfeeding for about 6 months, followed by continued breastfeeding as complementary foods are introduced, with continuation of breastfeeding for 1 year or longer as mutually desired by mother and infant."

The new policy statement also:

- offers more detailed information about the benefits of breastfeeding as compared to policy statements in 2005 and 1997
- reinforces the AAP's support for the WHO/UNICEF Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding program
- encourages use of WHO growth curves for children under age two years, as they represent the optimal growth of the breastfed infant
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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-27-2006

Overall it was an improvement, but I was baffled that they first state bf is the norm and then go on to talk about the benefits of bf'ing.

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-20-2009
That's good news. I just hope doctors brush up on this new information and make sure to pass it on to parents.