Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk

A policy statement released today from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reaffirms the organization’s recommendation of exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby’s life. “Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk” is currently available online and will be published in the March 2012 edition of the journal Pediatrics.

The policy statement also calls for breastfeeding in combination with the introduction of complementary foods from 6-12 months and continuation of breastfeeding for as long as mutually desired by mother and baby. Breastfeeding provides a protective effect against respiratory illnesses, ear infections, gastrointestinal diseases and allergies including asthma, eczema and atopic dermatitis.

Pediatricians are encouraged to promote the advantages of breastfeeding to mothers and infants, as well as the health risks of not breastfeeding. Click here for more information on AAP's breastfeeding guidelines and click here to review the policy statement.

Shared by Jennifer Dellaport, CDPHE Breastfeeding Coordinator.

1 comment:

  1. Two cool things:
    1) states "given short- and long term medical and neurodevelopment advantages of breastfeeding, infant nutrition should be considered a public health issue and not only a lifestyle choice."
    2) Colorado CDPHE study is cited!