Breastfeeding and the use of human milk. American Academy of Pediatrics. Work Group on Breastfeeding

Pediatrics. 1997 Dec;100(6):1035-9. doi: 10.1542/peds.100.6.1035.


This policy statement on breastfeeding replaces the previous policy statement of the American Academy of Pediatrics, reflecting the considerable advances that have occurred in recent years in the scientific knowledge of the benefits of breastfeeding, in the mechanisms underlying these benefits, and in the practice of breastfeeding. This document summarizes the benefits of breastfeeding to the infant, the mother, and the nation, and sets forth principles to guide the pediatrician and other health care providers in the initiation and maintenance of breastfeeding. The policy statement also delineates the various ways in which pediatricians can promote, protect, and support breastfeeding, not only in their individual practices but also in the hospital, medical school, community, and nation.

Publication types

  • Guideline
  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Breast Feeding*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Organizational Policy*
  • Pediatrics*
  • Physician's Role
  • Societies, Medical
  • United States