The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for about six months, followed by continued breastfeeding as complementary foods are introduced, with continuation of breastfeeding for one year or longer as mutually desired by mother and infant.
Breastfeeding and human milk are the reference normative standards for infant feeding and nutrition. See the Idaho Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics for additional news and links pertaining to Idaho.
The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine is a worldwide organization of physicians dedicated to the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding and human lactation. The academy sponsors an annual conference and a peer reviewed professional journal. See the link below to view the Academy’s Protocols which are helpful breastfeeding resources for physicians.
The International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) and the United States Lactation Consultant Association are professional organizations for International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC). These groups consist of health care professionals who provide for breastfeeding families. The organizations provide two peer researched publications in the Journal of Human Lactation and Clinical Lactation. To locate lactation consultants in your area and to read more about the Pediatrician’s Guide to Getting Paid Supporting Breastfeeding, see the link below.
For additional resources about the importance of breastfeeding:
The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding
The CDC Guide to Strategies to Support Breastfeeding Mothers and Babies
Healthy People 2020 Breastfeeding Objectives Increase the proportion of infants who are breastfed. For specific targets click here.