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Breastfeeding – new recommendations

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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) just released new recommendations for breastfeeding and you can read them here: ACOG breastfeeding

Main points:

  • Although most women in the United States initiate breastfeeding, more than one half wean earlier than they desire.
  • The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life, with continued breastfeeding as complementary foods are introduced through the infant’s first year of life, or longer as mutually desired by the woman and her infant.
  • Because lactation is an integral part of reproductive physiology, all obstetrician–gynecologists and other obstetric care providers should develop and maintain knowledge and skills in anticipatory guidance, physical assessment and support for normal breastfeeding physiology, and management of common complications of lactation.
  • Obstetrician–gynecologists and other obstetric care providers should support each woman’s informed decision about whether to initiate or continue breastfeeding, recognizing that she is uniquely qualified to decide whether exclusive breastfeeding, mixed feeding, or formula feeding is optimal for her and her infant.

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  • mariolaobrien says:

    Thanks for this blog post! Breastfeeding is such a wonderful gift! One aspect of breastfeeding few people are aware of is how it can space births naturally, without the need for artificial contraception or periodic abstinence. There is a great book about it called The Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding by Sheila Kippley. She explains how breastfeeding can suppress your fertility for many months, and even years, if you follow certain guidelines. Her book is based on studies and research in this field and is a very easy read.

    Katie Singer also addresses breastfeeding infertility in her books on Fertility Awareness: Honoring Our Cycles and The Garden of Fertility. She also explains how to practice Fertility Awareness during breastfeeding, since it can be trickier.

    Two really good books on the topic! It’s been marvellous for our family!