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Breastfeeding – new recommendations

Breastfeeding – new recommendations

Posted by Ditza Katz in Women's Health 02 Feb 2016

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.