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A must-read for anyone writing or speaking about breastfeeding is Diane Weissinger’s editorial essay, “Watch Your Language” (Journal of Human Lactation, March 1996). Breastfeeding is a normal expectation for mother and child after birth, and it is important to consider other issues, cultural to medical, within that framework.
Periodically organizations concerned with maternal and pediatric health issue press releases and statements of interest to breastfeeding families and others. We will update such statements on this page.
Breastfeeding should be continued for at least the first year of
life and beyond for as long as mutually desired by mother and child.
There is no upper limit to the duration of breastfeeding and no evidence of psychologic or developmental harm from breastfeeding into the third year of life or longer.
Breastfeeding is the physiological norm for both mothers and their children.
If the child is younger than two years, the child is at increased risk of illness if weaned.
Breastfeeding is, and should be considered, normative infant and young child feeding. Health professionals widely acknowledge that breastfeeding is biologically uniquely appropriate for the mother and infant. As the norm, breastfeeding is the standard against which all other forms of infant feeding are compared in research and in clinical support. Feeding other than direct breastfeeding should be supported only for valid medical reasons or absence of the mother. Breastfeeding should be continued for up to 2 years and beyond for as long as the mother and child desire.
Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) in the USA implementing the WHO / UNICEF Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative
Utah’s first Baby-Friendly Hospital: University of Utah Medical Center (December 2008)
Baby-Friendly USA envisions an American culture that values the enduing benefits of breastfeeding and human milk for mothers, babies, and society.
CDC Recommendations for Breastfeeding: H1N1 (Swine Flu)
Human milk is the standard food for infants and young children including premature and sick newborns with rare exceptions. (1,2) Human milk provides optimal nutrition, promotes normal growth and development, and reduces the risk of illness and disease. (3) The unique composition of human milk includes nutrients, enzymes, growth factors, hormones, and immunological and anti- inflammatory properties that have not been duplicated. (4) Exclusive breastfeeding for six months is recommended with introduction of complementary nutritionally adequate foods at about this time. Optimally breast milk remains in the diet for two years and beyond. (1) In situations where mothers’ own milk is not available, provision of pasteurized, screened donor milk is the next best option particularly for ill, or high- risk infants. (5)
LA LECHE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL MEDIA RELEASES
Surgeon General’s Perspectives Public Health Reports May – June 2009
We have an ethical responsibility to ensure that mothers are fully aware of the health consequences of their infant feeding decisions.
Less than one-third of infants are exclusively breastfeeding at 3 months of age, and almost 80% of infants in the United States stop breastfeeding before the recommended minimum of one year. Furthermore, unacceptable racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in breastfeeding persist.
Although worksite support for breastfeeding has improved, much more can be done to ensure that employers understand how and why support for their breastfeeding employees is profitable, important, and feasible.
Preventing Obesity Begins at Birth through Breastfeeding United States Breastfeeding Committee, February 11, 2010