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Breastfeeding Handbook for Physicians – Original PDF

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American Academy of Pediatrics; Third edition (January 15, 2023)


American Academy of Pediatrics


Original PDF


438 pages






978-1610024426, 9781610024426, 9781610024433

The Breastfeeding Handbook for Physicians, 3rd Edition, is the definitive resource on breastfeeding initiation, maintenance, support, and advocacy. Jointly developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), this must-have handbook features the most important and up-to-date developments in breastfeeding practice, research, policies, and outreach guidance, assembled by an expert physician panel.

All health professionals in your practice will refer to this convenient handbook again and again for easily accessible answers, solutions, and teaching and learning aids.

The third edition contains a wealth of practice-focused advice based on frontline clinical experience and the latest evidence for breastfeeding.

Topics include:

  • Cleft lip and cleft palate in breastfeeding infants
  • Risk reductions in breastfeeding infants
  • Neurodevelopmental outcomes of breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding in preterm infants
  • Health benefits of breastfeeding for mothers
  • Recommended breastfeeding strategies for health professionals
  • Breastfeeding education
  • Recommended breastfeeding practices
  • Risk factors for lactation problems
  • Human milk microbiota and bioactive factors
  • Breast development stages and lactogenesis
  • Supporting early breastfeeding before and after delivery
  • Breastfeeding assessment tools
  • Ankyloglossia and breastfeeding
  • Insufficient milk
  • Vitamin and mineral supplementation
  • Breastfeeding guidance during preventive health care visits
  • Management of breastfeeding complications
  • Elements of a breastfeeding-friendly office environment
  • National breastfeeding initiatives
  • Feeding human milk without birthing
  • Relactation
  • Supplemental feeding methods
  • Drugs and breastfeeding
  • Contraception When Breastfeeding
  • And more!

New in the 3rd Edition

  • The latest AAP and ACOG breastfeeding policies
  • An all-new chapter on the Non-nutritive Components in Human Milk, including bioactive factors and host defense mechanisms
  • New guidance on breastfeeding and substance use, including electronic cigarettes and alcohol
  • Updated life-saving breastfeeding support strategies for inclusion in disaster preparedness plans
  • Current evidence on infant and maternal outcomes from breastfeeding
  • Updated guidance on vitamin D, vitamin K, and iron supplementation in newborns
  • Updated discussion of breastfeeding and environmental agents, including sunscreen
  • New guidance for COVID-19 and breastfeeding
  • Updated discussion of legislative protections for mothers in the workplace


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